7 Hero’s Journey Movies

Thursday, April 12 by Joseph Gibson

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Writer Joseph Campbell popularized the idea of the Hero's Journey – the arc of events that define virtually every myth in human history. Movies could be called a kind of modern mythology, so it makes sense that lots of movies follow the Hero's Journey. Here are seven of the best examples of the Hero's Journey in film.

"Star Wars"

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Speaking of chosen ones, Neo (anagram for "One," natch) is another classic example of the Hero's Journey. He swallows a pill and finds out he can manipulate reality and that he has to use his powers to save humanity from our mechanical overlords. A lot more violent than "Star Wars," but it's the same general idea.

"Clash of the Titans"

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	The final feature film to have stop-motion animation from special effects legend Ray <span data-scayt_word=Harryhausen is a great Hero's Journey movie because it's actually based on ancient Greek mythology. More specifically, it tells the story of Perseus, who defeats various monsters like the Kraken and Medusa thanks to the magical weaponry given to him by the gods, like an invisibility helmet.

"Harry Potter"

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Another self-conscious evocation of the Hero's Journey can be found in the "Harry Potter" films. Harry goes from know-nothing little kid to powerful wizard, hitting all the basic Hero's Journey beats along the way – descent into the underworld, mastery of both worlds, the whole shebang. Also, a cool British accent.

"Spider-Man"

Mordor. You saw the movie right? It's the one with all the swords. You must have at least seen trailers, man, come on.

"The Adventures of Robin Hood"

swordfighting, being really charming) to save the day.