The Best and Most Popular Cleopatra Movies of All Time (RANKED)

Cleopatra is undoubtedly one of the most famous rulers of Ancient Egypt. The queen has been a topic of various stories, whether they’re actual historical tales or artistic interpretations of her liaisons with Caesar or Anthony; the latter was even a subject of Shakespeare’s work. Now, in this article, we are going to be dealing with Cleopatra in modern art, but not in literature, but rather in film.

The list we have composed for you is going to contain the best and most popular Cleopatra movies of all time. The movies are going to be ranked from last to first place, the first place indicating the best and most popular. We have opted for a more diverse list that is going to include both live-action, and animated movies from different periods in the history of cinema.

10. Cléopâtre (1899)

Director: Georges Méliès
Writers: Georges Méliès
Release Date: 1899
Country: France
Duration: 2 minutes

Starring: Jehanne d’Alcy (Cleopatra), Georges Méliès (Digger)

We start of our list of best Cleoptra movies of all time with Cléopâtre released in 1899 During a desecration of the tomb of Cleopatra, the queen’s mummy is burned, but the ghost of the Egyptian woman arises from the smoke.

9. Scooby-Doo! in Where’s My Mummy? (2005)

Director: Joe Sichta
Writers: Joseph Barbera, George Doty IV, William Hanna, Ed Scharlach, Joe Sichta, Catherine Trillo, Thommy Wojciechowski
Release Date: May 13, 2005
Country: United States
Duration: 75 minutes

Starring: Frank Welker (Fred Jones / Scooby-Doo), Casey Kasem (Shaggy Rogers), Mindy Cohn (Velma Dinkley), Grey DeLisle (Daphne Blake / Natasha), Ron Perlman (Armin Granger aka Hotep / Ancient One #2), Jeremy Piven (Rock Rivers), Virginia Madsen (Cleopatra)

Mystery Inc. is in Egypt to pay a surprise visit to Velma, who has spent the past 6 months refurbishing the famous Sphinx with Prince Omar. They have discovered that the Sphinx contains Queen Cleopatra’s tomb.

Along the way, the group encounters a number of individuals: an Egyptian nomad the group dubs “Triple A”, “Fear Facers” host Rock Rivers, and a Lara Croft doppelganger named Dr. Amelia von Butch. Against Velma and Omar’s wishes, Dr. von Butch and her team use modern means to open the tomb.

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According to Omar, opening the tomb will trigger a curse that will turn anyone who enters the tomb to stone. At first no one wants to believe this, until Velma, Omar and Rock Rivers enter the tomb and not much later their petrified bodies are found.

Dr. von Butch decides to enter the tomb anyway, followed by the rest of Mystery Inc. She accidentally sets a trap that splits the team. Fred and Daphne try Dr. von Butch while Scooby-Doo and Shaggy discover a lost city.

8. Cleopatra (1970)

Director: Osamu Tezuka, Eiichi Yamamoto
Writers: Osamu Tezuka, Shigemi Satoyoshi
Release Date: September 15, 1970
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 minutes

Starring: Chinatsu Nakayama (Cleopatra), Hajime Hana (Julius Caesar), Osami Nabe (Marcus Antonius), Jitsuko Yoshimura (Mary / Libya)

In the distant future, humanity has begun to expand its influence on other worlds, but any further expansion attempt collides with the hostile attitude of the people who inhabit the Pasateli system, which in addition to refusing any type of contact peaceful seems intent on putting in place a mysterious secret plan to damage the Earth, renamed Project Cleopatra.

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To try to discover its origin and purpose, three chrononauts, two men and a woman, are sent back in time in a spiritual form, where they take possession of three bodies, finding themselves respectively in the form of Ionius, a Roman slave, Luba, a tame leopard, and Lybia, an Egyptian princess.

The year of departure is 48 BC. Julius Caesar arrives in Egypt, officially in peaceful form, but his arrival, preceded by looting and massacres by his army, is seen by many as an attempt by Rome to expand further its own domains extending them up to the Nile delta.

7. Serpent of the Nile (1953)

Director: William Castle
Writers: Robert E. Kent
Release Date: May 8, 1953
Country: United States
Duration: 81 minutes

Starring: Rhonda Fleming (Cleopatra), William Lundigan (Lucilius), Raymond Burr (Marcus Antonius), Jean Byron (Charmian), Michael Ansara (Captain Florus)

Number 7 on our list of best Cleopatra movies is Serpent of the Nile released in 1953. Lucilius, having previously accompanied Julius Caesar to Egypt and having witnessed the romance between him and Cleopatra, believes the latter to be a woman highly qualified to inspire men to promote her own purposes.

