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The Last Days Of Pompeii (1913) Jone, or the Last Days of Pompeii (1913) Both were epic films based on Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel, both from Turin, Italy. Apparently there had almost even been a third version by director Caserini (sometimes credited as a co-director on one of them). Hard to say which pre-war Italian silent film is the better. Probably the Rodolfi-produced version. But even there, the official Kino DVD got confused and credited the wrong producer.
The Rise Of Catherine The Great (UK, 1934) The Scarlet Empress (US, 1934) Biopics about the notorious Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia.   Elizabeth Bergner as Catherine and director Paul Czinner do not approach the perverse grandeur of Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg. However, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is surprisingly touching as the UK production's Grand Duke Peter.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Captain Blood (1935) 1935 Best Picture nominees set during the Age of Sail about a dashing British rogue who rebels against his cruel master to become an outlaw of the high seas. Mutiny on the Bounty is based on the real-life saga of Fletcher Christian and the settlers of Pitcairn, set in the late 18th century, while Captain Blood is a completely fictional swashbuckler set a bit earlier, during the reign of James II. Both films were highly successful, receiving rave reviews and Oscar nominations; Bounty cemented Clark Gable and Charles Laughton's status as two of Hollywood's top leading men, while Captain Blood featured the Star-Making Role of both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, who were virtually unknown at the time. However, Mutiny made a bit more money and ultimately won Best Picture, giving it the slight edge here.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) Biopics covering Abraham Lincoln's early life, released less than a year apart. John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), starring Henry Fonda, focuses on Lincoln's involvement in an 1828 murder case. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), directed by John Cromwell and starring Raymond Massey, adapts a successful stage play by Robert E. Sherwood. The major difference between the movies is style: Ford's film is a poetic mediation on Lincoln's legend, hinting at Lincoln's future greatness through metaphor and imagery. Cromwell provides a more straightforward biopic covering Lincoln's life up to the Civil War, recreating key events and speeches. Both movies met with critical acclaim and several Oscar nominations. But Ford's film proved a popular success, and is considered a classic. Abe Lincoln flopped at the box office and remains relatively obscure.
Helen of Troy (1956) Alexander the Great (1956) Both were battle epics released in 1956 set during the time of Ancient Greece about famous figures/events of the era. Ironically enough there would be a rematch of sorts decades later in 2004 when Wolfgang Petersen's Troy and Oliver Stone's Alexander would be released close to each other in 2004. That match-up naturally even has its own slot on this list. Neither is particularly popular or well-known, and seem to largely have been forgotten by this point. However Helen of Troy did manage to make about a million more at the box office and got mixed-to-positive reviews from critics in comparison to the mostly negative ones received by Alexander the Great. Whilst not glowing, it also has higher audience ratings, which are generally mixed but lean towards positive.
The Conqueror (1956) Alexander the Great (1956) Both were battle epics released in 1956, their wide releases both falling exactly upon March 28 ironically enough, that center around one of history's most famous conquerors and military leaders. (Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great)   Well, the winner of this match depends on what fate one considers to be a worse one. An eternity of infamy or virtual oblivion as it is for each film respectively; The Conqueror earned a lot of derision for casting Western ultrastar John Wayne as Khan, and its failure signaled the end of RKO Radio Picture's relevance in Hollywood for quite a while (this is after Samuel Goldwyn and Walt Disney had already bolted from the studio, with Disney setting up Buena Vista and then Walt Disney Pictures/Touchstone as an alternative distributor). Both films did very poorly with critics, however with the general audience whilst The Conqueror has a generally negative reaction Alexander has a more divided response. Counter-balancing that though is the fact that The Conqueror did better at the box office.
