Remember when Ridley Scott used to make half-decent films like this? Gladiator tells the story of Maximus Decimus Meridius, a general who became a slave who became a gladiator who became one of the most recognisable roles of the late 1990s. Russell Crowe gave one of his most iconic performances whilst Joaquin Phoenix went full-on scenery chewing as Emperor Commodus. Also, keep an eye out for Oliver Reed in his final role as the slaveowner who teaches Crowe the ropes as a gladiator.