Period Dramas-Medieval Times 476-1453

This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in the 476-1453.

The medieval period begun after the fall of the Roman Empire and is segmented into 3 main areas of the medieval period: early middle age(476-1000), High middle age(1000-1300) and late middle age (1300-1453).

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1.
Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love. (139 mins.)
Director: Peter Flinth
“ Date Set:roughly between 1177 to 1197 (this is only estimates)
Reigning Monach: King Canute I of Sweden and Saladin, first Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Backdrop: Battle of Montgisard, Battle of Hattin

Not a bad production. Its a simple story of 2 young lovers who fall in love, they get torn apart by family, she goes to the convent, Arn goes in the military and is fighting in the crusades. After many years they come together....can't tell you the ending, you need to see it. I've read somewhere it's a part of a trilogy ” - eliza_gaskell
 
2.
Mystery!: Cadfael (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Crusader-turned-Monk uses his botanical knowledge to solve mysteries in the old Norman England town of Shrewsbury. (75 mins.)
“ Date set: 1138-1145
Reiging monach: King Stephen and Empress Matilda (Maud).
Backdrop: battle for the throne of England between Stephen and Matilda

I know this is a detective TV series set in the middle ages, but this is the one that began my addiction to period dramas. This also stars one of my favourite British actor Derek Jacobi. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
3.
Becket (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
“ Date Set:1166 (roughly)
Reigning Monach: King Henry II

On my must watch soon list ” - eliza_gaskell
 
4.
The Pillars of the Earth (2010 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. (60 mins.)
“ Date set: 1135 and 1153 (aka as The Anarchy)
Reigning Monach: Due to the civil war in England when King Henry I died; the sucession of the crown was a contest between Stephen of Blois and Matilda of Boulogne (Empress Matilda)

I have read Ken Follets's "The Pillars Of The Earth", and it took me 2 days to complete. The movie production is a fine piece...that is if you have not read the book. By reading the book it kind of ruined the entertainment value of this film; so any critic I write is tainted.

So I won't bother going into details here. The only things I do have to write is this:
1. Eddie Redmayne as Jack Jackson is a strange choice for the main lead. But there you go.
2. David Oakes as William Hamleigh good casting...He also played Juan Borgia in the 2011/2012 production of The Borgias. But he really needs a role that expends his acting abilities.
3. Alison Pill as Princess Maude (aka Empress Matilda) again good casting and an unusual one. Would never have picked her as an medievil princess but there you go. She is brilliant in this TV production.
4. Finally costume; well done and very authentic. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
5.
Robin Hood (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In 12th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. (140 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Date set: 1199 AD, after King Richard I death
Reigning Monarch: King John, House of Plantagenet

A refreshing look at Robin Hood, more earthy than the rest. Thankfully it's not a copy cat of the 1991 Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves, which was a good waste of a brain cell or 2.

Ridley Scott knows how to direct, AND he know his audience. The first act of the movie, gets you hooked, after that act 2 & 3 were mediocre and predictable.

One big plus is Marion (Kate Blanchette), she's a widow, past the prime of youth and hardened by life and the reality of it all. And thank goodness, for that, if a young Hollywood or English actress was the lead the film would never work.

Secondly, the costume, fantastic and it's obvious the wardrobe department had the budget to make the look authentic.

Finally, a bit of humour goes a long way. The film does not take itself too seriously. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
6.
The Name of the Rose (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey. (130 mins.)
“ Date Set: 1323
Reigning Monach: Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor (House of Wittelsbach)
Set: Benedictine monastery in Northern Italy

I rather liked this movie, part mystery/part detective/part christianity. I actually read the book and the production does follow it, with in reason. ***SPOILER*** during the ending it rather regretabe, to know all that knowledge stored in the library, gathering dust, destroyed by fire. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
7.
Henry V (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
“ Date Set: 1414AD -1415AD
Backdrop: Battle of Agincourt
Reigning Monarch: King Henry V, House of Lancaster.

Well I just had to add it...see my comments about it below ” - eliza_gaskell
 
8.
Henry V (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Date Set: 1414AD -1415AD
Backdrop: Battle of Agincourt
Reigning Monarch: King Henry V, House of Lancaster.