Ben-Hur (1959) Spartacus (1960) Both are Golden Age Hollywood era epics that center around a great hero who stands up to and faces the might of the Roman Empire. Kirk Douglas desperately desired the role of Judah Ben-Hur that ultimately went to Charlton Heston, and though offered the role as the film's chief antagonist Messala he declined. Shortly after, Edward Lewis, a vice president in Douglas's film company, Bryna Productions, had Douglas read Howard Fast's novel, Spartacus, which had a related theme—an individual who challenges the might of the Roman Empire—and Douglas was impressed enough to purchase an option on the book from Fast with his own financing. Universal Studios eventually agreed to finance the film after Douglas persuaded Olivier, Laughton, and Ustinov to act in it. At the end of the day both films came out within a year of each other, and given all that backstory were in essence born to be rivals. This one looks close enough that some may consider it be a draw, but if one had to choose it would probably lean more towards Ben-Hur. But regardless, both films are nowadays considered classics, being adored by critics and audiences alike, and both making AFI's Top 10 Film Epics list at the #2 and #4 spots respectively. Ben-Hur at the time had a higher box office gross and did bigger at the Oscars. Though Spartacus won 4 at the awards in the ceremony the year after, Ben-Hur holds the record with Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for the most awards won at 11 including Best Picture. Though Spartacus started out with a more mixed reception, very likely due to the political climate of the time, it has gone on to have its reputation become much greater than stature, coming to have a slightly higher critical reception that its counterpart, at least if Rotten Tomatoes is to be taken into account.
The Great Race (1965) Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) 1965 epic comedies about an international race at the turn of the 20th century, filed with cartoonish characters and slapstick hijinks. The Great Race is a car race inspired by the 1908 New York-Paris race, while Those Magnificent Men is an airplane race inspired by the first crossings of the Channel in 1909-1910. Those Magnificent Men got considerably better reviews at the time, but The Great Race made a bit more at the box office and was the basis for the well-remembered Wacky Races TV series, which has endured in Pop-Cultural Osmosis to the present.
Fellini Satyricon (1969) Satyricon (1969) Two different adaptations of Roman novel The Satyricon released in the same year. A rival producer rushed out his own adaptation (which he had already been planning) of Satyricon after hearing about the Fellini project. The Fellini film was then retitled Fellini Satyricon to avoid confusion with the rival project. Win for the Fellini movie, albeit with underhand tactics. United Artists bought up the distribution rights to the other Satyricon and held it off the market to prevent it from competeting with the Fellini movie. The Fellini film got him a Best Director nomination while the other Satyricon was ignored - isn't winning easy when the competition has been taken care of? (Although even without underhanded tactics, in all likelihood one was always going to be the A- and one always the B-movie.)
The Last Emperor (1987) Empire of the Sun (1987) Both are period piece drama films set in (for the most part) early 20th Century China, that are essentially about the coming of age for a young central character and the several trials/tribulations he faces over a long period of time. The likes of which include the lead being a prisoner, and contending with the World War II era Japanese army. The films got their first releases within two months of each other in the year 1987. The Last Emperor is a biopic of the real life Chinese Emperor Puyi based largely upon his autobiography while Empire of the Sun centers around a fictional character, though based on the real-life experiences of J.G. Ballard. The author of the novel on which the film is based. Even taking into account that it had a higher budget Empire of the Sun made more money at the box office and has a slight edge in popularity with audiences. The Last Emperor however garnered stronger reviews from critics, though by a small margin. At the Oscars, Empire of the Sun was nominated for 6 awards but took home none, whilst The Last Emperor won 9 including Best Picture, thus all making calling a victor a very close one.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Valmont (1989) Adaptations of the classic novel Les Liaisons dangereuses. Although these movies were released less than a year apart, both were being made around the same time (in fact, the latter movie was being developed long before the former). Dangerous Liaisons was a major studio project with big names, including Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfieffer, and pre-fame Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, and Uma Thurman. Valmont had a less-bankable cast, including then-unknowns Colin Firth and Annette Bening, but it did have director Miloš Forman and leading lady Meg Tilly. Dangerous Liaisons, by a long shot. Valmont didn't exit out of limited run (it was also released at about the same time as Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989)), and delivered a small setback to director Milos Forman.
