HISTORICAL MOVIES: What Movie Was That In?

(an on-going compilation)

So you think that you're a movie aficionado? You think that if it's historically connected, you've seen it?
Check to see if you're familiar with the movies cataloged here.
What follows is a list of movies on various Period, Pre-Period and mediaval-fantasy related themes.

This list is provided merely for the purpose of allowing people to know what movies have been made along this genre.

Movies should never be utilized to provide documentation or for research.

The historical accuracy in movies is, at best, less than adequate and many times, outright wrong.
However, movies can provide inspiration for projects and can be (hopefully) entertaining to watch.
Note that this list is by no means all inclusive.

The following data, when available, is given for each film.

[Title & Year]
[Time Period/Genre]
[Duration in minutes]
[Director]
[Stars, if any of noted name]
[Comments, if any]

* = personal favorite

1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

Medieval

145 min.

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast includes: Gerard Depardieu, Sigourney Weaver

Somewhat lumbering. Music by Vangelis.

 

Adventures of Marco Polo, The (1938)

Medieval

100 min.

Director: Archie Mayo

Cast inlcudes; Gary Cooper, Sigrid Gurie, Basil Rathbone, Lana Turner,

Black & White

 

Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)

Robin Hood Legend

102 min.

Director: Michael Curtiz, Willim Keighley

Cast includes: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

 

*** Advocate, The [The Hour of the Pig] (1993 or 1994)

Medieval French

102 min.

Director: Leslie Megahey on one release; Peter/David Thompson on another release.

Cast includes: Colin Firth, Amina Annabi, Ian Holm, Donald Pleasence and Nicol Williamson.

A 15th-century French lawyer defends a pig put on trial for murder.

A very good movie!!! (Originally released as The Hour of the Pig)

 

* Agnes of God (1985)

Modern Periods/Medieval Themes

98 min.

Director: Norman Jewison

Cast includes: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly

An incredible, intense movie about a pregnant Quebecker nun.

 

* Agony and the Ecstasy, The (1965)

Renaissance

140

Director: Carol Reed

Cast includes: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison

Excellent movie; Based on Irving Stone's story of Michelangelo.

 

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes [Aguirre: The Wrath of God] (1972)

Medieval Spain/Portugal

90 min.

Director: Werner Herzog

Cast includes: Alejandro Repulles, Gonzalo Pizarro, Cecilia Rivera, Helena Rojo, Edward Roland

16th century ruthless conquerors pursue wealth in South America.

 

Alfred the Great (1969)

Medieval

122 min.

Director: Clive Donner

Cast includes: David Hemmings, Michael York

 

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)

Islam

87 min.

Director: Arthur Lubin

Cast includes: Maria Montez, Jon Hall

A follow-up to Arabian Nights.

 

Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Russian

107 min.

Director: Sergei Eisenstein, D.I. Vassillev

Cast includes: Nikolai Cherkassov

Black & White; The repelling of a German invasion in the 13th century. Musical score by Prokofiev. One of the great movies.

 

Anchoress (1993)

Medieval Religion

108 min.

Director: Chris Newby

Cast includes: Natalie Morse

Set in the Middle Ages, about a young woman who chooses to be walled up for the rest of her life.

 

Andrei Rublev (1966)

Russian

185 min.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

About the 15th-century icon painter.

 

Androcles and the Lion (1952)

Early Christian Period

98 min.

Director: Chester Erskine

Cast includes: Jean Simmons, Alan Young, Victor Mature

Black & White; Based on the George Bernard Shaw play.

 

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

Medieval

145 min.

Director: Charles Jarrott

Cast includes: Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

About Anne Boleyn.

 

Arabian Nights (1942)

Islam

86 min.

Director: John Rawlins

Cast includes: Maria Montez, Sabu

 

Arabian Nights (1974)

Islam

128 min.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Several 1001 Nights stories, framed by the story of slave-girl

Pellegrina, who becomes king of a great city. [Part of Pasolini's Medieval trilogy of Arabian Nights, Decameron, and Canterbury Tales]

 

Attila (1980)

Barbarian Period

Director: Franco Castellano

 

Attila Flagello Di Dio (1918)

Barbarian Period

Director: Febo Mari

 

Attila, Flagello Di Dio (1954)

Barbarian Period

83 min.

Director: Pietro Francioso

Cast includes: Anthony Quinn, Sophia Loren, Irene Pappas

Black & White/Colorized; Attila prepares to attack Rome.

