I have always had a golden heart for historical events that took place long ago in 476 A.D. The period is called medieval times or the middle ages. It dates back between the 5th and 15th centuries that the rivalry and wars took place between the kings and the knights, riding to the battlegrounds with sprinting war horses. Some might get attracted to the ancient hostile wars, crusades, and the age of chivalry, the kingship, and the feudal lords.
However, I always get fascinated by something very unique in this medieval period. It always feels so appealing to see women in medieval times dressed in beautiful gowns, dancing in big ballrooms. Growing watching movies like Henry V and the princess bride have touched my heart. Medieval movies have these great settings of the huge courtrooms where the king and the queen are sitting on a throne or, the dark forest where a prince and princess kissing in secrecy off guard.
Out of my interest in the best medieval movies of all time, I have ranked below from the last best to the first best medieval movie that you should watch once in your life.
So, let’s look into it!
20 Best Medieval Movies to Watch from Worst to the Best (RANKED)
- King Arthur (2004)
- Black Death (2010)
- Dragon Heart (1996)
- A Knight’s Tale (2001)
- Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991)
- Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)
- LadyHawke (1985)
- The King (2019)
- Excalibur (1981)
- Henry V (1989)
- Army Of Darkness (1992)
- The Name Of The Rose (1986)
- The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
- The Princess Bride (1987)
- The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)
- Ran (1985)
- Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
- Braveheart (1995)
- The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
- The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
20 Best Medieval Movies of All Time from Last to the Best
1. King Arthur (2004)
King Arthur is a movie based on Roman cavalry, starring Clive Owen (Arthur), a man of noble birth, rather wanted to be a King, Arthur wants to run back to his home in Rome City. This movie depicts an event where Rome is led by the greatest rival of the time – Merlin. You will see one of the great Rome battles being fought between Arthur and Merlin to rule Britain.
2. Black Death (2010)
In medieval Europe, an outbreak of Bubonic Plague was set on the soil of Britain. Where Britain is seriously affected by the Black Death (plague), there is a town that is immune to the plague. The film is an adventure when the Main church set upon a young monk (Osmund) along with a regiment of soldiers to investigate the mystery of the town where an old man is making the dead alive. This holistic action and suspense movie is a good watch for medieval fans.
3. Dragon Heart (1996)
Dragon heart is an action and adventure movie from ancient medieval times where a perennial king was ruling over the state in despotism. Draco (the last dinosaur on the planet) once rescued a king after he has wounded on a battlefield. Later Draco forms a popular duo with a dragonslayer; they always con the villagers to believe their act. Later, the fantasy turns into action when the dragonslayer stands out for a mission to kill the immortal king. The movie offers a good time with different mystery-solving scenarios like the one where he has to choose between the death of the king and the life of his Draco.
4. A Knight’s Tale (2001)
A Knight’s Tale is an action-comedy movie with a romantic essence. A young peasant who in his passion for the jousting tournaments has impersonated him as a Knight. The film has some very entertaining shots which give you a cheesy laugh sometimes. However, I love this movie for its great medieval setup. The movie is a message that if you are real in your struggle, you can make your dreams come true; like William Thatcher who ends up becoming a Knight Champion. It is highly recommended to watch this weekend!
5. Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991)
Robin Hood is my most favorite character from medieval movies. After the popular adventures of Robin Hood, this movie has had a fan base for many years now. Inspired by the tales of Robin Hood, the great veteran Robin Hood when returned to his homeland, was miserable to found his dad been murdered and King John seated on the throne. Robin Hood with his band of exile villagers attacked King John’s dynasty and Richard becoming the new king.
6. Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)
The movie is the spectacular version of medieval times, starring Orlando Bloom. The film has depicted the life of a well-known billionaire of the 12th century named Blacksmith. After his beloved wife died, Blacksmith was joined by his father, and with time, become a Knight warrior rescuing Jerusalem. How Blacksmith turns into a royal knight; shedding his blood in the name of the holy wars is worth your time!
7. Ladyhawke (1985)
My experience with medieval movies upholds that Ladyhawke has the silliest tragedy that I have ever come across. I have remembered it for its best cinematography so far. The movie has two main characters, who fell in love with each other and were cursed by the evil Bishop. A thief accidentally bumped into Etienne Navarre (Rutger Hauer) who at night turns into a wolf and his beautiful lady Hawke who lives like this by the dawn comes. The trio is now up to find a way to break the dark spell.
8. The King (2019)
This movie has recently made a blockbuster entry in the England medieval movies. After the end of the reign of his father, Henry the Fifth was crowned to be the next king of England. The king has described all the events that took place in the rule of King V. All the fore-coming obstacles, challenges, and bad intentions of his friends and foes turn out to result in tyranny and a wrathful king.