Dances with Wolves (1990) The Last of the Mohicans (1992) Movie adaptations of Historical Fiction novels that star A-list actors in the role of a White man who interacts with a Native American tribe amidst the rapidly growing arrivals of European settlers into the American frontier In The Last of the Mohicans, the protagonist was adopted by a native tribe and quickly assimilated into their culture. Dances With Wolves by contrast is about a Union officer who is assigned to a fort and befriends the local natives. Both films even have the same actor (Wes Studi) as part of the cast. Both The Last of the Mohicans and Dances With Wolves were very successful with critics and audiences making this contest a firm draw.
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) 1992 was the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus landing in the Americas, and Alexander and Ilya Salkind (producers of the Superman films) originally wanted Ridley Scott to direct a film about Columbus. Scott turned them down, but later began work on what became 1492. Inevitably, the Salkinds sued Scott, but lost because the first proposal for 1492 predated the Salkinds' project. It is also notable that an animated film about Christopher Columbus came out the same years as these two, again to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the voyage. But...we don't like to talk about it. Neither did particularly well; The Discovery landed on Roger Ebert's most hated list but grossed a bit more, but 1492 had a better cast and received better reviews. The Salkinds had a bit of a falling out during production, and Ilya and father Alexander never worked another film together; Alex died a few years later.
Braveheart (1995) Rob Roy (1995) Films featuring legendary Scottish heroes sticking it the evil and fruity English. Both films ironically enough feature Brian Cox as a supporting character; in the former as a good guy, and the latter as an antagonist. It is an irony that has not been lost on him. He also revealed in an interview that Mel Gibson was ironically enough actually the initial choice for the role of Rob Roy. In that same opportunity he revealed that he thought that Gibson and Neeson would have been more suited in reversed roles. While both were criticised for their... liberties with history, Braveheart grossed far higher in the BO and took home the Best Picture Oscar, while Rob Roy barely made back its budget (though it still received good reviews). Rob Roy is now largely forgotten (though it's final swordfight is acclaimed as one of the best and most realistic ever filmed) while Braveheart, despite having a good reputation and influence, has had some Hype Backlash and is the punchline of many a Scottish comedian.
Seven Years in Tibet (1997) Kundun (1997) Biographical films about the 14th Dalai Lama's youth. Seven Years in Tibet is based on a book by Austrian mountain climber Heinrich Harrer, who lived in Tibet from 1944 to 1951, a period covering the end of World War II through the Chinese invasion of 1950. Kundun covers a much longer period of time (1937 through 1959). The Chinese government were very hostile to both movies, barring the largest players in them from entering their country (the director of Seven Years In Tibet was let back in come 2012), but both were received positively by critics (Kundun slightly more so than Seven Years.) However, Seven Years was much more financially successful, while Kundun, in addition to the problems with China that wound up impacting distributor Disney's next animated classic Mulan, bombed at the box office.
Elizabeth (1998) Shakespeare in Love (1998) 1998 Best Picture nominees set in the Elizabethan era featuring Oscar-nominated performances for the character of Queen Elizabeth I and both featuring Joseph Fiennes. Elizabeth is focused entirely on the reign of the young Elizabeth I, while Shakespeare in Love is focused on William Shakespeare and his what-if love life, with Elizabeth getting only a few minutes of screen time (though Judi Dench, as the Queen, steals every scene she's in.) Shakespeare in Love got the Best Picture nod, Judi Dench took home Best Supporting Actress in the shortest performance ever to win an Oscar, Gwyneth Paltrow scooped up Best Actress, and it made more money at the box office. However, Shakespeare in Love is also one of the most controversial Best Picture winners ever, and since then has gained a significant hatedom who believe the film was undeserving of its Best Picture and Best Actress wins in particular and that it only won anything because of Harvey Weinstein's infamously aggressive awards campaigning.