King Henry of England, invades Frances, wins an impossible battle on the field of Agincourt with only a handful of Enlishmen. Great play by William Shakespeare. Having seen Kenneth Branagh Henry V (1989) and Sir Laurence Olivier Henry V (1944)adaptions it was hard tell which was better than the other as I liked them both. Branaghn was modern, well acted and the battle scenes were very realistics. A round of applause for Derek Jacobi as the narrator of the production. While Oliviers still stands the test of time, superbly acted, exceptionally casted and very much in the tradition of a Shakespeare play...just look at the sets.

The reason I added the 1989 version on the list is simply because of the poster. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
9.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Date set: 1177AD
Reigning Monach: Saladin, first Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Backdrop:Battle of Montgisard

Some critics have been unkind to this production. I, on the other hand, found it to be engaging, interesting, great acting, beautiful scenery and costume design. Lighting was one of the things I've noticed in this movie. Ridley Scott has done a great job in directing, one again. Sure it starts of slow, but it is when Balian is in the middle east, things move along. The most stand out actor is Edward Norton, who played a minor role as the leper king, Baldwin (historically Baldwin was a 16 year old teenage boy who was seriously afflicted by leprosy). For whatever reason, the make up crew went a bit too heavy on the eye liner on Eva Green. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
10.
The Lion in Winter (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
King Henry II meets with Eleanor of Aquitaine at Christmastide 1183 to choose one of his sons as his successor. (167 mins.)
“ Date set: 1183

Also see
The Lion in Winter (1969) ” - eliza_gaskell
 
11.
Hamlet (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. (135 mins.)
“ I found this movie hard to digest. Not because this version of Shakespeare interpretation, but because of the casting of Mel Gibson in the lead role, which is pivotal to the play. The Danish prince Hamlet is young, intelligent and smart, but also there is a method to his madness. It's a challenging role and I am on the fence, whether Mel Gibson was right to play this lead character. Would it work with another actor? who knows. As for the supporting cast, they were fabulous. Glenn Close as Gertrude, always good in anything. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
12.
Macbeth (1983 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Macbeth and his wife murder Duncan in order to gain his crown, but the bloodbath doesn't stop there... (148 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
 
13.
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Date set: 1280 or 1297-1305
Reigning Monarch:Edward I (House of Plantagenet)

Never heard of William Wallace until this movie. The cast is almost perfect, and Mel Gibson is perfectly cast as the scotish rogue who turns into the stuff legends are made of. Battle scene are well crafted and the direction is wonderful. Really great banter amongst the scots as they talk of battle and life. However this movie is not to be taken as a "true" account of William Wallace's life and the time lines for King Edward I, Prince Edward II and Princess Isabella has obviously been 'fudged' and overlooked. Yes King Edward I, qualled the rebellion of the Scots, but Isabella and Edward II would have been mere children at this time.
***Trivia***I've watched a 6 part documentary on the history of Scotland. It appears Isabella was only a young child. She was born in 1295; Wallace was executed in 1305. You do the maths... ” - eliza_gaskell
 
14.
The Reckoning (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A priest on the lam takes up with a traveling band of actors, who then discover a murder has occurred and try to solve it by recreating the crime in a play. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
“ Date Set: 1380
Reigning Monach: King Richard II, House of Plantagenet ” - eliza_gaskell
 
15.
An Age of Kings (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A linking together of Shakespeare's history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the 86 years between Richard II and Richard III. (60 mins.)
 
16.
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors. (158 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Date set:1412 -1431.
Reigning Monarch:King Charles VII of France ” - eliza_gaskell
 
17.
A Knight's Tale (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight. (132 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ What can I say...except I got bored with this movie. I found the costume and hairstyle of the leading lady, far too modern and the humour, way too over the top; the sly comments weren't even witty. Thumbs up for attempting to blend ancient themes of heroism with the music of rock, thumbs down for thinking the audience buys into this crap. Watch and you decide for yourself whether or not you enjoyed it ” - eliza_gaskell
 
18.
Tristan + Isolde (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers. (125 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
“ Date set: roughly after the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century.

Where do I start with this film.

