King Arthur Moviesby Pellam | created - 29 Apr 2011 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
Every King Arthur movie that I have seen, in order of personal preference. Modernisations and animations excluded.
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1. Excalibur (1981)
PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.
Votes: 51,655 | Gross: $34.97M
All of Malory crammed into a movie that has emotional drama, fantastic presentation and profound symbolism. An ageless masterpiece.
2. The Mists of Avalon (2001– )
Unrated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy
Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of ... See full summary »
Strong feminine and paganic themes make this a memorable and refreshing watch among Arthurian movies.
3. Camelot (1967)
G | 179 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Musical
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.
Votes: 5,326 | Gross: $31.10M
Is it as brilliant as the original Broadway musical? Probably not. Does it nevertheless retain enough charm to be a thoroughly enjoyable movie experience? Yes Sir!
4. Lancelot of the Lake (1974)
85 min | Drama, History, Romance
A million miles away from 'Camelot' or 'Excalibur', this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials. Arthur's knights, far from being heroic, are conniving ... See full summary »
Bresson's directorial antics are certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but here they fuel a strong, nihilistic love drama.
5. Merlin (1998)
Not Rated | 182 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.
Merlin is high on magic and thanks to the generous running time also high on mythos. Many absolutely delicious performances keep the story well afloat amidst outdated visuals.
6. Perceval le Gallois (1978)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Music, Romance
The exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table.
If you like Chrétien, this is certainly for you. Even if you don't, your struggle against unfinished storylines and stagelike production will be worth it when you get to the masterful conclusion of the quest.
7. Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit.
Never has Arthur been closer to Hollywood - here we have the biggest names, the widest screen and the most vibrant colors.
8. Tristan + Isolde (2006)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Drama, Romance
An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.
Votes: 47,885 | Gross: $14.73M
Thoroughly proficient filmmaking. But you really can't be proficient in love without spoiling it, and that's where this movie fails.
9. Sword of Lancelot (1963)
116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Lancelot is King Arthur's most valued Knight of the Round Table and a paragon of courage and virtue. Things change, however, when he falls in love with Queen Guinevere.
Lots of knightly action and a well matured love triangle. The most magical thing here is a bar of soap.
10. Parsifal (1982)
PG | 255 min | Drama, Music
Richard Wagner's last opera has remained controversial since its first performance for its unique, and, for some, unsavory blending of religious and erotic themes and imagery. Based on one ... See full summary »
You must be able to endure opera, Wagner and glacial pacing to uncover the interesting symbolism Syberberg has added on the top of the original story.
11. Guinevere (1994 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Fantasy
The legend of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Guinevere, told from a somewhat more feminist perspective.
A low budget spiritual predecessor to the Mists of Avalon.
12. Prince Valiant (1954)
Approved | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur's Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne.
Harmless adventuring with sparse Arthurian references and a dense array of massive Viking horns. Visually very loyal to the comics - they only forgot men's lipstick.
13. First Knight (1995)
PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
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.
Votes: 61,413 | Gross: $37.60M
A very loose adaption with an A-list love triangle and heaps of general silliness. I questioned the pistol crossbows at first, but then realised that they actually might be effective against those Star Trek uniforms.
14. King Arthur (2004)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Votes: 148,217 | Gross: $51.88M
Suberb production values, cartoon characters, dismal plot. Owen is especially bad, but then again the script gives him nothing more than pep talk to work with.
15. Merlin of the Crystal Cave (1991– )
164 min | Drama
A star-studded TV production of the classic tale by Mary Stewart which follows Merlin down through history to the days of King Arthur.
Interestingly set in the times before Arthur, this is a bit more serious than the most recent young Merlin series. Historic name-dropping and beautiful Welsh scenery.
PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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. No knights stand to defend their king's honor. Except for the ... See full summary »
After a very strong intro scene, the plot becomes a hodgepodge of childish gags. I would have preferred this to be "The Legend of the Green Knight and the Green Knight Only". Connery's chest hair alone has more charisma than the bodybuilder protagonist.
17. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.
Votes: 153,626 | Gross: $39.18M
Arthur and the lads messing about. It's so full of over-the-top action that the story comes up completely empty.
18. Arthur & Merlin (2015)
Not Rated | 100 min | Fantasy
A young Celtic warrior and a hermit wizard must unite to defeat an evil druid.
There is a promise of a good bromance, but an inept script fails to milk enough out from the titular characters.
19. Merlin and the Book of Beasts (2010 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 92 min | Fantasy, Thriller
Sorcerer Arkadian has taken over Camelot with a zoo of beasts from his magical book. King Arthur's daughter Avlynn asks Merlin to help her take back Camelot. She also has to find the sacred... See full summary »
Low budget and high fantasy is rarely a good combination, but this has plenty of unintentional laughs to offer. Never has Merlin sounded more Jamaican.
20. Merlin and the War of the Dragons (2008 Video)
PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 5th Century Britain, a young Merlin struggles for his place in his known land under the tutelage of The Mage, a local wizard whom sees the young man's potential for magic, as well as ... See full summary »
Massive blunders in the every domain of film making, starting from pound for pound worst special effects on this list. So woeful that it's actually funny.
21. Prince Valiant (1997)
PG-13 | 91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
In a time now lost in the mists of memory, the great King Arthur rules in the legendary citadel that is Camelot. His Knights of the Round Table commit acts of derring-do and spend their ... See full summary »
At some point, a crocodile in a plate mail jumps out of an indoor pool, and that's enough said about this movie. Still, a chance to see Ron Perlman.
22. Siege of the Saxons (1963)
Approved | 85 min | Adventure, History
In league with the Saxon invaders, Edmund of Cornwall plans to slay King Arthur, marry his daughter and usurp the throne of England but wizard Merlin and outlaw Robert Marshall stand in the way.
Saxons you say? A historically accurate Knights of the Round Table reboot perhaps? Nope, more like a tacky Knight Rider 2000 prequel.
23. Merlin's Apprentice (2006)
176 min | Adventure, Fantasy
The great sorcerer Merlin has returned to Camelot, a kingdom now vulnerable to ill fates and war since the theft of the Holy Grail, its greatest gift and protection. With the help of Jack, ... See full summary »
Sam Neill sleepwalks through this ultimate collection of uninteresting clichés.
24. King Arthur: Excalibur Rising (2017)
99 min | Action, Adventure
A re-imagining of the Arthurian legend centered around Arthur's illegitimate son Owain who must learn to take up his father's mantle as king.
The battle between Arthur's sons is ruined by cheap effects and unnecessary gore.
25. Pendragon: Sword of His Father (2008)
122 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Set in 411 AD, Pendragon tells the story of young Artos who is raised to believe that God has a purpose for each day. When his family is killed and he is taken into slavery by the Saxons, ... See full summary »
It Burns? Certainly - it's wooden. Arthurian literature is full of Christian themes and references, which this religious movie tries to exploit too heavy-handedly.
26. The Black Knight (1954)
Approved | 85 min | Adventure, History
During King Arthur's time, a sword maker wishes to win Lady Linet's heart but first he must become a noble knight.
Only a year removed from Shane, Alan Ladd is a alarmingly disinterested disaster here.
27. Dragons of Camelot (2014)
Not Rated | 80 min | Fantasy
Camelot is plunged into darkness after King Arthur dies. Now the reign of his cruel sorceress sister, Morgana, begins. Commanding three deadly dragons, she hunts the remaining Knights of the Round Table.
It's rather shocking how pedestrian everything here is, considering they had an established Hollywood blockbuster director.