Gladiator (2000) The Patriot (2000) Both are historical battle epic drama films released in the year 2000 that center around a fictional character that is set up against a famous historical backdrop. Both centering around a lead hero that his a veteran soldier/warrior who wants no more than to settle down in a life of peace as a farmer and family man. After his family is attacked by corrupt forces under the control of the rulers of his land he is forced into action where he fights against the corrupt forces in power alongside allies both old and new. At the end the hero manages to engage his arch-rival in a vicious and hard fought final duel where he manages to just barely attain victory with a final strike to the throat with a blade. Afterward in one way or another the hero gets to go where he always wanted. Peace with his family. Ironically enough Mel Gibson was the first choice for the leading role of Maximus Decimus Meridius in Gladiator. He declined however, feeling he was too old for the part. Going on then to play Benjamin Martin in The Patriot. Both also interestingly have received their fair share of comparisons to Gibson's popular proceeding historical battle epic Braveheart. (Another film about a man who wants to settle down as a farmer with a family but is forced into action when those he loves are attacked by corrupt ruling forces) As noted in the comparison section, it is interesting to note that the leads are both fictional but drawn on elements from multiple historical figures, acting as a composite of sorts if you will. Rather than being (generally speaking heavily fictionalized) takes on real people/heroes as is done in most other films of their kind like Braveheart and Rob Roy. Maximus having elements drawn from Marcus Nonius Macrinus, Narcissus, Spartacus, Cincinnatus, and Maximus of Hispania. And Benjamin Martin from the likes of Thomas Sumter, Daniel Morgan, Nathanael Greene, Andrew Pickens, and Francis Marion. (5 each ironically enough) While they have been both called on for their deviations from historical fact, they both were successes. Gladiator is the clear winner, however: it made about double at the box office, got higher critical marks (Generally positive rather than mixed-to-positive), and did better during awards season., winning 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Leading Actor. The Patriot was nominated for 3, but did not win any however. While The Patriot hasn't been forgotten, and is considerably popular with general audiences, Gladiator quickly went on to become considered a modern classic and for a time re-invigorated the swords and sandals epic genre that had lied dormant for decades, with more films of the genre being greenlit after such as Wolfgang Petersen's Troy, Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur, Oliver Stone's Alexander, and Zack Synder's 300. The Patriot does get the consolation prize of being a 4th of July staple in the USA, though.
The Last Samurai (2003) Cold Mountain (2003) Both films are historical epic costume drama war films released in the December of 2003 centered around a Civil War era soldier who because of winds up abandoning his position and because of that decision has to face-off with the side he once served. While the leads aren't exactly criticized that much, many people believe that a supporting performance wound up stealing the show. Them being Ken Watanabe as Katsumoto and Renée Zellweger as Ruby Thewes. Both of whom got Oscar nominations for their performances. The latter however even wound up winning. On the review front, both received a generally positive reception. Cold Mountain has done a bit better with critics, whilst The Last Samurai is a bit more popular with audiences. However, whilst Cold Mountain did wind up winning an Oscar, The Last Samurai brought in about three times the cash at the box office.
Troy (2004) Alexander (2004) 2004 released historical battle epics set during the era of Ancient Greece and deal with themes concerning legacy and immortality. Ironically enough there is reference to Achilles and Patroclus in Alexander. Alexander's close-friend and lover Hephaestion compares him to Achilles, followed-up with Alexander stating that if he is Achilles, than Hephaestion must be his Patroclus. Ironically enough both got some controversy in certain circles with regards to their characters' sexuality. Some criticized Troy for apparently going out of its way to establish that Achilles and Patroclus' relationship was purely platonic and he a heterosexual. In contrast Alexander would get criticized by some for so much as suggesting that Alexander the great was not heterosexual. Troy wins this one. While Alexander received generally negative reviews from critics and mixed from audiences, Troy by comparison got generally mixed reviews from critics and mostly positive from audiences. Financially speaking, Troy made more than twice as much at the box office, and had only started with a slightly higher budget to begin with. Both films have received Director's Cuts on home video. Troy received a director of who most agree improved on the film, whilst Alexander has received three different cuts itself; the latter two in particular have garnered more praise, but have not elevated the film too drastically in such a way that something like, say, the Kingdom of Heaven Director's Cut did.
