The popularity of toga costumes go beyond Halloween to movies and Greek college life. With Angela Jolie set to play Cleopatra and the next 300 movie scheduled for a 2014 release, togas could be added to many people’s wardrobe as a classic costume.
To honor this timelessly popular attire, we have gathered the top ten movies that feature the toga.
The first of the two Kirk Douglas films that made the list (he made a number of others wearing togas), this movie is the Greek version of the Odyssey, or the journey of King Odysseus. Odysseus is noted for having taken part in the Trojan War and for fighting evil Roman demigods. Mythological movies were a popular subject when this was made in 1954.
9. The Passion of the Christ
Jesus wore a toga as it was the attire of the times. It may not have been called that, but it was part of both the Ancient Roman and Greek wardrobe. Mel Gibson directed this controversial movie, which was protested by Jewish people, Roman Catholics, and many Middle Eastern nationals. The characters speak the languages of the times, so the sub-titles made this a read-only movie before it was dubbed.
The first movie to have Angela Jolie in a toga (Beowulf was the second), the best part of this movie is the actors in this historic film. Colin Farrel, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers all don toga costumes in the story of the Macedonian ruler.
This classic Greek tale has Brad Pitt in a toga costume and could be one of the best movies to blend chick flick and fighting movie. It touches on many classic tales of Greek mythology – the Trojan Horse, Achilles’ Heel and Helena, the face that launched a thousand ships.
6. Ben Hur
Winner of 11 Academy Awards, this movie is a tale of redemption and has the best chariot race ever filmed. After a tile from his roof nearly hits a Roman governor, Ben Hur is sent to the Roman galleys while his mother and sister are sent to prison where they contract leprosy. They are later cured when they attend Jesus’s crucifixion.
The start of the toga-wearing gladiator movies, Spartacus has a cast of all the best actors of its time. It was Stanley Kubrick’s first major motion picture and included Kirk Douglas in the title role with support from Tony Curtis, Laurence Olivier and many more.
All that needs to be said: Elizabeth Taylor in a toga. This is the movie that started the famous Richard Burton Liz marriage game. The new Cleopatra will feature Angela Jolie in the role.
Russell Crowe won the Academy Award for Best Actor for this film. It also helped the resurgence of Greek mythology in other movies and television series. A feast for the eyes, there are plenty of Gladiator and toga costumes in this movie.
2. The Bible
Some may say this is the best example of the topic. The Ancient Romans, Greeks and other nationalities are seen wearing togas throughout much of the film.
1. Animal House
This is a cult classic that colleges around the world have embraced into the social fabric of college life. Since its 1978 release, Animal House has been the inspiration for toga parties on most college campuses.