 

Bandit of Sherwood Forest, The (1946)

Robin Hood Legend

86 min.

Director: George Sherman, Henry Levin

Cast includes: Cornel Wilde

Robin Hood's son carrying on the old tradition.

 

Barabbas (1962)

Early Christian Period

134 min.

Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast includes: Anthony Quinn

 

Beatrice (1988)

Medieval French

128 min.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier

Cast includes: Julie Delpy

Violent family story set during the Hundred Years War.

 

Becket (1964)

Medieval

148 min.

Director: Peter Glenville

Cast includes: Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton

Based on Jean Anouilh's play about Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket and his English King, Henry II.

 

Ben-Hur (1926)

Early Christian Period

141 min.

Director: Fred Niblo

Cast includes: Ramon Navarro

Black & White; Famous for the naked male slave chained to a wall, and also included a topless woman.

 

Ben-Hur (1959)

Early Christian Period

212 min.

Director: William Wyler

Cast includes: Charleton Heston, Stephen Boyd

Based on Lew Wallace's book. The story of Judah Ben-Hur and his boyhood friend Messala.

 

Black Arrow, The (1985)

Medieval

93 min.

Director: John Hough

Cast includes: Oliver Reed

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's hero.

 

Black Cross, The (1960)

Medieval

175 min.

Director: Aleksander Ford

About the Teutonic knights.

 

Black Robe, The (1991)

Medieval Themes

101 min.

Director: Bruce Beresford

Cast includes: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young

Based on a splendid novel by Brian Moore. Looks at French Jesuits among Canadian Indians and issues of two-way acculturation.

 

Black Shield of Falworth, The (1954)

Medieval

99 min.

Director: Rudolph Mate

Cast includes: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh

Knighthood in medieval England. Based on Howard Pyle's Men of Iron

 

* Braveheart (1995)

Medieval Scottish

177 min.

Director: Mel Gibson

Cast includes: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack and Angus MacFadyen.

This is a massively inaccurate portrayal of the life of the 13th-century Scots hero William Wallace. But the battle scenes are very well done and the story is well told.

 

Bride of Vengeance (1949)

Medieval Italy

91 min.

Director: Mitchell Leisen

Cast includes: Paulette Goddard

Black & White; Story of Borgia intrigue in Italy.

 

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973)

Medieval Religion

121, min.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Cast includes: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Alec Guinness

Music by Donovan.

 

Caligula (1980)

Roman History

156 min.

Director: Franco Rossellini

Cast includes: Malcolm McDowell, John Gielgud, Peter O'Toole

 

Camelot (1967)

Arthurian

Time ?

Director: Joshua Logan

Cast includes: Richard Harris, David Hemmings, Lionel Jeffries, Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave

Musical

 

Canterbury Tales, The (1971)

Medieval

109 min.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Four stories. [Part of Pasolini's Medieval trilogy of Arabian Nights, Decameron, and Canterbury Tales]

 

Captain From Castile (1947)

Medieval Spain/Portugal

140 min.

Director: Henry King

Cast includes: Tyrone Power, Ceasar Romero

Cortez' conquest of Mexico and the Spanish Inquistion all involved in one story. With a famous score by Alfred Newman.

 

Caravaggio (1986)

Renaissance

97 min.

Director: Derek Jarman

Cast includes: Nigel Terry, Tilda Swinton

Story of Michelangelo Caravaggio (1571-1610).

 

Cardinal Richelieu (1935)

Medieval/Renaissance French

83 min.

Director: Rowland V. Lee

Cast includes: George Arliss

Black & White

 

Carnival in Flanders (1935)

Medieval/Renaissance French

95 min.

Director: Jacques Feyder

Black & White; In French; Based on a day in 1616 when a Spanish regiment comes to a town in occupied Flanders.

 

Castillan, The (1963)

Medieval Spain/Portugal

129 min.

Director: Javier Seto

Cast includes: Cesar Romero, Frankie Avalon

A noble defends his people against invaders.

 

Christopher Columbus (1949)

Medieval

104 min.

Director: David MacDonald

Cast includes: Frederic March

 

Christopher Columbus--the Discovery (1992)

Medieval

120 min.

Director: John Glen

Cast includes: Marlon Brando, Tom Selleck, Rachel Ward, George Corraface

 

Conqueror, The (1956)

Mongols

111 min.

Director: Dick Powell

Cast includes: John Wayne

Mongols vs. Tartars

 

Constantino Il Grande (1961)

Early Christian Period

120 min.

