Category listing
Cleopatra productions

France, 1899

Jeanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès
Directed by Georges Méliès


A man with diabolical intent hacks the Queen's mummy to bits, then resurrects the woman from a smoking brazier.

This first mini-epic Cleopatra ever, 2 minutes long, was filmed by one of the giants of the early French cinema, Georges Méliès (1861-1938), only 4 years after he saw the Lumière Brothers' presentation of the first ever projected film screenings in late 1895. The film was considered lost for a long time, until it was rediscovered in a 'secret depot' in France in 2005. The film has, however, so far remained unavailable to the public. English title: "Cleopatra's Tomb". US-release: "Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb".

Antony and Cleopatra
USA, 1908

Florence Lawrence, Maurice Costello, William Ranus
Directed by James Stuart Blackton, Charles Kent


"Scenes: Antony’s meeting with Cleopatra. Rome and Caesar forgotten. Love at first sight. Caesar hears of Antony’s love for Cleopatra. Antony returns to Caesar. Caesar’s anger at Antony. They are reconciled by Antony’s marriage to Caesar’s sister Octavia. Cleopatra’s wild jealousy on hearing of Antony’s marriage. Longing for Cleopatra, Antony leaves Octavia and returns to Egypt. Antony’s Defiance to Caesar. The battle lost, Antony asks Eros to kill him. Cleopatra dies by the sting of the deadly asp.” (source: The Bioscope)

A Vitagraph production.

Cleopatra’s Lover
USA, 1909


“In this reel from the Vitagraph workshop the exceptional attractiveness of the Sorceress of the Nile is strikingly depicted and the cold indifference of this same passionate woman is clearly reproduced as the dawn approaches and she hastens the death of her crazed peasant lover in causing him to drink the poisoned cup and fall dead at her feet, as she rises to meet Antony returning. It is a strong film and the story is strong, exerting a peculiar effect upon those who watch it, an effect which is exhilarating, without being altogether pleasant.” (source: The Moving Picture World)

A Vitagraph production.

France, 1910

Madeleine Roch, Stacia de Napierkowska
Directed by Henri Andréani, Ferdinand Zecca


“We see Antony come in the glory of conquest to Egypt; we watch Cleopatra go forth to meet the subduer of her people, that she may see his face; we behold the mighty warrior, invincible in the battlefield, fall a victim to the passion of love, and we see his final surrender of country and honor when he decides to remain by the side of Cleopatra in Egypt. Caesar then sets forth to be revenged upon the lover-traitor. He overcomes the Egyptians; and in a poignant scene Antony stabs himself, paying in his life-blood for the glory of his love. Last comes the tragic end; where Cleopatra, the incomparable queen, consummates her passion also by death, holding to her breast the stinging asp, while the Romans batter at her gates and trample outside upon the body of her lover.” (source: The Bioscope)

A Serie d'Art / Pathé Fréres production.

The Passions of an Egyptian Princess
USA, 1911

Julie Meijer
Directed by Theo Frenkel


Story about the passions of Cleopatra. One of 54 movies produced in Kinemacolor, an early colour motion picture process used commercially from 1908 to 1914. It was a two-color additive color process, photographing and projecting a black-and-white film behind alternating red and green filters. This process was never a success, partly due to the expense of installing special Kinemacolor projectors in theaters.

USA, 1912

Helen Gardner, Pearl Sindelar
Directed by Charles L. Gaskill


Ventidius, a Roman soldier, issues Cleopatra, the sovereign of Egypt, an order to meet Mark Antony at Tarsus to answer charges of conspiracy. Antony, bewitched by Cleopatra, remains with her until he receives news of his wife Flavia's death. In Rome Antony marries Octavia, the sister of Octavius, for political reasons. Although infuriated with her unfaithful lover, Cleopatra rushes to Actium when she learns that Antony's fleet there is under siege. Because Cleopatra's navy ultimately deserts him at Actium, Antony is defeated; he nonetheless rouses his forces to defend her from Octavius in Egypt. Antony, again suffering defeat, stabs himself, and Cleopatra, rather than be displayed in Rome as Octavius' prisoner, presses an adder to her breast and dies. (source: AFI)

Early attempt to use ancient history as the inspiration for a film drama. Helen Gardner and her troupe filmed a stage production, typical for the time. The plot is adapted from Victorien Sardou's 1890's play "Cléopâtre", which on the stage in Paris starred the legendary Sarah Bernhardt.

Marcantonio e Cleopatra
Italy, 1913

Ida Carloni Talli, Bruto Castellani, Matilde Di Marzio
Directed by Enrico Guazzoni


“Superb scenes are the fall of Alexandria before Octavius; his triumphant entry afterwards at Rome; the landing of Roman troops in Egypt by moonlight, the long and silent march to Alexandria; the Alexandrian pageants in which Antony and Cleopatra participated, and the great interior scene in the royal palace on the night that was to be forever remembered. What terrific battle scenes are shown on the lofty flight of steps leading up to the royal palace entrance, and on the Nile within the city. ?Signora Gonzal­es is graceful and possesses a beautiful and expressive face. Her acting at all times shows keen intelligence and a fine grasp of the situation in hand. The death scene, which is admirably done, is stately and affecting.” (source: The Moving Picture World)

USA, 1917

Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall, Alan Roscoe
Directed by J. Gordon Edwards


Leading his conquering forces into Egypt, Julius Caesar falls madly in love with Cleopatra and the two rule Egypt jointly. When Caesar is assassinated after having returned to Rome to be crowned king of the civilized world, Mark Antony journeys to Egypt to secure Cleopatra's submission to the ruling triumvirate in Rome. Although Antony and Cleopatra are passionately in love, Antony returns to Rome and marries Octavia, sister of Octavius, to cement the triumvirate politically. When he discovers that Cleopatra still loves him, Antony joins forces with her but is vanquished by the forces of Octavius at Actium. Antony stabs himself, and when Cleopatra learns of his death, she applies a venomous asp to her breast and dies. (source: AFI)

No copy of this film survives. The film is, however, legendary for Theda Bara playing the famous part. Said to have been born in the shadow of the pyramids (no doubt a studio promotional stunt), she was one of the most successful and glamorous stars of the 1910s. Of more than 40 films she made between 1914 and 1926 only three remain. Her stage name, Theda Bara, is said to be an anagram of 'Arab Death'.

USA, 1918

Armando Novello, Dora Rogers


This short with Armando Novello, who plays Toto the Clown, is a parody on the romance between Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. Novello played Toto in a series of 18 shorts with Hal Roach Studios, until he suddenly quit in 1918 and was replaced by Stan Laurel who continued for another 5 productions. The comedy about Toto and Cleopatra was remade in Italy in 1963 as part of a new Toto series, this time with Neapolitan actor Antonio 'Totò' de Curtis.

Cleopatra, die Herrin des Nils
Germany, 1921

Asta Nielsen


Cleopatra and Her Easy Mark
USA, 1923

Directed by Frank A. Nankivell, Richard M. Friel, W. E. Stark


An early example of color (!) animation.

Lawful Larceny
USA, 1923

Nita Naldi, Conrad Nagel, Hope Hampton
Directed by Allan Dwan


Young wife saves her husband from ruin when she manages to retrieve a cheque for a large sum of money that was given by him to a couple of fraudsters.

This now lost movie contained a short prologue where the protagonist wife (played by 1920s vamp Nita Naldi) is portrayed as an Egyptian queen, so that in the main story she is perceived as a modern-day Cleopatra.

Cleo to Cleopatra
USA, 1928

Daphne Pollard


Comedy. Early sound film (Western Electric Vitaphone sound-on-disk).

USA, 1928

Robert Ellis, Dorothy Revier
Directed by Roy William Neill


Early 20 minute synchronized sound film.

Oh! Oh! Cleopatra
USA, 1931

Dorothy Burgess, Robert Woolsey, Bert Wheeler
Directed by Joseph Santley


Two guests at a banquet try some time-traveling pills, and find themselves as Caesar and Anthony, competing for the hand of Cleopatra in a chariot race. (source: BFI)

Three's A Crowd
USA, 1932

TV-series Looney Tunes

Directed by Rudolf Ising


After an old man has been reading a book by the fire and heads off to bed, a number of phantasy characters climb out from his book to sing and dance. Among them Nero fiddles while Rome burns, and Cleopatra sizzles in a slinky dance.

Cartoon from the Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon series by Warner Bros. Studios that ran between 1930 and 1969.

USA, 1934

Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille


"History's most seductive woman! The screen's mightiest spectacle!"

The story of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the greatest men of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony.

Epic, lavish spectacle by famous director Cecil B. DeMille. A standout for the film is the art deco design influences on the sets by Art Director Hans Dreier.

Ahib el Ghalat
أحب الغلط

Egypt, 1942

Taheya Carioca ( تحية كاريوكا ), Hussein Sedki ( حسين صدقي )
Directed by Hussein Fawzi


In this movie famed bellydancer Taheya Carioca (Abla Muhammed Karim) plays an aspiring actress and dancer who gets to play Cleopatra in an upcoming production about the famous Queen. The movie contains an 8 minute sequence that tells virtually the whole story of Cleopatra, from arriving to Caesar in a rolled up carpet to her death by an asp-bite. To impress Caesar and win him over she performs an Egyptian dance. The dance choreography in this movie was done by (reportedly Lebanese) Isaac Dickson, who was one of the most important choreographers and dance trainers in Egypt during the Golden Era of Egyptian dance and cinema.


