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The Best King Arthur Movies

Updated January 10, 2021 3.1k votes 1.2k voters 80.3k views32 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

    Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Excalibur is a 1981 dramatic fantasy film directed, produced and co-written by John Boorman...  more
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the...  more
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    King Arthur

    Keira Knightley, Clive Owen

    Released2004

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    King Arthur is a 2004 action adventure film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David...  more
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    The Sword in the Stone

    Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot

    Released1963

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by...  more
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    Merlin

    Lena Headey, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1998

    Directed bySteve Barron

    Merlin is a television miniseries which originally aired in 1998 on NBC that retells the...  more
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    Knights of the Round Table

    Ava Gardner, Robert Taylor

    Released1953

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Knights of the Round Table is a 1953 British historical film made by MGM. Directed by Richard...  more
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    Camelot

    Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Harris

    Released1967

    Directed byJoshua Logan

    Camelot is a 1967 film adaptation of Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Richard...  more
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    First Knight

    Sean Connery, Richard Gere

    Released1995

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    First Knight is a 1995 medieval film based on Arthurian legend, directed by Jerry Zucker. It...  more
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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...  more
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    The Last Legion

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley

    Released2007

    Directed byDoug Lefler

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    Sword of the Valiant

    Sean Connery, Peter Cushing

    Released1984

    Directed byStephen Weeks

    Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a 1984 dramatic fantasy...  more
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  • Lancelot of the Lake12
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    Lancelot of the Lake

    Humbert Balsan, Laura Duke Condominas

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Bresson

    Lancelot du Lac is a 1974 film that was written and directed by Robert Bresson. It relates the...  more
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  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court13
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    Released1949

    Directed byTay Garnett

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a 1949 American musical comedy film directed by...  more
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    Adventures of Sir Galahad

    George Reeves, Charles King

    Released1949

    Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet

    Adventures of Sir Galahad is the 41st serial released by Columbia Pictures. It was based on...  more
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  • A Kid in King Arthur's Court15
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    A Kid in King Arthur's Court

    Kate Winslet, Daniel Craig

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Gottlieb

    A Kid in King Arthur's Court is a 1995 Disney family film directed by Michael Gottlieb. It is...  more
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    Knightriders

    Stephen King, Ed Harris

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    Knightriders, also known as George A. Romero's Knightriders, is a 1981 American drama film...  more
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    Perceval

    Fabrice Luchini, André Dussollier

    Released1978

    Directed byÉric Rohmer

    Perceval le Gallois is a 1978 French film directed by Éric Rohmer. It was inspired by Chrétien...  more
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  • Quest for Camelot18
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    Quest for Camelot

    Pierce Brosnan, Celine Dion

    Released1998

    Directed byFrederik Du Chau

    Quest for Camelot is a 1998 American animated musical fantasy film from Warner Bros....  more
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    The Black Knight

    Peter Cushing, Alan Ladd

    Released1954

    Directed byTay Garnett

    The Black Knight is a 1954 film starring Alan Ladd as the title character and Peter Cushing...  more
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    The Mists of Avalon

    Julianna Margulies, Anjelica Huston

    Released2001

    Directed byUli Edel

    The Mists of Avalon is a 2001 miniseries based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Marion...  more
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    Siege of the Saxons

    John Laurie, Ronald Howard

    Released1963

    Directed byNathan H. Juran

    Siege of the Saxons is a 1963 British film directed by Nathan H. Juran and released by...  more
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    Gawain and the Green Knight

    Robert Hardy, Nigel Green

    Released1973

    Directed byStephen Weeks

    Gawain and the Green Knight is a 1973 film directed by Stephen Weeks, and starring Murray Head...  more
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    Prince Valiant

    Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner

    Released1954

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Prince Valiant is a 1954 adventure film in Technicolor and Cinemascope, based on the comic...  more
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  • Merlin and the War of the Dragons24
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    Merlin and the War of the Dragons

    Jürgen Prochnow, Iona Thonger

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Atkins

    Merlin and the War of the Dragons is a 2008 fantasy film produced by The Asylum, based loosely...  more
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    The Excalibur Kid

    Francesca Scorsone, Șerban Celea

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Head

    The Excalibur Kid is a 1999 adventure film directed by James Head....
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