The Roman Colosseum has inspired violence and romance for centuries. How much do you know about movies that use the Colosseum as a backdrop?
It's also called the Flavian Amphitheatre, and it's smack in the middle of Rome, Italy. Its familiar arena has been featured (or imitated) in many major film productions.
The very first "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" was released in 1925. Many of its scenes were shot in Rome. This was a silent film that wound up inspiring multiple remakes.
In 1925, $4 million was a lot of money for a movie, and even though the studio conducted a massive marketing campaign, it wound up with a net loss on its hands.
Kristen Bell starred alongside Josh Duhamel in "When in Rome," a romantic comedy that uses multiple Rome locations, including the Colosseum.
The 1959 movie was a remake of the 1925 film. It was a production of massive scale and employed hundreds of people just for the purpose of set building.
A mind-boggling 10,000 extras were needed to create some of the film's most memorable scenes.
Nicholson wasn't in this one, but there were numerous other stars, from Shaquille O'Neal to Will Arnett. It was all for naught because the film received mostly bad reviews.
Woody Allen wrote and directed this movie, and it was his first time onscreen in more than half a decade. The story is actually four distinct plotlines, all happening in Rome.
The film was shot on location in various parts of Rome. A lot of shooting also took place in Rome's famed Cinecitta studios.
The set builders constructed a 52-foot high replica that was about one-third the size of the real Colosseum … and they built it in Malta.
The replica alone added $1 million to the cost of making the movie, and it took months to complete the job.
The huge $100 million budget was a waste -- the movie was one of the years biggest flops.
Holden wasn't in this one, but Hepburn and Peck were. Hepburn won an Academy Award for her work in this romantic comedy.
Lee takes on Colt (Chuck Norris) in one of the movie's biggest moments. For a time, the movie was the last film to be shot inside the Colosseum.
It won four of the coveted awards, including Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.
Computer graphics rebuilt the old Colosseum to make it look almost new.
A public reason was never stated, but it's safe to assume that officials in Rome didn't want the film crew damaging their priceless Circus.
There were 2,000 real people used as extras inside the fake Colosseum. But there were 33,000 more generated solely by computer magic.
A weird blob evolves into a bipedal reptile that's reminiscent of Godzilla, and then it rampages all over Rome, including the Colosseum.
They did indeed build parts of the underground areas of the Colosseum. The lift system was intentionally crude but took a lot of work to get just right.
The movie required thousands of paid extras, and high unemployment rates meant that the positions were hotly contested. When people were turned away, they rioted.
An insane lightning storm ravages all of Rome and strikes the Colosseum, too, lighting up the arena with bright white light.
In a very rare exception, Rome film officials allowed the crew inside for three precious days. They blew it by making, well, "Jumper."
The exorbitant production took many millions of dollars and a lot of construction. It wasn't finished for seven years.
Nick Cave, the brooding musician, actually wrote a sequel about a time-traveling gladiator, but the project never moved forward.
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mickey Rourke and, um -- Dennis Rodman -- this terrible movie was released in 1997.
Instead of using the real Colosseum, the crew ventured to France.
Three of the locations were in California, and the other three were set right in Italy, especially Rome.
A huge meteor blasts the Colosseum in this $20 million movie, which died a horrible death, too, by only making about $6 million.
This movie uses Rome as a primary backdrop … but it was entirely filmed on sets built in Los Angeles. It starred Victor Mature and Susan Hayward.