King Arthur (2004) The Last Legion (2007) Both are Post-Gladiator Roman Era epics that came out within a few years of each other take place during the decline of the Roman Empire, with them either having abandoned Britannia or are in the process of doing so. Both center around a band of heroes, led by a veteran Roman commander, who are set on a mission to escort a boy of important status to safety. They have to face a powerful "barbarian" force, culminating in a final battle at Hadrian's Wall. Both films also firmly link the King Arthur mythology to Rome. The author of the original novel The Last Legion Valerio Massimo Manfredi himself is aware of the similarities between the two stories and has pointed them out before. Both films have their fans among general audiences, but neither did particularly well with critics. However, King Arthur still did better on that front and made eight times as much at the box office (though it still helped kill Michael Eisner's career at Disney), ultimately doing modestly well, whilst The Last Legion did not manage to recoup its budget.
Troy (2004)

King Arthur (2004)

Alexander (2004)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

300 (2006)

Robin Hood (2010)

Centurion (2010)
Demythified Sword & Sandal (would be) epics inspired by success of Gladiator using cinematography from LOTR and stuttercam from SPR to capture massive battle scenes, seasoned lightly with a single tasteful love scene. The hero employs the ancient sword technique of ramping. Troy and 300 seem doomed to comparison, despite having little in common besides being about Greeks. Same with King Arthur and The Last Legion as both are films set during the The Siege in the 2004 flicks fell victim to Seinfeld Fatigue in the wake of a certain '03 film and those Capital One ads. Kingdom was heavily cut up for the theatrical release. Robin Hood (2010) is Gladiator with Robin Hood! 300 wins due to box office success and enduring popularity. Troy places thanks to that one fight scene everyone wants to see. Centurion gets a leg up for being deliberately cheesy. Kingdom draws, due to the stellar Director's Cut. King Arthur loses, and it was one of at least 5 major flops that helped lead to Disney CEO Michael Eisner getting dethroned from his position at the company. Alexander loses out as well, even though some of its director's cut versions on home video have received marginally better feedback.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Arn The Knight Templar (2007) Both are Medieval battle epics released during the grand revival of the genre Post-Gladiator that centers around a young man who is disgraced in some way and subsequently goes on a journey to the Holy Land where he becomes a knight and participates in the Crusades. The famous and popular Muslim leader Saladin plays a prominent role in both. The historical figures Balian of Ibelin, Guy of Lusignan, and Raynald of Châtillon who are major players in Kingdom of Heaven were actually featured in the Arn novels by Jan Guillou. This is a tough one given the differences in their releases. Kingdom of Heaven is probably the more well known of the two, but Arn seemed to receive a more positive initial reception on first run. However, after the release of its Director's Cut, Kingdom of Heaven has received a massive boost in popularity.
Black Death (2010) Season of the Witch (2011) Two films released within a year of each other, the former in late 2010 and the latter in early 2011. Both are action/adventure/horror films take place during the Dark Ages as the Black Plague is in full force. Both films are about how a company led by a knight is tasked by the Church to go to a far off village in order to essentially to tackle/investigate potential witchcraft. Director Christopher Smith himself rewrote the latter half of the script to Black Death in order to present the supernatural forces at play in a more ambiguous fashion. On the other hand Season of the Witch lays it all out in the open so to speak. Critically speaking, Black Death wins. Season of the Witch received near unanimous negative reviews from critics and also a generally bad reception with audiences. On the other hand, Black Death received generally positive marks from critics, though a divided reception with audiences. Commercially speaking, Season of the Witch is the clear winne, and while it wasn't a huge commercial success (91 million on a 40 million budget), Black Death only got a limited release and grossed only a bit over 270000.
