Winner of five Academy Awards, Gladiator revived the sword and sandal epic while becoming one of the acclaimed and popular historical dramas of the decade! Russell Crowe won an Oscar for his star-making turn as a general whose family is murdered by a corrupt prince (Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix). He embarks on a desperate quest for revenge that sees him fighting in front of thousands of Romans in the Coliseum. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott, Gladiator recreates the glory of Ancient Rome with Academy-Award-winning special effects. A modern classic.