#3. Spartacus – 3 Hours and 17 Minutes
A truly great film that stands out from Stanley Kubrick’s incredibly diverse back catalogue, Spartacus dominated at the 1961 Golden Globes, yet it failed to be significantly acknowledged at the Academy Awards, although it had some stiff competition. Like Heston in Ben-Hur the year previous, here it is Kirk Douglas who makes the title role his own. Despite modern swords-and-sandals pictures such as Gladiator making more leaps and bounds upon the realism of ancient Rome and its customs, take nothing away from the standard of storytelling and the execution of dramatic scenes seen in Kubrick’s epic. A hugely entertaining take on the classic slave rebellion tale.