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'Percy Jackson' Fans, Check Out These Mythology-Based Shows And Movies On Netflix

Politics, betrayals, brothers in arms—and absolutely *incredible* soundtracks.
A list of Greek mythology-inspired tv shows and movies to watch on Netflix.
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Gladiator/DreamWorks Pictures, Pompeii/Sony Pictures Releasing
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ICYMI, Netflix has slowly but surely been adding movies and tv series to their mythology-inspired lineup. While our fave Percy Jackson isn't on the platform, an original animated series called Blood of Zeus will drop on October 27, 2020; and Kaos, "a contemporary reimagining of Greek Mythology," is reportedly due for a 2021 release.

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But if you simply can't wait and need to watch new content *now*, check out the list below for titles we recommend for your next binge-watching sesh:

1. Gladiator

If you haven't already seen this epic historical drama, add it to your list. Russell Crowe plays a general betrayed and sold into slavery by a Joaquin Phoenix's character, a power-hungry son of the Roman Emperor.

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Why you should watch: The storyline, intense fight scenes, and incredible soundtrack. I still can't listen to "Now We Are Free" without crying, tbh.  

2. Spartacus

The three-season TV series is inspired by a Thracian gladiator who led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. If you watch one episode per night, you can easily finish it in just over a month!

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Why you should watchThe politics, betrayals, and band of brotherhood. Plus, all the good-looking men. *winks* Be warned, scenes do get a bit bloody at times—but it *is* a show about gladiators.

3. Pompeii

Starring everyone's favorite King of the North, Kit Harrington plays a Celt raised as a gladiator after his village is wiped out by a Roman senator (Kiefer Sutherland). Now a young man, he is brought to Pompeii and made to fight to 'win his freedom,' falling in love along the way.

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Why you should watch: Who doesn't love tragic romances? We all know the history of Pompeii, but we still find ourselves rooting for this couple anyways.

4. Clash of the Titans

A remake of the 1981 classic of the same name, the movie is loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. Born to the mortal queen Danae, the demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) must fight monsters and men to rescue a princess, all the while avoiding the manipulations of the god Hades.

Why you should watch: If you're a fan of the OG classic, you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised by the remake. Plus, check out that star-studded cast: Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Mads Mikkelsen, Luke Evans, Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton, Kaya Scodelario, and more!

5. Wrath of the Titans

The sequel to the 2010 remake takes place a decade after the events of the first film. Due to humanity's slowly dwindling belief, the gods lose control over the imprisoned Titans. It is now up to Perseus to save his father Zeus and the rest of mankind from the tyrants. 

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Why you should watch: If you like seeing things through till the end, make time for the 2012 follow-up! 

6. Legend of Hercules

Nope, we're not talking of the Disney animated classic here. This action-fantasy film tells of how the legend of Hercules came to be, hence the title. Betrayed by his own half-brother prince Alcedes and stepfather King Amphitryon, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) must fight to return home and save his lover, princess Hebe of Crete, from being forcefully married to Alcedes.

Why you should watch: Tired of waiting for a live-action Hercules? Give this a try! Plus, Twilight fans, if you think the actor who plays Hercules looks familiar, it's because he portrayed Emmett in the film saga.

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