The Best Movies About Vikings 

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Updated September 24, 2019 4.9k votes 1.3k voters 122k views 28 items

List Rules Films about Vikings and all things Norse. Vote up the best Viking movies.

With the recent release of Thor: The Dark World, there is a growing number of fans in search of some other great Viking movies. In Norse mythology, Thor was the mighty son of a Viking who had the power to wield a large hammer and invoke lightning, thunder, storms, and even bring healing powers! What are the best movies about Vikings? Vote up the best Viking films below and see where your favorites rank!

The movies on this list all feature Vikings in one way or another, whether it's a story about completely fictional Norsemen or more of a realistic, historical film about Vikings and the roles they play throughout history.

This list features the best movies about Vikings including, Thor, Troy, The Island at the Top of the World, Hammer of the Gods, and The Long Ships. Vote up the best Viking movies below or add one you love that isn't already on the list!
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Omar Sharif, Antonio Banderas, Tony Curran

Released: 1999

Directed by: John McTiernan, Michael Crichton

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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Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nicolas Winding

"Visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn's brutal and highly metaphorical early medieval epic. One-Eye (Mads Mikkelsen), a mute warrior of formidable strength, has been held prisoner by the ...more
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Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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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Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich

Released: 2007

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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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Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

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Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Released: 2011

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more

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John Hurt, Jim Caviezel, Ron Perlman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Howard McCain

Outlander is a 2008 American science fiction action film directed by Howard McCain and starring James Caviezel. The film revolves around a spaceship crashing in Viking-age Norway. Outlander is ...more

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Pathfinder Moon Bloodgood, Karl Urban, Clancy Brown

Released: 2007

Directed by: Marcus Nispel

Pathfinder is a 2007 American epic action film directed by Marcus Nispel, distributed by 20th Century Fox, and stars Karl Urban, Clancy Brown, Ralf Möller, Moon Bloodgood, Russell Means, ...more
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Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Released: 2013

Directed by: Alan Taylor

Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity ...more

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Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Leonard Rossiter

Released: 1964

Directed by: Jack Cardiff

The Long Ships is a 1964 British-Yugoslavian adventure film shot in Technirama directed by Jack Cardiff and stars Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, and Russ Tamblyn.
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Zachery Ty Bryan, Mac Brandt

Released: 2009

Directed by: Todor Chapkanov

Hammer of the Gods is a 2009 made-for-TV film, directed by Todor "Toshko" Chapkanov and produced by Jeffery Beach and Phillip J. Roth for the Syfy channel. It tells the story of the ...more
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Sven-Ole Thorsen, Ralf Möller, Ingibjorg Stefansdottir

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Chapman

The Viking Sagas is an American film from 1995, directed by Michael Chapman, starring Ralf Möller and Sven-Ole Thorsen.
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Released: 2014

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Charlton Heston, Maurice Evans, Richard Boone

Released: 1965

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

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Deacon Jones, Lee Majors, Fred Biletnikoff

Released: 1978

Directed by: Charles B. Pierce

The Norseman is a 1978 film about Vikings who arrive in North America.
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Marina Sirtis, Ben Cross, Chris Bruno

Released: 2007

Directed by: Nick Lyon

Grendel is a 2007 television film directed by Nick Lyon that is very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. The television film was produced by the Sci Fi channel as an original ...more
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Ian McKellen, Michael York, Julian Glover

Released: 1969

Directed by: Clive Donner

Alfred the Great is a 1969 epic film which portrayed Alfred the Great's struggle to rid Wessex of the invading Danes, in the 870s AD. It starred David Hemmings in the title role.

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Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget

Released: 1954

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Prince Valiant is a 1954 adventure film in Technicolor and Cinemascope, based on the comic strip of the same name by Hal Foster. A young man seeks to join the Knights of the Round Table in order ...more

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Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Paul Tylak

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey

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The Saga of Biôrn Phillip Sacramento, Jack E. Sovtar, Alberte Thorning Agerskov

Released: 2011

Directed by: Benjamin Kousholt

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Patrick Troughton, Don Murray, Donald Houston

Released: 1967

Directed by: Don Chaffey

The Viking Queen is a 1967 Hammer adventure film set in Roman Britain.
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Kaniehtiio Horn, Nicolas Wright, Ricky Mabe

Released: 2009

Directed by: Alexandre Franchi

The Wild Hunt is a 2009 Canadian drama/horror film from Animist Films, produced and directed by Alexandre Franchi.
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Mako Iwamatsu, Donald Sinden, Agneta Eckemyr

Released: 1974

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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Cameron Mitchell, Folco Lulli, Andrea Checchi

Released: 1961

Directed by: Mario Bava

Erik the Conqueror is an epic 1961 Italian action–adventure film directed by Mario Bava and starring George Ardisson and Cameron Mitchell as long-lost Viking brothers in the 9th century, one of ...more
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Sally Todd, Gary Conway, Abby Dalton

Released: 1957

Directed by: Roger Corman

The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent is a 1957 film directed by Roger Corman. It starred Abby Dalton, Susan Cabot, and June Kenney. It was ...more