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 re-creates the glory of Ancient Rome with Academy Award®-winning special effects. A modern classic.