Robin Hood On Screen: The Best Robin Hood Films and Television Shows
My guide to the best films and television shows about Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest
Are you a Robin Hood fan? Looking to jump into the confusing myriad of awesome, old or just weird Robin Hood films? Kids shows, comedy, action, fantasy, historical, romance, old classics and recent hits, featuring old men, young men, and even a couple of female leads, early insurgence and the end of his life. They're all here.
I love Robin Hood. I grew up on the Disney and Errol Flynn films, reading and playing Robin Hood with my siblings for years (I was usually Robin Hood. My brother and sister got to swap around in a complicated arrangement of characters). I even have a letter from Antonia Fraser, after writing to her in primary school as my favourite author, simply because she'd written a book about Robin Hood that I read 1700 times before I was 10. I devoured every single Robin Hood book out there, including a lot that would just republications of Howard Pyle's stories. the book by Antonia Fraser
That VHS of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood was practically worn out. It's one of my favourite pieces of nostalgia, from my childhood. And then I discovered that there were other Robin Hood movies. I have since been on a mission to watch all of them. And to make everybody else watched them as well. But I'm nice,so I'll only try make you watch the good ones.
I've picked out my top recommendations for Robin Hood films and television series. Come join me in Sherwood Forest with our favourite outlaw, his story steeped in folklore, history, pranks, cartoons, romance and adventure! Whichever flavour you like, there's a Robin Hood for you. So come find him.
My Top Ten Robin Hood Picks - (I didn't intend it to be ten. It just worked out that way!)
These are my top Robin Hood films and television shows that will give you a great introduction to the Robin Hood genre. They are all are pretty darn good titles, and covered a decent range of moods and genres, and whichever audience you're picking for, you'll find something suitable below.
Or just keep reading for the reviews of each show and film. I've only reviewed things I've actually seen, but I've seen a lot of Robin Hood stuff.
How much of the Robin Hood fan are you?
Reviews: Top Robin Hood Films
Robin Hood (1938) with Errol Flynn
Robin Hood (2010) with Russell Crowe
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1997) with Kevin Costner
Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993) with Cary Elwes
Read a full review at the links below
- The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
I grew up watching this film. Repeatedly. I remember being utterly amazed and being told that my granny had gone to see it in the cinema when it came out, and wondering why wasn't in black and white (it was one of the first films in colour)
- Robin Hood (2010)
A gritty, historical-feeling film that skips over a lot of the classic Robin Hood mythos for some interesting politics, Marian being kickass, and Robin being the heroic veteran, slowly proving himself to be everyone's favourite guy.
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
One of my least favourites on this list, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves features a boring and rather violent Robin, in a somewhat tiresome vengeance plot in which a young Robin returns from the crusades and promptly embarks on a mission to take down t
- Robin Hood - Men in Tights (1993)
Men in Tights is a parody directed by Mel Brooks. To fully appreciate this film, you need to watch both the Errol Flynn and the Prince of Thieves films beforehand, as it draws heavily on these two classic films (there are also a few Blazing Saddles a
- Disney's Robin Hood (1973)
I think this is the only Disney films that I actually watched much growing up. It's a fun, fairly predictable but highly entertaining take on the usual events in the Robin Hood storyline, with some decent music, very, very poor people, very wicked ri
- Princess of Thieves with Keira Knightley (2001)
A surprisingly fun, straight to TV film, starring Keira Knightley before she became particularly famous. Robin Hood's daughter is fostered with Friar Tuck and her "uncles" at a quiet monastery, while Robin Hood goes on the crusades
- Robin and Marian with Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn (1976)
A rather inconsistent film featuring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. A mixture of action and romance, in which an ageing Robin tries to adjust to growing old, recapture the love between him and Marian, with highly romantic, but rather exasperating c
- Robin Hood with Patrick Bergin (1991)
Released at the same time as the Prince of Thieves film, this relatively low budget version was rather overlooked, but is well worth checking out.
Which is your favourite Robin Hood film?
Reviews: Top Robin Hood TV Shows
Robin of Sherwood (1984-1986) with Michael Praed
An enduring and magical classic, this series features the haunting Celtic-inspired music of Clannad, and the ethereally lovely Michael Praed. A solid mix of pranks, paganism and desperate poverty.
With a very local focus, it follows young Robin as he flees his father's murder and is chosen by Herne the Hunter. He gathers around him a small group of followers and becomes entangled with magic and the usual fight to defend people (and himself) against the local overlords.
He eventually is replaced by Jason Connery in the third season (which is twice as long as the first two seasons), who places the somewhat confused yet noble Earl's son, doing his best to fill the spot of his better loved predecessor (both in the show, and in the fandom!). The final season is actually a lot better than most reviews would have you believe, they're just different, because the lead is so different from the original.
Robin Hood (2006-2009)
The BBC One television series starring Jonas Armstrong
The more recent BBC show, which went on for three seasons. It follows the original series format quite closely, but with less angst and magic, and a higher degree of historical accuracy.
Our Robin (Jonas Armstrong) returns from the Holy lands, to find that things are very much not right in his home village, and his childhood sweetheart Marian is still annoyed with him for running off and leaving her. He makes himself serious enemies of the local Sheriff, a psychopathic and dangerously smart opponent, and his right hand thug, Guy of Gisbourne.
Entertaining, adventurous, and goes on for five whole seasons, this is definitely a good series to check out Robin Hood fans. The series features lots of good characters, ranges from comedy to drama to tragedy and back to action, and while it ranges pretty far from the original Robin Hood stories, it comes up with new adventures that fit in with the spirit very well.
Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989-1994)
A British children's TV show featuring Maid Marian as the hero
A funny kids show in which the capable and smart Marian basically ran everything, but the foolish Robin and his men tended to get the credit. A bit young for adults, but one of my favourite shows as a kid.
Further Viewing Suggestions for the Robin Hood Fan - Looking for something else to watch? Check out these titles!
If you have run out of decent Robin Hood films, then you might be interested in some of these titles.
Sword fighting, adventure, dashing heroism, a bunch of fantasy, and a fair bit of comedy.
Not only does it feature the same actor from Men In Tights, but this fantastically funny classic film is full of adventure, swordfights, romance and a villainous prince.
Classic swashbuckling adventure, with the mysterious hero steps in to save the locals from oppression. This set collects both the classic films and the original TV series.
Arrow is a recent series based on the superhero Green Arrow, whose basically is a modern day Robin Hood-meets-Batman character from Marvel. He runs around the city dispensing justice with archery and trick arrows and stuff. It takes itself very seriously and it has a very Robin Hood vibe.
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