The years 500 AD to 1500 AD are some of the most interesting years to look at and study. The medieval ages were a very long period in our history which spans 1000 years! If you have studied this period of time then you know just how crazy and absolutely intense this period in human history was. One thing that the Middle Ages have provided us is the genre of Medieval movies we now have! Though these aren’t always the most accurate in portraying what the times were really like, they do provide an exhilarating experience.
We have gone and gathered what we believe are the best Medieval movies you can watch to date. Some of these are going to be more realistic than others which take a pure fantasy approach as you will soon see. However, no matter how fantasy-filled these movies are, they do all give you a little insight into how it was like to live in that 1000 year period in history. Now, grab your favorite snack and get ready to be transported back in time! Just keep on scrolling to see what amazing films we have in store for you today.
1. How to Train Your Dragon
To start off our list of Medieval movies we have decided to go with one of the best animated films there is during these times. Let’s be real if you could choose to have a pet dragon you definitely would. Anyone can enjoy this, it isn’t just a kids’ movie.
How to Train Your Dragon Movie Description
Living on the island of Berk, teenager Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has more progressive views on the way the Norse are living. Fighting dragons is their current way of life. However, Hiccup doesn’t exactly agree with this. That and his strange sense of humor have made a type of misfit in the community. His life isn’t the easiest with his dad being the chief of the clan. Wanting to prove his worth as a true Viking, he takes on dragon-fighting school. But plans change when he becomes friends with an injured dragon named Toothless. The friendship he has sparked may change the course of his people’s futures.
Next up we have a classic that you need to watch. You aren’t a true medieval movies fan if you haven’t watched Braveheart. You’ll quickly become entrapped in this story of epic proportions.
Braveheart Movie Description
When the love of his life is brutally killed, Scottish patriot William Wallace (Mel Gibson) jumps into a revolt against the English. He leads his army in battles which inevitably lead to a giant war. With the amount of damage and how much William and his army has advanced into England, he became a real threat to King Edward I and his throne. That is until he was captured and killed. But William did more than put fear into the king’s heart, he became a symbol for a free Scotland.
Here we have another animated film. We all know of Brave. There is no way that you haven’t heard of this film. And if for some reason you haven’t seen it, then you have to go and give it a watch right now.
Brave Movie Description
Merida (Kelly Macdonald) a courageous and unbelievably skilled archer is the daughter of Scottish King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Merida doesn’t want to follow the path that has been set for her in life. Instead, she wants nothing more but to carve her own path. Her defiance doesn’t come without consequences though. Due to her unwillingness to comply with traditions, she angers Highland lords causing chaos to run through the kingdom. Seeking help, Merida comes across a witch who grants her an ill-fated wish. Merida must now use the courage she has and race against time to break the dark curse she unwittingly released.
4. Henry V
We hear a lot about King Henry VIII but what about Henry V? Well this film gives you an interesting insight into his life with some incredible battles.
Henry V Movie Description
The heroic and ever so ruthless Henry V king of England (Kenneth Branagh) wants nothing more than to claim the kingdom of France. However, due to his self-doubt and the fleeting morale of his army, victory seems out of reach. Too much lays on the line for Henry to give up. If he is victorious, he will emerge with a queen and even more importantly, unite the two countries. He must do everything in his power to prepare his men for the bloodiest battle anyone will ever see, Agincourt.
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5. Robin Hood
Everyone has heard the story of Robin Hood. Now, there are quite a few Robin Hood movies out there, but we feel this one is the best of them and it fits best on this list as well. You’ll find yourself in awe of some of the incredible things this man can do in the film!
Robin Hood Movie Description
An incredibly talented archer named Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) heads to Nottingham after the death of Richard the Lion-Hearted. The villagers suffer from crippling taxation under the power-hungry sheriff. Not long after his arrival, he falls in love with Marion (Cate Blanchett) who has some reservations about Robin’s motives. In order to win her heart and save the village, Robin forms a crew of warriors to fight the corruption. What none of them know though, is that they will end up fighting to save the entirety of England.
6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
If you want non-stop action, then this will be the movie you want to put on next. This one gets the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up with some of the most badass scenes ever!
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Description
Young Arthur’s (Charlie Hunnam) malevolent and power-hungry uncle Vortigern (Jude Law) takes over the throne after the murder of Arthur’s father. With his birthright being swooped from right under him, Arthur grows up in the back alleys of the city and has lived a far from pleasant life. Due to his young age when these past events occurred, Arthur doesn’t know who he is meant to be. That changes when fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from the stone. He must now attempt to embrace and fulfill his true destiny and reclaim what has been taken from him.
7. Kingdom of Heaven
Closing off our list of medieval movies we have one of the best ones out there. You’re in for one hell of an adventure if you decide to watch this one and man is it worth it!
Kingdom of Heaven Movie Description
Balian (Orlando Bloom) continues to grieve his wife’s sudden death. Working as the villages Blacksmith he decides to join Baron Godfrey (Liam Neeson), his estranged father, on his journey as a crusader to Jerusalem. After the treacherous journey, the young man finds himself in contact with King Baldwin IV’s (Edward Norton) advisors. He quickly realizes that Guy de Lusignan (Marton Csokas) leads the group and wants to wage war on Muslims for personal political gain.