Still this production is not bad but why cast James Franco as Tristan? His face has too much modern characteristics; though he does try his best in the awkard role. Sophie Myles is excellently cast as Isolde however the main stand out is Rufus Sewell (another actor that is often overlooked) as Lord Marke of Cornwall.

The only thing that I can say is the director Kevin Reynolds, may have had his hands tied or was restricted in the things he wanted in the production i.e. budget

***Spoiler*** the death scene at the end is the biggest let down of the film. I won't go into details, only to say it was too drawn out and it felt like the director wanted to wring out every last emotion in human kind. Alas sadly for me, call me a cynic but any great love story like Tristan & Isolde or Lancelot & Guinevere is free advertising for adultery and basic betrayal. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
19.
Les rois maudits (1972 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
(616 mins.)
“ Date set 1307 before the 100 years war
Reigining Monarch: King Philippe IV of France
Backdrop: build up to, what is termed "Hundred Years War" (a series of wars waged from 1337 to 1453 by the House of Valois and the House of Plantagenet)

I have seen the recent French mini series (2005) and it was above average, though the customs were very chique and stylish. I would love to see the 1972 version as I have read it is a better production then the 2005. The 2005 version had very odd architecture and costumes. One character wore a bright red blood colour leather garb...wonder if he chaffed in the wrong areas of his body. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
20.
Excalibur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ One of the better Arthurian movie, in my opinion. And doesn't Helen Mirren look sleek and oozing with sex appeal as Arthur's sister Morgana. Watched it again, and it still looks good. Loved the the look of the production and the knights with shiney, almost glittery like armour. ***SPOILER*** I like the way Arthur discovers Guenevere and Lancelot's deception and leaves a message for them both as they both lie asleep in each other's arms. They wake up to discover Excalibur placed between their bodies and they realise Arthur knows the truth. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
21.
Ladyhawke (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him... (121 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ A wonderful love story of a knight and the lady he loves, cursed by the jealous suitor. Isabor is a hawke by day, returning to her true form by night, Etainne is a man by day, at night he transforms into a wolf. Both destined to never to touch until day is night and night is day.***SPOILER*** an eclipse is the only way to break a curse like this.
Trivia:a babyfaced Mathew Broderick star as the young thief who assist Etainne in his revenge ” - eliza_gaskell
 
22.
Ivanhoe (1997 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ivanhoe returning from crusading in the Holy Land to England which is ruled by corrupt Prince John. (270 mins.)
“ Saw this only once on TV, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've never read the book, but I've read this is as close as it can get to the book. ***SPOILER***Sian Phillips as Queen Eleanor, on a cold desolate beach side giving a thorough verbal 'kick up the backside' to her adult sons King Richard and Prince John. Talk about parental disapproval. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
23.
Flesh+Blood (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son... (128 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Saw this years and years ago. The only thing I remember is the siege of the castle by a group of wayward mercenaries. No one can get in to the castle to save Jennifer Jason Leight until someone found a dead dog riddled that died of plague. They chopped the dog up and catapulted the chopped up dog flesh into the castle. One of the flesh fell into a well. And ofcourse people drunk from the well. I think they all died of the plague but I really can't remember that far ” - eliza_gaskell
 
24.
Lionheart (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A young knight sets out to join King Richard's crusaders. Along the way, he encounters The Black Prince... (104 mins.)
 
25.
Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Snow White's mother dies during childbirth, leaving baby Snow and father John for dead on an icy field, who then receives a visit from one of Satan's representatives, granting him three wishes. (93 mins.)
“ have deep reservations regarding this movie, on one hand it's the same formula, on the other hand it's a film that I would tag as "entertaining, but only watch it when it's screen on TV"

***Trivia***: Kristin Kreuk the actress who plays Lana Lang of Smallville TV series is Snow White ” - eliza_gaskell
 
26.
Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Fictionalized account of events leading up the famous nude ride (alas, her hair covers everything) of the militant Saxon lady. (89 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
27.
First Knight (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. (134 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zucker
“ bad movie, but would not see it again...ever ” - eliza_gaskell
 
28.
Merlin (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot. (182 mins.)
 
29.
Dragonslayer (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom. (108 mins.)
Director: Matthew Robbins
 
30.
The Mists of Avalon (2001 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother... (183 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
“ A re-telling of the Arthurian legend from Arthur's sister Morgaine, played by Julianna Margulies. I felt in some parts it lagged a bit and the TV series was a bit long. The change of the old religion and pagan ways leading to the the advant of Christianity is highly noted in the movie. It's a different way of looking at how the birth of Arthurian legend and Camelot began. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
31.
Vision (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman... (110 mins.)
 