Egypt, 1943

Badr Lama, Amina Rizk
Directed by Ibrahim Lama (إبراهيم لاما)


Cleopatra, the beautiful Ptolemaic queen of Egypt, is surrounded by intrigues. She defeats her rival Heremakes but is soon threatened by the Roman danger. Antony is sent to make her pay the tribute to Rome. They fall in love and he convinces her to pardon Heremakes. Octavius discovers the love story between Antony and Cleopatra and warns Antony that if he does not give Cleopatra up, there will be war between them. When the war breaks out, the treacherous Heremakes, disguised as a soothsayer, convinces Cleopatra to withdraw from the battle, which led Antony to believe she had betrayed him. Heremakes then tells Antony that Cleopatra had repented and committed suicide, which makes Antony grieve and commit suicide himself. He is then led dying to her. They clasp each other and she puts the fatal asp to her breast. (source:

Movie by the Chilean-born Palestinian brothers Ibrahim and Badr Lama, who had settled in Alexandria in 1924 as photographers. They quickly converted to cinema and became responsible for a large number of productions in the 1930's and 1940's. The 1943 movie "Cleopatra" is the only one with an ancient Egyptian theme.

Caesar and Cleopatra
UK/USA, 1946

Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger
Directed by Gabriel Pascal


In George Bernard Shaw's lavish epic, the venerable Julius Caesar meets Cleopatra under the Sphinx in ancient Egypt. Although the Roman Emperor finds her childishly innocent, she is capable of seizing the throne from her brother, King Ptolemy, and cold-bloodedly committing murder. Captivated by her youthful beauty, Caesar sets out to refine Cleopatra's rough edges into a more royal demeanor, befitting a Queen. Even in the midst of his campaign to conquer Egypt, he finds the time to teach her about life and politics. But the temptress truly longs for another lover -- the virile Marc Antony in distant Rome. (source:

La Vida íntima de Marco Antonio y Cleopatra
Mexico, 1946

Luis Sandrini, Maria Antonieta Pons
Directed by Roberto Gavaldón


Mexican musical (!) version of the popular story of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra.

My Wife's Best Friend
USA, 1952

Anne Baxter, Cecil Kellaway, Macdonald Carey
Directed by Richard Sale


After a man confesses to his wife that he has been unfaithful, she imagines all kinds of ways that historical figures such as Cleopatra and Joan of Arc might handle the situation. Cleopatra, she imagines, was able to literally walk over men to achieve her goals.

The Death of Cleopatra
USA, 1953

TV-series You Are There

Kim Stanley


The story of Cleopatra's death presented in a 30-minute episode from the American historical drama series "You Are There". This high profile series with reenactments of many key historical events was hosted by Walter Cronkite and ran for 90 episodes between 1953 and 1957. In some episodes, CBS News reporters in modern-day suits would report on the action and interview the protagonists on the spot. At the end of each program, Cronkite ended with the words "what sort of day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times... and you were there."

Due Notti con Cleopatra
Italy, 1953

Sophia Loren, Alberto Sordi
Directed by Mario Mattoli


Lusty Queen Cleopatra has executed all guards she previously made love to. The newest guard finds life more appealing than love and escapes with the queen's double.

English title: "Two Nights with Cleopatra".

Serpent of the Nile
USA, 1953

Raymond Burr, Rhonda Fleming
Directed by William Castle


Yet another Marc Anthony and Cleopatra romance.

Filmed on sets left over from the Columbia superfeature Salome, also using generous chunks of stock footage from that film.

King Putt
USA, 1954

TV-series The Red Skelton Show

Red Skelton
Directed by Seymour Berns

King Putt has his hands full when he meets Cleopatra. She thinks he's rich and he thinks she's rich but both don't even have a piece of mummy cloth between them.

Sketch from the popular "Red Skelton Show", an American variety show that was a television staple for almost two decades, from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. Skelton opened with a monologue and this was often followed by a guest-star performance by a singer in combination with comedy sketches. These were usually built around one of Red's many regular characters. See also the sketch "Of Mouth and Men" from 1963.

Caesar and Cleopatra
USA, 1956

TV-series Producers' Showcase

Claire Bloom, Cedric Hardwicke, Jack Hawkins


The Story of Mankind
USA, 1957

Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Virginia Mayo, John Carradine


Scientists have developed a weapon, called the Super H-bomb, which if detonated will wipe out the human race entirely. A High Tribunal in The Great Court of Outer Space is called upon to decide whether divine intervention should be allowed to stop the bomb's detonation. The Devil prosecutes mankind while the Spirit of Man defends it. Both are allowed to take the tribunal to any period of time to present evidence for mankind's salvation or damnation. They take the tribunal from prehistory through ancient Egyptian, Greco-Roman, medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment and modern times, looking at historical figures played by a host of guest stars. The ancient Egyptian evidence takes us to the times of pharaoh Khufu, the great builder, but also to Cleopatra, who is portrayed as a petulantly girlish blond dame, the example of guilty pleasure!

Based on Hendrik Van Loon’s children’s novel, The Story of Mankind, the first winner of the prestigious Newberry Award for outstanding children’s literature. Director Irwin Allen latched onto Van Loon's novel to produce this rather wonderful gimmicky camp version of the story for a more adult audience. The film re-uses mass-scene footage from Howard Hawks' 1954 movie "Land of the Pharaohs" that equally features king Kheops, and some costumes from 1954 "The Egyptian".

The Pill Of Smartness
USA, 1958

TV-series Tom Terrific

Directed by Gene Deitch


Tom and his dog Manfred must race villainous Crabby Appleton to retrieve the 'Pill of Smartness' that once belonged to Cleopatra and makes whoever swallows it the smartest person in the world.

Episode from the animated series "Tom Terrific", a series of five-minute cartoons created specifically for the Captain Kangaroo show from 1957 to 1959. It features a gee-whiz boy hero, called Tom Terrific, who can transform himself into anything he wants thanks to his magic thinking cap. The series ran for 26 episodes.

Caesar and Cleopatra
USA, 1959

TV-series General Electric Theater

Piper Laurie, Maurice Evans, Belle Mitchell


Episode 198 of the television series "General Electric Theater" which ran for a total of 302 episodes between 1953 and 1962, hosted from 1954 onwards by Ronald Reagan. The series presented adaptations of short stories, novels, plays, films and other works of fiction. "Caesar and Cleopatra" is based on the George Bernard Shaw play by the same name.

Le Legioni di Cleopatra
France/Italy/Egypt, 1959

Linda Cristal, Ettore Manni, Georges Marchal
Directed by Vittorio Cottafavi


Roman envoy Curridius travels to Egypt to warn Marc Antony that Rome is not thrilled with his behavior. After many dangers on the road he finally encounters beautiful queen Cleopatra.

English title: "Legions of the Nile".

Matinee Idol Popeye
USA, 1960

TV-series Popeye the Sailor


Brutus is an egotistical French director making a film about Antony and Cleopatra, starring Popeye and Olive Oyl.

Episode 75 from the 1960's animated series "Popeye the Sailor", a televised follow-up of the original Popeye theatrical shorts that were produced from 1933 to 1957.

Il Sepolchro dei Rei
Italy/France, 1960

Debra Paget, Robert Alda, Erno Crisa
Directed by Fernando Cerchio


After the civil war that followed the assassination of Caesar, Cleopatra meets with Marc Antony in Assyria to plan the defense of Egypt against the Romans. Before the fight she entrusts her young daughter Shila to the rulers of Assyria, to be brought up as their own. After Marc Antony's defeat and Cleopatra's death, Egypt is ruled by the youthful pharaoh Nemorat. His despot mother Tegi desires to unite both kingdoms and strengthen her son's rule by conquering Assyria and make Shila his wife. Shila, however, plans to bail herself out with the help of her lover, the physician Reti.

English title: "Cleopatra's Daughter".

Brazil, 1962

Lima Duarte, Cláudio Marzo, Tarcísio Meira


Brazilian television series featuring the story of Cleópatra, Júlio César and Marco Antônio.

Una Regina per Cesare
Italy/France, 1962

Pascal Petit, Gordon Scott
Directed by Piero Pierotti, Viktor Tourjansky


Story focussing primarily on the romance between Caesar and Cleopatra.

English title: "A Queen for Caesar". French title: "Cléopâtre, une reine pour César".

Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace
France/Italy/Germany, 1962

Christopher Lee
Directed by Terence Fisher


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try solving the case of the stealing of Cleopatra's necklace, found years earlier by archaeologists in her tomb in the Fayum in Egypt. They soon discover that the evil professor Moriarty is behind it all.

Apart from a mummy and the necklace there is no other Egyptology of interest in this film. German title: "Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes". French title: "Sherlock Holmes et le collier de la mort". Italian title: "Sherlock Holmes la valle del terrore".

Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra
USA, 1962

TV-series The Dick Van Dyke Show


In flashback Rob explains to his wife Laura the monumental headaches he accrued the year before while trying to properly cast a theatrical sketch based on the then-current Liz Taylor film Cleopatra, especially since "Cleo" --played by Laura-- had to be kissed by a handsome neighbor.

The Actress
USA, 1963

TV-series The Patty Duke Show

Patty Duke, William Schallert


Patty and her identical cousin Cathy's high school is putting on a lavish version of "Anthony and Cleopatra". Cathy is excited about the play and desperately wants the lead, while Patty could care less about a Shakespearean production. The director, however, decides he needs Patty's talents for the lead role, and Cathy becomes her understudy. Patty arranges for a Hollywood talent scout to view the play, but when she develops laryngitis Cathy dutifully takes her place. Patty tries to get it back after she makes a last-minute recovery.

Episode 12 from the 1960's sitcom "The Patty Duke Show" about a normal teenager called Patty Lane who lives in the Brooklyn Heights section of New York City. The Egyptian theme of this particular episode was probably inspired by the hype around Joseph L. Mankiewicz "Cleopatra" with Liz Taylor from the same year.