Director: Lionello de Felice

Cast includes: Cornel Wilde, Belinda Lee.

The story of the founder of Byzantium.

 

*** Court Jester, The

Medieval England

101 min.

Director: Melvin Frank & Norman Panama

Cast includes: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Landsbury, John Carradine, Alan Napier, Cecil Parker and Edward Ashley.

Extremely funny. A "must see" classic based on Sylvia Fine's book: The Maladjusted Jester.

 

Crusades, The (1935)

Medieval

123 min.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille

Cast includes: Loretta Young, Henry Wilcoxon, Ian Keith

Black & White

 

* Cyrano de Bergerac

Renassaince French

min.

Director:

Cast includes Jose Ferrer

 

* Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

Renassaince French

138 min.

Director: Jean Paul Rappeneau

Cast includes: Gerard Depardieu

Based on a late 19th century play about a long-nosed early 17th century Frenchman.

 

***** Dangerous Beauty (1998)

Italian Renaissance

111 min.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz

Cast includes: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Jacqueline Bisset, Oliver Platt, Moira Kelly, Naomi Watts and Fred Ward.

Based on the true story of Veronica Franco. EXCELLENT CLOTHES!!!! Perhaps the finest movie made to date based on the Renaissance. A "MUST SEE" for anyone interested in the Italian Renaissance.

 

Dante's Inferno (1935)

Medieval Themes/Fantasy

88 min.

Director: Harry Lachman

Cast includes: Spencer Tracy, Rita Hayworth

Black & White; Not about Dante, but a modern circus owner. The film does contain an Inferno Devil's Paradise sequence.

 

Decameron, The (1970)

Medieval

111 min.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Eight tales from Boccacio. [Part of Pasolini's Medieval trilogy of Arabian Nights, Decameron, and Canterbury Tales]

 

Decameron Nights (1953)

Medieval

87 min.

Director: Hugo Fregonese

Cast includes: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan

 

Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Early Christian Period

101 min.

Director: Delmer Davies

Cast includes: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward

Sequel to The Robe.

 

Diane (1956)

Medieval French

110 min.

Director: David Miller

Cast includes: Lana Turner

Set in the court of Francis I of France.

 

Die Pest in Florenz (1919)

Medieval Italy

96 min.

Director: Otto Rippert

Screenwriter: Fritz Lang

Black & White; Seductress causes Cesare, the city's ruler, and his son to both fall madly in love with her.

 

Die Nibelungen (1924)

Medieval

186 min.

Black & White; Extraordinary silent film. Also released in two parts: <Part 1> Kriemhild's Revenge; <Part 2> Siegfried.

 

Dragonheart (1996)

Medieval Fantasy

108 min.

Director: Rob Cohen

Cast inlcudes: Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery

 

Eaters of the Dead (1998)

Vikings

Director: John McTiernan

Cast includes: Antonio Banderas, Omar Sharif, Diane Venora

Based on a Michael Crichton novel. A civilized Arab is sent to help barbarous Vikings.

 

Edward II (1970)

Medieval

Cast includes: Ian McKellen

Made for TV version of Marlowe's play

 

Edward II (1991)

Medieval

91 min.

Director: Derek Jarman

Cast includes: Steven Waddington, Tilda Swinton

Based on the 1592 play by Christopher Marlowe.

 

* El Cid (1961)

Medieval

184 min.

Director: Anthony Mann

Cast includes: Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, John Fraser

Quite good, in fact.

 

El Greco (1966)

Medieval Spain/Portugal

95 min.

Director: Luciano Salce

Cast includes: Mel Ferrer

 

Erik the Conqueror (1961)

Vikings

81 min.

Director: Mario Bava

Cast includes: Cameron Mitchell

10th century Vikings.

 

Erik the Viking (1989)

Vikings

104 min.

Director: Terry Jones

Cast includes: Tim Robbins, Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt

 

Eternal Return, The (1943)

Arthurian

100 min.

Director: Jean Delannoy

Cast includes: Jean Marais, Madeleine Sologne

Black & White; In French; Based on Jean Cocteau's modern-dress adaptation of the Tristan and Isolde legend.

 

* Excalibur (1981)

Arthurian

140 min.

Director: John Boorman

Cast includes: Nigel Terry, Nichol Williamson, Paul Geoffrey, Cherie Lunghi, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay

 

Fabiola (1917)

Early Christian Period

Italy

Director: Enrico Guzzanoi

 

Fabiola (1949)

Early Christian Period

96 min.

