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While many films have depicted ancient Egypt, some are known for their historical accuracy. Here are a few films that are known for their attention or inattention to historical detail when portraying ancient Egypt.

The Ten Commandments (1956): This epic film, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, tells the story of Moses and the Exodus. It is known for its grandeur in depicting ancient Egyptian civilization. However, the plot is based on a biblical story, and the script is not even true to that account.

The Prince of Egypt (1998): An animated film, this adaptation of the story of Moses is well-received for its attention to historical and biblical details. But again, the film's purpose is to relay a biblical story featuring an unnamed pharaoh, not to accurately portray life in ancient Egypt.

Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile (1961): This film, while not without some historical inaccuracies, makes an effort to portray the life and times of Nefertiti.

Land of the Pharaohs (1955): Directed by Howard Hawks, this film aims to capture the grandeur of ancient Egypt and its pyramid construction.

Agora (2009): While the film primarily focuses on the life of the philosopher Hypatia, it provides glimpses of ancient Alexandria, part of Ptolemaic Egypt.

The Mummy (1999): While a work of fiction with supernatural elements, the film incorporates historical and archaeological elements of ancient Egypt.

It is important to note that even in historically accurate films, there may be some creative liberties taken for storytelling purposes. Additionally, recent American attempts at docudramas on ancient Egypt and its pharaohs have come under harsh criticism and incited controversy, including from leading figures in Egyptian archaelogy, for being politically motivated by fringe theories that seek to portray modern Egyptians as culture thieves who have no genetic relation to ancient Egyptians.

Therefore, to stay focused on the ancient history of Egypt without falling into the quagmire of American culture wars, teachers are strongly advised to stick to documentary programming focused on recent excavations. Dr. Zahi Hawass, former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs of Egypt, easily the most recognizable face of Egyptian archaeology, has featured in a number of well-reviewed programs that students will find entertaining and educative.
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