20 best films about the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages is an exciting era of knightly tournaments and orders, magnificent banquets, brave warriors and furious savages, territorial conquests, political marriages and intrigues. Anyone who is at least a little interested in history and culture would like to briefly plunge into the atmosphere of that time. We propose to do this with the help of a selection of the 20 best films about the Middle Ages!

1. Viking (2016)

Russia is ruled by three brothers of Svyatoslavich - Yaropolk (Alexander Ustyugov), Oleg (Kirill Pletnev) and Vladimir (Danila Kozlovsky). Due to an accident while hunting, the elder Yaropolk causes the death of his middle brother Oleg. Now, according to the customs of the Drevlyans, the younger Vladimir must avenge the bloody murder.

Viking - The best films about the Middle Ages

2. Yaroslav. A thousand years ago (2010)

The story revolves around Prince Yaroslav (Alexander Ivashkevich). The founding of a new city, the pacification of the raging merchants, love intrigues are only a small part of the tasks that the hero must cope with.

Yaroslav A thousand years ago - The best films about the Middle Ages

3. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Returning from Arab captivity, English nobleman Robin (Kevin Costner) is faced with the news of the death of his father, the ruin of the family estate and the theft of his lands. Having gathered a small group of like-minded people, Robin goes with them to Sherwood Forest to restore justice and punish the offender, the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman).

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves - The best films about the Middle Ages

4. The Name of the Rose (1986)

The film takes place in the 14th century in an Italian monastery. The counties are shocked by the news that the sacred site has been overshadowed by a series of strange deaths of local novices. Monk William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) has to get to the bottom of the truth and break the chain of tragic events.

Name of the Rose - The best films about the Middle Ages

5. The thirteenth warrior (1999)

Exiled poet Ahmed Ibn Fadlan (Antonio Banderas) finds himself among the barbarians, where he studies their language and culture. At the same time, monsters attack local lands and the community turns to the oracle for advice. The seer says that only 13 warriors will be able to defeat the threat, one of which should be Ahmed.

The Thirteenth Warrior - The best movies about the Middle Ages

6. The Last Knight (2017)

Ivan Naydenov (Viktor Khorinyak) is a charlatan-pseudo-magician who has promoted his name quite well. One day, he still runs into trouble and is forced to flee from his pursuers. During the chase, the guy is miraculously transferred to another dimension and ends up in Belogorye, where he learns that he is the son of the real Ilya Muromets.

The Last Knight - The best movies about the Middle Ages

7. Joan of Arc (1999)

There is a protracted Hundred Years War, and the forces of France are already running out. Nineteen-year-old Jeanne (Mila Jovovich), who will lead the army and go through many personal battles, must save the country's situation.

Jeanne d'Arc - The best movies about the Middle Ages

8. Joanna - a woman on the papal throne (2009)

Clever and educated Johanna (Johanna Vokalek) decides to dress as a man, since the female fate of those times does not cause much envy. The girl ends up in Rome and becomes close to the current pope. But when he dies, Joanna herself will have to take this important post.

John the Woman on the Papal Throne - The best movies about the Middle Ages

9. First Knight (1995)

Lady Guinevere of Lyonesse (Julia Ormond) is nearly kidnapped by Sir Malagan (Ben Cross) who claims her lands. However, the valiant knight Lancelot (Richard Gere) saves the girl. Serious feelings flare up between the couple, but Guinevere is already engaged to King Arthur himself (Sean Connery).

The First Knight - The best movies about the Middle Ages

10. Witching Time (2010)

Knights Bayman von Bleibrook (Nicolas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) are tasked with bringing the witch Anna (Claire Foy) to Marburg. The heroes agree and look for the girl. At first, the knights believe that the young peasant woman was simply slandered, but in the course of their journey, the men begin to doubt this.

Time of the Witches - Best movies about the Middle Ages

11 Robin Hood's Daughter: Princess of Thieves (2001)

Robin Hood (Stuart Wilson) is given the task of escorting the future king to London, worrying about his safety. Robin's daughter - Gwyn (Keira Knightley) - asks to take her with him and is refused. Then the brave girl dresses up as a man and goes against the will of her father.