Director: Alessandro Blasetti

Black & White; About 4th-century persecution against Christians in Rome. The English-dubbed version, adapted by Marc Connelly and Fred Pressbburger features a different story line from the original.

 

Fall of the Roman Empire, The (1964)

Roman History

153 min.

Director: Anthony Mann

Cast includes: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quayle

 

Fellini Satyricon (1970)

Roman History

129 min.

Director: Federico Fellini

Cast includes: Martin Potter

Encolpio a beautiful youth, whose young lover and slave, Gitone, has been stolen from him and sold to an older man. He vows to get him back.

 

Fighting Prince of Donegal, The (1966)

Celtic World

112 min.

Director: Michael Herlihy

Cast includes: Peter McEnery, Susan Hampshire

Movie for children.

 

Fire Over England (1937)

Medieval

89 min.

Director: William K. Howard

Cast includes: Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Leslie Banks, Raymond Massey, Vivien Leigh

Black & White; About the Armada

 

First Knight (1995)

Arthurian

132 min.

Director: Jerry Zucker

Cast includes: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond

 

Flame and the Arrow, The (1950)

Medieval Italy

88 min.

Director: Jacques Tourneur

Cast includes: Virgina Mayo, Burt Lancaster

Rebel leaders romping through medieval Italy

 

** Flesh and Blood (1985)

Medieval

126 min.

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast includes: Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Jason Leigh

About mercenaries at their finest. Later re-released under the title of The Sword and the Rose.

 

Francesco (1989)

Medieval Religion

105 min.

Director: Liliana Cavani

Cast includes: Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter

 

Francesco, giullare di Dio [Francis: God's Jester] (1950)

Medieval Religion

75 min.

Director: Roberto Rossellini

Cast includes: Brother Nazario Gerardi

Black & White; In Italian; Written by Fellini; Also released under the title of: Flowers of St. Francis

 

Francis of Assisi (1961)

Medieval Religion

111 min.

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast includes: Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart

 

Galileo (1973)

Medieval Italy

145 min.

Director: Joseph Losey

Cast includes: Topol, Edward Fox

Based on Bertolt Brecht's play.

 

Gate of Hell [Jigokuman] (1953)

Medieval Japan

89 min.

Director: Teinsuke Kinugasa

12th century samauri falls in love with a married woman. Oscar for best foreign film and costume design.

 

Genghis Khan (1965)

Mongols

124 min.

Director: Henry Levin

Cast includes: Omar Sharif, Stephen Boyd, James Mason, Telly Savalas

 

Golden Blade, The

Islam Fantasy

81 min.

Director: Nathan Juran

Cast includes: Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Anita Ekberg

Arabian Nights type adventure

 

Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The

Islam Fantasy

104 min.

Director: Gordon Hessler

Cast includes: John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker

 

Green Glove, The (1952)

Modern Periods/Medieval Themes

88 min.

Director: Rudolph Mate

Cast includes: Glenn Ford

Black & White; Post WWII France, ex-solider returns to find a medieval jewelled religious item.

 

Grendel, Grendel, Grendel (1980)

Medieval

90 min.

Director: Alexander Stitt

Cast includes: (voices) Peter Ustinov, Keith Mitchell

About Beowulf's opponent.

 

*** Hamlet (1990)

Medieval

min.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Cast includes: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Paul Scofield, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Bates.

A "must see" version. Shakespeare's play, done as he would have wanted it. A Magnificent Portrayal of Hamlet. Destined to be a classic.

 

Hamlet (1996)

Medieval

238 (?) min.

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast includes: Kenneth Branagh, Brian Blessed, Billy Crystal, Gerard Depardieu and Richard Attenborough.

Based on Shakespeare's play.

 

Henry V (1945)

Medieval England & France

137 min.

Director: Laurence Olivier

Cast includes: Laurence Olivier

Shakespeare's play, played for wartime nationalism.

 

*** Henry V (1989)

Medieval

137 min.

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast includes: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed

A "must see" version. Brilliant, but dark version of Shakespeare.

 

Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1973)

Medieval

125 min.

Director: Waris Hussein

Cast includes: Keith Michell, Donald Pleasence, Charlotte Rampling

Condensed from the British TV series.

 

High Crusade, The (1994)

Medieval Fantasy

100 min.

Director: Klaus Knoesel, Holger Neuhuser

Cast includes: John Rhys-Davies, Rick Overton

 

Hrafninn flygur [When the Raven Flies] (1984)

Vikings

109 min.