Antonius und Cleopatra
Germany, 1963

Lola Müthel, Peter Pasetti
Directed by Rainer Wolffhardt


Early West-German television version of the 1607 Shakespeare play "The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra".

USA, 1963

TV-series Peabody's Improbable History

Adventurous dog Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman set their time machine to encounter Cleopatra, Ptolemy and Julius Caesar.

Episode from the animated tv-series "Peabody's Improbable History", a segmented part of the late 1950s and early 1960s television animated series "Rocky and His Friends" and "The Bullwinkle Show" (collectively referred to as "Rocky and Bullwinkle").

USA, 1963

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz


Epic film about the historical and poetical drama of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt who wants to stabilize her power by using the tensions in the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar falls in love with her and helps her keep her throne. After Caesar's death she chooses for Marc Anthony, but thus gets caught in his power struggle with Octavianus (Augustus). In the end they lose all. The film is infamous for almost bankrupting film studio 20th Century Fox. It was made at a cost of $44 million, an impossibly extravagant figure for that time. This was partly due to the fact that the film's elaborate, complicated sets, costumes and props had to be constructed twice, once during a botched shoot in London and once more when the production relocated to Rome.

Cleopatra's Heart
Japan, 1963

TV-series Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム)


Astro Boy tries to foil a mad scientist's plot to use a robotic Cleopatra (a sexy one, of course) to recreate the ancient kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra's love, by the way, is another robot called Mark Anthony.

Episode 44 of the Japanese anime series "Astro Boy" (鉄腕アトム or Tetsuwan Atomu) based on the Manga comic "Secret of the Egyptian Conspirators " (1954) by Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989). It is a cartoon adventure series about a youngster in the 21st century. Interestingly, Astro Boy was the first animated TV series to be produced in Japan. After becoming a worldwide hit, Japanese cartoons began to flood the market with the release of other successful series. Followed by episode 45 "The Return of Cleopatra".

Een Idealist
Netherlands, 1963

Ko van Dijk, Sigrid Koetse, Lous Hensen, Henk van Ulsen
Directed by Jack Dixon

Herodes, king of the Jews, is pressured by queen Cleopatra to appoint his wife's brother, the Jewish prince Aristobulus, as new high priest, but manages to poison him before the ceremony. Soon after Marc Anthony and Cleopatra are defeated by Octavian, Herodes sees a vision wherein is announced that the Messiah has been born and will become king of the Jews. This will become his downfall.

Dutch biblical television drama based on the play "En Idealist" (1928) by Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor Kaj Munk.

Gidget goes to Rome
USA, 1963

James Darren, Cindy Carol, Cesare Danova
Directed by Paul Wendkos


Gidget Lawrence is a bright, perky, mature teenager. She and some of her friends are in Rome, where she meets a mysterious and handsome older Italian man who seems to be intent on helping her have a good stay. During a guided visit to the Roman forum, she is shown the spot where Cleopatra "entered the forum when she was in Rome as Caesar's concubine". In a daydream Gidget relives that moment with herself as Cleopatra, when one of her friends has to throw himself on the floor in a pool of mud to keep her feet dry while passing. In the end it appears the Italian has been retained by Gidget's father to make sure she has both a good time, and remains safe.

Third installment from a whole Gidget series of films and television movies, based on a fictional character created by author Frederick Kohner in his 1957 novel "Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas".

Lucy Plays Cleopatra
USA, 1963

TV-series The Lucy Show


The Danfield Women's Volunteer Fire Fighters put on Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra. Lucy is cast as Cleopatra with Viv, in male drag, as Marc Antony. The two dueling divas try to upstage each other during the performance, infuriating their pretentious director Professor Gitterman. (source:

First colour episode of the second series of "The Lucy Show", a comedy show centered around Lucille Ball. This was the follow-up series to her classic "I Love Lucy" and the subsequent "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" series.

Of Mouth and Men
USA, 1963

TV-series The Red Skelton Hour

Red Skelton, Martha Raye

Sketch from an episode of "The Red Skelton Hour", a popular television comedy show that ran for almost two decades from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. Red Skelton's guest star in this episode is Martha Raye. Capitalizing on the publicity surrounding the yet-to-be-released Elizabeth Taylor version of Cleopatra, the sketch casts Martha as an aggressively amorous Queen of the Nile, who carries a torch for the sublimely indifferent Roman slave Nauseous. See also the 1954 sketch "King Putt".

The Return of Cleopatra
Japan, 1963

TV-series Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム)

An evil robot copy of Caesar entrusts Astro Boy with the royal staff of Queen Cleopatra. But it appears he had stolen it and now Cleopatra tries to get it back. But is she the real Cleopatra or just another evil robot copy?!?

Following episode 44 "Cleopatra's Heart", this is episode 45 of the Japanese anime series "Astro Boy" (鉄腕アトム or Tetsuwan Atomu) based on the Manga comic "Secret of the Egyptian Conspirators" (1954) by Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989).

The Spread of the Eagle
UK, 1963

Peter Cushing


Nine-part television drama series that presents the Shakespeare plays "Coriolanus", "Julius Caesar" and "Antony and Cleopatra" in order of their historical events. The story of "Antony and Cleopatra" is covered in episodes 7 (acts 1 and 2), 8 (acts 2,3 and 4) and 9 (acts 5 and 6).

Toto e Cleopatra
Italy, 1963

Antonio de Curtis (Toto)
Directed by Fernando Cerchio


Marc Anthony, called back to Rome from Alexandria (where he fell in love with Cleopatra) by Ottavio who wants him to marry his sister Ottavia, is seized by his legitimate wife Fulvia. She substitutes him for his stepbrother, Totonno, who is his double. Totonno then goes to Egypt but ill-treats Cleopatra so badly that he is condemned to death. On Marc Anthony's return however, he is reprieved. Next Ottavio declares war upon Egypt, Marc Anthony dies and Totonno takes his place. Finally Totonno returns to Rome with Ottavia at his side and served by Cleopatra, who he has made his slave.

English title: "Totò and Cleopatra". Toto is played by Neapolitan actor, writer, and songwriter Antonio de Curtis, whose stage name was actually 'Totò'. He was so popular that his movie vehicles often incorporated his name in the titles. Some of these, notably "Totò e Cleopatra", "Toto d'Arabia" and "Toto Sexy", were parodies of established 'serious' film genres.

Antony and Cleopatra
USA, 1964

TV-series The Hollywood Palace

Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson
Directed by Grey Lockwood


Sketch from episode 23 (aired 6-6-1964) of the American television variety show "The Hollywood Palace" that was broadcast weekly on Saturday nights on ABC television between 1964 and 1970. There were revolving guest hosts and each episode featured a number of famous guests from the world of television, film and music that performed a number of sketches or songs. In this particular sketch Hollywood stars Buster Keaton and Gloria Swanson perform a silent-comedy version of "Cleopatra" and join the host Gene Barry in a dance routine.

Carry on Cleo
UK, 1964

Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Amanda Barrie
Directed by Gerald Thomas


Two Britons captured by the invading Romans are taken to Rome, and unwillingly end up in the intrigues between Caesar, the senate, Marc Anthony and queen Cleopatra.

Said to be on of the best of the earlier 'Carry On' films.

Cleo Trio
USA, 1964

TV-series Peter Potamus and So-So


Peter and So-So land in Egypt and meet Julius Caesar, who is despondent about losing the favor of Cleopatra. They go to Cleopatra's barge to speak for Caesar. Cleopatra forgives Caesar without Peter's knowledge. Peter tries to use reverse psychology with Cleopatra and speaks insultingly about Caesar. Caesar overhears the insults and attacks Peter. Peter uses his hippo hurricane holler to escape back to his balloon.

Episode from the animated children series "Peter Potamus and So-So" produced by the well-known Hanna-Barbera Studios. The series is about a purple hippopotamus called Peter Potamus and his traveling companion monkey So-So who fly back and forth through time in a balloon participating in historic events.

Cleopatra era Cándida
Argentina, 1964

Niní Marshall, Amelia Vargas, Tito Lusiardo, Juan Verdaguer
Directed by Julio Saraceni

Cándida is a millionaire eccentric who dreams of being Cleopatra and living a life full of luxuries and comfort.

Based on the play "Doña Vitaminas" by Rodolfo Torrado Estrada.

Il Figlio di Cleopatra
Italy, 1964

Mark Damon, Arnoldo Foà, Scilla Gabel
Directed by Ferdinando Baldi


In Roman-dominated Egypt, the corrupt administration of a governor named Petronius has sparked a revolt headed by El Kabir, a young man who learns that he's actually the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. When Petronius' daughter, Livia, newly-arrived from Rome, falls into his hands, El Kabir uses this opportunity to win her over to his side before releasing her to her father. Livia's efforts to promote peace, however, are thwarted, and only the arrival of Octavian Caesar can bring about a resolution to the troubled situation. (source: IMDB)

English title: "Son of Cleopatra".

I Kleopatra en Drasei
Greece, 1966

Lavrentis Dianellos, Joly Garbi, Stavros Paravas
Directed by Costas Karagiannis


Also known as "Kleopatra itan Antonis".

The Race against Time
USA/Japan, 1967

TV-series Speed Racer (マッハGoGoGo)

Directed by Peter Fernandez

When an archaeologist is murdered during the Sahara Race, Speed tries to fulfill the dying man's last request -- to find his daughter, lost in the Egyptian ruins. Speed finds her, but she's amnesiac and believes she is Cleopatra. To gain her trust, Speed must pass a series of tests, including a gladiator fight and retrieving a statue from the top of a pyramid.

