If you’re in the mood for a movie with action on an epic level, then check out the list of 10 best medieval movies. Movies with a medieval theme started to become popular in the 1980s, the trend has carried through the 90s, and it is still popular today. The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy did a lot to help bring popularity back to the genre in the 2000s. Most medieval movies fit the form of a good guy battling some form of evil force all while wielding a sword and getting the girl in the end.
- "Braveheart" (1995). This is the story of Scottish hero William Wallace who helped his country fight for their freedom from the English. The movie starred and was directed by Mel Gibson. It also won five Academy Awards.
- "Excalibur" (1981). This is one of the first medieval movies to become popular but it also received much criticism. The movie was based on the legend of King Arthur. It grossed $34,967,437, which made it number eighteen for the year.
- "Dragon Heart" (1996). The movie starred Dennis Quaid and had the voice of Sean Connery. The movie broke with tradition by having the dragon be one of the good guys. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
- "Legend" (1985). This is another early medieval film that was probably before its time. It stared Tom Cruise, Mia Sara and Tim Curry. The movie didn’t gain much notable success when it was first released. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Makeup. It later gained a cult following.
- "Lord of the Rings Trilogy" (2001, 2002, 2003). This trilogy was based of the notable books by J. R. R. Tolkien. The trilogy was filmed all together with a budget of $285 million. The movies were then released a year part. The movies were directed by Peter Jackson and had a star studded cast. At the Academy Awards the films took home seventeen out of the 30 nomination they received.
- "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975). In the mid 70s British comedy troop Monty Python took on the task of making their first feature film. The movie was “based” on Arthurian Legend. It had a very low budget of £229,000. Even today the movie has a strong cult following.
- "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991). The movie was based on the legend of Robin Hood. The film captured the medieval setting perfectly. It stared Kevin Costner and was directed by Kevin Reynolds. While through the years there have been many different versions of the Robin Hood legend this is by far one of the most popular films that stayed true to the medieval era.
- "Tristan & Isolde" (2006). This is another movie straight from legend. The romantic drama of Tristan and Isolde has been compared to that of Romeo and Juliet. In fact that was even used in the advertising for the movie. It was a beautiful movie that true captured the medieval genre. It stared James Franco and Sophia Myles as the ill-fated couple. It was directed Kevin Reynolds for Franchise Pictures and was their last film before the company went bankrupt.
- "King Arthur" (2004). In the early 2000s there were a lot of new archaeological findings in connections to the Arthurian Legends. This film was suppose to be based off of those findings but there was much debate over the accuracy of these claims. It starred Clive Owen (Arthur), Ioan Gruffudd (Lancelot) and Keira Knightley (Guinevere). The movie portrayed Authur as more of a Roman officer than the traditional medieval knight. Another portrayal that both fans and critics reference is that of Guinevere as a pagan rather than the stately lady she had been in previous films.
- "A Knight's Tale" (2001). One of the more famous parodies of the medieval genre, this movie was also very well written and had a good plot line. The movie was a decent box office success earning $117,487,473 with only a budget of $41,000,000.
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