In Bronze Age Greece, King Agamemnon (Brian Cox) of Mycenae is in Thessaly, Greece, looking to conquer this last territory not in his fledgling empire. His soldiers prepare to fight the Thessalonian king, Triopas (Julian Glover). Triopas agrees to settle the matter through single combat between their best warriors. Achilles (Brad Pitt) easily kills the Thessalonian champion Boagrius (Nathan Jones). Accepting defeat, Triopas presents Achilles with a scepter as a token for his king. But Achilles refuses, saying Agamemnon is not his king. In Sparta, Prince Hector (Eric Bana) and his young brother Paris (Orlando Bloom) negotiate peace between Troy and Sparta. Paris has fallen in love with Helen (Diane Kruger), Menelaus' (Brendan Gleeson) wife. He smuggles her back to Troy with him. Infuriated, Menelaus vows revenge. Meanwhile, Agamemnon (Menelaus' brother), who had for years harbored plans for conquering Troy (which would give him control of the Aegean Sea), uses this as a justification to invade Troy. General Nestor (John Shrapnel) asks him to take Achilles, to rally troops to the cause. Odysseus (Sean Bean) visits Phtia to persuade Achilles and his Myrmidons to fight, and finds him training with Patroclus (Garrett Hedlund), his cousin. Odysseus says the fleet will be sailing in three days, and that this war will never be forgotten. Achilles consults his mother, Thetis (Julie Christie), and she tells him that should he stay, he will find peace, love, and a long life, but his name will be forgotten. Should he go, he will find everlasting glory, but is destined to die in battle. Achilles decides to go. The Greeks land at Troy and take control of the beach, landing their ships. Achilles and the Myrmidons kill many Trojans and desecrate the temple of Apollo. Achilles and Hector meet but do not fight, with Hector outnumbered but allowed to leave. Briseis (Rose Byrne), a member of the Trojan royal family, is captured and taken as a prize to the Greeks, despite Achilles' claim to her. Achilles and his Myrmidons do not fight the next day because of Agamemnon's unfair claim to Briseis. With Greeks surrounding Troy, Paris challenges Menelaus to a duel to settle things. Menelaus agrees, knowing he is the better warrior, while Agamemnon decides he will attack afterwards regardless of the outcome. Paris is easily defeated. Wounded, he crawls back to his brother's feet. Hector intervenes and kills Menelaus. Agamemnon orders his army to charge, but the Greeks are repelled because their attack is within range of the Trojan archers and the plain outside the city allows the Trojans to concentrate their numbers. Hector also kills Ajax (Tyler Mane). When Odysseus points out his army will be wiped out unless he stops, Agamemnon reluctantly withdraws. Agamemnon gives Briseis to his men, but Achilles rescues her, claiming that she is his. He carries her back to his tent and attempts to help her, but she does not trust him. They converse by the fireside and discover their differences in their belief of the gods and their similarities in their stubborn nature. That night, Briseis holds a knife to Achilles while he sleeps. He awakens,

unafraid. She wants to kill him to spare the lives of others that will be slain by his hand on the battlefield, and he challenges her, saying he will kill "many." Unable to find it in herself to kill the man that saved her, she backs off. They have consensual sex and fall asleep. The next day, the Trojan council is arguing amongst themselves whether or not to directly attack the Greeks again, to conquer them once and for all. Hector, realizing that such an attack would be futile, strongly advises against it, but Priam, foolishly swayed by his priest's "bird signs" and Glaucus' convictions, gives the order. Meanwhile, Briseis and Achilles are lying in bed together, and it is implied that Achilles is planning to leave the next day, as he had ordered Eudorus to load the ships, much to Patroclus' indignation. Briseis seems skeptical of his decision and asks him if he could really "leave this all behind", to which he asks if she could "leave Troy". The Trojans launch a surprise attack before dawn. As the Greeks seem to be on the verge of defeat, Achilles appears with the Myrmidons, and joins the battle. He brings courage to the Greeks, and eventually fights man-to-man against Hector. The Myrmidons are shocked by Achilles apparently being outmatched by Hector, and he is mortally wounded. This energizes the Trojans and dismays the Greeks. Hector kneels and pulls Achilles' helmet off, and finds it is actually Patroclus who he has killed, not Achilles. Horrified at having slain someone so young, Hector gives him a killing blow out of mercy. Both armies agree to end fighting for the day, and Odysseus informs Hector of the boy's identity. Achilles, who had slept through the battle, is told by Eudorus of his cousin's death. The Myrmidons had also mistaken Patroclus for Achilles, since he had put on the same armour, and moved with a near identical fighting style: Achilles furiously vows revenge. Later that night, Achilles leads the funeral ceremony, complete with a funeral pyre. In Troy, Hector, fearful of a Greek attack taking the city, shows his wife Andromache (Saffron Burrows) a secret tunnel out of the city, telling her to use it if Troy falls, since he doesn't want to see his young son murdered and his wife taken as a Greek slave. He also tells her to try to get as many to safety as she can. The next day, an enraged Achilles approaches the gates of Troy alone and demands Hector to come out and face him. Hector requests a pact that the loser be given proper funeral rites by the winner, which is angrily refused by Achilles, with him saying " There are no pacts between lions and men." The two fight an evenly matched duel at the start, but Achilles begins to get the advantage as he begins to wear Hector down with his strong blows and quick reactions and in the end Achilles spears Hector in the shoulder blade and finishes him with a sword to the chest. He then ties the body to the back of his chariot, callously dragging it back to the Greek camp leaving all the Trojans shocked. That night, King Priam visits the Greek army's camp to retrieve Hector's body. After an emotional talk given to him by Priam (Peter O'Toole), Achilles breaks down into tears near Hector's body. He lets Priam take Hector's body back, promising him that no Greek will attack Troy for twelve days in order to give time for the proper funeral rites to be performed on the prince, also saying that Hector was the best he'd fought. Achilles lets Priam take Briseis back as well, and gives her the shell necklace Thetis had made for him. He later makes amends with Eudorus (whom he had beaten and almost killed over the death of Patroclus), and gives him one last order: to take the Myrmidons home. During the 12 days that Troy mourns Hector's death, the Greeks plan to enter the city using a hollowed-out wooden horse, devised by Odysseus, desperate to stem the slaughter of his own

men at the hands of the Trojans. The Greeks leave the horse at their camp, then depart, hiding their ships in a nearby cove. Paris warns Priam to destroy the horse; however, Priam, swayed by the claims of his priests the horse is an offering to Poseidon and a gift, neglects his warning. Assuming victory, the Trojans take the horse into the city and celebrate. A band of Greeks come out of the horse at night, opening the gates to the city, allowing the main army to enter. The unprepared Trojans are overwhelmed. As the city burns, Agamemmnon and Odysseus fight their way with their army to the palace, killing Glaucus and Priam in the onslaught. Achilles searches desperately for Briseis, who is being threatened by Agamemnon. She kills him with a concealed knife, and is saved from his guards by Achilles, who is helping her to her feet when Paris shoots Achilles in his legendary vulnerable heel, and torso area. Briseis runs to Achilles to support him, which surprised Paris as he finally realized that his cousin is in love. Achilles urges Briseis to join Paris as they escape the city through a secret passage. Achilles watches them go then dies from his wounds. The soldiers arrive to see the fallen Achilles with only a single arrow through his heel, as he had removed all the others from his chest, paying homage to the myth that Achilles was killed by a single arrow to the heel. Funeral rituals are performed for him in the ruins of Troy the next day. The film ends with Odysseus' speech.