Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments

August 8, 2012 at 7:02 am

Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments | Gladiator (2000)


Gladiator is an amazing movie.  It’s a cinematic masterpiece.  What more can you really say?  How about 5 Oscars?

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Costume Design

How about nearly 500 million worldwide? (Which was massive 12 years ago)

Gladiator is adored by fans all over the world for more than just awards and box office statistics.  It’s a film that’s overflowing with heroic moments and incredible scenes.  It’s full of epic and quotable dialogue and images we’ll never forget.

Needless to say, selecting and ranking 10 of these moments was challenging to say the least.

Here are the Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments!

Honorable Mention: Shadows and Dust

Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments | Gladiator (2000)

10. Frost…  Sometimes it makes the blade stick.

So unfortunate for this soldier.  He probably didn’t want the assignment of executing his beloved general in the first place.

Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments | Gladiator (2000)

9. Commodus has been afraid all his life.

The penultimate confrontation between the Emperor and his father’s ACTUAL pride and joy.

Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments | Gladiator (2000)

8. Maximus doesn’t need a sword.

I love how Maximus tosses the wooden sword aside.  “You’re not painting yellow on this Spaniard.”

Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments | Gladiator (2000)

7. Am I not merciful!

I get the sense that if Joaquin Phoenix had any doubts about doing the film, this scene would have sealed the deal.  Amazing performance.  Great villain.

6. Maximus vs Tigris of Gaul vs TIGERS!

How bad ass could you possibly be?  Facing off against an undefeated champion who’s chariot has FOUR horses?  Not enough.  Throw some ferocious tigers in there.

Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments | Gladiator (2000)

5. The Dirt

One of my favorite moments in any film really.  The ritual of picking up dirt before battle is such a subtle character moment.  Awesome.

Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments | Gladiator (2000)

4. The Battle of Carthage

Go Barbarians! I love this fight sequence.  Impossible odds yet Maximus’ leadership shines.  I get chills every time he gets on that horse and they throw him a sword.  Neat.

Top 10 Gladiator Movie Moments | Gladiator (2000)

3. “Are you not entertained!”

Maximus enters the arena alone and absolutely destroys the competition. Amidst the cheers he throws a sword into the crows and screams ‘Are you not entertained! Is this not why you are here?” Amazing.

2. “What we do in life…  Echoes in eternity!”

In my opinion, this is the single greatest quote in the film.  It’s an amazing speech that’s punctuated by a line that really hits home.

1. “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

In a movie that’s full of confrontations and battles, this moment rises above them all.  To me, Maximus taking off his helmet and showing himself to Commodus is one of the coolest moments in movie history.


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