In the waning days of the Roman Empire, General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) finds his world shattered when the ambitious and corrupt Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) murders his family and sentences him to a fate worse than death – slavery as a Gladiator. Fueled by vengeance and driven by the memory of his beloved wife and son, Maximus rises through the ranks of the gladiatorial arena, his skills and charisma capturing the hearts of the Roman people. But as he prepares for his ultimate showdown with Commodus, Maximus must confront not only his own demons but also the very fate of Rome itself.




Duration: 2hr 35min

Release Date: May 5, 2000

Genre: Action, Adventure

Director: Ridley Scott

IMDb: 8.5

Box Office Collection

Budget: $103 million

Opening Weekend USA : $34.8 million

Gross USA: $187.7 million

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $457.6 million


Academy Awards
Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Costume Design
Best Visual Effects
BAFTA Awards
Best Film
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Critics’ Choice Awards
Best Actor
Best Production Design
Best Score


Russell CroweMaximus Decimus Meridius
Joaquin PhoenixCommodus
Connie NielsenLucilla
Oliver ReedProximo
Richard HarrisMarcus Aurelius
Derek JacobiSenator Gracchus
Djimon HounsouJuba
Ralf MöllerHagen
Tommy FlanaganCicero
David HemmingsCassius

Writer and Director

David Franzoni, John Logan, William NicholsonWriters
Ridley ScottDirector