Director: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson

In Icelandic

 

*** Hunchback, The (1997)

Medieval

98 min.

Director: Peter Medak

Cast includes: Mandy Patinkin, Salma Hayek, Richard Harris and Nigel Terry.

A "must see" version. Made for TV movie.

 

Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1923)

Medieval French

93 min.

Director: Wallace Worsely

Cast includes: Lon Chaney

Black & White

 

*** Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1939)

Medieval French

115 min.

Director: William Dieterle

Cast includes: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara

Black & White; The classic version of Victor Hugo's novel.

 

Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1982)

Medieval French

102 min.

Director: Michael Tuchner

Cast includes: Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud and Lesley-Anne Down.

A good solid adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel. Made for TV movie.

 

Hvite Viking, Den (1991)

Vikings

131 min.

Director: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson

10th century Norway

 

Il Crolo Di Roma (1963)

Early Christian Period

Director: Antonio Margherriti

About the time after the death of Constantine when sporadic persecution was still being carried out.

 

Il Miracolo [The Miracle] (1948)

Medieval Italy

41 min.

Director: Roberto Rossellini

Black & White; In Italian

 

Intolerance (1916)

Medieval French

178 min.

Director: D.W Griffiths: Cast includes: Lillian Gish

Black & White

 

Ivan the Terrible, Part One (1943)

Russian

96 min.

Director: Sergei Eisenstein, D.I. Vassillev

Cast includes: Nikolai Cherkassov

Black & White; Music by Prokofiev

 

Ivan the Terrible, Part Two (1946)

Russian

Director: Sergei Eisenstein, D.I. Vassillev

Cast includes: Nikolai Cherkassov

Black & White; Music by Prokofiev. This was banned in Russia until 1958 because Stalin objected to the portrayal of Ivan's secret police.

 

Ivanhoe (1913)

Medieval

min.

Director: Herbert Brenon

Cast includes: King Baggot (as Ivanhoe), Leah Baird, Jack Bates, Wallace Bosco, Evelyn Hope

Black & White; Silent; Based on Sir Walter Scott's romantic novel.

 

* Ivanhoe (1952)

Medieval

106 min.

Director: Richard Thorpe

Cast includes: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine

Based on Sir Walter Scott's romantic novel.

 

** Ivanhoe (1982)

Medieval

min.

Director: Douglas Camfield

Cast includes: James Mason, Anthony Andrews, Olivia Hussey, Sam Neill, John Rhys-Davies

Based on Sir Walter Scott's romantic novel.

 

Jeanne la Pucelle 1. Les Batailles (1993)

Medieval French

160 min.

Director: Jacques Rivette

Cast includes: Olivier Cruveiller, Andre Marcon, Sandrine Bonnaire

In French; First of two.

 

Jeanne la Pucelle 2. Les Prisons (1993)

Medieval French

176 min.

Director: Jacques Rivette

Cast includes: Sandrine Bonnaire

In French; Second of two.

 

Joan of Arc (1948)

Medieval French

100 min.

Director: Victor Flemming

Cast includes: Ingrid Bergman, Jose Ferrer

Originally 145 minutes.

 

Kampf Um Rome (1968-69)

Byzantium

Director: Robert Siodmak

Cast includes: Orson Welles, Syliva Coscina, Lang Jeffries

Probably the most ambitious Byzantine movie ever which in its original German version was released in 2 part of some 4 hours. It presents the struggle of the daughters of the Gothic King Theodoric for power after his death.

 

King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)

Medieval

114 min.

Director: David Butler

Cast includes: Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Virginia Mayo

Based on Sir Walter Scott's The Talisman.

 

King's Whore, The [The King's Mistress] (1990)

Medieval Italy

115 min.

Director: Axel Corti

Cast includes: Timothy Dalton

Set in court of Piedmont.

 

* Knightriders (1981)

Modern Periods/Medieval Themes

145 min.

Director: George Romero; Cast includes: Ed Harris

A cult classic about a traveling band which stages medieval fairs at which they joust in full medieval gear, from motorcyles.

 

Knights of the Round Table (1953)

Arthurian

115 min.

Director: Richard Thorpe

Cast includes: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer

 

Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)

Medieval

180 min.

Director: Liv Ullmann;

In Norwegian; From the novel by Sigrid Undset. A young woman, daughter of a medieval Norwegian landowner, tries to find her own path.

 

L'Amore (1948)

Medieval Italy

69 min.

Director: Roberto Rossellini

Cast includes: Anna Magnani

In Italian; Magnani believes she has been divinely impregnated.

