Medieval Film and TV

by alfie_cairns14 | created - 07 Dec 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Works in and (for context) surrounding the medieval period that well represent different historically accurate aspects of life.

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1. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 95,028 | Gross: $7.15M

2. Macbeth (1971)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler

Votes: 11,629

3. The Advocate (1993)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, History

In medieval France, young lawyer Richard Courtois leaves Paris for the simpler life in the country. However, he is soon drawn into amorous and political intrigues. At the same time, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Megahey | Stars: Colin Firth, Amina Annabi, Jim Carter, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 1,769 | Gross: $0.67M

4. Blanche (1971)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, History

Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Every man is in love with her, including the King and his servant Bartolomeo, visiting the Master.

Director: Walerian Borowczyk | Stars: Michel Simon, Georges Wilson, Jacques Perrin, Ligia Branice

Votes: 544

5. The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)

122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army.

Director: Daniel Vigne | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Maurice Barrier, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu

Votes: 3,726 | Gross: $0.02M

6. Andrei Rublev (1966)

R | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer St. Andrei Rublev.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 39,687 | Gross: $0.10M

7. Perceval (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.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, André Dussollier, Solange Boulanger, Catherine Schroeder

Votes: 1,037

8. Flesh+Blood (1985)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

In medieval Europe, a young girl from a noble family is obsessed with her captors--commoners.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Jack Thompson

Votes: 15,285 | Gross: $0.10M

9. The War Lord (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, History

In 11th century Normandy, a Norman duke sends one of his knights to build a defensive fortress in order to guard the borders against Frisian raiders.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Rosemary Forsyth, Maurice Evans

Votes: 2,712

10. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 54,014 | Gross: $34.97M

11. Jabberwocky (1977)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A young peasant, with no interest in adventure or fortune, is mistaken as the kingdom's only hope when a horrible monster threatens the countryside.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell

Votes: 12,055

12. Alfred the Great (I) (1969)

M/PG | 122 min | Drama, History, War

While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the ninth century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows, to... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: David Hemmings, Michael York, Prunella Ransome, Colin Blakely

Votes: 878

13. Maria the Virgin Witch (2015– )

TV-MA | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Maria, the most powerful witch who lives during the Hundred Years' War in France. She despises war, so she obstructs battles with her strong magical powers.However not everyone love her action, including the angel.

Stars: Hisako Kanemoto, Kenshô Ono, Yôko Hikasa, Austin Tindle

Votes: 196

14. Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli (1981)

100 min | Biography, Drama, History

From an authentic Viking saga, Outlaw tells the story of a family blood feud, set in 10th century Iceland.

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson | Stars: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson, Kristján Jóhann Jónsson, Þráinn Karlsson

Votes: 274

15. The Virgin Spring (1960)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

An innocent yet pampered 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.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson

Votes: 23,981 | Gross: $1.53M

16. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 145,390

17. 681 AD: The Glory of Khan (1981)

95 min | Action, Drama, History

Synopsis: In 651 C.E. Khan Kubrat died and the Khazars accelerated their raids upon Great Bulgaria. His five sons split the Bulgarian tribe and each led his to find new land where they ... See full summary »

Director: Ludmil Staikov | Stars: Stoyko Peev, Antony Genov, Vania Tzvetkova, Vassil Mihajlov

Votes: 379

18. El Dorado (1988)

149 min | Drama, History

The film tells the epic story of an expedition that took place between 1560 and 1561, headed by Pedro de Ursúa, in search of "El Dorado." The territory they explored subsequently became ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Eusebio Poncela, Lambert Wilson, Gabriela Roel

Votes: 470

19. Marketa Lazarová (1967)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

A grim portrayal of the shift from Paganism to Christianity in medieval Czechoslovakia - as a young virgin promised to God is kidnapped and raped by a marauder who her religious father seeks to kill in return.

Director: Frantisek Vlácil | Stars: Josef Kemr, Magda Vásáryová, Nada Hejna, Jaroslav Moucka

Votes: 3,834

20. La dame de Monsoreau (1971– )

Drama

Tragically caught between the millstones of history are the gallant Count de Bussy and the woman he adores, la Dame de Monsoreau.

Stars: Karin Petersen, Nicolas Silberg, Denis Manuel, Michel Creton

Votes: 144

21. The Age of the Medici (1972– )

255 min | Biography, History

This is a lengthy exposition of the social and political history of renaissance Florentine history, told through dramatised conversations between the main participants, particularly Cosimo ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Marcello Di Falco, Virgilio Gazzolo, Adriano Amidei Migliano, Michel Bardinet

Votes: 233

22. Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The medieval era cases of a Crusader-turned-Monk who investigates mysteries in the Norman English town of Shrewsbury.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Terrence Hardiman

Votes: 2,031

23. The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007)

109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A romantic drama centered around a young shepherd and shepherdess and the ramifications of their forbidden affair.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Andy Gillet, Stéphanie Crayencour, Cécile Cassel, Véronique Reymond

Votes: 1,318

24. The Decameron (1971)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic, Vincenzo Amato

Votes: 8,660

25. The Canterbury Tales (1972)

NC-17 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti

Votes: 5,886

26. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)

R | 172 min | Drama

91 Metascore

The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.

Director: Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk

Votes: 6,040 | Gross: $3.79M

27. Francesco (1989)

PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Andréa Ferréol, Nikolaus Dutsch

Votes: 1,244

28. The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama, History

A series of vignettes depicting the lives of the original Franciscan monks, including their leader and the bumbling Ginepro.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Gianfranco Bellini, Peparuolo, Severino Pisacane

Votes: 2,901

29. Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

74 Metascore

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 »

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Vladimir Antolek-Oresek

Votes: 3,091

30. The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)

R | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

75 Metascore

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Li Gong, Fengyi Zhang, Zhou Sun, Xiaohe Lü

Votes: 5,678 | Gross: $1.33M

31. Cathedral of the Sea (2018)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, History

Based upon Ildefonso Falcones novel.

Stars: Julian Armaya, Jordi Aguilar, Aitor Luna, Pablo Derqui

Votes: 2,052

32. Ivanhoe (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 142 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Ivanhoe, a worthy and noble knight, the champion of justice returns to England after the holy wars. He finds England under the reign of Prince John and his henchmen and finds himself being ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: James Mason, Anthony Andrews, Sam Neill, Michael Hordern

Votes: 4,049

33. Ivanhoe (1952)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders

Votes: 7,563



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