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The Best King Arthur Movies 

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Updated January 5, 2020 3.4k votes 1.1k voters 77.9k views 14 items

List Rules Movies must feature King Arthur as a character.

A list of the best King Arthur movies. This is of films that focus on King Arthur or are greatly influenced by Arthurian legend. We believe we've got them all, but if we missed your favorite King Arthur film, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. King Arthur is unquestionably one of the most famous icons of the dark ages. There are medieval scholars have dedicated their lives to Arthurian lore.

Nearly every boy in the western world is familiar with the names Merlin, Camelot, Excalibur, Lancelot, as well as the famous "round table". With so much story available to them, filmmakers have been mining Arthurian legend for decades to produce these great King Arthur films. These films are the very best of the bunch of King Arthur films.

What are the best King Arthur movies? Some of the best Arthurian tales are some of the most memorable in fantasy film history.

If you're in the mood for some more adventure after checking out these King Arthur films, check out the best Robin Hood films and the best medieval movies.

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Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Boorman

Released: 1981 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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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Released: 1975 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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Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone

Released: 2004

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Released: 2004 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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Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

Released: 1963

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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Released: 1998

Directed by: Steve Barron

Merlin is a television miniseries which originally aired in 1998 on NBC that retells the legend of King Arthur from the perspective of the wizard Merlin. Sam Neill stars in the title role in a ...more

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Released: 2001

Directed by: Uli Edel

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Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Harris, Franco Nero

Released: 1967

Directed by: Joshua Logan

Released: 1967 Camelot is a 1967 film adaptation of Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Richard Harris stars as King Arthur, Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere, and Franco Nero as Lancelot. The film was ...more

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Ava Gardner, Robert Taylor, Stanley Baker

Released: 1953

Directed by: Richard Thorpe

Released: 1953 Knights of the Round Table is a 1953 British historical film made by MGM. Directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman, it was the first film in Cinemascope made by that studio. ...more

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Released: 1995

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

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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Jim_In_Texas added Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth

Released: 2007

Directed by: Doug Lefler

The Last Legion is a 2007 film directed by Doug Lefler. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and others, it is based on a 2003 Italian novel of the same name written by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It ...more

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Sean Connery, Peter Cushing, Trevor Howard

Released: 1984

Directed by: Stephen Weeks

Released: 1984 Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a 1984 dramatic fantasy film starring Miles O'Keeffe, Trevor Howard, Lila Kedrova, Cyrielle Clair, Leigh Lawson, Peter ...more

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Released: 1974

Directed by: Robert Bresson

Lancelot du Lac is a 1974 film that was written and directed by Robert Bresson. It relates the story of Lancelot and Guinevere's love as Camelot and the Round Table fall apart. It is based on ...more

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jasmann222 added King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey

Released: 2017

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a 2017 Australian-American epic adventure drama film directed by Guy Ritchie. The young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) runs the back passages of Londinium with his ...more

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ScottHerdliska added Stephen King, Ed Harris, Tom Savini

Released: 1981

Directed by: George A. Romero

Knightriders, also known as George A. Romero's Knightriders, is a 1981 American drama film written and directed by George A. Romero and starring Ed Harris, Gary Lahti, Tom Savini, Amy Ingersoll, ...more