The Best Movies About Greek Mythology
For us mere mortals, mythology and the world of ancient Greece and the gods has been a fascinating subject for thousands of years. So it makes sense that filmmakers have been drawing inspiration from Greek mythology almost since the advent of the medium. Mythological stories tend to be rich with drama, action, and betrayal, none more so than Greek mythology where humans lived in harmony or discord with their gods. These interactions often led to grand adventures that make for great movies. Other films like Hercules in New York and Mighty Aphrodite take elements from Greek mythology and place them in modern settings. Ideas like these have also been the basis for many TV shows about Greek mythology as well.
It’s really no wonder why popular directors like Zack Snyder, Oliver Stone, and the Coen brothers have all made movies that bring the Greek mythos to the silver screen. But which one of these movies is the best? You get to help decide by voting up your favorite Greek mythology movies. The best part is that you can vote for more than one, you’ll be helping other fans find out what to watch next. Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime, you can start watching a lot of these movies right now.
Boasting an all-star cast, Troy marks one of the most ambitious adaptations of the Iliad to date, even if it takes quite a few artistic liberties with the story. Major highlights of the film include Brad Pitt's performance as Achilles and the entertaining action sequences. Definitely check out Troy if you want an introduction to one of Greek mythology's most well-known stories and an epic watch, clocking in at just below three hours.
- Actors: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Brian Cox
- Released: 2004
- Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Did you watch the 1981 classic, Clash of the Titans and wish that it was in 3D? Then you're in luck. The 2010 remake not only brought the monsters to life using the latest in CGI technology, it was in your face with multiple three-dimensional action sequences. Despite not being critically well received, it was a commercial success and spawned the sequel Wrath of the Titans which further drew inspiration from the Greek mythos.
- Actors: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Gemma Arterton
- Released: 2010
- Directed by: Louis Leterrier
- Photo: 300 / Warner Bros.3
300 is an incredibly vivid adaptation based on the popular graphic novel by Frank Miller. Focusing on the Battle of Thermopylae, Zack Snyder combines magical realism based on Greek mythology with a visual style that would pave the way for him to direct other comic book films including Watchmen, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zack Snyder's Justice League.
- Actors: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Rodrigo Santoro
- Released: 2006
- Directed by: Zack Snyder
A sequel to the 2010 Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans isn't based on any actual myths but resurrects it's characters from the original film. Sam Worthinton returns as Perseus with his father Zeus being, once again, played by Liam Neeson. This time, Perseus must fight the Titan Kronos in an original story that is full of betrayal, scheming, and a supporting cast full of Greek gods.
- Actors: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell
- Released: 2012
- Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Now a bona-fide Disney classic, Hercules served as an introduction to Greek gods for many young Disney fans. Danny DeVito as "Phil" and James Woods as "Hades" add their comical talents to this Greek myth making it enjoyable for both kids and parents alike. Be sure to check it out if you want to combine your love for Disney and ancient mythology.
- Actors: Tate Donovan, Josh Keaton, Roger Bart, Danny DeVito, James Woods
- Released: 1997
- Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
You'll most likely recognize Geralt of Rivia, as Theseus in this action-fantasy film that draws heavily from Greek mythology without directly adapting any known stories. So you might not be pleased if you consider yourself to be a scholar of Greek mythology but if you love sword and sorcery movies, you'll certainly be pleased with Immortals.
- Actors: Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans
- Released: 2011
- Directed by: Tarsem