10 Best King Movies

Thursday, January 27 by Nicki Porter

These 10 best king movies all reflect Hollywood's love affair with royalty. What's not to love about kingly movies? They've got drama, corruption, intrigue, spies, greed, lust and treasure. What more could you want in a movie?

  1. "The Lion in Winter" Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole and a very young Anthony Hopkins all deliver performances of a lifetime in this 1968 classic about King Henry II and his conniving family. The film nabbed three Oscars, including a third statue for Hepburn's performance as Eleanor.
  2. "The Man Who Would Be King" This 1975 movie based off of a Rudyard Kipling story starred three acting legends: Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer. While not your traditional historic tale of royal spectacle and intrigue, this story tells of two men (Connery and Caine) who set off to become kings of a far-off land.
  3. "The Last King of Scotland" While this movie is technically about a Ugandan dictator, the age-old king themes remain. A modern take on absolute power. Forest Whitaker is brilliant as the Ugandian dictator Idi Amin.
  4. "Henry V" While there have been many movie versions of one of Shakespeare's greatest history plays, Kenneth Branagh masterfully delivers some of Shakespeare's most beautiful lines.
  5. "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" Based on the story by Mark Twain, this 1949 movie stars Bing Crosby as a northern mechanic who finds himself transported back in time to King Arthur's court.
  6. "The Lion King" What? It's about a king. Think about it: a bitter uncle, a young troubled heir, murder, guilt and Elton John. Its got all the necessities of a great king movie.
  7. "The Sword in the Stone" This Disney animated movie from 1963 doesn't get as much love as the Disney princess classics, but this is a great King Arthur movie in its own right. After all, not every king movie has to last three hours and star Kenneth Branagh.
  8. "The Tragedy of Macbeth" Roman Polanski's 1971 film is often cited as the greatest Macbeth movie version ever made. While the actors are relative unknowns, Shakespeare's famous tale about corruption and power still rings true for modern audiences.
  9. "The King and I" This classic musical is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved musicals. Deborah Kerr charms as the governess who falls in love with the King of Siam, Yul Brynner. Broadway great Rita Moreno also stars in this feel-good musical.
  10. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" This movie forever made us believe that truly great kings marched around with accompanying coconuts. Nothing tests a king's strength like killer rabbits or knights who say "Ni."