Episode 28 from the American adaptation (Speed Racer) of the Japanese made Anime television series マッハGoGoGo (Mach GoGoGo!). Originally serialized in manga print form by Tatsuo Yoshida, from 1967 to 1968 it ran as a television series in seperate Japanese and American adaptations with a total of 52 episodes. In 1997, a modernized version appeared in Japan with 34 episodes. An English adaptation of this remake in 2002 only saw 11 episodes due to licensing disputes.

Astérix et Cléopatre
Belgium/France, 1968

Directed by René Goscinny, Lee Payant, Albert Uderzo


The famous Gauls named Asterix and Obelix put their strength to work by helping an architect for a bet between Cleopatra and Caesar.

Animation based on the René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo comic strip. English title: "Asterix and Cleopatra".

Cäsar und Cleopatra
Germany, 1969

O.E. Hasse, Violetta Ferrari
Directed by Ulrich Erfurth


Television version of George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra", possibly a recreation of a theatre performance of the same piece by the same director at the so-called 'Bad Hersfelder Festspiele' of the same year.

Samantha's Caesar Salad
USA, 1969

TV-series Bewitched

Elizabeth Montgomery, Elizabeth Thompson, Jay Robinson


Hoping to help Samantha in the kitchen, maid and witch Esmerelda tries to whip up a caesar salad. Instead, she produces Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, who is incensed that history has branded him a dictator. Unable to rid herself of the volatile house guest, Samantha decides to lure Caesar back to his own time by conjuring up Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

Episode 173 of the successful series "Bewitched" about the adventures in the mixed marriage of a nose-twitching witch called Samantha and her mortal husband, Darrin. The series ran for 254 episodes between 1964 and 1972.

Caesar and Cleopatra
USA, 1970

TV-series Shaw vs. Shakespeare

Donald Moffat, Richard Kiley, Suzanne Grossman
Directed by John Barnes


Third episode of a three-part docu-drama in which George Bernard Shaw compares his characterization of Julius Caesar, and his treatment of the Caesar and Cleopatra story, with Shakespeare's. Shaw's use of history comments wryly on the politics of his own time. This passionate interplay between the girl-queen and the wily conqueror provides the groundwork for his contention that there has been no social progress in the so-called Christian era, founded as it is upon judgment, guilt, and punishment.

USA, 1970

Viva (Janet Sue Hoffmann), Taylor Mead, Louis Waldon
Directed by Nathan Zucker


The story of Cleopatra, situated in modern day Rome. The film's producer and writer Michel Auder was married to actress Viva, a former 'Warhol Superstar' who had appeared in a number of Andy Warhol artworks. She and other participants from Warhol's Factory play Romans and Egyptians, participating in orgies and freakouts in Rome. The production company did not like the end product and the film was withdrawn. Only a work copy remains preserved.


Japan, 1970

Chinatsu Nakayama, Kotoe Hatsui
Directed by Osamu Tezuka, Eiichi Yamamoto


In the future three friends gather over whether Cleopatra was really as great a lover as her legend. They send their spirits back in time to ancient Egypt to find out for themselves.

Funny, sometimes burlesque erotic parody in a somewhat Playboy-style of the well-know history of Cleopatra and her lovers Caesar and Marc Anthony, by Japanese Manga legend Tezuka Osamu. In a twist of history Cleopatra even tries to seduce Octavian, but discovers he happens to be homosexual, and has to endure some attempts at bestiality by a slave. The original Japanese running time of 112 minutes was cut down to 100 minutes for the American market. English title: "Cleopatra: Queen of Sex".

The Notorious Cleopatra
USA, 1970

Sonora (Loray White), Johnny Rocco, Jay Edwards
Directed by A.P. Stootsberry


"The Soul Queen of the Nile Who Ruled the World…The Black and the White! "

A sexually voracious, and fat slob Caesar sends Marc Antony to bring the notorious Cleopatra back to Rome. Though he's ordered to keep his hands to himself, Antony quickly falls under the Queen's spell, leading to a virgin sacrifice, an Egyptian orgy, the Ides of March, and a shocker of an ending in this wacky sex comedy. (source:

The "adult" version of the Cleopatra story from the director of "The Secret Lives of Romeo and Juliet" which won at Cannes in 1969. Produced by the notorious Harry Novak.

Kopf der Cleopatra
Germany, 1972

TV-series Privatdetektiv Frank Kross

Siegfried Wischnewski, Wolfgang Ammerbacher
Directed by Erich Neureuther


Episode 6 from the short-lived German television detective series "Privatdetektiv Frank Kross" about a retired policeman who solves various mysteries. This episode apparently deals with a 'head of Cleopatra'. The exact ancient Egyptian content is, however, not known.

Al César lo que es del César
Spain, 1973

TV-series Estudio 1

Silvia Tortosa, Carlos Ballesteros, Francisco Rabal


Episode from the Spanish historical television drama series "Estudio 1" that ran from 1965 until 1984 and consisted of televised performances of historical plays by famous authors. Entitled "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar" this particular episode focuses on the story of Caesar and Cleopatra. It is probably based on the 1898 play by George Bernard Shaw, but I could not get this confirmed.

Antony and Cleopatra
UK/Spain/Switzerland, 1973

Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, John Castle
Directed by Charlton Heston


Impressive adaptation of Shakespeare's play. Likely due to insufficient funds, stock footage from Ben Hur was used, but doesn't cut together convincingly with the footage shot for this film.

Antony and Cleopatra
UK, 1974

Richard Johnson, Janet Suzman, Patrick Stewart
Directed by Trevor Nunn, Jon Scoffield


Television version of the Shakespeare play.

USA, 1974

TV-series Witness to Yesterday

Jayne Meadows


Episode from the series "Witness to Yesterday", by PBS broadcasts, profiling a famous historic individual portrayed by an actress or actor. The series features careful costuming and exhaustively researched scripts, to create a provocative and memorable series of encounters. In this episode host Patrick Watson interviews Cleopatra.

Caesar and Cleopatra
UK, 1976

Alec Guiness, Geneviève Bujold
Directed by James Cellan Jones


The story of Caesar and Cleopatra after the play by George Bernard Shaw.

La Sierpe del Nilo
Spain, 1977

TV-series Mujeres Insólitas

Rocío Dúrcal, Luis Prendes, Víctor Valverde
Directed by Cayetano Luca de Tena

Episode from the Spanish television drama series "Mujeres insólitas" (Unusual women). This episode features the story of queen Cleopatra.

Antony and Cleopatra
UK, 1978

TV-series Morecambe and Wise

Sketch from an episode of the 1978 popular show "Morecambe and Wise", one of the best known double acts of UK television history. Their typical show was effectively a sketch show crossed with a sitcom. Some sketches had the form of staged historical drama, which usually parodied genuine historical television plays or films such as Napoleon and Josephine, Stalag 54 and Antony and Cleopatra. Guests who participated included many big names of the 1970s and 80s. In this particular sketch Glenda Jackson appears as Cleopatra: "All men are fools. And what makes them so is having beauty like what I have got…".

I Wants Me Mummy
USA, 1978

TV-series Popeye: The Continuing Adventures

Popeye and Olive travel to Egypt to look for Cleopatra's treasure.

Episode from the animated television series "Popeye - The Continuing Adventures".

The Muppet Show
USA, 1978


The popular television series "The Muppet Show" from the 1970s contains a few references to ancient Egypt in its sketches. Episode 319 (1978) contains a sketch with Elke Sommer as Cleopatra. In this episode, Beauregard and Beaker are building the set for the final number, a big ancient Egypt production, and Beauregard asks what shape Kermit wants the pyramids to be. Kermit is alarmed when Bo tells him Beaker's getting the power saw, crying: "He's dumber than you are!" Beaker is dragged around by the power saw and the set doesn't get finished, so Bo is still hammering while the number goes on. In the final sketch Elke Sommer, as Cleopatra, sings "Row, Row, Row". Another episode, number 409 (1979; guest star Beverly Sills) contains a sketch with miss Piggy as Cleopatra. Episode 516, with guest star Gladys Knight, contains a sketch where a group of Egyptian archeologists, sarcophagi, and mummies (including a mummy Gonzo) together sing a spooky version of "Night and Day".

My Fair Pharaoh
USA, 1980

TV-series Fantasy Island

Ricardo Montalban, Herve Villechaize, Joan Collins, Michael Ansara
Directed by George McCowan


Lucy Atwell travels in time to ancient Egypt in the role of Cleopatra, only to find her life in grave danger.

Joan Collins plays the lead role in this episode 63 of the legendary television series "Fantasy Island", which ran for 156 episodes from 1978 to 1984. The series centers around a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean where people from all walks of life come and live out their fantasies for a price. For other ancient Egyptian content in this series, see the 1978 episode "The Tomb".

Antony and Cleopatra
UK/USA, 1981

John Paul, Jonathan Adams, Jane Lapotaire
Directed by Jonathan Miller


TV-adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play. Part of the BBC Television Shakespeare project, a series of adaptations of the 36 so-called First Folio plays staged specifically for television.

Prophecy of Peril
USA, 1981

TV-series Thundarr the Barbarian

Directed by John Kimball
John Kimball, Rudy Larriva


Thundarr, Princess Ariel and Ookla the Mok must find the three women who are fated to stop a sorceror called Valior. One of them is an ancient queen called Maya, who lies in a tomb under the ancient city that she once ruled. She and the other two women - one of whom is a hermit who wields a staff that gives her super-strength, and the other a model from 1980s Earth - combine their powers in order to stop the evil wizard, sending him back in time and destroying the Gem of Power, from which he derives his magic. Maya is depicted in the cartoon as a duplicate of Cleopatra, even wearing the famed pharaoh's headdress and ancient Egyptian garb; she is an elementalist, a person who can transform herself into any one of the four elements.

Episode 18 from the animated television cartoon series "Thundarr the Barbarian", loosely inspired by R.E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian. In a kind of post-apocalyptic world, Thundarr, a muscular warrior, and his companions Princess Ariel and Ookla the Mok travel the world on horseback and battled evil wizards who combine magical spells with technologies from the pre-catastrophe world. The only Egyptian element in this series is limited to the figure of queen Maya depicted as Cleopatra.

Cleo and the Babe
USA, 1982

TV-series Voyagers!

Michael Gregory, William Lucking, Andrea Marcovicci
Directed by Bernard McEveety


The Voyagers inadvertently bring Cleopatra forward in time to prohibition-era New York City, where she encounters gangster Lucky Luciano.

Episode 6 from the time travel-based animated series "Voyagers!". This series is about Phineas Bogg, one of a society of time travelers called Voyagers who, with the help of a young boy named Jeffrey Jones, travel in time to ensure that history unfolds as we know it.

Deux heures moins le quart avant Jésus-Christ
France, 1982

Michel Serrault, Mimi Coutelier, Coluche
Directed by Jean Yanne


This French comedy tells the not-so-epic tale of Marcel Ben-Hur, a chariot driver in North Africa. When Caesar arrives on an imperial vacation, the people choose Marcel to lead a revolt. A smoking Cleopatra (Camel brand, of course) is on hand to save the day.

Antony and Cleopatra
USA, 1983

James Avery, Sharon Barr, Michael Billington
Directed by Lawrence Carra


Disappointing TV-adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play.

The Cleopatras
UK, 1983

Amanda Boxer, Prue Clarke, Stephen Greif
Directed by John Frankau


An eight-part TV-series depicting the lives of a series of queens of ancient Egypt.

Blonde Heat
USA, 1985

John Leslie, David F. Friedman
Directed by Tim McDonald


"In 36 B.C., Julius Caesar of Rome paid tribute to Cleopatra of Egypt, by giving her a jeweled dildo endowed by the high priests with magical erotic powers… But invading hordes sacked Alexandria, carrying off this priceless token and the fate of the Maltese dildo remains a mystery to this day…"

Hardcore porn movie featuring (among others) Cleopatra and Caesar. Also known as "The Case of the Maltese Dildo".

Cleopatra's Bondage Revenge
USA, 1985

Michelle Bauer


An archeologist and his female assistant have dug up a mummy, but they didn't open the sarcophagus yet. The archeologist is constantly sexually harassing the female assistant, but she resists his advances. He leaves the tent and leaves the assistant in charge of watching the mummy. But she decides that she's going to open up the sarcophagus and unwrap the mummy. It turns out that Cleopatra herself is the mummy. When the assistant accidentally burns one of the scrolls found in the tomb, Cleopatra comes to life. Well, Cleopatra, being used to having servants, makes the pretty blonde assistant her handmaiden and shows her the meaning of discipline by stripping her, and then spanking her with a paddle. Cleopatra then shows the handmaiden a little love and affection. When they're done, the handmaiden tells Cleopatra about the lecherous archeologist. Cleopatra tells the handmaiden to go retrieve the guy so they can exact some revenge. She retrieves him. They strip him, put some bondage gear on him, and then take turns paddling him. After that, they tickle him with some feathers. Then morning arrives and the archeologist opens up the tent flap, and the sunlight causes Cleopatra to melt into a pile of what looks like beads.

Porn movie.

Sogni erotici di Cleopatra
Italy, 1985

Laura Angeli
Directed by Rino Di Silvestro


Fresh from Egypt, Cleopatra is left in a big villa somewhere around Rome, courtesy of Caesar. She spends her time dreaming of, and having, many varied sexual adventures.

Also known as "The Erotic Dreams of Cleopatra".

The Egyptian Cruise
USA, 1986

TV-series The Love Boat

Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Pat Klous


Cruising the Nile ... the Captain and his friend's widow share memories; a producer wants a starlet to play Cleopatra; a woman eyes the gold ankh Doc was given in a bazaar; a busy man may lose his schoolteacher wife to a former student. (source:

Double episode (numbers 234 and 235) from the highly successful series "The Love Boat", which ran for 249 episodes between 1977 and 1987. Set on the cruise ship "Pacific Princess", the passengers and crew have romantic and funny adventures every week. The series' attraction was in the casting of well-known actors in guest-starring roles as well as genuine legends like Lillian Gish, Helen Hayes and Olivia de Havilland. This particular double episode was acutally filmed on location in Egypt and shows the cast and guests visiting various monuments along the Nile.

Meglio Baciare un Cobra
Italy, 1986

Andy J. Forest, Milly D'Abbraccio
Directed by Massimo Pirri


All-american treasure hunter goes out to find the mysterious lost tomb of Cleopatra somewhere out in the Sahara desert.

Spanning in Slagharen
Netherlands, 1988

Directed by Anneke Hoog Antink


Back in ancient Egypt the meeting of Caesar and Cleopatra generated a magic that made the gods lose their powers. In a bid to regain their powers, two thousand years later the gods send the mysterious Fator on a mission to prevent the reincarnations of Caesar and Cleopatra from meeting each other. A group of Dutch friends are caught up in this adventure and try to find out who these reincarnations are before the Fator can get to them. The center of the mystery seems to lie in a well-known Dutch attraction park called 'Ponypark Slagharen'.

Thirteen part Dutch television youth series.

The Smile of Cleopatra
Japan, 1989

TV-series City Hunter (シティーハンター)

Directed by Kenji Kodama

A diamond called 'The Smile of Cleopatra' gets stolen from a museum.

Episode 40 from the Anime series "City Hunter" (シティーハンター) based on the a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo. It follows the exploits of Ryo Saeba, who is always found to be chasing beautiful girls. At the same time he is a private detective who works to rid Tokyo of crime. The original series lasted for 51 episodes, later followed by three further series. Apart from the diamond's name referring to Cleopatra, there are no further links to the queen or to ancient Egypt in this episode.

Alexandria Again and Forever
إسكندرية كمان وكمان

Egypt, 1990

Youssef Chahine, Yousra, Hussein Fahmy, Amr Abdel Galil
Directed by Youssef Chahine (يوسف شاهين)

This film is the third part of director Youssef Chahine's semi-autobiographical “Alexandria Trilogy”. The hero Yehia, now in his middle age, is played by Chahine himself. Yehia is revising Hamlet for screen adaptation, and considers casting Amr in the title role. Regrettably, Amr has no interest for the part, and prefers to star in a crass TV soap sponsored by an oil tycoon. Even the union is on the tycoon’s side, which becomes the catalyst for a strike among film industry professionals. However, there is a silver lining to the cloud – Yehia meets the beautiful and ebullient actress Nadia, and decides to cast her in his screen adaptation of Cleopatra.

Giulio Cesare in Egitto
France/Belgium/Germany, 1990

Jeffrey Gall, Susan Larson
Directed by Peter Sellars


Television film based on the Georg Friedrich Haendel opera, produced by Defa-Film in Babelsberg (Germany) with the same actors as on stage.

Anthony and Cleopatra
USA, 1992

TV-series Take Off with T-Bag

Georgina Hale, John Hasler, Murray Melvin
Directed by Neville Green


T-Bag, T-Shirt and Tow-Ling land in ancient Rome, where Tow-Ling immediately gets caught by a slave trader and is promptly sold off to Marc Anthony. T-Bag decides to go and get him back. Dressed as Cleopatra she is delivered to Anthony's house in a rug. She starts flirting with Anthony and eventually wins him over to return Tow-Ling and abolish slavery at the same time.

Episode 6 from the children television series "Take Off with T-Bag". T-Bag was originally a witch-like character involved in various good vs. evil tensions and who appeared in a number television series which ran from the mid-80s to early 90s. In the "Take of with T-bag" series the sinister elements of the original T-Bag character were removed, becoming a purely comic character and better suited for younger children. For further Egyptian content, see also the episode "The Curse of the Mummy" (1992) elsewhere in this list.

Joy et Joan chez les Pharaons
France, 1992

Zara Whites, Beatrice Valle
Directed by Jean-Pierre Floran


Joy is bewildered to be able to play Cleopatra in a costume film.

Home on De-Nile
USA, 1993

TV-series Animaniacs

Directed by Rusty Mills, Dave Marshall


Rita and Runt think they are in Palm Springs to visit Sonny Bono, but actually arrive in ancient Egypt. Cleopatra is looking for a cat, but can't find any suitable ones until Rita is brought to her. Runt helps to build a temple for Cleopatra, while Rita is being prepared to be sacrificed to the gods of harvest. (source:

Episode 106 from Animaniacs animated series by Warner Bros. Studios featuring characters Rita and Runt.

Uncle Jack and Cleopatra's Mummy
UK, 1993

Paul Jones, Fenella Fielding, Roger Hammond
Directed by Jeremy Swan


An archeologist called Uncle Jack goes to Egypt with his niece Helen to work with Sir Humphrey Morton at his dig, the tomb of El Wadi Whant. Once there, strange things start to happen. Sir Humphrey disappears and shortly after someone tries to murder Jack. Then it appears the 'missing' Sir Humphrey is now working together with the evil Vixen to try and find queen Cleopatra's treasure…

BBC children's comedy drama in six parts (A Dig at el Ninny; The Camel's Breath; Meet the Mummy; The Legend Comes Alive; The Tomb of El Wadi Whant; Treasure of Cleopatra). Last of a short lived series of four similar programmes about archaeologist Uncle Jack and his adventures that aired on BBC television between 1990 and 1993, each episode having an environmental message.

Spain, 1994

TV-series Las Tres Mellizas

Episode from the animated television cartoon series "Las Tres Mellizas" (The Triplets), created after the books by Catalan illustrator Roser Capdevila. A total of 104 episodes were made between 1994 and 2004. In the stories, the sisters each time manage to annoy the Bored Witch, who punishes them by sending them into a classic tale, legend or literary work. Egyptian themed episodes include episode 45 "Cleopatra" and episode 99 "Tutankhamon".

Pharaoh's Daughter
USA, 1994

TV-series Highlander

Adrian Paul

MacLeod feels the Buzz coming from an ancient sarcophagus and opens it to find Nefertiri, Cleopatra's handmaid, buried 2000 years ago with her mistress. Now revived, she pursues a vendetta against the Immortal Marcus Constantine, who was her lover and her enemy. Mac believes Constantine, who claims that he no longer wishes to fight Nefertiri -- this former Roman General has turned his back on battle and is now a curator, working to preserve history and its lessons. But Nefertiri can't let go of the old grudge, and for the first time, MacLeod is forced to face a woman he loves in Immortal combat. (source:

Episode 40 (2nd season) of the television series "Highlander", a spin-off series bases on the 1986 cult classic movie by the same name which tells the adventures of the immortal Connor MacLeod born in 1592 in the scottish highlands. The television series features Connor MacLeod's much younger clansman Duncan MacLeod. A total of 188 episodes were made between 1992 and 1994.

Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story
USA, 1995

Sherilyn Fenn, Angus Macfadyen
Directed by Kevin Connor


Biographical television film that tells the story of Elizabeth Taylor's rise to stardom, which would eventually lead to her iconic role as queen Cleopatra in 1964 alongside Rex Harrison as Julius Caesar and future husband Richard Burton as Mark Antony. Contains a re-enactment of filming a scene for that movie.

Antonio e Cleopatra
Italy, 1996

Olivia Del Rio, Hakan Serbes, Francesco Malcom
Directed by Joe D'Amato


Advertised as "History's hottest couple in an orgy of wine, women and debauchery. A big budget adult movie spectacular!". Made for video.

The Erotic House of Wax
USA, 1997

Yvette Lera, Rob Lee, Blake Pickett
Directed by Sybil Richards


A hot babe inherits a wax museum and enlists some friends to help her restore it. They soon discover it has hidden secret: an ancient amulet that turns wax figures into horny carnal creatures. When the amulet is placed on the figures of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, they miraculously come to life and make hot passionate love. Can the amulet's powers attract new visitors and financially save the museum? Indeed it appears the visitors are impressed by the startling wax figures which come to life and have sex in front of their eyes.

The King of Assassins
USA, 1997

TV-series Xena, Warrior Princess

Lucy Lawless, Ted Raimi, Renée O'Connor, Gina Torres
Directed by Bruce Campbell


Xena, Warrior Princess and her companions Gabrielle and Joxer must stop Joxer's identical twin Jett, a professional assassin, from murdering Queen Cleopatra.

Episode 54 (season 3, episode 8) of the sf-action series "Xena, Warrior Princess" (1995-2001). The Cleopatra character appears for a second time in this series in episode 108 "Anthony and Cleopatra".

USA, 1999

Timothy Dalton, Leonor Varela, Billy Zane
Directed by Franc Roddam


Ascending to the throne at a mere seventeen years of age, Cleopatra ruled as Egypt's last pharaoh for twenty-two years. Easily winning the heart of Roman commander Julius Caesar, they embark on a two-month voyage down the Nile and quickly become devoted to each other. She bears him a child whom she calls Caesarion. Keeping a close eye on Caesar's ambitions to become emperor, Roman senators conspire to assassinate him. His death devastates Cleopatra. In her grief she turns to Mark Antony, Caesar's devoted associate. Their alliance angers the senate even more and war is declared on Egypt. Cleopatra and Marc Antony's fate becomes sealed in each other's arms as the Roman armies close in on Alexandria under the command of Octavianus.

Leonor Varela is perfect as an ambitious yet sensual Cleopatra in this modern epic TV-version of the classic tale. Based on the book "Memoirs of Cleopatra" by Margaret George.

Antony and Cleopatra
USA/New Zealand, 2000

TV-series Xena, Warrior Princess

Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor
Directed by Michael Hurst


Xena, a mighty warrior and healer, once led a band of outlaws that terrorized all of Greece. She has come to regret the harm she caused and now travels the countryside seeking adventure and fighting the forces of evil. When Cleopatra is murdered, Xena poses as the Egyptian queen in order to find out the identity of the killer, while romancing Marc Antony.

Episode 108 (season 5, episode 18) of the sf-action series "Xena, Warrior Princess" (1995-2001). Also known as "Love and Death in Alexandria". The Cleopatra character appeared for the first time in this series in episode 54 "The King of Assassins" (1997).

Cleopatra: The Dream of Any Farao
Brazil?, 2000

Daniel Flyt, Denise Braga, Leonardo Martins

A young man completely in love with the famous Egyptian Queen Cleopatra asks the "Oracle of Bes" the Egyptian God, to help him realize his dreams, and take him back in time and into the pyramid to be with his beloved Cleopatra, and then he discovers that for everything there is a price.

Hardcore porn movie.

Queen of Denial
USA, 2000

TV-series The Wild Thornberrys

Directed by Frank Marino


The Thornberrys are in Egypt to film the elusive Caracal cat. While Marianne and Nigel go off on a camel to film Eliza, Tyler and Darwin go exploring. While wandering through the desert they fall into an ancient burial chamber. Eliza and Tyler will have to work together to avoid the booby traps that have been set to discourage grave robbers. Meanwhile Debbie is convinced she is a descendant of Cleopatra. (source: IMDb)

Episode 63 of the animated tv-series The Wild Thornberrys, which ran for 4 seasons between 1998 and 2004. The series follows the adventures of a fictional wildlife-documentary-making family, the Thornberrys, and particularly of Eliza Thornberry, who can talk to animals.

The Royal Diaries: Cleopatra: Daughter of the Nile
USA, 2000

Elisa Moolecherry, Hrant Aliank


Cleopatra is still a young teenager when attempts against her father's life are made. When he goes into hiding Cleopatra joins him, and together they sail for Rome. There she tries to persuade the Romans to help restore her father to the throne so she herself might become ruler of Egypt some day.

The story of Cleopatra turned upside down. One of a series of "Royal Diaries" family specials about heroic young women in history, based on the best selling novel by Kristiana Gregory.

Diary of a Teenager
مذكرات مراهقة

Egypt, 2001

Ahmed Ezz, Mohamed Rageb, Hend Sabri
Directed by Inas al Degheidy (ايناس الدغيدي)


One of the most controversial Egyptian movies ever made. An adult teen drama about Gameela a dreamy girl with two lives. A real unsatisfying life with on the edge of divorce parents and a strict mother. Her other life is as Cleopatra having a love affair with Anthony. But she happens to meet the guy at the real life and have a true love affair. But with her strict mother, her best friend being jealous of her trying to destroy the affair, her wealthy spoiled rich boy trying to seduce her, and having her other friends' sexual experiences with the tragic ending as a bad example. The problem explodes when the affair goes to sexual levels. (source: IMDb)

Jack Brown and the Curse of the Crown
UK, 2001

Owen Teale, Daniela Nardini, John Standing, Honor Blackman
Directed by Andrew Gillman


The mythical crown of Cleopatra is known to be able to convey enormous power to its wearer. Movie star Madeleine Duboit wants to commission ex-security expert Jack Brown to 'borrow' the crown from the British Museum so she can play her big final role. At the same time vain and pompous businessman Seldon Gotti offers Jack an enormous sum of money to steal the crown to fulfil his dreams of world domination. As a man of morals, Jack turns them both down, but a series of threats soon leads him to a showdown at Gotti's lair.

Out of the Past
Canada, 2001

TV-series Relic Hunter

Tia Carrere, Christien Anholt, Lindy Booth
Directed by Paolo Barzman


Sydney and Nigel laugh it off when Claudia claims to have known Cleopatra in a past life. They begin to listen when her claims reveal a secret compartment in the Egyptian queen's golden jewelry box. Claudia's memories lead to Alexandria, and they begin to hunt for a 50-carat diamond necklace given to Cleopatra by Marc Antony. Back at the university, Nigel has to face down University Auditor Maxine Schneider with unexpected results.

Episode 35 of the "Relic Hunter" tv-series. In this series box office superstar Tia Carrere leads the hunt for the world's most fabled lost treasures and rare stolen artifacts. Several episodes that deal with ancient Egyptian objects are listed on this site.

Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopatre
France, 2002

Gerard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Monica Bellucci
Directed by Alain Chabat


Cleopatra makes a bet with Caesar that she can build a palace in three months. Our Gallic superheroes Astérix and Obélix travel to Egypt to help her architect Numérobis accomplish the task against opposition from Caesar's Roman legions and a rival architect.

Based on the popular French comic book series about the Gaulish character "Asterix" by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.

Cleopatra does Hollywood
USA, 2002

Cheyenne Silver
Directed by Ralph Parfait

Due to a freak accident the ancient queen Cleopatra is dropped right in the middle of the 21st century with a lust that is hundreds of years old.

Julius Caesar
USA/Germany/Italy, 2002

Jeremy Sisto, Richard Harris, Samuela Sardo
Directed by Uli Edel


Mini-series telling the story of the rise and fall of Gaius Julius Caesar. He falls in love with beautiful Egyptian queen Cleopatra and brings her to Rome, where he is murdered.