Daughter of Robin Hood princess of thieves - Best movies about the Middle Ages

12. Robin Hood (2010)

Another story about the protector of the poor and the weak. King Richard (Danny Huston) dies, and his warrior Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) decides to return home to England. However, instead of a measured calm life, the hero gets new adventures and gets involved in a story with a crown and the eternal intrigues of the rulers.

Robin Hood - Best movies about the Middle Ages

13. King Arthur (2004)

To get a chance for freedom, the warrior Arthur, together with his friends, goes on a dangerous mission. He has to save an important family from the attack of the barbarians. What challenges will the company face?

King Arthur - Best movies about the Middle Ages

14. Sword of King Arthur (2017)

Raised among courtesans, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) draws a magic sword from a stone and soon learns of his royal lineage. However, the current monarch intends to get rid of a potential contender for the throne, even though the guy does not want to become the new king at all.

Sword King Arthur - The best movies about the Middle Ages

15. Tristan and Isolde (2006)

The charming Irish princess Iseult (Sophia Myles) finds the young man Tristan (James Franco) dying and begins to court him. Feelings flare up between the couple, but the guy turns out to be an enemy Briton. The girl understands that his origin must be kept secret. However, the locals will soon find out the truth.

Tristan and Isolde - The best movies about the Middle Ages

16. Iron Knight (2011)

The power-hungry John the Landless (Paul Giamatti) continues to spread tyranny in England. To save the country and its people, a group of volunteers from Rochester Castle fights back against the despotic king.

Iron Knight - The best movies about the Middle Ages

17. A Knight's Story (2001)

William Thatcher (Heath Lenger) is a simple medieval squire who dreams of chivalrous adventure and glory. When his owner dies in a tournament, the guy has the opportunity to make his wishes come true.

Knight's story - The best movies about the Middle Ages

18. Braveheart (1995)

The fiancée of William Wallace (Mel Gibson) was killed on purpose by an Irish sheriff. The hero unleashes personal revenge, which raises a wave of popular revolts against the tyrannical power.

Braveheart - The best movies about the Middle Ages

19. Last Knights (2015)

This is a fantasy action movie in which King Bartok (Morgan Freeman) tries with the last of his strength to restore order in the Empire. However, his health is far from being the best. Then the brave knights take on the mission of their master.

Lastthe knights - The best films about the Middle Ages

20. Macbeth (2015)

Lord Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) receives a prediction that he will ascend the throne. Together with his prudent wife, he comes up with a plan to conquer the crown and the insidious murder of the current monarch.

Macbeth - The best films about the Middle Ages

Things to know (Q&A)

What are some movies set in the Middle Ages?

10 great films set in the middle ages

  • The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007) Director: Eric Rohmer. ...
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Directors: Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. ...
  • El Cid (1961) Director: Anthony Mann. ...
  • Marketa Lazarová (1967) ...
  • Braveheart (1995) ...
  • The Seventh Seal (1957) ...
  • Henry V (1944) ...
  • Andrei Rublev (1966)

What is the most realistic medieval movie?

Best Medieval Movies (by historical accuracy [Halsall])

  • Mohammad, Messenger of God/The Message (1977) ...
  • Becket (1964) ...
  • The Lion in Winter (1968) ...
  • A Man for All Seasons (1966) ...
  • The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) [Alt: La Retour de Martin Guerre] ...
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) [Alt: La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc]

What is a medieval movie?

Medieval films imagine and portray the Middle Ages through the visual, audio and thematic forms of cinema.

What should I watch in medieval times?

  • Game of Thrones (2011–2019) TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama. ...
  • The Last Duel (2021) R | 152 min | Action, Drama, History. ...
  • The Green Knight (2021) ...
  • Braveheart (1995) ...
  • The King (I) (2019) ...
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) ...
  • Medici (2016–2019) ...
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Is Game of Thrones medieval?

Game of Thrones: imagined world combines romantic and grotesque visions of Middle Ages . ... It's packed with recognisable medieval characters, including Machiavellian schemers, brutal warriors, noble heroes, paternalistic lords and power-hungry aristocrats.