32.
Charlemagne (1993 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Young Charlemagns is placed on the Frankish throne in the middle of the 8th Century A.D. Despite having many powerful enemies he slowly unites the nations of Western Europe and rebuilds civilization on the ruins of the Roman Empire. (90 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
 
33.
El Cid (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors. (182 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
34.
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206. (126 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
“ Why on Earth is it here? Well considering it's set rough 1161–1206, well it could be said it's in the Middle Ages. Best Foreign film I've seen in 2007. wish there was more it it though. The way he loved his wife, and their children (even thought they were not his) is astonishing. This movie gives you a greater understanding of the legend of this remarkable man ” - eliza_gaskell
 
35.
Francesco (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi (157 mins.)
Director: Liliana Cavani
 
36.
Marco Polo (1982 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The life and experiences of the 13th-century explorer, who sought to connect the civilizations of China and Europe through trade. (504 mins.)
 
37.
The Canterbury Tales (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(28 mins.)
 
38.
The Bruce (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the early 14th century, Scottish warrior and Earl Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scots, leading Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England. (107 mins.)
 
39.
I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In 1271, five young knights journey to Thebes in Greece to recover the Sacred Shroud and deliver it back to France and into the hands of the royal family. (147 mins.)
Director: Pupi Avati
 
40.
William the Conqueror (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
William's government blended elements of the English and Norman systems into a new one that laid the... (180 mins.)
 
41.
Crociati (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Towards the end of the eleventh century, Pope Urban II announces a crusade against the Saracens, who have occupied the holy city of Jerusalem... (194 mins.)
 
42.
The Warrior's Brother (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
13th century France. To live, to survive, requires weapons. Which do you choose? Weapons of war, which give the power to punish and kill... (115 mins.)
Director: Pierre Jolivet
 
43.
Black Plague (2002 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
In 1348, with the horrors of the Black Death haunting Europe, English soldiers return home from war with a French nobleman as hostage... (115 mins.)
Director: Alberto Sciamma
 
44.
Black Death (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village. (102 mins.)
“ Date Set: 1348
Reigining Monach: King Edward III, House of Plantagenet

A look at how a very young innocent monk, in love with a girl, changes, by the end of the film, into a man with no love in his heart. Set in a isolated village, with no black plague or death within their village.***SPOILER***Sean Bean character dies a brutal death. They tie his left arm and left to one horse and his right and arm and let to another and rip his limbs from his body. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
45.
Pope Joan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks. (149 mins.)
Director: Sönke Wortmann
“ Date set: 1099 (roughly)
This is a odd movie. I found the acting wooden and the drama a tad on the dull side. I truly hoped this film would be worthy, but sadly not. The most interesting thing about the production is it's historical content. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
46.
The Message (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(110 mins.)
 
47.
The Saxon Chronicles (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Set in the 9th century, Alfred the Great, England's most influential and inspiring king, escapes his kingdom when it is attacked by the Viking Horde... (120 mins.)
Director: Jeshua De Horta
 
48.
The Devil's Crown (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
BBC serial covering the rise of Henry ii. (55 mins.)
 
49.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
50.
NET Playhouse (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
51.
Pathfinder (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area... (86 mins.)
Director: Nils Gaup
“ Date set: 1000 AD ” - eliza_gaskell
 
52.
Vlad Tepes (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler and Dracula, fights the Ottoman Turks on the battlefield and the Hungarian Boyars in his court. (114 mins.)
Director: Doru Nastase
“ This story tell of the Vlad the impaler, the actor who plays him, in my taste, is too boney and looked like he could do with a few Mcdonalds to fill him up. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
53.
Warrior's End (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The film Warrior's End is a story of a young prince who has to come to terms with his destiny and grow up quickly in the face of war... (105 mins.)
Director: Bjorn Anderson
 
54.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A kind but pampered beautiful young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
55.
The Crusades (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
King Richard and the Third Crusade (1190-1192) are given the DeMille treatment with more spectacle than history. (125 mins.)
 
