Top 10 Best Things About the Movie Gladiator

This list is one of my most bold. I believe Gladiator is the best movie of all-time. Gladiator was released in 2000 and launched a revival in historical movies. It is regarded as one of the best movies ever by many, but I believe it is more than that. I believe it is the best movie of all-time. This list will give ten reasons why.
The Top Ten
1 It Has a Great Storyline

This is something every movie has to have to contend for me. Gladiator has a great storyline. Not just that though, they also can boast that they pulled off the revenge storyline. The story is simple in motive and gets more and more complex, but then progressively gets less complex. That makes a good story in my opinion.

2 It Has Iconic Scenes and Moments

Gladiator is known for some specific moments. The Are You Not Entertained Scene, the whole beginning sequence, the scene where Commodus kills Marcus Aurelius, the whole Commodus going insane scenes, and of course Maximus's reveal to Commodus.

3 It Sparked a Revival in Historical Movies

Gladiator also sparked a new era in historical movies. For example 300, Troy, Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Good, and a lot lot more.

4 It Has Great Music

Gladiator is known for its great music. In my opinion it has one of the best musical scores of all-time. Simply beautiful.

5 It Features an All-Star Cast

Both Russell Crowe and the young Joaquin Phoenix produce exceptional acting. There is absolutely nothing you can fault about their performances.

Legendary acting core. Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, and Derek Jacobi just to name a few. Not going say it's the best acting core, but it is up there.

6 It Has Emotional Balance

The movie has perfect emotional balance. Doesn't become bloated in trying to make you cry, but it also isn't stale enough to not make you feel a certain way.

7 The Villian Has Understandable Motives

By this I mean the audience generally feels sorry for Commodus and we can kinda understand his frustration. Now he also goes a bit overboard, but I hope you get what I mean.

8 They Had High Production Values When Making the Movie

You can tell they cared about this movie and they wanted to get it right. Not in terms of historical accuracy, because they took a lot of creative liberties, but in terms of just making a good movie. They were not in it for the money. You can clearly see that.

9 Maximus is Awesome

Maximus is one of the most savage characters in movie history. I loved Maximus and Russell Crowe was the perfect actor for this role.

10 It Has Great Fight Scenes

It does have great fight scenes. The beginning and all of the gladiatorial fights.

The Contenders
11 Maximus vs. Commodus

One of the greatest rivalries in movie history.

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