5 Best Films About The Crusades
The 5 best films about the Crusades are those films that remind you about the divisive and hostile battle of civilizations that existed between Christianity and Islam, even up to this very day! Some of these films even try to paint the Crusades in a negative light as if Christians were the aggressors, but in reality, the Crusades were a defensive reaction to the actions of the Muslims.
"Kingdom of Heaven." The Crusade movie, "The Kingdom of Heaven," is one of the newest attempts at this genre, so it gets the top spot for relevance and timeliness. Directed by Ridley Scott, it is about the Orlando Bloom character, Balian de Ibelin, going to the city of Jerusalem during the Crusades, only to discover that he himself is really the one, true champion and fighter for the city and also its people. If you really enjoy this film, you may want to check out its Director's Cut on DVD.
"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." If you like Kevin Costner (and, seriously, who doesn't?!), then that is good enough reason to watch "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." While this film about the Crusades is almost twenty years old already, it still is effective in telling the story of Costner's character, Robin of Lockley, who gets imprisoned in Jerusalem during the time of the Third Crusade together with his associate, Peter. If you like a steady action flick that does not disappoint and features some well-known actors, then this film about the Crusades is a must-see.
"King Richard and the Crusaders." This classic (that you may be able to see on Turner Classic Movies from time to time) is from 1954, and it deserves the third spot on this list of the best films about the Crusades because of its all-star cast. It features Rex Harrison as the Muslim Saladin and George Sanders as the glorious upholder of Christianity and all its goodness, who must clash against Saladin to prove he's the good guy in this whole melee.
"The Crusades." This film about the Crusades is even older than the preceding one, but its director, Cecil B. DeMille, makes this film one for the record books. Mostly about the Third Crusade, this sweeping epic of Middle Eastern romanticism tells the tale of the great, Christian hero, Richard the Lionhearted, and how he has to rescue his one, true beloved (played by the okay-looking Loretta Young) from the clutches of the evil Muslim Saladin, who steals his love and tries to force her to choose him, instead!
"Saladin." From 1963 comes this decent attempt at a Crusades film, at number five on this list mainly because it is a film from Egypt, which means that the subtitles and cultural differences may make it harder to digest for Western audiences. Still, you must be wary when watching this film, because Richard the Lionhearted is portrayed as an infidel who is only "honorable" after he basically decides to retreat back to Europe.