56.
St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A young Christian boy attends a druid worship that is attacked by invading Irish tribes. Taken captive... (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Hughes
 
57.
Soldier of God (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A Knights Templar meets a mysterious Muslim in the desert. They find refuge in an oasis at home of a beautiful woman... (94 mins.)
Director: W.D. Hogan
 
58.
The Norseman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
An 11th-century Viking prince sails to America to find his father, who on a previous voyage had been captured by Indians. (90 mins.)
 
59.
Robin and Marian (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
60.
Camelot (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Mordred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights. (179 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
61.
Prince Valiant (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur's Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ also see:
Prince Valiant (1997) ” - eliza_gaskell
 
62.
Richard III (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir. (161 mins.)
 
63.
Macbeth (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches. (140 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ A decent Macbeth story by 'had sex with young girl' director Roman Polanski. The opening scene with the 3 witches on a desolate beach, digging a hole and placing a human arm, a knife and a noose into it, has a rustic charm about it. It took me a while to figure out Lady MacBeth is Francesca Annis, who usually is a brunette but is a blonde in this movie. Polanski has made this film with a kind of erotic sexualism, a coven of naked witches (of various ages) chanting spells around a cauldren, Lady Macbeth sleep walking, in the nude, unable to cleanse her concious with the deed she had done and a young boy on the very edge of manhood, standing in a tub after a bath, in his birthday suit (something today's directors would be legally charged with for child pornography). One thing I did enjoy was the cinematography, I felt this production belonged to the big screen and it looked diminished on my flat TV screen. Still one of the better productions of Shakespeares Macbeth. ***SPOILER***Jon Finch portrayal of Macbeth is interesting. When Macbeth learns that Macduff was not born of woman, you can see the sweat run off his forehead and the shock in his eyes, when he realises he is staring Death in the eyes ” - eliza_gaskell
 
64.
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
65.
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting... (85 mins.)
 
66.
The Court Jester (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king. (101 mins.)
 
67.
Blanche (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Every man is in love with her... (92 mins.)
 
68.
Valley of the Bees (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Ondrej, a young boy who loves bees and bats, is introduced to his new mother, a woman much younger than his father... (97 mins.)
 
69.
Edward II (1970 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The reign of Edward II, King of England, is troubled from the start when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of exile. (125 mins.)
 
70.
Ekkelins Knecht (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Winter AD 1373 in southern Germany. The day-taller Konrad lost his parents and gets into the service of the knight Ekkelin Gayling... (110 mins.)
Director: Reinhard Kungel
 
71.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
72.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. (112 mins.)
 
73.
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
While King Richard is away at the Crusades, some Nottingham nobles and their Sheriff plot to confiscate estates of fallen Crusaders but Robin Hood and Maid Marian foil their plan. (80 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
74.
The Black Rose (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A disinherited 13th Century Saxon nobleman leaves Norman England with an archer friend to seek his fortune in the Far East. (120 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
75.
Pope Joan (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
In medieval Europe, a pious young woman becomes a scholar of theology, disguises herself as a man, rises through the Catholic Church hierarchy and is elected Pope. (132 mins.)
 
76.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
77.
Macbeth (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In fog-dripping, barren and sometimes macabre settings, 11th-century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led... (92 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
78.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A long-running series of adventures featuring Robin of Loxley - Robin Hood - and his group of Sherwood-Forest-based freedom fighters... (30 mins.)
“ There are some who would like to see the other British TV series "Robin Hood" listed. I found the modern TV version of Robin Hood (2006) dull and I could never get past the first 3 eposides of it. But if you have a strong argument that persuades me, then I will add it ” - eliza_gaskell
 
79.
Thierry la Fronde (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(26 mins.)
Director: Pierre Goutas
 
80.
Stara basn. Kiedy slonce bylo bogiem (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Polish historical action fantasy based on a novel by Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski. In 9th-century pre-Christian Poland... (103 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Hoffman
“ pity there isn't a poster image ” - eliza_gaskell
 
