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The Best King Arthur Movies

Updated January 5, 2020 3.3k votes 1.1k voters 79.1k views14 items

List RulesMovies 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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    Excalibur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    Excalibur

    Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Released: 1981
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grai is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

    Released: 1975
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    King Arthur is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    King Arthur

    Keira Knightley, Clive Owen

    Released2004

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Released: 2004
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    The Sword in the Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    The Sword in the Stone

    Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot

    Released1963

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Released: 1963
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    The Mists of Avaon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    The Mists of Avaon

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    Merlin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    Merlin

    Lena Headey, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1998

    Directed bySteve Barron

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    Knights of the Round Table is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    Knights of the Round Table

    Ava Gardner, Robert Taylor

    Released1953

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Released: 1953
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    Camelot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    Camelot

    Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Harris

    Released1967

    Directed byJoshua Logan

    Released: 1967
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    First Knight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    First Knight

    Sean Connery, Richard Gere

    Released1995

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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    The Last Legion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    The Last Legion

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley

    Released2007

    Directed byDoug Lefler

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    Sword of the Valiant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    Sword of the Valiant

    Sean Connery, Peter Cushing

    Released1984

    Directed byStephen Weeks

    Released: 1984
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    King Arthur: Legend of the Swo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law

    Released2017

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a 2017 Australian-American epic adventure drama film... moreamazon buy button

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    Lancelot of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    Lancelot of the Lake

    Humbert Balsan, Laura Duke Condominas

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Bresson

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    Knightriders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best King Arthur Movies
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    Knightriders

    Stephen King, Ed Harris

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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