Pain King vs. Cleopatra
USA, 2002

TV-series Kim Possible


Kim and Ron get tickets to the big match between wrestlers Pain King and Steel Toe. Ron, unable to get Kim excited about the event, fears that a new friend has come between them. However a new challenger plans to crash the match with the help of a magical ancient Egyptian amulet. The amulet, according to myth, was a gift to Cleopatra herself from a High Priest of Anubis, Egyptian God of the dead. Allegedly, whoever wears the amulet is granted superhuman strength. Obviously, Kim has a hard time solving this one!

Episode 12 from the televison Disney Channel hit series "Kim Possible" about a high school teen, balancing herself between the role of cheerleader captain on one side and saving the world from villains on the other. The series ran for 3 seasons between 2002 and 2005, with 65 episodes made.

Secretul Reginei Cleopatra
Romania, 2002

Maria Dinulescu, Tudor Chirila, Andi Vasluianu, Mihai Bendeac
Directed by Catalin Saizescu


Shop Like an Egyptian
USA, 2002

TV-series Time Squad

Time cop Tuddrussel and robot Larry 3000 are going good together, then along comes the mission to Cleopatra. Cleopatra decides to convert King Tut's pyramid into a mall, but all Tuddrussel and Larry care about is getting her to like them-- just one of them. Things seem to be going good for them and bad for the mission untill they meet Cleopatra's real boyfriend -- Julius Caesar! (source:

Episode 13 from the "Time Squad" animation series. Originally Aired on Cartoon Network. Running Time 12 minutes. Color.

Sweden, 2003

Julia Taylor, Bobbie Eden, Jessica May
Directed by Antonio Adamo


A group of archaeologists excavating in modern day Egypt raise rather more than just a cloud of dust from the tomb they are investigating. We are sucked into a sexual sandstorm of the most ardent sex action imaginable as the ancient queen Cleopatra bewitches all those she meets with her extraordinarily potent sexual powers.

Hardcore sex movie made for the porn video market by Private. The chaste outdoor scenes were shot on location in Egypt, but all nude scenes were recorded in a studio. The Egyptian elements are not the best we've seen in this type of production… DVD collectors edition contains documentary material showing the lead actresses and actors visiting various sites in the Luxor area. Also a tourist shop is visited where statues of Min-Amon are admired.

Clone High
USA, 2003


Short lived animated television series (13 episodes) about a high school that is secretly being run as an elaborate military experiment. The school is populated by clones of famous historical figures that have been created and raised with the intent of having their various strengths and abilities harnessed by the United States military. This includes a clone of the famous Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII. In het 'new' life Cleo is a self-absorbed, vain, and often mean-spirited popular cheerleader who is the object of desire for every male in the school, most notably Abe Lincoln and JFK.

Imperium: Augustus
Italy/Germany/Spain, 2003

Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling, Anna Valle
Directed by Roger Young


Two part mini-series about the life of emperor Augustus. After the death of Julius Caesar he has to share the power with Marc Anthony. The Egyptian setting limits itself, of course, to Marc Antony's stay in Egypt as lover of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Augustus finallly declares war on both of them, with the well known dramatic ending.

Czech Republic, 2003

Monika Absolonová, Martin Posta, Zbynek Fric
Directed by Filip Renc


Musical version of the story of Cleopatra from the Czech Republic. Released on video only.

Cleopatra 2: The Legend of Eros
Sweden, 2004

Julia Taylor


Following the discovery of mummy of the ancient queen, genetic wizardry is put into play in a secret laboratory hidden in the depths of the sinister "Astrick Corporation" in order to bring her back to life.

Hardcore sex movie made for the porn video market by Private. Sequel to "Cleopatra" (Sweden, 2003). Continues the torrid tale of the steamy sex adventures of Cleopatra. Who else…

UK/USA, 2005

TV-series Rome

Lyndsey Marshal, James Purefoy, Max Pirkis, Ciaran Hinds
Directed by Stephen Shill

Having pursued Pompey into Egypt, Caesar arrives in Alexandria and meets the boy king Ptolemy XIII, who offers the general a surprise gift. Vorenus and Pullo play liberators again, freeing Ptolemy's incarcerated sister, Cleopatra. Caesar seeks payment from Egypt for past debts, and ends up forging a strategic union to ensure his legacy.

Episode 8 of the epic British-American television series "Rome", set during the last years of Julius Caesar's reign. The series centeres on two Roman soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, and their families. The episode "Caesarion" derives it's title from the name of the son of Caesar and Cleopatra, whose nickname was Caesarion or "Little Caesar" and who is only seen at the end of the episode. Production company HBO approved a $100 million budget for the first season's production of a total of twelve 1-hour episodes. HBO has already announced that Rome will get a second season for 2007.

Scooby-Doo in Where's My Mummy?
USA, 2005

Directed by Jim Stenstrum


Archeologist and super sleuth Velma is in Egypt for the unveiling ceremony of the restored Sphinx - a mysterious mythical creature with the head of a man and the body of a lion - only to discover a hidden tomb belonging to Cleopatra herself! But beware the ancient pharaoh's curse: "The Nile will fall, the desert shall rise and all who dare enter will be turned to stone!" Of course that won't stop Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. team from going inside and finding something even more mummifying...a cursed army of the undead! (source: Warner Bros.)

Scooby-Doo is a popular and long-running animated series produced for television by Hanna-Barbera Productions, now Cartoon Network Studios. "Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?" was, however, not produced for television but is a so-called direct-to-video movie. These movies feature the original five-character cast from the early "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" days, not including the later Scrappy-Doo character. The success of the video movies led to Scooby's return to television in the "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" series, which in 2002 also included a mummy feature called "Mummy Scares Best" (USA, 2002).

Pyramids of Panic
USA, 2006

TV-series The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers

Episode 21 from the Flash animated series "The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers", about three daredevils who are on a world tour performing the wildest stunts the world has ever seen. While surfing sand dunes of Egypt, with their vehicle they accidentally destroy several pyramids, freeing a locked up mummy in the process. One of the destroyed pyramids, however, is Cleopatra's new tomb. Cleopatra orders them to clean things up and have the pyramid restored. After several failed attempts, including one building the pyramid upside down, they finally manage to put things right.

Brazil, 2007

Alessandra Negrini, Miguel Falabella, Bruno Garcia
Directed by Júlio Bressane


Highly stylised version of the story of queen Cleopatra infused with Portugese culture, described by filmmaker Júlio Bressan as "lyrical, tragical, musical, an immersion of passion into reason, an intellectual crossbreeding, a mixing of cultures, a blending state of madness and sensate, a ‘rêviere culturelle'… that's Cleopatra!"

Son of Hades
USA, 2007

TV-series Rome

Ray Stevenson, Kevin McKidd, Lyndsey Marshal
Directed by Allen Coulter


After Caesar's death, Cleopatra comes to Rome in an attempt to salvage her reign and persuade Marc Antony to have the Romans acknowledge Caesarion as the legal son of Caesar. Meanwhile Octavian's endless demands for his inheritance rankle Antony.

Episode 14 of the epic television series "Rome", produced by HBO. One strange factual error in this episode is that Cleopatra did not come to Rome after Caesar's death, but was actually was living in Rome at the time he was assassinated. She immediately left upon his murder, never to return.

Last Minute
Belgium, 2008

TV-series Mega Mindy

Free Souffriau, Sjarel Branckaerts, Louis Talpe, Fred Van Kuijck, Nicky Langley
Directed by Matthias Temmermans, Klaus Verschuere

A couple of crooks organize a bus-trip to Egypt with the intent to strip their clients from their luggage and valuables. Mieke feels something isn't right, but all her attempts to convince commissionar Migrain and her fellow officer Toby to start an investigation fail. While waiting in the office for further clues, Mieke has a daydream about herself as Cleopatra and Toby as Marc Anthony. After the thieves have run off with the loot and commissionar Migrain finally realizes what happened, Mieke in her incarnation as superwoman Mega Mindy manages to save the day.

Episode 24 from the popular Belgian children television series "Mega Mindy" about a shy policewoman Mieke and her alter ego, superwoman Mega Mindy. The series contains a lot of typical secret-hero elements also to be found in American series like "Lois & Clark The New Adventures of Superman" (1993-1997) and "ISIS" (1975), but especially adapted for younger children.


Syria, 2010

Sulaf Fawakherji, Fathy Abdel Wahab, Mohey Esmail
Directed by Wael Ramadan


Syrian tv production that portrays queen Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt, as played by Syrian star Sulaf Fawakherji, who made a career out of playing women with tragic endings. It focuses on her early years, the relationship with her father Ptolemy and how she became heir to the throne after his death. Made in the usual Syrian epic-drama tradition, all characters enunciate their lines in classical Arabic and spend their time engaged in heated debates about nobility and the importance of loyalty. Syrian landscapes fill in for Alexandria and Rome.

Cleopatra Sadistica
USA, 2010

Mistress Aleana

A dominant and sado-masochistic Cleopatra whips various underlings into submission in very un-Egyptian surroundings.

Porn movie made for the DVD and video market.

The Pandorica Opens
UK, 2010

TV-series Doctor Who

Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston
Directed by Toby Haynes


Twelfth episode (first in a two-part story together with "The Big Bang") in the fifth series of British science fiction television series Doctor Who. In the beginning of this episode, the character River Song appears as Cleopatra in a tent in a Roman Britain military camp, handing over a painting by Vincent Van Gogh to the Doctor. The story unfolds with few further Egyptian elements in the episodes "The Big Bang" (2010) and "The Wedding of River Song" (2011), both mentioned elsewhere in this list.