81.
King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
While leading the Third Crusade, King Richard Lionheart battles treachery in his own camp as well as the Saracens and their charismatic leader Saladin. (109 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
82.
Out Live (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A sweeping, epic tale of a martial arts warrior who attempts to defy a kingdom to be with his love. (118 mins.)
Director: Young-jun Kim
 
83.
Kings of the Sun (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
On the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Native American tribe of chief Black Eagle clashes with the Mayan tribe of king Balam. (108 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
84.
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself. (111 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
85.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
86.
Shadowless Sword (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
So-ha, a deadly female warrior, is sent to find a exiled prince after the Killer Blade Army killed the royal family. (117 mins.)
Director: Young-jun Kim
 
87.
Eye of the Eagle (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In 1218 Danish king Valdemar sends his homonymous young son and heir in safety, as war is at the borders... (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Flinth
“ Date set: 1218 AD ” - eliza_gaskell
 
88.
Ironclad (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In 13th-century England, a small group of Knights Templar fight to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John. (121 mins.)
“ Date set: 1215 AD
Reigning Monarch: King John, House of Plantagenet

The beginning of the film has a good introduction; the barons revolted against King John and forced him to sign the Magna Carta. Then the movie shifts to the seige of Rochester Castle, after that the movie, sadly,goes off track. The 2 main thing I thought was obvious was (1) the producers wanted to please every audience type and (2) the lack of finance. Evident in the costume, the sets and the amount of extras in the background.
However Paul Giamatti performance as the bittered King John is one of the best performance of King John in a long time. Watch the emotion as he starts ranting about his right to be of the King of England. The supporting cast of vetran actors Brian Cox, Charles Dance and Derek Jacobi is wonderful, but their screen time is limited. One more thing, the camera work is awful and the hand held camera shots of the actions is clumsy and not well executed.
***Trivia***Megan Fox was suppose to be in this film, it is rumoured she was fired and was replaced by Kate Mara. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
89.
Gladiator Games (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
In a distant time and place, power is decided by a cruel game in which two teams of gladiators fight in a vast arena. (100 mins.)
Director: Stefano Milla
“ Date set:1066 AD
This is also listed the Period Dramas-The Age of the Vikings ” - eliza_gaskell
 
90.
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Gawain was a squire in King Arthur's court when the Green Knight burst in and offered to play a game with a brave knight... (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Weeks
 
91.
Season of the Witch (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague. (95 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
“ Hmm...this is an odd film, which fails on so many fronts.
(1) Nicholas Cage: a huge error in casting. There are actors who has a face & body build that can be in any period dramas. Nicholas Cage is not one of them; his face is modern looking
(2) Dialogue: delivery was wooden and stiff.
(3) Script: could the ending be any worse. The more your watch this film the more the find your thoughts drifting away.
(4) The ending...crap ” - eliza_gaskell
 
92.
Sword of Lancelot (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
This period action classic features Cornel Wilde, who also co-produced and directed this film, as Lancelot, the bravest knight of the Round Table. (116 mins.)
Director: Cornel Wilde
 
93.
Siege of the Saxons (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
King Arthur learns one of his knights is plotting to take over and marry his daughter. After the King's death... (85 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
94.
Young Ivanhoe (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Ivanhoe is learning his way while having dealing with his father, Sir Cedric. The Normans are threatening England so he must quickly develop under the tutelage of the Black Knight, secretly King Richard, and followers of Robin Hood. (93 mins.)
Director: R.L. Thomas
 
95.
The Black Knight (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
As a blacksmith John can't hope to win the hand of Linet, daughter of the Earl of Yeonil. Off he goes to prove himself a noble knight... (85 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
96.
Arn: The Kingdom at the End of the Road (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Knight Arn is sent on a last mission against Saladin. He has to win this battle, before he can go home to Sweden, and finally marry his Cecilia and start a family. But the peace back home is threatened by the Danes. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Flinth
“ Date set:1187 to 1205 ” - eliza_gaskell
 
97.
Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A part of Joan of Arc's life. At the beginning, Jeanne (Joan) has already left Domremy, she is trying... (160 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
99.
Perceval (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table. (140 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
100.
Lancelot of the Lake (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A million miles away from 'Camelot' or 'Excalibur', this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials... (85 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson