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The Very Best Sword And Sorcery Movies 

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A list of all the best sword and sorcery movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Be sure to check out the best drama films currently streaming on Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime as well as the best fantasy and sci-fi movies streaming on Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime

This sword and sorcery movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of sword and sorcery films also contains sword and sorcery movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This sword and sorcery films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best sword and sorcery movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This sword and sorcery movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote for your favorites to get them to rise to the top.

The following movies feature both swords and sorcerers, so not all fantasy movies are considered sword and fantasy films. But some of these films are considered some of the top dark fantasy films ever made.

List of sword and sorcery films includes sword and sorcery movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Re-rank this bad boy then share it with your best friends to see what you guys think really belongs at the top.

These are the top films in the sword and sorcery genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the sword and sorcery genre in it. Be it the motifs of the sword and sorcery genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

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You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the sword and sorcery movies. List includes photos and sword and sorcery movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

The list you're viewing has a variety of movies in it, like Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these sword and sorcery movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theaters for the first time, this is a list of good sword and sorcery movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest sword and sorcery movies, here is the full sword and sorcery movies list, ordered from best to worst.

And if you like these movies, we're beting you'll like these good medieval movies, too.

 

Simon West and Ralph Bakshi are among the directors who have worked on Sword and sorcery movies in the past.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Milius

Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 sword and sorcery/adventure film directed and co-written by John Milius. It is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, a pulp fiction writer of the 1930s, about the ...more

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Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Boorman

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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Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ron Howard

Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by George Lucas, and starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, and Billy Barty. ...more

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Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, Janet Jones

Released: 1982

Directed by: Don Coscarelli

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Ian McDiarmid, Ralph Richardson, Peter MacNicol

Released: 1981

Directed by: Matthew Robbins

Dragonslayer is a 1981 American fantasy film directed by Matthew Robbins, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Hal Barwood. It starrs Peter MacNicol, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam and Caitlin ...more

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Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

Ladyhawke is a 1985 fantasy film directed by Richard Donner, starring Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Liam Neeson, Robbie Coltrane, Bernard Bresslaw

Released: 1983

Directed by: Peter Yates

Krull is a 1983 British-American heroic fantasy-science fiction film directed by Peter Yates and starring Ken Marshall and Lysette Anthony. It was produced by Ron Silverman and released by ...more

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Released: 1999

Directed by: John McTiernan, Michael Crichton

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt Chamberlain, André the Giant

Released: 1984

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

Conan the Destroyer is a 1984 American sword and sorcery/adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mako Iwamatsu reprising their roles as Conan and Akiro ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Ernie Reyes

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

Red Sonja is a 1985 Dutch-American sword and sorcery action film directed by Richard Fleischer. The film features the sword-wielding Marvel Comics character Red Sonja, created by Roy Thomas, who ...more

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Susan Tyrrell, Maggie Roswell, Stephen Mendel

Released: 1983

Directed by: Ralph Bakshi

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Morgan Freeman, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols

Released: 2011

Directed by: Marcus Nispel

Conan the Barbarian is a 2011 American sword and sorcery film based on the character Conan the Barbarian created by Robert E. Howard. The film is a new interpretation of the Conan mythology, and ...more

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Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

Released: 1963

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on December 25, 1963 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 18th film in ...more

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Richard Moll, Simon MacCorkindale, George Maharis

Released: 1982

Directed by: Albert Pyun

The Sword and the Sorcerer is a 1982 American sword and sorcery fantasy film directed by Albert Pyun and starring Lee Horsley, Richard Lynch, and Richard Moll. A mercenary with a three-bladed ...more

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Released: 1985

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Legend is a 1985 British-American fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty, Cork Hubbert, and ...more

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Released: 1981

Directed by: Gerald Potterton

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Directed by: Chuck Russell

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John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Rich, Ted Berman

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Tia Carrere, Harvey Fierstein, Kevin Sorbo

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Nicolella

Kull the Conqueror is a 1997 fantasy film about the Robert E. Howard character Kull starring Kevin Sorbo. It is a film adaptation of Howard's Conan novel The Hour of the Dragon, with the ...more
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Sean Connery, Peter Cushing, Trevor Howard

Released: 1984

Directed by: Stephen Weeks

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Barbi Benton, Lana Clarkson, Richard Brooker

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Watson

Deathstalker is a 1983 Argentine-American fantasy adventure film directed by James Sbardellati and starring Rick Hill, Barbi Benton, Bernard Erhard and Lana Clarkson. It was the first in a ...more
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Jack Palance, Harry Andrews, Bernard Bresslaw

Released: 1980

Directed by: Terry Marcel

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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Sword And Sorcery Movies
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Released: 1981

Directed by: Desmond Davis

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Michelle Trachtenberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Lucy Lawless

Released: 2008

Directed by: Will Meugniot

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Eva LaRue, Richard Lynch, David Paul

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ruggero Deodato

The Barbarians is a 1987 American-Italian sword and sorcery film directed by Ruggero Deodato and starring the Barbarian Brothers, Richard Lynch and Eva La Rue. Peter and David Paul were ...more