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The Best Medieval Movies

Updated on September 15, 2014

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.

Image is the poster for Braveheart featuring Mel Gibson, my most favorite movie in the genre.

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.

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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

Who won't watch a movie with Sean Connery? Especially when he's playing so well in the film adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel with the same name.

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.

The Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany was the setting for many medieval movies, and when you look at the photo, you can easily see why
The Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany was the setting for many medieval movies, and when you look at the photo, you can easily see why | Source

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?

Ivanhoe

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

The Lion in Winter
The 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.

 

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    • Mr Criminology profile image

      Bigwas 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Braveheart is my favorite of all time, so sad that he died in the movie.

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      castelloautore 

      5 years ago

      A Journey down memory lane. Love your list, and the presentation.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey....I watch spartacus, I love it so much, du u knw any other nice series dat can ever be compared to spartacus cos I'm goin to miss it so mucb nw its ending

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      The movies I have seen are awesome for sure. I see some here that I will want to watch some time. Really a very nice lens my dear. Excellent. :)

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      MusicMadness LM 

      5 years ago

      Excalibur and Gladiator (missing from your list) are definitely my favorites. While Game Of Thrones is a TV show, I think you may want to include it, since it's such a great show.

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      mrsclaus411 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this amazing list of Medieval Movies! Really enjoyed some of these movies. Nice lens! Keep it up!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      It stands to reason that recent movies would be the basic point of reference, but the fantasy movies?

      Well, you might wish to some a couple others taking place from the early Medieval to the High Middle Ages:

      Charlton Heston, in The Warlord

      1969's Alfred The Great

      Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, in El Cid

      Sean Connery's Robin and Marian

      Richard Burton, in Beckett

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Agree with Ragnar, "Tristan and Isolde" is a great movie that would fit the list.

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      ericsdorsey 

      5 years ago

      Not completely sure that The Lord of Rings would qualify, but good list.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Would Willow or Legend qualify?

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I thought King Arthur (2004) with Clive Owen did a nice job as well. Being a true fan of the Arthurian legend, starting as a kid with the Mary Stewart series, been hooked ever since!

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      lionmom100 

      5 years ago

      I have seen almost all of them, and loved them all. I agree with Ragnar about adding Lady Hawke and Princess Bride and definitely Cadfael.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Hi. A couple of movies you missed that should be added:

      LadyHawke. That is probably in my type five of all time favorite medieval setting movies.

      The Princess Bride: For many of us this was the best Medieval fantasy movie growing up.

      For the King Arthur movies you forgot to add "First Knight" to the list as well.

      Oh, and I know this isn't a movie but for anyone interested in good medieval storytelling with mystery the excellent PBS series Cadfel.

      Also someone already noted your list is missing "A Knight's Tale."

      And I also think the movie: "Tristan and Isolde" should be added to the list, it was an excellent movie overall as well.

      I tried to add the IMDB pages for the above listed movies (and one tv series) but the filters won't let me. :(

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Rob Roy was great. Braveheart was well made with great battle scenes but was probably one of if not the least accurate historical movies of all time.

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      ismeedee 

      5 years ago

      All but Timeline, actually, and it looks good-we'll have to see it!

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      MaggiePowell 

      5 years ago

      The Lion in Winter is a favorite of mine.

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      Lou Martin 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You got a great list of Medieval Movies! Blessed!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      A Knight's Tale would be another good addition.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Braveheart was OK, but only that. By far the better script, acting, production values, and WOW! music were in Rob Roy with Liam Neeson in the title role. Absolutely superb in every way, with one of the most evil villians ever filmed, and certainly the best swordfight, Rob Roy was overshadowed by the star power of Mel Gibson about six months later. I'm sure you'll find that Rob Roy is the better movie.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      spartacus series is really awesome must be one of the best shows i ever seen

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      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I enjoyed this lens and I have seen most of these movies, but not all of them. Great presentation.

      TonyB

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @kislanyk: Troy is Bronze Age... not Medieval. I agree with your thinking regarding LOTR, but Troy should not be included in this list.

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      Katie Hazel 

      5 years ago

      These are some of my favorite movies of all time! I think I will watch one tonight :)

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      nickybutler 

      5 years ago

      Some great choices here - I love medieval movies!

