Sword ’n’ Sand ’n’ Sandal ’n’ Peplum ’n’ Sorcery

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1. Hercules in New York (1970)

G | 75 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

23 Metascore

Hercules (Schwarzenegger) is sent to Earth where he finds true love and starts a promising career in the bodybuilder business.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Arnold Stang, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deborah Loomis, James Karen

Votes: 15,859

2. Trog (1970)

GP | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A sympathetic anthropologist uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte who is found living in a local cave.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay, Kim Braden

Votes: 1,937

3. The Arena (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Adventure

Two thousand years ago, the people of Rome are so blasée, so used to violence, that entertaining them becomes a political problem. Someone suggests, after a hectic girl fight in a kitchen ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Margaret Markov, Pam Grier, Lucretia Love, Paul Muller

Votes: 998

4. The Norseman (1978)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Action

An eleventh century Viking Prince sails to America to find his father, who on a previous voyage had been captured by Indians.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Lee Majors, Cornel Wilde, Mel Ferrer, Jack Elam

Votes: 586

5. Quest for Fire (1981)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

79 Metascore

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 19,056 | Gross: $20.96M

6. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

R | 129 min | Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman

Votes: 127,961 | Gross: $39.57M

7. She (1984)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In a backward post-apocalyptic world, She aids two brothers' quest to rescue their kidnapped sister. Along the way, they battle orgiastic werewolves, a psychic communist, a tutu-wearing ... See full summary »

Director: Avi Nesher | Stars: Sandahl Bergman, David Goss, Quin Kessler, Harrison Muller

Votes: 1,119

8. The Beastmaster (1982)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

18 Metascore

A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, John Amos

Votes: 18,371 | Gross: $14.06M

9. Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982)

PG | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister/love interest from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult. Ator battles giant... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Miles O'Keeffe, Sabrina Siani, Ritza Brown, Dakar

Votes: 1,716

10. The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

39 Metascore

A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage's dangerous future when he is recruited to help a princess foil the designs of a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer in conquering a land.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale, George Maharis

Votes: 5,155 | Gross: $39.10M

11. Sorceress (1982)

R | 83 min | Action, Fantasy, Adventure

Sword and sorcery story of the cosmic struggle between white magic and black magic.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Leigh Harris, Lynette Harris, Roberto Nelson, David Millbern

Votes: 1,280

12. Hearts and Armour (1983)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Bradamante, a woman wearing an invincible suit of armor, is travelling the countryside at the time of the Crusades. After ending up in the middle of a web of romantic and cultural tangles, ... See full summary »

Director: Giacomo Battiato | Stars: Zeudi Araya Cristaldi, Barbara De Rossi, Rick Edwards, Ronn Moss

Votes: 504

13. Ironmaster (1983)

98 min | Action, Adventure

A tale that takes place at the dawn of history. The movie tells the story of a tribe that discovers how to fashion weapons out of iron and use them for their own survival. However, the ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Sam Pasco, Elvire Audray, George Eastman, Pamela Prati

Votes: 740

Cavemen discover iron. And it rocks their world! George Eastman is Vood! And cavemen at a lot of zucchini and Italian squash, evidently. Also, Planet of the Apes-like creatures liked to fight with them. Bow and arrow beats swords.

14. Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A warrior seeks his true origins in a seemingly prehistoric wasteland.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Reb Brown, Corinne Cléry, John Steiner, Carole André

Votes: 2,489 | Gross: $2.81M

15. Hundra (1983)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Born in a tribe of fierce warrior women, Hundra has been raised to despise the influence of men. An archer, fighter and sword fighter, Hundra is superior to any male. Hundra finds her ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Cimber | Stars: Laurene Landon, Cihangir Gaffari, María Casal, Ramiro Oliveros

Votes: 778

16. Krull (1983)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis

Votes: 27,719 | Gross: $16.52M

17. Deathstalker (1983)

R | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The warrior Deathstalker is tasked by an old witch to obtain and unite the three powers of creation - a chalice, an amulet, and a sword - lest the evil magician Munkar get them and use them... See full summary »

Director: James Sbardellati | Stars: Rick Hill, Barbi Benton, Richard Brooker, Lana Clarkson

Votes: 3,528 | Gross: $11.92M

18. Iceman (1984)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A prehistoric Neanderthal man found frozen in ice is revived by an arctic exploration team, who then attempt to use him for their own scientific means.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Lindsay Crouse, John Lone, Josef Sommer

Votes: 4,767 | Gross: $7.34M

19. Conan the Destroyer (1984)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Olivia d'Abo, Wilt Chamberlain

Votes: 71,222 | Gross: $31.04M

20. The Blade Master (1982)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Muscle-bound Ator and his mute East Asian sidekick travel from the ends of the earth to save his aged mentor from the evil, mustachioed Zor.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Miles O'Keeffe, Lisa Foster, Charles Borromel, Kiro Wehara

Votes: 3,280

21. Red Sonja (1985)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

35 Metascore

The fearless female warrior Red Sonja sets out to avenge her family's murder and rid her kingdom of the tyrannical rule of evil Queen Gedren.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Sandahl Bergman, Paul L. Smith

Votes: 35,746 | Gross: $6.95M

22. Barbarian Queen (1985)

R | 72 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Set during the days of the Roman Empire. A simple village is raided by Roman troops, and most of the people are whisked off to be slaves or killed. Three women survive and set off to ... See full summary »

Director: Héctor Olivera | Stars: Lana Clarkson, Katt Shea, Frank Zagarino, Dawn Dunlap

Votes: 1,780

23. The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A young Cro-Magnon woman is raised by Neanderthals.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James Remar, Thomas G. Waites

