10 Best Middle Ages Movies

Wednesday, February 2 by Shawn Lealos

There are many historical epics but none as fantastical as the best Middle Ages movies. These movies feature swords, sorcerers, knights and great wars and take the viewer through Medieval times. While often rooted in history, these movies contain some of the most exciting action you will see in a film.

  1. “The Seventh Seal” – Ingmar Bergman created one of the best Middle Ages movies of all time in this Swedish film. A knight returns from the Crusades to find Death waiting for him. The knight wants to make it home to see his wife one last time and challenges Death to a game of chess, putting off the inevitable.
  2. “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” – Kevin Costner stars in this retelling of the Robin Hood fable in one of the best Middle Ages movies. The movie also stars Morgan Freeman as Robin’s Moor companion and Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
  3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail” – The Monty Python comedy troupe made this spoof, one of the best Middle Ages movies of all time. The movie features some of the troupes best comic material including the Black Knight, the Knights who say Ni and more French jokes than you will ever want to hear.
  4. “A Knights Tale” – Heath Ledger stars in this modern tale of knights and ancient games in this, one of the best Middle Ages movies of all time. A young apprentice takes the role of his deceased master and soon becomes one of the greatest jousting champions of all time.
  5. “The Passion of Joan of Arc” – This silent film, created in 1928, is one of the best Middle Ages movies ever made. The movie tells the story of Joan of Arc, as she stood trial for claiming God sent her to drive the English from France. The film follows her trial and execution in one of the finest made movies of all time.
  6. “Braveheart” – Mel Gibson stars in the retelling of the First War of Scottish Independence in one of the best Middle Ages movies of all time. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Film and Best Director while receiving ten nominations. Its authenticity has been questioned but it remains an exciting epic.
  7. “The Princess Bride” – This adaptation of the William Goldman novel is one of the best Middle Ages movies ever made. The film, an epic comedy, features a farmhand who leaves to amass a fortune and is believed dead. His former love Buttercup is then kidnapped by a trio of outlaws and a mysterious pirate arrives to rescue her.
  8. “Kingdom of Heaven” – Ridley Scott directs this movie detailing battles during the Crusades, one of the best Middle Ages movies of all time. The movie stars Orlando Bloom and follows the wars as they were fought in Jerusalem. The movie was released in an extended edition when it hit DVD.
  9. “Army of Darkness” – The third movie in the “Evil Dead” trilogy sees hero Ash transported back to Medieval England in one of the best Middle Ages movies ever made. The movie plays as a dark comedy as Ash battles demons in hopes of returning to his own time.
  10. “Excalibur” – This is the best retelling of the legend of King Arthur and remains one of the best Middle Ages movies of all time. The movie stars actors like Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart before they were recognizable names. The movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography.