10 Best Medieval War Movies

You asked what the 10 best medieval war movies are and, as always, we've got the answers. Sometimes you're just in the mood to see some serious period piece kickass action. It's inspirational and it gets you pumped, we get it. These movies will satisfy that hunger us dudes have for some sword action. Get your mind out of the gutter…not those kinds of swords.

  1. "Lord of The Rings: Return of The King" This movie is number one in the genre, plain and simple. The battles are so epic you'll want to don your armor, mount your steed, and charge into battle yourself. When humanity stands against the great darkness of Mordor, you feel like you're a part of every second, and that's something not many movies can accomplish.

  2.  BraveheartWilliam Wallace is perhaps Mel Gibson's best role. Wallace, a Scottish commoner, works to unite the Scottish clans against the English, to drive them out of Scotland. He's outnumbered, outgunned, and facing impossible odds, but he's got a five foot claymore to help deal with those things. Intense action, compelling characters and epic battles earn this movie it's place in the top ten.

  3.  “The Last Samurai” Hey, Japan had knights too, and Tom Cruise was apparently one of them. “The Last Samurai” is set at the end of an era for Japan. The Western world has moved on from the days of swords and chivalry. They try to introduce firearms and new ways of war to the Japanese, but those who cling to the Bushido traditions resist. The result is a battle between the old and the new.  One side armed with rifles and canons, the other with swords and bows.

  4.  “Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers” Yes, “Lord of The Rings” is so good it gets two spots on the list. The battle for Helms Deep is one of the greatest medieval war scenes ever filmed. A band of peasants and farmers have to hold the fortress against a sea of ruthless Orcs, Alamo style. Luckily Gandalf shows up before things get too nasty. Oh, and you can’t forget the Ents. Nothing beats seeing a 50-foot walking tree smash its enemies underfoot.

  5.  “Kingdom of Heaven” Set during the Crusades, Orlando Bloom has to defend Jerusalem against a massive army.  Liam Neeson plays his father, who teaches him the ways of knighthood. When the shaky peace between the Christian Crusaders and the Muslims shatters, Bloom takes it upon himself to uphold his father’s ways and defend the weak.

  6.  Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” A tragic tale of a young woman whose visions guide her on a noble quest, only to be betrayed in the end by the very people she’s helping. Another movie in which the English must be driven out of an oppressed country, only this time it’s France.

  7. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe” The title might be a mouthful, and it might be a movie targeted for a younger audience, but that doesn’t change the fact that the battle at the end is amazing. The action is intense in this good vs. evil flick. Mythical creatures clash in truly epic fashion.

  8. “Willow” George Lucas took a break from sci-fi to try his hand at fantasy, and the result was “Willow.” An unlikely hero is thrust into a quest to save a baby from an evil sorceress. Along the way he encounters heroes, monsters, magic and danger. The movie is full of comedic moments thanks to Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak and Rick Overton. But, that doesn’t detract from the drama offered by the story. The fight scenes include a two-headed, fire-breathing beast, an army of horse riding warriors, and Val Kilmer launching himself on a catapult.

  9. “Timeline” Some archaeology students get sent back in time to medieval Europe during a time of war, and the results are not pretty. There’s flaming arrows, swords, and most of all:  trebuchets!

  10. “The Three Musketeers”Before Kiefer Sutherland was Jack Bauer, he was a musketeer. While this movie lacks the massive, epic battle of some of the other movies on this list, it does have some flashy swashbuckling. Flashy swashbuckling is always good entertainment.