Both great films, but Gladiator for me
Ever since childhood I always wanted to be in the Arena to watch a gladiator fight, and I guess this is as close as I'll ever get. Actually I wanted to visit the games in the Colosseum, but after reading a few books about what happened exactly on those days (and following a course in Rome on the subject), I think it wouldn't have been such a good idea for a peaceloving vegetarian like me.
Serious: Gladiator has its flaws, and the story is no more than an adaptation of Anthony Mann's The Fall of the Roman Empire, but the film works for me. I've seen it more often than any other recent film and I still feel the thrill when I put the disc in the player. Ta ta ta, Gladiator. They say No. Archers ignite. Roma Victor!