Gladiator | 2000

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Main Plot

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.


  • Russell Crowe's character in Gladiator is a Roman general seeking revenge against the emperor who killed his family.
  • Joaquin Phoenix's character, Commodus, is the main antagonist who seeks to maintain power and eliminate his rival, Maximus.
  • Connie Nielsen plays Lucilla, the sister of Commodus and love interest of Maximus, who becomes embroiled in political intrigue.


In the final battle, Maximus defeats Commodus in the Colosseum, avenging his family's death. Despite being mortally wounded, Maximus reveals his true identity to Commodus before succumbing to his injuries. The Roman people honor Maximus as a hero, and his spirit is reunited with his family in the afterlife. The film ends with Juba, Maximus's loyal friend, fulfilling his promise to bury him in his hometown and saying that he will see him again, but not yet.

Ridley Scott