Feature films and TV Drama set in Ancient Egypt

by sierra_pharaoh | created - 19 Jan 2012 | updated - 06 Jul 2016 | Public

This is a list of films and TV shows set in Ancient Egypt.

Included are those set in Dynastic Egypt (3000BC-300BC) and in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt (300BC-AD600) with some exceptions.

Not included are; Films based on Biblical or Koranic stories, in particular Exodus and specifically Joseph and Moses films are excluded. Also Cleopatra films, except for a few exceptions where Cleopatra VII is not the primary protagonist, are excluded. The reason for the exclusion of Bible and Cleopatra films is due to the fact that there are so many of them and they essential are retellings of the same story so it would just clutter up and overwhelm the list.

Of the operas and musicals set in Egypt, only filmed theatrical versions are included, not recordings of stage performances.

This list also does not include 'Mummy' films, Archaeology-Adventure films, films where Egypt does not have a prominent role or have just vague Egyptian themes, nor does it include films which feature flashbacks or jaunts (including time travel) to Ancient Egypt. Also not included are documentaries and docu-dramas. Only historical fiction and drama are included.

This list endeavours to be a through survey, however some films which don't fall under the exclusion criteria may have been overlooked. This can be the case with foreign language films and hard to find films. This list will be continually updated so if you notice any missing or inaccurate titles, feel free to leave a note in the comments.

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1. The Egyptian (1954)

Approved | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

In ancient Egypt, a poor orphan becomes a genial physician and is eventually appointed at the Pharaoh's court where he witnesses palace intrigues and learns dangerous royal secrets.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Michael Wilding

Votes: 3,334

2. Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A captured architect designs an ingenious plan to ensure the impregnability of tomb of a self-absorbed Pharaoh, obsessed with the security of his next life.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Alexis Minotis

Votes: 3,424 | Gross: $1.50M

3. Agora (2009)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 62,965 | Gross: $0.62M

4. Pharaoh (1966)

180 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Young Pharaoh Ramses XIII clashes with Egypt's clergy over influence on the affairs of the state and its coffers.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Jerzy Zelnik, Wieslawa Mazurkiewicz, Barbara Brylska, Krystyna Mikolajewska

Votes: 1,568

5. Nefertite, regina del Nilo (1961)

97 min | Drama, History

Chronicles the rise and fall of the woman who eventually became known as Queen Nefertiti.

Director: Fernando Cerchio | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Edmund Purdom, Amedeo Nazzari

Votes: 243

6. Son of Samson (1960)

Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Maciste travels to Egypt, where he leads a revolt against an evil queen.

Director: Carlo Campogalliani | Stars: Mark Forest, Chelo Alonso, Vira Silenti, Angelo Zanolli

Votes: 155

7. The Loves of Pharaoh (1922)

100 min | Drama, History

The Ethiopian King offers his daughter to a powerful Pharaoh to secure peace between the two countries.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Emil Jannings, Harry Liedtke, Paul Biensfeldt, Friedrich Kühne

Votes: 425

8. Cleopatra's Daughter (1960)

109 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Cleopatra, after the civil war that followed the assassination of Caesar, met with Marc Antony in Assyria where they planned the defense of Egypt against the Romans. Before leaving, ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Cerchio | Stars: Debra Paget, Ettore Manni, Erno Crisa, Corrado Pani

Votes: 163

9. Hieroglyph (2014 TV Movie)

Action, Adventure

A notorious thief is plucked out of the prison to serve a Pharaoh obsessed with maintaining power.

Director: Miguel Sapochnik | Stars: John Rhys-Davies, Kelsey Asbille, Max Brown, Caroline Ford

Votes: 89

10. The Son of Cleopatra (1964)

Not Rated | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In Roman-dominated Egypt, the corrupt administration of a governor named Petronius has sparked a revolt headed by El Kabir, a young man who learns that he's actually the son of Cleopatra ... See full summary »

Director: Ferdinando Baldi | Stars: Mark Damon, Scilla Gabel, Arnoldo Foà, Livio Lorenzon

Votes: 87

11. Decline of an Empire (2014)

R | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Constantine joins the Roman army to find his missing childhood friend. Once alerted to his friend's whereabouts, he prepares for an all out war between the East and the West.

Director: Michael Redwood | Stars: Nicole Cernat, Peter O'Toole, Joss Ackland, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 352

12. Aida (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Musical

Aida, featuring the actress Sophia Loren, is a film adaptation of a theatre performance written by Verdi. The plot revolves around the character Radames who falls in love with what he ... See full summary »

Director: Clemente Fracassi | Stars: Sophia Loren, Renata Tebaldi, Lois Maxwell, Ebe Stignani

Votes: 173

13. Sudan (1945)

Passed | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Young, lovely Naila becomes queen of the ancient Egyptian kingdom of Khemis when her father is killed in a slave revolt. Continuing her penchant for going incognito among the people, she ... See full summary »

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine

Votes: 124

14. La reine soleil (2007)

90 min | Animation

Akhesa, lovely Princess 14, is far from imagining that one day reign over Egypt ... When this adventure begins, the impetuous young girl rebels against her father, Pharaoh Akhenaton. She ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Leclerc | Stars: Philippe Allard, Catherine Conet, Alexandra Corréa, Jean-Marc Delhausse

Votes: 330

15. Gods of Egypt (2016)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

25 Metascore

Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Chadwick Boseman

Votes: 99,015 | Gross: $31.15M

16. Tut (2015)

88 min | Biography, Drama, History

A mini-series concentrating on the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt.

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia, Sibylla Deen, Alexander Siddig

Votes: 7,526

17. The Cleopatras (1983– )

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

The lives of a series of queens belonging to the Ptolemaic Dynasty of ancient Egypt, culminating in its final active ruler Cleopatra VII.

Stars: Michelle Newell, Graham Crowden, Helen Sparks, Richard Griffiths

Votes: 66

18. A Queen for Caesar (1962)

90 min | Adventure, History

Story of the power struggle between Egyptian queen Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy, and how a common soldier risks his life to serve her.

Directors: Piero Pierotti, Viktor Tourjansky | Stars: Pascale Petit, George Ardisson, Rik Battaglia, Corrado Pani

Votes: 73

19. The Pharaohs' Woman (1960)

106 min | Adventure, History, Romance

A beautiful girl and a young physician fall in love in the midst of a family, and power struggle between rival princes of Upper and Lower Egypt. When all seems to turn to the better, a ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Tourjansky | Stars: Linda Cristal, Pierre Brice, Armando Francioli, John Drew Barrymore

Votes: 31

20. The Last Pharaoh

Drama | Announced

There used to be lots of pharaohs but now there's just one....

21. El-Fallâh el-fasîh (1970)

8 min | Short

"The Eloquent Peasant" is based on an ancient Egyptian story by the same name. It is about a peasant named Khun-anup, who is tricked by the wicked and unscrupulous Nemtynakht, an overseer ... See full synopsis »

Director: Chadi Abdel Salam | Stars: Ahmad Anan, Ahmad Hegazi, Ahmed Marei

Votes: 77

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