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The Best Medieval Movies
Listing Of The Best Medieval Movies Ever Made
Here you will find my list of the best medieval movies of all times. Names like Braveheart, Robin Hood, Lord of the Rings, and a few more popular ones will all be featured here.
Be it historical, science fiction, romantic, adventure or fantasy, medieval movies have long captured the hearts and imagination of people all over the world. These are the glorified times of magical and legendary heroes, of times that we can no longer bring back.
No wonder Hollywood treats the topic of middle ages films so often, even going as far as remaking older ones with the same title. Jean d'Arc, Robin Hood, The Three Musketeers, and many more, have been done and re-done almost ad nauseum. Yet, we are always eagerly awaiting the new film to come out so we can watch it - over and over again.
Enjoy this listing of my top medieval movies. Hope you agree with these, and if you find something more to your preference, do mention it in the comments section below.
This is truly an epic movie that not only made Mel Gibson really popular all over the world, but also revitalized the entire historical film industry. Mel Gibson plays here William Wallace, the 13th-century Scottish leader of a popular revolt against England's tyrannical Edward I.
Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves In Movies
Without a doubt, Robin Hood is one of the best medieval movies ever made. This film has been made so many times with different actors (remember the early version with Errol Flynn?), that I'm sure everyone will have their own favorite.
But we've got to agree: the Robin Hood film is great!
This is the latest version of this awesome movie with Russel Crowe (one of my favorite actors). The film was released in 2010.
Do You Like Medieval Films?
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The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
A fantasy movie of the highest caliber, The Lord Of The Ring is a classic film that will always capture the hearts and souls of everyone. In a small village in the Shire a young Hobbit named Frodo has been entrusted with an ancient Ring. Now he must embark on an Epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it.
This is the extended edition (the one I also bought) as it has a ton of extra parts that were cut in the regular movie set.
Excalibur - The Legend Of King Arthur In Movies
King Arthur is a historical person who has been depicted in movies countless times based on the various Arthurian legends that usually include Merlin, King Arthur's wife Guenevere and the Knights of the Round Table.
This novie is a re-telling of the famous myths of King Arthur, the legendary 5th-6th century monarch, as well as his aid Merlin, Uther Pendragon, the Holy Grail and the lovely Lady of the Lake.
Did You Know...
The Middle Ages (the Medieval times) were named so after a period in the history of Europe lasting from the 5th to the 15th century?
Kingdom of Heaven
Directed by Ridley Scott, Kingdom of Heaven is a movie around the Middle Ages times in Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th Century. I loved this spectacular film and whenever it's shown on TV, I always watch it - again and again.
My husband just sighs when it is on, as he knows that evening it's movie time!
The Name of the Rose with Sean Connery
The book from which the movie has been adapted is a classic by now. A historical mystery and thriller with engaging characters and suspense that keeps you at the edge of your seat reading - or watching the film.
Conan The Barbarian With And Without Arnold Scharzenneger
Yeah yeah it's Schwarzenegger, we know that, but c'mon this IS a great movie, whether you now like the actor or not. It's actually the movie that made him quite popular among the Americans.
You want Connan the Barbarian without Schwarzenneger? Well then check out this 2011 rendition of the same movie with fresh new actors. And if you like Stargate Atlantis, then you'll be in for a pleasant surprise.
The Chronicles Of Narnia
For me the Narnia Chronicles are up there right along with The Lord Of The Rings. I love medieval fantasy and this series doesn't disappoint. If you haven't watched it yet, it's high time you catch on!
Ever since C. S. Lewis work has been adapted to movies, I've been looking forward to watch yet another installment on DVD. Currently there are 3 movies out, based on the books The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (released in 2005), Prince Caspian (released in 2008) and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (released in 2010).
Joan D'Arc In Movies
Joan d'Arc is another such character several times depicted in movies. She was a French historical figure that played a major part in the French Revolution during the Middle Ages.
Which girl growing up hasn't at least dreamed about becoming a modern Joan d'Arc? The passion that this character inspires in all of us makes this movie worth watching, and learning the story behind the heroine well worth knowing.
Did You Know...
The first ever medieval film was called Jeanne d'Arc and it was the first version of Joan D'Arc made in 1900, in France?
This is the classic movie from the Ivanhoe novel by Sir Walter Scott. I've read the book back in high school and I loved it to bits. And the movies that were made from this medieval novel did make it justice, every one of them.
Currently there are several Ivanhoe movies, the first one being released in 1952. Another great adaptation I watched based on Ivanhoe was released when I was a teenager, in 1982. In 1997 a latest adaptation of this book has been translated to TV as a 5 hour mini-series. Well worth watching as well.
Lion In Winter
Lion In Winter is yet one of the best medieval movies ever made. Granted, it's a bit older, it's a classic actually, but worth while watching if you haven't yet. Richard the Lionheart (played by Anthony Hopkins) is very realistically represented, and of course being played by one of the greatest actors ever, you'll totally enjoy watching him in action.
The movie story is set around Christmas 1183, taking place at at King Henry II's palace and home in Anjou, during the medieval France period.