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What are the best medieval movies? Kings, sword fights, jousting, horses... fire, pillaging, knights, people with English accents saying "m'lady" and "ye"... This is a list of all the greatest medieval movies ever made, from movies about The Dark Ages to Renaissance films. Many of these may also be considered to be movies about knights. The best movies that take place in the Middle Ages are listed and can be sorted by categories. What films take place in medieval times?

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson
Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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3,515 1,167
Kingdom of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton
Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan ...more

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2,483 1,207
Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more

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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman
The Name of the Rose is a 1986 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on the book of the same name by Umberto Eco. Sean Connery is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and Christian ...more

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Excalibur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart
Excalibur is a 1981 dramatic fantasy film directed, produced and co-written by John Boorman that retells the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. Based solely on the 15th ...more

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Tirichin Amazigh added Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner
This film is a 1991 American-British adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film stars Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, Morgan Freeman as Azeem, Christian Slater as Will Scarlet, Mary ...more

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A Knight's Tale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon
A Knight's Tale is a 2001 medieval adventure comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Rufus ...more

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King Arthur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone
King Arthur is a 2004 action adventure film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Franzoni. It stars Clive Owen as the title character, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and Keira Knightley as ...more

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587 562
A Man for All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
John Hurt, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave
A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 British biographical drama film based on Robert Bolt's play of the same name about Sir Thomas More. It was released on 12 December 1966. Paul Scofield, who had ...more

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806 616
Robin Hood: Men in Tights is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
but chickens double d added Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks, Dave Chappelle
Robin Hood: Men in Tights is a 1993 French-American musical adventure comedy film and a parody of the Robin Hood story. Produced and directed by Mel Brooks, the film stars Cary Elwes, Richard ...more

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Henry V is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench
Henry V is a 1989 British drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name about King Henry V of England. The film stars ...more

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The 13th Warrior is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Omar Sharif, Antonio Banderas, Tony Curran
The 13th Warrior is a 1999 American historical fiction action film based on the novel and is a loose retelling of the tale of Beowulf. It stars Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Diane Venora ...more

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1,668 513
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
erich-henson added Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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645 465
Ivanhoe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
OCD Man added Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
Ivanhoe is a 1952 American cinema film in color, directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman for MGM. The cast features Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George ...more

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928 497
Highlander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
but chickens double d added Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Michael Hayes
Highlander is a 1986 British-American cult fantasy film directed by Russell Mulcahy and based on a story by Gregory Widen. It stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and Roxanne ...more

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650 327
The Adventures of Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
but chickens double d added Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains
The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American swashbuckler film directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, and Claude ...more

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806 446
The Vikings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
OCD Man added Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh, Ernest Borgnine
The Vikings is a 1958 adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer and filmed in Technicolor. It was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas. It is based on the novel The Viking by Edison Marshall, ...more

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1,122 529
The Lion in Winter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole
The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey and produced by Joseph E. Levine ...more

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558 188
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Dimos Dicoudis added Anton Adasinsky, Aleksandr Armer, Vilen Babichev
Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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927 642
Dragonheart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
JoshSimmons added Dennis Quaid, Julie Christie, Jason Isaacs
Dragonheart is a 1996 American fantasy adventure film directed by Rob Cohen. It stars Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer, and the voice of Sean Connery. It was nominated ...more

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First Knight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond
First Knight is a 1995 medieval film based on Arthurian legend, directed by Jerry Zucker. It stars Richard Gere as Lancelot, Julia Ormond as Guinevere, Sean Connery as King Arthur and Ben Cross ...more

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757 517
Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
RicLee added Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich
Beowulf is a 2007 American motion capture computer-animated fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, inspired by the Old English epic poem of the same ...more

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695 340
El Cid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
james-m-lengyel added Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Herbert Lom
El Cid is a 1961 historical epic film, a romanticized story of the life of the Christian Castilian knight Don Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, called "El Cid", who, in the 11th century, ...more

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1,002 568
Ladyhawke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Alfred Molina
Ladyhawke is a 1985 fantasy film directed by Richard Donner, starring Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Arn – The Knight Templar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Medieval Movies
RazvanPop added Stellan Skarsgård, Bibi Andersson, Vincent Pérez
Arn – The Knight Templar is a 2007 epic film based on Jan Guillou's trilogy about the fictional Swedish Knight Templar Arn Magnusson. The film was released in December 2007 and the sequel, Arn – ...more