9. Excalibur (1981)
Excalibur is a 15th-century movie based on the genres of action drama adventure and fantasy. The director has featured some iconic actors like Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren. This movie has good cinematography. Although, it has focused on the accession, death, and joining of King Arthur with his knights of the round table. It is a good suggestion for both medieval and King Arthur die-hard fans.
10. Henry V (1989)
Henry V traces back to the France Conquest. The picture is based on the real historic events that took place back in the medieval era of the bloody conquest. Henry the Fifth has fought to claim France after a hundred year’s war. I believed it has a more serious effect which seems quite boring to me! But has a good rating at the IMDb.
11. Army Of Darkness (1992)
The best medieval movies of all time also include a horror picture featuring Bruce Campbell. He plays Ash Williams and made it ranked number 3rd in the Evil Dead Franchise. Ash Williams has accidentally traveled back in the medieval age where he encounters an enormous battalion of the living dead. The movie is a horror mystery as Ash is in search of the book of the Dead to fly back to his present life.
12. The Name Of The Rose (1986)
A fictional and mysterious movie based on the character of the 14th century of the medieval era. The film has featured Sean Connery in the role of a Franciscan monk named William of Baskerville. This novel-based movie unveils the mysterious deaths of the monks. How far the William of Baskerville will fight against the church to unleash the conspiracy behind the deaths. I would say this is a definite watch movie!
13. The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
It would be an injustice to the list of the 20 best medieval movies of all time without adding the adventures of Robin Hood. Young and happy Robin Hood is noble for his justice. This movie depicts the adventures of the great legend Robin Hood. Robin in his ever-lasting love for a girl (the daughter of the villain of Gisbourne) fought against injustices for everyone who stands against him.
Amidst this, the kind-hearted Robin also risks his life to rescue King Richard from the prison of the evil Austrian usurper Leopold V. My love for Robin Hood has made this my all-time favorite movie. So, it is an absolute recommendation for the best medieval movies to watch with friends.
14. The Princess Bride (1987)
This classical fairytale is a novel-based movie depicting the ever enchanting love story of a princess named Buttercup and his ever handsome lover Westley. This movie has my heart for showing the potency of two pure souls that have surpassed many downhearted circumstances and obstacles to re-unite again. How far will the Westley go to get her girl back from the six-fingered swordsmen? However, I believe that only death makes these true love birds apart.
15. The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)
The breathtaking silent-medieval movie is based on the true story of Joan of Arc. She was a front-line warrior in the hundred-year war. Although it is a black and white silent movie, however, the details say everything that she suffered through in her trial for false allegations.
16. Ran (1985)
Ran is a Shakespeare’s adaptation with a high IMDb rating on the list. It has many important feudal issues to talk over that take place back in medieval times regarding kinship and feudal division. Hidetora Ichimonji, a feudal lord on his dead bed decides to abduct his kingdom between his sons, however; the sons end up in a dreadful war.
17. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the hilarious medieval age movies of all time. The movie is all-in-one, comedy action adventurous and mystical where the crusaders have come across some pathetic problems to resolve. However, it will leave you with a hard laugh! Also from their witty costumes to the humorous dialogues, Monty Python and the Holy Grail have a quick-witted series of silly acts. The group of the knights and crusaders of King Arthur will make you watch it to the end.
18. Braveheart (1995)
Braveheart is not only based on the bravery of the great William Wallace, a noble freedom fighter who lost everyone in his family including the love of his life. William’s wife was executed by an English soldier in her attempt to stop him from molesting her. The movie has firstly depicted William’s life when he was a farmer and afterward the years of life he spent in rebellion against the English ruler to save Scotland from the tyranny of King Edward.
19. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
A classical war-friendship medieval movie featuring Elijah Wood as Frodo. The movie has some very intriguing war scenes, always gripping a person like me who loves action movies. Frodo and Sam on the way to Mordor are fierce to destroy the Magical One Ring. Whilst, the other fellows Gimli Legolas and Aragorn have trespassed the dynasty of the Empire of the Romaan to rescue Theoden who is under a dark mystic spell. This movie is a must-go-watch if you have never seen it before!
20. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
This medieval adaptation is a storytelling movie that is based specifically on a genre that is different from all others mentioned in the list. Based on a book this movie is focus-centered on a ring that needs to reach a destination before getting into evil hands. This fantastical magical movie shows the friendship of two young fellows. One of them is the ring owner, Hobbit Frodo and the other is his companion who has to owe to rescue her friend until they reach the final destination of Mt. Doom. The only place to destroy all the magic of the ring.