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King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Adaptation of a graphic novel of the same title by Frank Miller. Rated R.
300: Rise of an Empire
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .A13 2014
Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. He's pitted against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Rated R.
1492: Conquest of Paradise
Call Number: PN 1997 .F675 2003
Drama focusing on the voyages of Columbus, his personal tragedy and the colonization of the New World. Rated PG-13.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .A36 2010
A young slave in ancient Egypt must choose between joining the Christianity movement, which will give him freedom, and the woman he loves, who is his master and an atheist. Rated R.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .A44 2005
Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.
Amazing Grace (2006)
Call Number: PN1995.9.B55 A439564 2007
Based on the life of William Wilberforce--his passion and perseverance to pass a law ending the slave trade in the late 18th Century--and the people, including his minister, who pushed him to pursue it to the end.
Call Number: PN 1997 .A6633 2007
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. In Mayan with English subtitles. Rated R.
Call Number: PN 1997 .A885 2001
During the waning days of Roman Empire, the barbarian Huns are making their way toward Europe. A warrior named Attila violently assumes Hun leadership and unites the warring clans under his banner. But this is not enough for him, Attila seeks to form an empire, and he sees Rome, bristling under the leadership of the incompetent Caesar Valentinian , ripe for the picking.
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .H5 B4354 2007
An English king comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. Rated PG-13. Based on the Broadway play "Becket" by Jean Anouilh.
Call Number: PN 1997 .B46 2016
The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Rated PG-13.
Ben Hur (1959)
Call Number: PN 1997 .B456 2005
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. Not Rated. Best Picture-1959.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .B5823 2011
Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village. Rated R.
Call Number: PN 1997 .G53 B73 2000
William Wallace is a bold Scotsman who used the steel of his blade and the fire of his intellect to rally his countrymen to liberation. Rated R. Best Picture-1995.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .C46 2010
A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack. Rated R.
Christopher Columbus (1949)
Call Number: PN 1997 .C4757 2011
An epic historical adventure telling the story of the famous explorer Christopher Columbus and his quest to discover America. Not Rated.
Call Number: PN 1997 .C6443 2001
The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .E24 2011
In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem. Rated PG-13.
El Cid (1961)
Call Number: PN 1995.9.E79 E4 2008
The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors. Not Rated.
Call Number: PN 1997 .E4392 2003
A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. Rated R.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .H5 E459 2008
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. Rated PG-13.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .E96 2015
The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Rated R.
Approved Films: F-Me
The Fall of the Roman Empire
Call Number: PN 1997 .F355 2008
The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.
Genghis Khan (1965)
Call Number: PN 1997 .G46 2010
This is the story of Genghis Khan's rise from captive slave boy to daring guerilla leader, to confidant and ally of the Emperor of China, to savior of the Empire against barbarian invaders. Not Rated.
Call Number: PN 1997 .G542 2003
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. Rated R. Best Picture-2000.
Gods of Egypt
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .G6566 2016
In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Rated PG-13.
Helen of Troy by Ted Kurdyla
Call Number: PN 1992.8 .A317 H45 2003
A re-telling of the classic tale of power and corruption, moved by the passions and desires of towering personalities. Aphrodite promises the most beautiful woman in the world to Paris, Prince of Troy, but alas, Helen is already married to Menelaus King of Sparta, brother of Agamemnon. When she escapes to Troy with Paris, Menelaus rallies the kings of Greece to attack Troy.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .Y56 2004
One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China. Starring Jet Li. In Chinese with English subtitles.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .I76635 2011
A ragtag group of Knights Templar hold out for months against the hard-fought siege of Rochester Castle in the thirteenth century. Set in the time of King John's signing of the Magna Carta treaty, the group struggles against the king to defend the freedom of their country. Rated R.
Call Number: PN 1997 .I9365 2005
A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne. Not Rated.
Joan of Arc (1948)
Call Number: PN 1997 .J55 2004
Fiercely believing that she is directed by God, Joan triumphantly leads an army into battle against the British, who are driven from France. When a new king is crowned, Joan's influence grows and makes him wary of her power, ultimately betraying her to martyrdom. Not Rated. Based on the stage play: Joan of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson.