Centurion (2010) The Eagle (2011) Adventure movies set in 2nd Century Roman Britain with the "mysterious disappearance" of the Ninth Legion as their inspiration. Centurion is an original, Gornasmic chase movie reminiscent of Apocalypto that follows a group of legionaries stranded in enemy territory after their legion is massacred by the Picts. The Eagle is a Darker and Edgier Pragmatic Adaptation of the 1954 classic children historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth, that follows the son of the disgraced general of the Ninth and his Brittonic slave in a mission to recover the Legion's eagle and restore the honor of his family years after the Legion disappeared. Both films received mixed reviews. Centurion, directed by Neil Marshall and starring Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko, was mostly criticized because of its script, while The Eagle 2011's critics targetted Kevin MacDonald's direction and Channing Tatum's uninspired performance as the lead. Nonetheless, only The Eagle (2011) made its budget back, despite costing twice as much as Centurion.
Robin Hood (2010) Ironclad (2011) Medieval era battle epics released within a year of each other that center around a disillusioned warrior that fought in the crusades who returns home to England where he must fight for his nation's freedom and security. Both even having a love interest in a woman of nobility. The famous English monarch King John plays a prominent role in both. Interestingly enough the lead character of Ironclad Thomas Marshall has been said to have based on one of the William Marshals of the time. The father and son who were the 1st and 2nd Earl of Pembroke respectively. William Marshal the 1st is featured prominently in Robin Hood and portrayed by William Hurt. Neither film was a huge success, with both receiving mixed reviews from both critics and audiences, though Robin Hood still did a bit better on at least the front of the latter. Robin Hood also wound up grossing more at the box office, but was also a bit more than six times as expensive as Ironclad. Robin Hood was intended to be the start of a series, but ultimately the box office numbers did not justify it for the studio, whilst Ironclad wound up actually getting a sequel in Ironclad: Battle for Blood in spite of all that preceding data.
Django Unchained (2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Intense story of a black man who faces brutality and enslavement in pre-Civil War America while trying to reunite with his wife. Django is very fictional while Twelve Years is Based on a True Story. They also both feature actors from Inglorious Basterds acting the opposite of their characters: Hans Landa is a caring humanitarian Dr. King Schultz while Lt. Archie Hicox is a vile slave owner. Both had great reviews in spite (or because of) the intense subject matter. 12 Years wound up getting 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, to Django 's 2, so 12 Years might have the upper hand by a bit but Django has a box-office edge.
The Butler (2013) 12 Years a Slave (2013) 2013 racially-charged historical dramas with an All-Star Cast that follow an African-American man over a long period of his life; both were seen as likely Oscar contenders months before their release The Butler is a fictionalized, somewhat Forrest Gump-like biography of a butler that served in the White House from the Eisenhower to the Reagan administrations and explores the social changes in America from the 1920s to the 2000s; 12 Years a Slave is an adaptation of the 1853 non-fiction book of the same name by Solomon Northup, that recounts his kidnapping and illegal enslavement in 1841. Both were critically acclaimed, but 12 Years A Slave garnered more attention in the award season, while Butler is seemingly left out in the race. Now that 12 Years has walked with 3 Academy Awards (Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress) it seems to have won, but The Butler remains the higher grossing movie.
The Imitation Game (2014) The Theory of Everything (2014) Awards-friendly Biopics about famous British scientists. The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking. The Theory of Everything is more of an inspirational love story, about Hawking's marriage to his wife Jane and his battle with Motor Neuron Disease, while The Imitation Game is darker and more tragic, focusing on Turing's efforts to break the Enigma code and later persecution for his homosexuality. Both films had a strong critical reception and were nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor awards at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Oscars. The Imitation Game looks to have the edge critically, and has massively out-performed The Theory of Everything at the box office, on track for a $100 million total (whereas Theory is likely to close below $40 million). However, Theory has been more successful with awards, winning Best Actor from the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, SAG, and the Oscars, while Game only won two major awards, for its screenplay. It's a close duel, no matter how you look at it.
