Feature films and TV Drama set in Ancient Egyptby 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.
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.
Votes: 3,424 | Gross: $1.50M
3. Agora (2009)
R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 62,965 | Gross: $0.62M
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
15. Gods of Egypt (2016)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 99,015 | Gross: $31.15M
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.
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 »
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 »