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .M45 J855 2006
An adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, chronicling the events around the assassination of Julius Caesar. Not Rated.
King Arthur (2004)
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .K554 2004
A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Rated PG-13.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Call Number: PN 1997.2 K564 2005
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. Rated R.
Lady Jane (1986)
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .L321 1986
The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guildford to Lady Jane Grey, whom he places on the throne after Edward dies. At first hostile to each other, Guildford and Jane fall in love. But they cannot withstand the course of power which will lead to their ultimate downfall.
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .W3 L378 2007
As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters. Rated PG-13.
Lion in Winter (1968)
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .H5 I56 2001
1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. Rated PG.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .L88 2004
During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Man for All Seasons (1966)
Call Number: PN 1997 .M3646 2007
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. Rated G. Best Picture-1966.
Man for All Seasons (1988)
Call Number: PN 1997.22 .M36 2011
Henry VIII wants to divorce his wife, and seeks the approval of the aristocracy. Sir Thomas More is a man of principle and reason, and is thus placed in a difficult position: should he stand up for his principles, risking the wrath of a corrupt King fond of executing people for treason? Or should he bow to the seemingly unstoppable corruption of Henry VIII, who has no qualms about bending the law to suit his own needs?
Mary, Queen of Scots
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .M37 2019 - CLEVELAND
Queen of France at sixteen, widowed at eighteen, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I, who rules as the Queen of England. Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens, driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power. Rated R.
Call Number: PN 1995.9 H5 M37333 2007
In the first century A.D., Flavius Silva, commander of the Roman Tenth Legion in Palestine, leads his forces in combat against the remaining Jewish Zealots who have taken refuge in the seemingly impregnable fortress of Masada. There, the engineering and military might of Rome faces the passion and ingenuity of Eleazer ben Yair and his people. 2 video discs.
The Messenger: the story of Joan of Arc (1999)
Call Number: PN 1997 .M47 1999
A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.
Approved Films: Mo-Z
Mongol: the Rise of Genghis Khan
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .M66 2008
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206. Rated R. In Mongolian with English subtitles.
The Mummy (1999)
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .H6 .M85 1999
An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .N63 2015
A man is given the task of rescuing the innocent before an apocalyptic flood wipes out the wicked from the world. Rated PG-13.
Other Boleyn Girl
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .H5 O8447 2008
Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .P66 2014
A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him. Rated PG-13.
Robin Hood (2010)
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .R63 2010
In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. Rated PG-13.
Robin Hood: Join Their Resistance by Otto Bathurst
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .R63 2019
Publication Date: 2019
In twelfth-century England, Robin Longstride and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .S24 S4846 2006
Shakespeare in Love
Call Number: PN 1997 .S52 1998
When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before. Rated R. Best Picture-1998.
Call Number: PN 1992.8 .F5 S554 2003
A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan. (Five part mini-series).
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .S55 2017
Two Catholic missionaries face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan looking for their missing mentor, at a time when Catholicism was outlawed. Rated R.
Call Number: PN 1997 .S63 2001
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. Starring Kirk Douglas.
Call Number: PN 1997 .S625 2004
After he is bought by the owner of a Roman gladiator school and trained as an gladiator A slave leads a rebellion of slaves and gladiators into revolt against Rome.
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .W3 T3737 2008
Set in the Ukraine of the 16th century, a powerful Cossack chieftain is determined to regain his land from treacherous Polish invaders. But further conflict erupts when his headstrong son, Andrei, falls deeply in love with a Polish girl. Not Rated.
Ten Commandments (1956)
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .B53 T4 1999
For sheer pageantry and spectacle few motion pictures can claim to equal the splendor of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 remake of his epic The Ten Commandments. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture this version tells the story of the life of Moses (Charlton Heston). Once favored in the Pharaoh's (Yul Brynner) household Moses turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom.
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .D7 T769 2004
An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .H66 2012
n a time of tyranny and oppression, deception is everywhere. Insurgency swells among the people as two brothers battle for supremacy -and the love of a woman- during the fall of the Qin Dynasty. Liu Bang and Xiang Fu, once united but now locked in combat to rule the insurgent lands in a recreation of history s famed bloody battle for rule and dominion, known as the Feast at Hong Gate. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Not Rated.