Outcast (2014) Dragon Blade (2015) Both are films set in the past where characters from Ancient China have to team up with Europeans, with Crusaders in the former and Romans in the latter.   Outcast was only released in China and did not receive a theatrical release in America. Neither were a hit with the critics, but Dragon Blade fared better.
Carol (2015) The Danish Girl (2015, released a mere week later) Late 2015 period dramas about the titular characters struggling with their sexual identity. In Carol, a woman comes to grips with her identity as a lesbian while embarking on a new relationship amidst an ugly divorce and custody battle in 1950's New York, while in The Danish Girl , set in 1920s Copenhagen, a painter slowly but surely comes to realize that he wants to live as a woman, which naturally causes problems with his beloved wife. Both title characters are played by recent Oscar winners, (Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything) both of whom received Golden Globe, SAG, and Oscar nominations for their current work. And there was controversy over both film's co-leads being nominated for Best Supporting Actress when they had just as much screentime as the leads. The Danish Girl. Reviews were more positive for Carol, which appeared on many critics year-end Top Ten lists, but it didn't win a single award it was nominated for. Meanwhile, The Danish Girl received criticism for its inaccuracies, but earned Alicia Vikander a SAG and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The Danish Girl also grossed a bit more money worldwide than Carol.
Risen (2016) Ben-Hur (2016) 2016 Biblical epics that is each in of itself extra-Biblical but serves as a side story for a man whose life becomes entwined with that of Jesus Christ.   Ben Hur grossed more, but was a huge financially failure (94 million gross on a 100 million budget, and it was also critically panned. Risen, on the other hand, had more mixed critical reception, andti only cost 10 million to produced and grossed 36 million. Thus, Risen is likely the winner.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Silence (2016) 2016 period dramas about people's personal Christian faith being tested when up against terribly violent circumstances, both of them in Japan. Oh, and both just so happened to star Andrew Garfield. Hacksaw Ridge is a World War II film based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a pacifistic combat medic who finds himself facing both mockery by his allies over holding to his conviction to never killing so much so that he will never carry firearms as well as the harsh Pacific theater of the war. Silence is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo that centers around Jesuit priests in search of their lost mentor rumored to have apostatized from the faith who during their journey comes across devout native Japanese Christians as well as the hostile environment surrounding them by the powers that be. Hacksaw Ridge ultimately takes it. Both films have received great critical acclaim; however, Silence wound up being edged out there and beaten handily in terms of box office numbers.
Race (2016) Eddie the Eagle (2016) Two 2016 biopics set against the backdrop of the Olympics, both about athletes overcoming intolerance in pursuit of the gold. Race is about Jesse Owens' participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics in total defiance of Hitler's ban on non-Aryan competitors. Eddie the Eagle is about Eddie Edwards' struggle to represent Britain in the 1988 Calgary Olympics despite hardly anyone believing in him. Eddie the Eagle wins both critically and commercially as it has a 7.6 score on IMDb, a 79% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes and a $45.6 million gross, while Race has a 7.0 score on IMDb, a 61% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes and a $21.8 million gross. The Metacritic scores, on the other hand, have the two films are closely tied (with a two percent difference between them).
The Promise (2016, widely released in 2017) The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Both are historical dramas set during the Ottoman Empire's involvement in WWI, released a little over a month apart; the key way they differ is on the subject of the Armenian Genocide. The Promise was financed by the late Kirk Kerkorian, who wanted to finally make a Hollywood film about the Armenian genocide; The Ottoman Lieutenant was financed by the son of Turkey's president Erdogan and is seen by many as a film made to counter The Promise with genocide denial. Neither were profitable, but The Promise came out on top. While Turkey ran a successful campaign to bring down The Promise's rating on IMDB with one-star votes (it already had 86,704 ratings after only three screenings), The Ottoman Lieutenant opened to negative reviews. Calls were made to boycott The Ottoman Lieutenant from Armenian, Assyrian and Greek lobbies in the US, and The Promise got more celebrity endorsements and media exposure.