 

Lady Godiva (1955)

Medieval

89 min.

Director: Arthur Lubin

Cast includes: Maureen O'Hara

About the woman who rode naked through Coventry.

 

Lady Jane (1985)

Medieval

142 min.

Director: Trevor Nunn

Cast includes: Helena Bonham Carter

 

Ladyhawke (1985)

Medieval Fantasy

124 min.

Director: Richard Donner

Cast includes: Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick

A fantasy, but set in Medieval France.

 

Lair of the White Worm, The (1988)

Medieval Fantasy

94 min.

Director: Ken Russell

Cast includes: Hugh Grant, Amanda Donahue

 

Lancelot du Lac (1974)

Arthurian

84 min.

Director: Robert Bresson

Cast includes: Luc Simon

What happens after the knights have failed to find the Grail. Also released as: The Grail

 

Last Roman, The (1968)

Roman History

92 min.

Director: Robert Siomak

Cast includes: Orson Welles

Black & White; Based on Felix Dann's German bestseller Kampf um Rom about the decline of the Roman Empire.

 

Leonor (1975)

Medieval Fantasy

90 min.

Director: Juan Bunel

Cast includes: Liv Ullman

Woman rises from the dead

 

Les Visiteurs du soir, 1 [The Devil's Envoys] (1942)

Medieval French

110 min.

Director: Marcel Carne

Black & White; A fantasy romance set in the 15th century and based on a French

legend.

 

Lightning Swords of Death (1974)

Medieval Japan

83 min.

Director: Kenji Misumi

Violent story of an outlaw samauri wandering medieval japan

 

*** Lion in Winter, The (1968)

Medieval

135 min.

Director: Anthony Harvey

Cast includes: Katherine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins

One of the greatest medieval movies.

 

Lionheart (1987)

Medieval

104 min.

Director: Frankilin J. Schaffner

Cast includes: Eric Stoltz

A children's crusade in search of King Richard I in the 12th century.

 

Long Ships, The (1964)

Vikings

125 min.

Director: Jack Cardiff

Cast includes: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier.

 

Luther (1974)

Reformation

112 min.

Director: Guy Green

Cast includes: Stacey Keach

Based on John Osborne's play.

 

Magnificat (1993)

Medieval Italy

Time ?

Director: Pupi Avati

In Italian; Hierarchical relations in the earlier middle ages: a young girl becomes a monastic oblate, a young man who succeeds his father as lord of the territory calls for divine signs.

 

*** Man for All Seasons, A (1966)

Medieval

120 min.

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Cast includes: Paul Scofield

An excellent movie. The story of St. Thomas More as a man of conscience. Won six Oscars.

 

Mannequin Two: On the Move (1991)

Medieval Fantasy

95 min.

Director: Stewart Rafill

Cast includes: Kristy Swanson

Medieval peasant's spirit trapped for a 1000 years in a dummy is released in the modern world.

 

Marco (1973)

Medieval

109 min.

Director: Seymour Robie

Cast includes: Desi Arnaz, Zero Mostel

 

Marco Polo (1962)

Medieval

90 min.

Director: Hugo Fregonese, Piero Pierotti

Cast includes: Rory Calhoun

Epic about journey to China

 

Marco the Magnificent (1965)

Medieval

100 min.

Director: Denys de la Patelliere

Cast includes: Horst Bucholtz, Anthony Quinn

 

Martin Luther (1953)

Reformation

105 min.

Director: Irving Pichel

Cast includes: Niall MacGinnis

Black & White

 

Mary of Scotland (1936)

Medieval Scottish

123 min.

Director: John Ford

Cast includes: Katharine Hepburn, Frederic March

Black & White

 

Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

Medieval Scottish

128 min.

Director: Charles Jarrott

Cast includes: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Davenport, Trevor Howard, Daniel Massey, Robert Dudley,Ian Holm

 

Masque of the Red Death (1989)

Medieval Fantasy

83 min.

Director: Larry Brand

Cast includes: Adrian Paul, Patrick McNee

 

Mazes and Monsters (1982)

Modern Periods/Medieval Themes

100 min.

Director: Steven H. Stern

Cast includes: Tom Hanks

Four teenagers caught up in Medieval role playing games.

 

Men of Sherwood Forest (1954)

Robin Hood Legend

77 min.

Director: Val Guest

Cast includes: Don Taylor

 

Mighty Crusaders, The (1957)

Medieval

87 min.

Director: Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

A version of Tasso's poem. A love story between a Christian and a Saracen forms the basic story.

