15Gladiator - 76%
Russell Crowe starred in two Best Picture winners back to back, and Gladiator was the first of these. The movie follows Maximus, a Roman general who is betrayed and loses his entire family in the process, as he seeks justice for the crimes that were
committed against him. While the film is undoubtedly action-packed and offers some intense fight scenes, critics were hardly united in their feelings about the film.
Many critics found much to love in the sense of political intrigue that lay beneath everyday Roman life, and admired the way director Ridley Scott integrated this intrigue with truly terrifying gladiatorial sequences where Maximus is forced to fight for his life.
Still, like many on this list, the film runs long, and comes with a sense of sentimental flare that is probably unneeded. There’s certainly a lot to love in Gladiator, but that doesn’t mean we have to love everything.