Top 10 questionable historical films

As Year One, released this Friday takes a mystery tour around early history, examines the top ten most historically inaccurate films.

This week’s big release, Year One certainly has great comedy calibre thanks to its cast full of familiar faces (Jack Black, Hank Azaria, Oliver Platt) and rising stars (Michael Cera, David Cross) with legendary comedy director Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day) at the helm. If you’re looking to brush on your knowledge of pre-history you’d be better off heading down to the library. Never mind that though, if it makes for a better film who are we to argue? Here are ten films that have tinkered with the past to greatest effect.

1. Life of Brian

From the moment Eric Idle suggested to the rest of the Python boys that their next project should be “Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory,” it was clear that historical accuracy was not at the forefront of their minds. Despite the trouble taken to get the look of the film absolutely right, they then people this world with surreal characters (the ex-leper, the compassionate Roman in charge of crucifixion) and at one stage… a spaceship??