Gladiator Vs. Braveheart Fight to The Death


Fight to The Death is an ongoing feature where staffers and readers get to vote and explain why one film is better than the other OR whether one fictional character would be able to kill another. This month’s featured rumble is a classic – Gladiator versus Braveheart. Vote now for a chance to win BOTH movies in 4K UHD Blu-ray. Update – Winner chosen!

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How to Enter Giveaway:

  1. Follow us on Twitter OR like our Facebook Page. Do both for TWO entries!


2. Comment below with which film you think is the better movie – Gladiator or Braveheart.

3. You’re done – Wait until the winner is announced June 1st.

For the rules of FIGHT TO THE DEATH click HERE



Synopsis:  Featuring both the theatrical and extended editions, GLADIATOR is the stunning historical epic that follows Maximus Decimus Meridius, the brave general who was forced into slavery, emerged as a gladiator, and defied an empire. Masterfully directed by Ridley Scott and featuring a riveting performance from Russell Crowe, GLADIATOR is a magnificent combination of vivid action and extraordinary storytelling and is a winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

Special Features:


  • Introduction by Ridley Scott (Extended Edition)
  • Commentary by director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe (Extended Edition)
  • Commentary by director Ridley Scott, editor Pietro Scalia and cinematographer John Mathieson (Theatrical Edition)


  • Introduction by Ridley Scott (Extended Edition)
  • Commentary by director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe (Extended Edition)
  • Commentary by director Ridley Scott, editor Pietro Scalia and cinematographer John Mathieson (Theatrical Edition)
  • The Scrolls of Knowledge
  • Deleted Scenes Index with Optional Commentary by Ridley Scott
  • Visions from Elysium: Topic Portal
  • Strength and Honor: Creating the World of Gladiator
  • Image & Design: Storyboard Demonstration, Storyboard Archive, Costume Design Gallery, Photo Galleries
  • Abandoned Sequences & Deleted Scenes
  • The Aurelian Archives – My Gladiator Journal by Spencer Treat Clark
  • And More


Synopsis:  BRAVEHEART, the richly detailed saga of power, passion, and the fight for freedom boasts Mel Gibson as William Wallace, a bold Scotsman who rallies his countrymen to liberation from oppressive English rule. BRAVEHEART is the winner of five Academy Awards*, including Best Picture.

Special Features:


  • Commentary by Mel Gibson


  • Commentary by Mel Gibson
  • BRAVEHEART Timelines
  • Battlefields of the Scottish Rebellion
  • BRAVEHEART: A Look Back
  • Smithfield: Medieval Killing Fields
  • Tales of William Wallace
  • A Writer’s Journey


Which Film is better? Braveheart or Gladiator?

Social Media Votes: Gladiator

Keven Votes: Braveheart


Another tie? Yeah unfortunately and this is our first one since ET versus Gizmo where both cute little puppets hugged each other until they each died. Look – I knew this would be a close battle but I had no idea how close it would turn out to be. Social media votes were neck and neck through every round but Gladiator had a late push that launched fan votes to put Ridley Scott’s epic into the lead. After revisiting both movies in 4K UHD, I’ve come to realise that Braveheart is in fact the better film. If you were to check out Rotten Tomatoes today you’d also notice that both are tied as well sitting at a lower than expected 77% each. Really? 77% only? They also each won FIVE Oscars, including Best Picture! Both movies are historical action epics on a scale that most current movies can’t reach anymore unless they have Marvel Studios on the introduction. I grew up loving both and although I would have said Gladiator was the better movie in my younger days, Braveheart is the far superior movie in my humble opinion now.


Mel Gibson, love him or hate him or forget him because he’s old and crazy (though you forgave him pretty damn quick when you all went to see that piece of shit Daddy’s Home 2 – aka the worst movie I’ve seen in a decade) — he made one helluva flick with Braveheart. Gladiator will go down in history as Russel Crowe’s finest hour I think, and it’s also a revenge story at it’s core much like Braveheart, but the movie drags. I don’t think I’ve been able to actually sit through it more than twice. Ever. It just doesn’t have the replay-ability factor that Gibson’s Braveheart has, which is paced way better and I think carries more solid and relatable supporting performances by a stellar cast. Maybe new series like Spartacus spoiled the theme of Gladiator with their over-the-top spectacular action scenes and riveting storylines, or maybe Gibson just made a damn good movie – either way Braveheart is better. However when it comes to the 4K UHD transfer, Gladiator looks more crisp, so if this were battle of 4K Blu-rays, Gladiator would take it. Not to mention the sound was thunderous and more intense in Gladiator as well. But it all comes down to the performances, story and pacing with Gibson’s Scottish Warrior epic for me. In the end – it’s a tie. Both movies are Best Picture winner classics – and this one was just too damn close to call.

Winner: TIE! 


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