!!For the Charlton Heston movie
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Even if Rodrigo/Cid caught a BIG IdiotBall as described below, the fact that he made his own lord-of-liege swear by God that he didn't have anything to do with [[spoiler: his older brother's death]] was '''ballsy'''.
** He was being asked to swear fealty to a man who could be a fratricide. It was a brave thing to do, but he may have felt he had no honorable choice. MortonsFork, anyone?
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Music/MiklosRozsa's main theme.
* WhatAnIdiot: Rodrigo not even trying to meet Alfonso and Uracca half way when it comes to their conflict with Sancho. Really Cid? Would it have killed you to at least ''try'' to talk to Sancho, dissuade him from beating up on his younger siblings, spare Spain from Civil War and all that jazz? Even if you ultimately chose not to fight for either sibling you could at least try mediating.

!!For the 2003 animated movie
* HarsherInHindsight: The BigBad is a black-clad warlord whose armies forces also dress in the same way, they aim to conquer the land and both Christians and other Muslims that refuse to fight for him. Despite the movie being made before they came into prominence, it can be very hard to not see similarities with ISIS.