He also considers that in this specific case, she wishes to bind herself to Marc Antoine in order to become queen of Rome and to make her son, resulting from the connection with Caesar, the future ruler of the Roman Empire. In the meantime, as Lucilius realizes, Cleopatra seduces Antony with shows and feasts, flaunting all the luxuries of a court while the vast Egyptian population suffers from hunger and poverty.

When Lucilius reveals her concerns to Cleopatra, she tries in vain to seduce him, in order to win him to her side. Cleopatra later persuades Antoine that all this disaffection with the people is the work of her younger half-sister.

6. Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre (2002)

Director: Alain Chabat
Writers: Alain Chabat
Release Date: January 30, 2002
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 107 minutes

Starring: Gérard Depardieu (Obélix), Christian Clavier (Astérix), Jamel Debbouze (Numérobis), Monica Bellucci (Cleopatra), Alain Chabat (Julius Caesar)

Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, decides, to prove to Julius Caesar the greatness of Egyptian civilization, to build a palace in the middle of the desert in the space of three months. For this, she called on the architect Numérobis. This choice strongly displeases the royal architect, Amonbofis, jealous of not having been appointed to carry out the project.

Numerobis, worried about the extremely short time available to him, decides to go to Gaul to ask for help from an old friend, the Gallic druid Panoramix, holder of the secret of the magic potion, as well as to his friends, Asterix and Obelix.

The three Gauls accompany Numerobis to Alexandria where they will have to thwart the schemes of Amonbofis and the Romans, because if Numerobis does not finish the construction of the palace in time, he will be thrown to the sacred crocodiles.

5. Due notti con Cleopatra (1954)

Director: Mario Mattoli
Writers: Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola
Release Date: 1954
Country: Italy
Duration: 78 minutes

Starring: Sophia Loren (Cleopatra / Nisca), Alberto Sordi (Cesarino), Ettore Manni (Marcantonio)

The Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, wife of Emperor Marc Antony, when he leaves, spends nights in the company of one of his bodyguards, who is found poisoned the next day so that he cannot tell anything. The Roman soldier Cesarino, who also serves as a guard, also ends up in the queen’s chambers.

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4. Astérix et Cléopâtre (1968)

Director: René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
Writers: Eddie Lateste, Jos Marissen, Pierre Tchernia
Release Date: December 19, 1968
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 72 minutes

Starring: Roger Carel (Astérix), Jacques Morel (Obelix), Jean Parédès (Julius Caesar), Micheline Dax (Cleopatra)

Cleopatra bets with Julius Caesar that he will build a palace in record time to show him the greatness of the Egyptian people.

The architect Numerobis, in charge of the works, asks the druid Panoramix for help, who arrives in Egypt with his magic potion and with Asterix and Obelix to help him in the construction of the palace for when Panoramix gives a potion to the workers of Numerobis so that their force was three times stronger.

3. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Director: Gabriel Pascal
Writers: George Bernard Shaw
Release Date: December 11, 1945
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 128 minutes

Starring: Vivien Leigh (Cleopatra), Claude Rains (Caesar), Stewart Granger (Apollodorus)

The film is set in 48 BC. when Julius Caesar, after the assassination of Pompey, went to Egypt to punish King Ptolemy XIII and put Queen Cleopatra on the throne, with whom he had a love affair and a son, the successor of Cleopatra herself, who will be called Ptolemy XV more known as “Caesarion”.

Because of this Caesar will remain locked up with Cleopatra in her palace due to the revolt of the Egyptian people.

2. Cleopatra (1934)

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Writers: Waldemar Young, Vincent Lawrence, Bartlett Cormack
Release Date: August 16, 1934
Country: United States
Duration: 100 minutes

Starring: Claudette Colbert (Cleopatra), Warren William (Julius Caesar), Henry Wilcoxon (Marc Antony), Joseph Schildkraut (King Herod), C. Aubrey Smith (Enobarbus)

This film focuses on the love life of Cleopatra, who first loved Julius Caesar, then his general, Marc Antoine. She committed suicide after the conquest of Egypt by Octavian, the grandnephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar.

1. Cleopatra (1963)

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Writers: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman
Release Date: June 12, 1963
Country: United States
Duration: 251 minutes

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra), Richard Burton (Mark Antony), Rex Harrison (Julius Caesar), Martin Landau (Rufio), Roddy McDowall (Octavian), Francesca Annis (Eiras)

First place on our list of best Cleoptra movies of all time goes to Cleopatra released in 1963. The film begins shortly after the Battle of Pharsalia, in which Julius Caesar defeated Pompey’s army. The latter fled to Egypt and called for help from the young pharaoh Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator and his sister Cleopatra VII.

The Egyptians, however, preferred to assassinate Pompey and, when Caesar arrived in Egypt, they offered him the head of his enemy as a sign of goodwill. Caesar, to tell the truth, is shocked by this brutal assassination of an honorable adversary.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.