 

Milky Way, The (1970)

Modern Periods/Medieval Themes

102 min.

Director: Luis Bunuel

About two pilgrim-tramps and their encounters with the Devil, the Virgin Mary, people who are arguing about Catholic doctrine, and assorted religious zealots.

 

Mission, The (1986)

Medieval

125 min.

Director: Roland Joffe

Screenwriter: Robert Bolt

Cast includes: Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson

The story of the Jesuit mission in Paraguay.

 

Mohammad, Messenger of God/The Message (1977)

Islam

180 min.

Director: Moustapha Akkad

Cast includes: Anthony Quinn, Irene Pappas

In accordance with Islamic law, Muhammad is not actually shown on screen, and neither he, nor most of his relatives are allowed to speak. This left Muhammad's uncle as the central character.

 

Mongols, The (1961)

Mongols

102 min.

Director: Andre de Toth, Leopolda Savona

Cast includes: Jack Palance, Anita Ekberg

The son of Genghis Khan on the rampage in 13th century Europe.

 

Month in the Country, A (1987)

Modern Periods/Medieval Themes

96 min.

Director: Pat O'Connor

Cast includes: Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh

A modern story, but with a medieval painting as a focus as a man recovers from WWI shell shock by restoring the painting in a Yorkshire curch.

 

** Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Medieval Fantasy

90 min.

Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Cast includes: Graham Chapman

A cult classic comedy.

 

*** Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

110 min.

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast includes: Keanu Reeves, Kenneth Branagh, Brian Blessed, Denzel Washington, Emma Thompson, Michael Keaton

An excellent movie; Shakespeare's play; Keaton as the Constable, steals the show. Destined to be a classic.

 

*** Name of the Rose, The (1986)

Medieval

130 min.

Cast includes: Sean Connery

Excellent movie; Based on the novel by Umberto Eco.

 

Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, The (1988)

Medieval Fantasy

92 min.

Director: Vincent Ward

Cast includes: Bruce Lyons, Chris Hayward

Black & White; About an English boy who leads a group of villagers into a tunnel to escape the plague, and emerges in a modern city.

 

Norseman, The (1978)

Vikings

90

Director: Charles B. Pierce

Cast includes: Lee Majors, Cornel Wilde

About an 11th-century Viking prince sailing to America in search of his father, abducted by Indians. *This one is so bad that it is a classic.

 

Nostradamus (1994)

Medieval Biography

118 min.

Director: Roger Christian

Cast includes: Tcheky Karo, F. Murray Abraham

 

Omar Khayyam (1957)

Islam

101 min.

Director: William Dieterle

Cast includes: Cornel Wilde

Set in medieval Persia.

 

Orlando (1993)

Medieval/Renaissance Fantasy

93 min.

Director: Sally Potter

Cast includes: Tilda Swinton

Based on Virginia Wolf's novel. The hero(ine) lives four hundred years first as a man, and later as a woman.

 

* Passion of Joan of Arc, The (1928)

Medieval French

77 min.

Director: Carl Dreyer

Cast includes: Rene Maria Falconetti

Silent Black & White; Held to be the greatest performance ever captured on film. The film was so powerful that it was initially banned in England. Based on actual trial transcripts.

 

Perceval (1978)

Arthurian

Time ?

Director: Eric Rohmer

Based on the 12th century French romance.

 

Peter and Paul (1981)

Early Christian Period

200 min.

Director: Robert Day

Cast includes: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Foxworth, Raymond Burr

About Peter and Paul in Rome.

 

Pied Piper, The (1972)

Medieval Fantasy/Folk Story

90 min.

Director: Jacques Demy

Cast includes: Jack Wild, Donald Pleasance, Donovan

 

Ponzio Pilato (1962)

Early Christian Period

100 min.

Director: Gian Paolo Callegari, Irving Rapper

Cast includes: Emma Baron, John Drew Barrymore, Basil Rathbone

In Italian

 

Pope Joan (1972)

Medieval Religion

132 min.

Director: Michael Anderson

Cast includes: Liv Ullman

About the Pope Joan myth.

 

Prince of Foxes (1949)

Medieval Italy

107 min.

Director: Henry King

Cast includes: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles

Black & White; About Cesare Borgia. Extremely lavish production.

 

Prince of Thieves, The (1948)

Robin Hood Legend

72 min.

Director: Howard Bretherton

Cast includes: Jon Hall

 

Prince Valiant (1954)

Medieval Fantasy/Arthurian

100 min.