The Red Box
USA, 2010

TV-series The Mentalist

Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang
Directed by Chris Long


The murder of a tutor turns into the search for the wedding ring of Cleopatra stolen from the British Museum.

Episode 17 of the second season of "The Mentalist", an American detective series that follows paid consultant Patrick Jane who uses unorthodox methods to help the California Bureau of Investigation solve their homicide cases.

Tatman 2
USA, 2010

Adam Wayne, Jody Renee

Gilded goddess Cleopatra has stolen the ancient Egyptian scrolls that could grant her the powers of the mighty Isis. But the ritual calls for a human sacrifice, and it looks like the nubile CockRobin has been added to the recipe! Of course, superhero Tatman is on Cleo's tail, but can he resist her many exotic charms?

Low budget erotic spoof of television's Batman by DynaHunk Productions, with all the characters wearing shiny lycra spandex costumes (Cleopatra a gold one), boots and high heels, stockings and pantyhose, bound in traps and perils, sometimes gagged.

De Novo Não!
Brazil, 2011

TV-series A Mansão Maluca do Professor Ambrósio

Nelson Botter Jr., Thais Santesi
Directed by Nelson Botter Jr.


By accident, Professor and Leslie get back in time to ancient Egypt, where they meet Cleopatra (source: IMDb).

Episode from the series "A Mansão Maluca do Professor Ambrósio" or "Professor Ambrósio's Wacky Mansion" (2010-2016), a Brazilian cartoon created by Nelson Botter Jr and shown on various children's tv-channels. Its stories are set in The Maluca Mansion, a magical place full of history, science and culture, where Professor Ambrose, his nephews, the mouse Leslie and the spider Floribela live many adventures.

Super Solar Sisters: Strike Squad Supreme!
USA, 2011

Dawn Harvey, Roxie Cotton, Laurel Bryce
Directed by Mark Mackner


Kaiser von Holocaust and a time-travelling Cleopatra have set their eye on world domination with the aid of the 'Almighty Amulet of Amoza-Ka'. Only the Solar Sisters can stop them.

Low budget short film produced by writer/director/producer Mark Mackner. It follows the adventures of Sarah, Cindy and Skipper Solar, three super-powered sisters who are called upon by Uncle Sam to squash supernatural and super-villainous threats to the Earth. In this particular incarnation Cleopatra is dressed in a belly dance costume with a coin headpiece.

Yasmin Lee as Cleopatra
USA, 2011

Yasmin Lee

Cleopatra feels quite hot in the soaking desert heat that fills her palace. It is her every wish being serviced by a hot, obedient servant. Made to worship her, the slave does his job, trying desperately not to do anything that he is not given permission to do. But as the temperature rises, things get even hotter…

So-called 'bondage and sado-masochism' (BDSM) porn movie starring shemale actress Yasmin Lee as Cleopatra. Made for internet especially for the website which features transsexual women seducing straight men. Not surprisingly for this type of production the ancient Egyptian layer is very thin indeed and only consists of suggestive exotic surroundings (including a water pipe) and Cleopatra wearing a belly dance type of headdress and costume.

Liz and Dick
USA, 2012

Lindsay Lohan, Grant Bowler
Directed by Lloyd Kramer


Television film about the roller coaster romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard 'Dick' Burton that started on the set of Joseph Mankiewicz' famous 1963 movie "Cleopatra". The film contains some re-enactments of scenes from that production, as it goes behind-the-scenes to follow the enveloping relation between the two co-stars.

The Mighty Cleopatra
USA, 2012

Kathia Nobili, Leyla Black

Cleopatra gets a new slave to play with. She gets punished if the queen of the Nile is not pleased with her services.

Sado-masochism movie made by Pressplay Entertainment for the internet pornography market. The Egyptian context is suggested by Cleopatra's belly dance like costume, golden draperies and hieroglyphic scribbles (lines rather than characters) on the wall. The slave's scarce mummy-like wrappings contribute to the exotic feel of the scene.

Superheroine Underworld: The Rise of Cleopatra
USA, 2012

Emily Addison, Jessica Jaymes

Made for video BDSM movie about a hot erotic encounter between a female Batman called Knightswoman and Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

Cleopatra ya Lalla
كليوباترا يا لالا

Marocco, 2013

Ihissane Atif, Gianni Giardinelli, Younes Benzakour
Directed by Hicham Hajji


Cleopatra is struck by a mysterious illness to her face and challenges the best heroes in the world by promising her hand and her kingdom to whoever brings a magic egg with healing powers. Antar, son of Omar, Zoheir from Persia, Julius Caesar, and well-known heroes Asterix and Obelix compete to find it. Who of them will become pharaoh and the husband of the beautiful queen Cleopatra?

Comic short movie (16-minutes runtime).

Caesar en Cleopatra
Netherlands, 2014

TV-series Welkom bij de Romeinen

Carice van Houten, Pierre Bokma, Dorine Goudsmit


Dorine Goudsmit welcomes Caesar and Cleopatra to her studio interview and reviews important events from their lives with a comic touch.

Episode from the Dutch educational children tv-series "Welkom bij de Romeinen" ("Welcome to the Romans"), aimed at childen aged 9-12. In 8 episodes it revisits historical events from ancient Roman history in a comical way. Advisor to the series was well-known Dutch historian Fik Meijer.

Lupin III

Japan, 2014

Shun Oguri, Tadanobu Asano, Meisa Kuroki
Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura


Interpol Inspector Zenigata begins a world-wide hunt for the infamous thief Arsene Lupin III, a member of the Hong Kong-based thieving ring which specializes in stealing valuable objects from wealthy owners. The most valuable item in their possession is the Crimson Heart of Cleopatra, a necklace commissioned by Mark Antony to symbolize his love for the Queen of the Nile. However, a ruby of Cleopatra's intended to complete the necklace has not yet been recovered. When a trio of thugs steal the necklace, Lupin and his colleagues join forces to recover it.

Japanese action film based on the manga of the same name by Monkey Punch.

USA, 2015

Thaddeus Daniels, Layon Gray, Christina Toth
Directed by Layon Gray


Low budget series made for the internet about the triumphs and tragedy of queen Cleopatra, updated to modern times and set against the gritty backdrop of New York.

Crafty Cleopatra
UK, 2015

TV-series Horrible Histories

Kathryn Drysdale

Cleopatra clashes with her brother, seizes power and hooks up with the great Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.

7th episode from the second incarnation of the comic children's history television series "Horrible Histories", where a group of British comedians show the sides of history they don't teach in school. Each episode focuses on the specific life and times of one prominent historical figure.

Nez en moins disait Cléopatre
France, 2016

Directed by Chams Chitou, Charlotte Lebreton


Queen Cleopatra has a problem. Nobody can draw her nose to her satisfaction. Ahmes, an apprentice painter used to menial chores, is asked to take his master’s painting to the queen. At the palace, his troubles begin. The corridors resound with the screams of those who have disappointed the queen so far.

Animated short (English title: "Nobody Nose Cleopatra"), made as a graduation project for the ISART DIGITAL film school in Paris, France, by students Chams Chitou and Charlotte Lebreton.

Quem Roubou a Minha Pirâmide?
Brazil, 2016

TV-series A Mansão Maluca do Professor Ambrósio

Henrique Blutaumuller, Nelson Botter Jr., Thayná Cavalcanti
Directed by Nelson Botter Jr.


Queen Cleopatra asks Professor Ambrosius to help solve a mystery in ancient Egypt.

Episode from the series "A Mansão Maluca do Professor Ambrósio" or "Professor Ambrósio's Wacky Mansion" (2010-2016), a Brazilian cartoon created by Nelson Botter Jr and shown on various children's tv-channels. Its stories are set in The Maluca Mansion, a magical place full of history, science and culture, where Professor Ambrose, his nephews, the mouse Leslie and the spider Floribela live many adventures.

Curse of the Pharaohs
Germany, 2017

TV-series Playmobil

Young legionnaire Quintus is crossing the seas with the Roman fleet for the first time. They are travelling to far away Egypt, where Caesar and Cleopatra are prepared to agree to a truce. But Cleopatra's malicious brother, Ptolemaios, is up to no good. To hold up the peace treaty, he plans to unleash the Curse of the Pharaohs and Quintus is caught in the middle. Will Quintus succeed in stopping Ptolemaios' plans and keep the peace? An exciting adventure begins!

Episode in a series of 3D animated 10-minute shorts that help promote Playmobil toys, in this case Roman and Egyptian themed products.

Blood and Treasure
USA, 2019

Matt Barr, Sofia Pernas, James Callis
Directed by Michael Dinner, Alrick Riley


A brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. This brings them on the trail of the sarcophagus of Cleopatra.

Cleopatra in Space
USA, 2019


Teenage Cleopatra is transported 30,000 years into the future, to an Egyptian-themed planet that is ruled by talking cats and where she discovers she is the prophesied savior of the future world. In order to prepare for her role and mission, Cleo is sent to an elite academy where she has to train to take on the bad guys, figure out how to eventually get herself back home to Egypt, as well as tackling the highs and lows of being a teenager in high school. (source: IMDb)

Animated tv-series based on the graphic novel series for children by Mike Maihack.

21st Century Cleo
USA, 2024

Miray Dogan, Julian Seager, Gloria El-Achkar


Cleopatra in her teen years leads a luxury royal life in Ancient Egypt with her parents and siblings. One night she’s encouraged to let loose and break the rules! For this she is punished. The pharaoh banishes her to a place far away to set her straight and teach some important life lessons. For this, she is sent into the 21st Century. (summary adapted from

Crowd-funded low budget movie, currently in pre-production. Expected release is November 2024.

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