Votes: 5,715 | Gross: $1.95M

24. Iron Warrior (1987)

PG-13 | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Fighting Eagle returns again, sans Thong, to the legendary realm of Dragor to do battle with Phaedra, an evil sorceress. Her main weapon is an unstoppable warrior, known as the Master ... See full summary »

Director: Alfonso Brescia | Stars: Miles O'Keeffe, Savina Gersak, Elisabeth Kaza, Iris Peynado

Votes: 631 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Gor (1987)

PG | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

American professor Tarl Cabot is transported via a magical ring to planet Gor, where he must help an oppressed country overthrow its evil king and his barbarian henchmen.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Urbano Barberini, Rebecca Ferratti, Jack Palance, Paul L. Smith

Votes: 1,516

26. The Barbarians (1987)

R | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Two twin barbarians seek revenge from the warlord who massacred their tribe and captured them when they were small children.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: David Paul, Peter Paul, Richard Lynch, Eva LaRue

Votes: 3,066 | Gross: $0.80M

27. Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back (1990 Video)

R | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In a final and epic battle in the thrilling sequel to the now classic "Barbarian Queen", Althalia, leads a revolt of peasants and female warriors against the wicked ruler, Arkaris, to ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Finley | Stars: Lana Clarkson, Greg Wrangler, Rebecca Wood, Elizabeth A. Jaeger

Votes: 747

28. Quest for the Mighty Sword (1990)

PG-13 | 94 min | Fantasy, Adventure

Once upon a time a god gave a mighty sword to the king of Aquiles to bring justice to his people. Now he wants it back - but the king rather gives his life than the sword. Goddess Dehamira,... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Eric Allan Kramer, Margaret Lenzey, Donald O'Brien, Dina Morrone

Votes: 582

29. Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans (1991)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

It begins as a contest of strength the challenge of competition luring fighters from far away to a hilltop castle. Deathstalker leads the combatants but only to discover that the winners ... See full summary »

Director: Howard R. Cohen | Stars: Rick Hill, Maria Ford, Brett Baxter Clark, Michelle Moffett

Votes: 669

30. Conan the Barbarian (2011)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

36 Metascore

A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang

Votes: 90,683 | Gross: $21.30M

31. Il Futuro (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

80 Metascore

When their parents die, Bianca starts to smoke and Tomas is still a virgin. The orphans explore the dangerous streets of adulthood until Bianca finds Maciste, a retired Mr. Universe, and enters his dark mansion in search of a future.

Director: Alicia Scherson | Stars: Manuela Martelli, Luigi Ciardo, Rutger Hauer, Nicolas Vaporidis

Votes: 913 | Gross: $0.01M

32. Caveman (1981)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

55 Metascore

A cave-man seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cave-woman.

Director: Carl Gottlieb | Stars: Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, Jack Gilford

Votes: 6,567 | Gross: $15.97M

33. One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Prehistoric man Tumak is banished from his savage tribe and meets pretty Loana who belongs to a gentler coastal tribe but he must fight caveman Payto to win her favors.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown

Votes: 6,974

34. Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

Unrated | 78 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Astronauts landing on Venus encounter dangerous creatures and almost meet some sexy Venusian women who like to sun-bathe in hip-hugging skin-tight pants and seashell brassieres.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Mamie Van Doren, Mary Marr, Paige Lee, Gennadi Vernov

Votes: 1,157

35. Missing Link (1988)

PG | 91 min | Adventure

A million years ago in Africa, the last of the Australopithecines is on flight from the humans, who killed the rest of his clan. Alone, seeking others of his kind, he traverses steppes, ... See full summary »

Directors: Carol Hughes, David Hughes | Stars: Peter Elliott, Michael Gambon, Brian Abrahams, Clive Ashley

Votes: 307

37. The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)

R | 81 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The mighty warrior, Kain, crosses the barren wastelands of the planet Ura, where two arch enemies, Zeg and the evil degenerate Balcaz, fight incessantly for control of the village's only ... See full summary »

Director: John C. Broderick | Stars: David Carradine, Luke Askew, Maria Socas, Anthony De Longis

Votes: 1,204 | Gross: $2.89M

38. Gor II (1988)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An Earthman returns to the planet Gor, and fights against tyranny.

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos | Stars: Urbano Barberini, Rebecca Ferratti, Jack Palance, Donna Denton

Votes: 1,410

39. Kull the Conqueror (1997)

PG-13 | 95 min | Fantasy, Action, Adventure

A barbarian warrior becomes a king when he defeats a king in armed combat and the king's heir conspire to overthrow him and reclaim the throne by resurrecting an evil sorceress.

Director: John Nicolella | Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Tia Carrere, Thomas Ian Griffith, Litefoot

Votes: 7,307 | Gross: $6.09M

40. The Adventures of Hercules (1985)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Hercules searches for the Seven Thunderbolts of Zeus, which have been stolen by renegade gods.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Lou Ferrigno, Milly Carlucci, Sonia Viviani, William Berger

Votes: 953

41. L'odyssée de l'espèce (2003 TV Movie)

270 min | Documentary

8 million years of the human species

Directors: Jacques Malaterre, Javier G. Salanova | Stars: Charles Berling, Pere Arquillué, Peter Batakliev, Léa-Marie Cantin

Votes: 290

43. When Women Had Tails (1970)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A bunch of 7 orphan cavemen grow up on a little island all by themselves. After a fire burns all vegetation they set out to find a new place to live. Here, one day they trap a strange ... See full summary »

Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile | Stars: Senta Berger, Giuliano Gemma, Frank Wolff, Renzo Montagnani

Votes: 450



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