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      termit_bronx 

      5 years ago

      I love this kind of movies. Can't wait to go watch another one :)

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      Marika 

      5 years ago from Cyprus

      @MirceaFlorea: Yeah there are some people who don't fully agree, however I added them here also due to the strong medieval influence, costumes and atmosphere. I mean J. R. R. Tolkien was heavily influenced by the medieval times - Middle Earth itself and its spoken language is strongly medieval - even though it's also fantasy...etc.

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      MirceaFlorea 

      5 years ago

      I don't think movies such as Narnia and Lord of the Rings really qualify in the medieval genre

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      good list though some movies listed are from before the medieval era

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      PaulWinter 

      6 years ago

      Great list of films, you've listed some of my favorites here and some I've yet to see

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      Rankography 

      6 years ago

      Great list. I really enjoy this genre of films. Kingdom of Heaven was much better than I expected, as was Joan of Arc. Blessings.

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      wedpittsburgh lm 

      6 years ago

      I've seen most of these movies. My husband used to kid me all the time about how I wish I lived back in the Medieval times, but once he started watching these great movies, he has now found a love of his own for this era. :) Don't forget King Arthur- the newest version or The First Knight with Sean Connery and Richard Gere.

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      BestGames1 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! I'm a great fan of medieval anythings - especially movies and games.

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      melsie 

      6 years ago

      LOVE that Name of the Rose was mentioned here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Shelly Sellers 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I think I was born in the wrong era :) Medieval is one of my favorite types of movies to watch. It drives my family nuts. Conan got me started on my travels!

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      Jeff Johnston 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Nice list... Though I don't think Lord of the Rings or Narnia count as medieval movies, to me fantasy doesn't count. Nor do I agree that 300 counts as a version of troy... but I am nitpicky ;)... Great lens :D

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      Starwrangler LM 

      6 years ago

      Nice list, I enjoyed a lot of those films, a few I haven't seen, and I'm sure there are a lot more out there, Army of Darkness perhaps?

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I'm so happy to see Ivanhoe made your list! It is one of my favorites.

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      Terrie_Schultz 

      6 years ago

      Gladiator was so sad, I don't think I could bear to watch it again. But a great movie. Good list, several here I haven't seen.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Great minds think alike! I have everyone of these medieval movies on DVD and enjoy watching them again and again - with one exception, Troy. I can't watch Troy without shrieking "no, no, that's wrong", "no, no, Achille, she's been dead for years" and many more "no, no" wails throughout the movie. I know a movie doesn't have to follow the exact storyline but I grew up with the Iliad and I'm biased.

      My absolute favourites are Name of the Rose and Kingdom of Heaven. Wait, wait, ALL of these Medieval Movies are my favourites

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @TeacherSerenia: I would love to watch this. I missed this one, too.

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      Marika 

      6 years ago from Cyprus

      @TeacherSerenia: Um, actually I haven't. I was talking about medieval movies, not medieval TV series :) If I were to create a lens on those, there are plenty of TV shows to add, including all those related to Camelot and all...hm...might do that just soon...

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      TeacherSerenia 

      6 years ago

      You seem to have missed the British TV series from the 1980s called - Robin of Sherwood - that was my most favourite medieval Tv Series. Starring first Michael Praed (before he was lured away by Dynasty) and then Jason Connery. The theme song was called Robin the Hooded Man and was sung/composed by the Irish group Clannad - before Enya became famous.

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      Marika 

      6 years ago from Cyprus

      @anonymous: You're right indeed, I forgot about Ironclad. A bit gory for me but it fits the genre. Will add it to the reviews soon. Thanks!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Everywhere I look, people have forgotten to mention IRONCLAD. one of the best realistic medieval movies.

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      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      Yes -- This Mists of Avalon! I had even forgotten the name, but I do enjoy it. It is one of the very few of that era that shows a woman's point of view and how important they were to religion and politics.

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      Fcuk Hub 

      6 years ago

      This lens is great, but I don't agree that Troy or Gladiator are movies from medieval period. I would say it is antique period. And Lord Of The Ring or Conan, these movies are pure fantasy :)

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      Alenkita1 

      6 years ago from Slovenia

      I love medieval movies, and you created a really nice list of them. Just love them.

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      chuckholmes301 

      6 years ago

      I love Braveheart, Gladiator and Troy. There's a few on this list I haven't watched yet, so I will check them out. Thanks for sharing.

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      I love some of the movies you mentioned here.

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      Sabre1000 

      6 years ago

      I loved Excalibur, but Name of The Rose is a close second.

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