Best Film About the Arthurian Legend

by leavey-2 | created - 05 May 2017 | updated - 10 May 2017 | Public

Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) is not the first movie about the legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries AD.

King Arthur, Camelot, the wizard Merlin, Lancelot, Arthur's wife Guinevere, the sword Excalibur, the Knights of the Round Table, these are some of the ingredients of the popular legend.

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1. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

41 Metascore

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.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou

Votes: 173,893 | Gross: $39.18M

2. 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.

Director: Jerry Zucker | Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Ben Cross

Votes: 64,121 | Gross: $37.60M

3. 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: 54,280 | Gross: $34.97M

4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 469,965 | Gross: $1.23M

5. King Arthur (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

46 Metascore

A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd

Votes: 153,333 | Gross: $51.88M

6. The Last Legion (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, War

37 Metascore

As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters.

Director: Doug Lefler | Stars: Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Peter Mullan

Votes: 32,938 | Gross: $5.93M

7. The Sword in the Stone (1963)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

A poor boy named Arthur learns the power of love, kindness, knowledge and bravery with the help of a wizard called Merlin in the path to become one of the most beloved kings in English history.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews

Votes: 82,080 | Gross: $22.18M

8. 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 »

Stars: Anjelica Huston, Julianna Margulies, Joan Allen, Samantha Mathis

Votes: 8,091

9. Camelot (1967)

G | 179 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Musical

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings

Votes: 5,577 | Gross: $31.10M

10. 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 »

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Stephen Moyer, Katherine Heigl, Thomas Kretschmann, Edward Fox

Votes: 1,951

11. A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A Little League player is sent back into medieval times where he is given the task of saving Camelot.

Director: Michael Gottlieb | Stars: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Joss Ackland, Art Malik, Paloma Baeza

Votes: 5,377 | Gross: $13.41M

12. Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Green Knights challenges King Arthur's knights. But only young Gawain takes it and decapitates him. The knight takes his head and now gives Gawain one year to learn about virtues, knighthood and then face the challenge himself.

Director: Stephen Weeks | Stars: Miles O'Keeffe, Cyrielle Clair, Leigh Lawson, Sean Connery

Votes: 1,779

13. 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.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Anne Crawford

Votes: 3,018

14. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix

Votes: 2,030

15. 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.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Mason, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget

Votes: 2,222

16. Quest for Camelot (1998)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An adventurous girl, a young blind hermit, and a goofy two-headed dragon race to find the lost sword Excalibur to save King Arthur and Camelot from disaster.

Director: Frederik Du Chau | Stars: Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Andrea Corr, Bryan White

Votes: 13,682 | Gross: $22.72M

17. 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: 3,112



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