08. Gladiator(2000 | DreamWorks)
Genius: Ridley Scott’s visually stunning epic features a dedicated soldier, Maximus (Russell Crowe), who despite being betrayed by his own army, having his wife and child murdered, then sold into slavery by evil emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) manages to become the greatest gladiator in all of Rome. It’s Malcolm X B.C.
What We Learned: Never doubt the man who has nothing to lose.