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The Best Medieval Movies

Updated November 23, 2020 119.8k votes 14.8k voters 1.5m views125 items

List RulesVote up all of the best movies that feature medieval times or themes.

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, from stories that took massive liberties with history to films that were actually pretty accurate. Many of these may also be considered to be medieval fantasy movies and movies about knights. The top medieval movies that take place in the Middle Ages are listed and can be sorted by categories. So if you've ever asked yourself, "what good films take place in medieval times?" This list has the answer for you.

Be sure to check back for recent medieval movies as they are released and added to the list. For more interesting movie lists, check out the samurai movies, gangster films, and Holocaust movies lists.

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  • 1
    The Princess Bride
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 2
    Kingdom of Heaven
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    Kingdom of Heaven

    Eva Green, Liam Neeson

    Released2005

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 3
    Excalibur
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    Excalibur

    Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Boorman

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    The 13th Warrior
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    The 13th Warrior

    Omar Sharif, Antonio Banderas

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn McTiernan, Michael Crichton

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    A Knight's Tale
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    A Knight's Tale

    Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany

    Released2001

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

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    The Name of the Rose
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    The Name of the Rose

    Sean Connery, Christian Slater

    Released1986

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

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    Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail
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    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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  • 8
    Willow
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    Willow

    Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak

    Released1988

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 9
    Braveheart
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

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  • 10
    The Lion in Winter
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    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1968

    Directed byAnthony Harvey

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  • 11
    Highlander
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    Highlander

    Sean Connery, Clancy Brown

    Released1986

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

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  • 12
    Ladyhawke
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    Ladyhawke

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 13
    King Arthur
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    King Arthur

    Keira Knightley, Clive Owen

    Released2004

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • 14
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery

    Released1991

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

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  • 15
    Brave
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    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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  • 16
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn

    Released1938

    Directed byMichael Curtiz, William Keighley

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  • 17
    Sword in the Stone
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    Sword in the Stone

    Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot

    Released1963

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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  • 18
    El Cid
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    El Cid

    Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston

    Released1961

    Directed byAnthony Mann

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  • 19
    Henry V
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    Henry V

    Christian Bale, Emma Thompson

    Released1989

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • 20
    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
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    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

    Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1999

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 21
    Dragonheart
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    Dragonheart

    Dennis Quaid, Julie Christie

    Released1996

    Directed byRob Cohen

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  • 22
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights
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    Robin Hood: Men in Tights

    Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks

    Released1993

    Directed byMel Brooks

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  • 23
    Beowulf
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    Beowulf

    Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2007

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 24
    The Vikings
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    The Vikings

    Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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  • 25
    Becket
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    Becket

    Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton

    Released1964

    Directed byPeter Glenville

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