5 Movies About King Arthur

Friday, February 4 by Lara Stewart

If you are looking for a theme for your next movie night, how about these five movies about King Arthur? Arthurian legend is a subject that filmmakers return to again and again, making movies about King Arthur that range from exciting action to broad comedy. Here are our picks that span all the genres you will see in King Arthur movies:

  1. "The Sword in the Stone" (1963) Most of us grew up with this animated Disney movie about King Arthur. In this telling, Arthur is a plucky orphan who earns the right to be king with the help of the mysterious Merlin and his anthropomorphic animal friends.
  2. "Camelot" (1967) A young Vanessa Redgrave makes a sultry and sexy Guinevere in this movie about King Arthur. This telling focuses on the love triangle that evolves between Arthur, Guinevere and Arthur's best friend Lancelot.
  3. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) The most enduring and quotable movie about King Arthur is also the one with the most laughs. This one is a must watch for fans of Monty Python in particular and British humor in general. There isn't really a story; it's more of a framework to tie all the gags and animation together. But the gags are classics, and as funny now as when the film was made.
  4. "Excalibur" (1981) Some critics call this the perfect mix of adventure, philosophy, political intrigue and romance, others call it an overblown mess. While the story can sometimes seem overstuffed, the acting and action are superb.
  5. "King Arthur" (2004) This movie about King Arthur changes the fabled king from a medieval knight to a Roman military officer. The film focuses on events that lead up to Arthur and Guinevere's marriage. Although the producers say that their portrayal is more historically accurate than the popular legends, historians disagree. Either way, Kiera Knightly looks hot in a leather crop top.
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