List of films based on classical mythology

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This is a list of films based on classical mythology (Greek and Roman mythology).



Hercules / Heracles[edit]

Italian film series[edit]

The Sword-and-sandal series (1957-1965) includes numerous films depicting Hercules that go by various titles depending by country of release. Below is a list (chronological order) that begins with the film's U.S.-release title, followed by the original Italian title and translation:[i]

Other Hercules-related films[edit]

TV series[edit]

Sons of Hercules[edit]

Sons of Hercules was a syndicated television show that aired in the US in the 1960s. The series repackaged 14 Italian sword-and-sandal films by giving them a memorable theme song and a standard intro relating the lead character in each film to the Greek demigod Hercules any way they could. The first title listed for each film was its American television title, followed by the original Italian title in parentheses:

  • Mole Men versus the Son of Hercules (Maciste, The Strongest Man in the World) starring Mark Forest as Maciste
  • The Terror of Rome versus the Son of Hercules (Maciste, Gladiator of Sparta) starring Mark Forest
  • Fire Monsters Against The Son Of Hercules (Maciste Vs. The Monsters) starring Reg Lewis as Maciste
  • Triumph Of The Son Of Hercules (The Triumph Of Maciste) starring Kirk Morris as Maciste
  • Son Of Hercules In The Land Of Darkness (Hercules The Invincible) starring Dan Vadis as Hercules
  • Ulysses Vs. The Son Of Hercules (Ulysses Against Hercules) starring Mike Lane as Hercules
  • Son Of Hercules In The Land Of Fire (Ursus In The Land Of Fire) starring Ed Fury as Ursus
  • Ursus, Son Of Hercules (a.k.a. Ursus, a.k.a. Mighty Ursus) starring Ed Fury
  • The Tyrant Of Lydia Vs. The Son Of Hercules (Goliath and the Rebel Slave) starring Gordon Scott as Goliath
  • Messalina Against the Son Of Hercules (The Last Gladiator) starring Richard Harrison as Glaucus
  • Devil Of The Desert Vs. The Son Of Hercules (Anthar The Invincible) starring Kirk Morris as Anthar
  • Medusa Vs. The Son Of Hercules (Perseus The Invincible) starring Richard Harrison as Perseus
  • Beast Of Babylon Versus The Son Of Hercules (Hero Of Babylon) starring Gordon Scott as Prince Nippur
  • Venus Against The Son Of Hercules (Mars, God Of War) starring Roger Browne as Mars

Homer and Troy[edit]


  • The Avenger (1962; Italian: La Leggenda di Enea, lit.'The Legend of Aeneas')
  • Eneide (1971) [Yugoslavia/Italy] - TV miniseries
  • Dido & Aeneas (1995) [UK] - TV movie
  • Dido and Aeneas (1995) [Canada] - filmed production of the opera


  • The Island of Calypso: Ulysses and the Giant Polyphemus (1905; French: L'Île de Calypso: Ulysse et le géant Polyphème)
  • Odissea (1911)
  • Ulysses (1955)
  • L'Odissea (1968) Italy - TV mini-series
  • The Return of Ulysses to His Homeland (1973) [UK] - TV movie
  • Uliisses (1982) Germany
  • Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (1985) [Austria] - filmed production of the original opera
  • Nostos: The Return (1989) [Italy]
  • The Odyssey (1997) - TV miniseries
  • The Animated Odyssey (2000) [US] - animated TV movie
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) - based on the Odyssey
  • L'Odyssée (2003) [Canada] - TV movie

Jason and the Argonauts[edit]





Roman Kingdom and Romulus & Remus[edit]

Sirens and harpies[edit]

Theseus and the Minotaur of Crete[edit]

The Titans and Prometheus[edit]

Twelve Olympians / Dii Consentes[edit]


Ursus is a super-human pseudo-Biblical/Roman character who is the hero in a series of Italian films made in the 1960s. There were a total of 9 Italian sword-and-sandal films that featured Ursus as the main character, as follows:

See also[edit]



  1. ^ A number of English-dubbed Italian films that featured the Hercules name in their title were never intended to be Hercules movies by their Italian creators: Hercules, Prisoner of Evil was actually a retitled Ursus film; Hercules and the Black Pirate and Hercules and the Treasure of the Incas were both retitled Samson movies; Hercules and the Masked Rider was actually a retitled Goliath movie; and the films Hercules Against the Moon Men, Hercules Against the Barbarians, Hercules Against the Mongols, and Hercules of the Desert were all originally Maciste films. Likewise, most of the Sons of Hercules movies shown on American TV in the 1960s had nothing to do with Hercules in their original Italian incarnations.[citation needed]


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