List of films based on Greco-Roman mythology  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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This is a list of movies based on Greco-Roman mythology.


Films related to Homer, the Trojan War or Aeneas:

Films related to Jason and the Argonauts:

Films related to Hercules:

The complete Italian Hercules series (in chronological order)

The films are listed below by their American release titles, and the titles in parentheses are the original Italian titles; info supplied by Frank Verzyl---

    • Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole/ The Labors of Hercules, 1957) starring Steve Reeves
    • Hercules Unchained (Ercole e la regina di Lidia/ Hercules and the Queen of Lydia, 1959) starring Steve Reeves
    • Goliath and the Dragon (La Vendetta di Ercole/ The Revenge of Hercules, 1960) (this Hercules film had its title changed to "Goliath" when it was distributed in the USA for some reason)
    • Hercules Vs The Hydra (Gli Amori di Ercole/ The Loves of Hercules, 1960) co-starring Jayne Mansfield
    • Hercules and the Captive Women (Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide/ Hercules at the Conquest of Atlantis, aka Hercules and the Haunted Women) 1961
    • Hercules in the Haunted World (Ercole al centro della terra/ Hercules at the Center of the Earth) 1961 (directed by Mario Bava)
    • Hercules in the Vale of Woe (Maciste contro Ercole nella valle dei guai/ Maciste Vs. Hercules in the Vale of Woe) 1961 (this was made as a semi-comedy/ satire on peplums)
    • Ulysses Vs. The Son of Hercules (Ulisse contro Ercole/ Ulysses Vs. Hercules) 1962
    • The Fury of Hercules (La Furia di Ercole/ The Fury of Hercules, aka The Fury of Samson) 1962
    • Hercules, Samson and Ulysses (Ercole sfida Sansone/ Hercules Challenges Samson) 1963
    • Hercules Vs. the Moloch (Ercole contro Molock/ Hercules Vs. Moloch, aka The Conquest of Mycene) 1963
    • Son of Hercules in the Land of Darkness (Ercole l'invincibile/ Hercules, the Invincible) 1964 (this was originally a Hercules film that was retitled to "Son of Hercules" so that it could be included in the "Sons of Hercules" TV syndication package)
    • Hercules Vs. The Giant Warrior (il Trionfo di Ercole/ The Triumph of Hercules, aka Hercules and the Ten Avengers) 1964
    • Hercules Against Rome (Ercole contro Roma, 1964)
    • Hercules Against the Sons of the Sun (Ercole contro i figli del sole, 1964)
    • Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon (Ercole contro i tiranni di Babilonia, 1964)
    • Samson and the Mighty Challenge (Ercole, Sansone, Maciste e Ursus: gli invincibili, aka Combate dei Gigantes) 1964 (this was more of a comedy/ satire on peplums & featured Hercules prominently in the plot)
    • Hercules and the Princess of Troy (no Italian title, aka "Hercules vs. the Sea Monster", 1965) (this 48-minute Italian/U.S. co-production was made as a pilot for a Charles Band-produced TV series that never materialized)
    • Hercules, the Avenger (Sfida dei giganti/ Challenge of the Giants, 1965) a cheaply made-for-TV quickie that consisted mostly of re-edited stock footage from 2 earlier Italian Hercules films, "Ercole al centro della terra" and "Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide").

(Note* - 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, while 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. None of these films in their original Italian versions were connected to the Hercules character in any way. 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.

Other Hercules-related films-

Related to Amazons:

  • La Regina delle Amazzoni (1960) aka Colossus and the Amazon Queen
  • Le Gladiatrici (1963)
  • Le Amazzoni - donne d'amore e di guerra (1973)
  • Dschungelmädchen für zwei Halunken (1974)
  • Wonder Woman (1975-78) United States - TV show
  • Gold of the Amazon Women (1979) (TV)

Related to Sons of Hercules:

The Sons of Hercules was a syndicated television show that aired in the United States of America 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 as Maciste
  • 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 (aka Ursus, aka Mighty Ursus) starring Ed Fury as Ursus
  • 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

Related to Perseus:

Related to Pygmalion:

Related to Orpheus:

Films related to Ursus:

Ursus was a super-human Biblical/ Roman character who was used as the hero in a series of Italian peplums made in the 1960s.

There were a total of 9 Italian sword-and-sandal films that featured Ursus as the main character, as follows:

  • Ursus (aka Mighty Ursus, aka Ursus, Son of Hercules) 1961 (starring Ed Fury)
  • La Vendetta di Ursus (The Revenge of Ursus) 1961 (starring Samson Burke)
  • Ursus Nella Valle dei Leoni (Ursus in the Valley of the Lions, aka Valley of the Lions) 1961 (starring Ed Fury)
  • Ursus e la Ragazza Tartara (Ursus and the Tartar Princess, aka Ursus and the Tartar Girl, aka The Tartar Invasion) 1962 (starring Joe Robinson)
  • Ursus Nella Terra di Fuoco (Ursus in the Land of Fire, aka Son of Hercules in the Land of Fire) 1963 (starring Ed Fury)
  • Ursus il Gladiatore Rebelle (Ursus, the Rebel Gladiator, aka The Rebel Gladiators) 1963 (starring Dan Vadis)
  • Ursus il Terrore dei Kirghisi (Ursus, the Terror of the Kirghiz, aka Hercules, Prisoner of Evil) 1964 (starring Reg Park)
  • Ercole, Sansone, Maciste e Ursus: gli Invincibili (Hercules, Samson, Maciste and Ursus: The Invincibles, aka Samson and the Mighty Challenge, aka Combate dei gigantes) 1964 (this was a satire/ comedy poking fun at the sword-and-sandal genre, and starred Yan Larvor as Ursus)
  • Gli Invincibili Tre (The Invincible Three, aka The Three Invincibles, aka Three Avengers) 1964 (Ursus was the lead hero in this film, played by Alan Steel.)

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