Outlaw King (2018) Robert the Bruce (2019) Historical films about Robert the Bruce released less than a year apart. Outlaw King was produced by Netflix, is intended to be watched on the streaming service and stars Chris Pine as Robert. About Robert the Bruce, Angus Macfadyen reprised the role of Robert from Braveheart and the film had a limited theatrical release in UK. Critics seem to favor Outlaw King (63% on Rotten Tomatoes) against Robert the Bruce (47%, though only fifteen critics have reviewed it on RT so far).
Ridley Scott King David Movie Warner Bros. King David Movie As one would expect, they are both planned large scale historical epics centering around the Biblical figure King David. Though, of course, that is if one of them does not wind up getting cancelled first as was the case with Steven Spielberg's Gods & Kings which was originally set to go head-to-head with Ridley Scott's Exodus that, ironically enough, is now known as Exodus: Gods and Kings.   TBA
The Great Alaskan Race (2019) Togo (2019)

The Call of the Wild (2020)
Released less than 4 months apart, these are three northern survival stories centered around one or more sled dogs and their grizzled owner. Alaskan Race and Togo are both live-action dramatizations of the famous "Great Race of Mercy" from Nome to the port of Seward, previously adapted as the animated film Balto (among others). Call of the Wild is an adaptation of the Jack London novel of the same name. Regarding the serum run films, while Balto presented a heavily fictionalized version of the story focused on the dog of the same name, Alaskan Race and Togo are based more closely on the actual events; Great Alaskan Race is a Human-Focused Adaptation which downplays the dogs in favor of human drama, while Togo focuses on its titular canine, the second-most famous sled dog associated with the story. Like Togo, Call of the Wild also devotes significant time to the relationship between a single dog and the main human character - in both films, the human lead is played by an older actor of note (Willem Dafoe and Harrison Ford, respectively). In contrast to the serum run films, which use real animal actors, Call of the Wild uses motion capture CGI to bring its dogs to life. Seemingly by virtue of its exposure to Disney+ subscribers, Togo, which was released directly to the streaming service on December 20th, crushed The Great Alaskan Race, which was a financial failure at the box office (less than $500,000). Togo also won critically thanks to strong reviews, including a WGA nomination, while Great Alaskan Race scored an abysmal 13% on Rotten Tomatoes (it has a strong 84% audience score, but with a drastically low number of reviewers). Meanwhile, The Call of the Wild received solid reviews, albeit lower than those of Togo, with heavy criticism directed at the CGI dog (whereas the animal actors in Togo were praised), and ultimately was a Box Office Bomb. Togo wins.
Quo Vadis, Aida? Dara of Jasenovac Both are about the real-life historical genocides occurred in the Balkan peninsula. Quo Vadis, Aida? centers around Srebrenica massacre in the middle of The Yugoslav Wars where Army of Republika Srpska slaughtered more than 8000 Bosniak men and boys, whereas Dara of Jasenovac is about the wider genocide of Serbs at Jasenovac concentration camp in the Independent State of Croatia during the World War II. Quo Vadis, Aida? became a festival favorite during the second half of 2020 and even nominated Best International Picture Oscar in 2021. Dara of Jasenovac, in contrast, received little international coverage, and, despite Serbia submitting it as their Oscar/Golden Globes contender, was completely ignored in award circuit. Many people accuse the latter for being anti-Croat and erases the plight of other ethnic groups in Jsenovac such as Jews and Roma people. Human rights activist Sonja Biserko called the film as the Serbian government's cynical response to Quo Vadis, Aida? as a way to downplay Serbian war crimes.


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