Director: Henry Hathaway

Cast includes: James Mason, Janet Leigh

A cartoonish character in the middle ages, with Arthurian characters.

 

*** Princess Bride, The (1987)

Medieval Fantasy

98 min.

Director: Rob Reiner

Cast includes: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin

A "must see" movie. One of the best movies ever made. A cult classic.

 

Prisoner of the Volga (1960)

Yugoslavian

102 min.

Director: W. Tourjansky

About a solider who seeks revenge when a general impregnates his wife.

 

Private Life of Don Juan, The (1934)

Medieval Spain/Portugal

80 min.

Director: Alexander Korda

Cast includes: Douglas Fairbanks, Merle Oberon

Black & White

 

Private Life of Henry VIII, The (1933)

Medieval

97 min.

Director: Alexander Korda

Cast includes: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Elsa Lanchester, Merle Oberon.

Black & White

 

Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)

Medieval

106 min.

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast includes: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Vincent Price

 

Queen Christina (1933)

Medieval/Renaissance

97 min.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian

Cast includes: Greta Grabo

Black & White; Set in Sweden in 1637. Christina was raised as a man, she tells advisors she will not marry and have children. She has eyes only for Countess Ebba, who betrays her by falling in love with a man. Christina, distraught, dresses as man and takes a room in a local inn. There she meets, and falls in love with a Spanish nobleman. She eventually abdicates to be with him, but is killed before they can marry.

 

Queen Margot (1954)

Medieval French

Cast includes: Jeanner Moreau

About the St. Bartholemew's day massacre.

 

Queen Margot (1994)

Medieval French

143 min.

Director: Patrice Chereau

Cast includes: Isabelle Adjani

About Marguerite de Valois and the events surrounding the St. Bartholemew's day massacre of 1572. Based on Alexander Dumas' novel.

 

Quo Vadis? (1951)

Early Christian Period

171 min.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Cast includes: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov

Story of St. Peter.

 

*** Ran (1985)

Medieval Japan

161 min.

Director: Akira Kurosawa:

Excellent film. Set in 16th century Japan, this is a "must see" version of King Lear. A true classic.

 

Rapture, The (1991)

Modern Periods/Medieval Themes

102 min.

Director: Michael Tolkin

Cast includes: Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny

Modern millenialism. The movie represents, quite literally, the coming of the Apocalypse.

 

Rembrandt (1936)

Renaissance

84 min.

Director: Alexander Korda

Cast includes: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester

Black & White

 

Retorno a Aztlan [Return to Aztlan] (1991)

Medieval

Time ?

Directors: Juan Mora Catlett

In Nahuatl; Ancient Mexico before the Spanish conquest.

 

Return of Martin Guerre, The (1982)

Medieval French

111 min.

Director: Daniel Vigne, Jean Claude Carriere

Cast includes: Gerard Depardieu

Based on trial records about an impostor in 16th century Southern France. Try to see subtitled version, not the dubbed one.

 

Revenge of the Gladiators (1965)

Roman History

100 min.

Director: Michel Lupo

 

Richard III (1955)

Medieval

155 min.

Director: Laurence Olivier

Cast includes: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom, John Gielgud Shakespeare's play.

 

Robe, The (1953)

Early Christian Period

135 min.

Director: Henry Koster

Cast includes: Richard Burton, Victor Mature, Jean Simmons

Based on the Lloyd C. Douglas novel about Roman centurion who presides over Christ's crucifixion.

 

Robin and Marian (1976)

Robin Hood Legend

112 min.

Director: Richard Lester

Cast includes: Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn

Middle aged Robin and Marion story.

 

Robin Hood (1973)

Robin Hood Legend

83 min.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Animated children's movie; Animals play the human roles.

 

Robin Hood (1991)

Robin Hood Legend

150 min.

Director: John Irvin

Cast includes: Patrick Bergin, Uma Thurman.

 

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Robin Hood Legend

138 min.

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Cast includes: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Alan Rickman

Quite good in fact.

 

Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950)

Robin Hood Legend

80 min.

Director: Gordon Douglas

Cast includes: John Derek

Robin's son fights to get Magna Carta signed.

 

Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Medieval Italy

126 min.

Director: George Cukor

Cast includes: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore

Black & White; Shakespeare's play, but simplified.

 

*** Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Medieval Italy

138 min.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Cast includes: Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting, Michael York

A "must see" film. The classic version of Shakespeare's play. Famous musical score by Nino Roto

 

Romero (1989)

Modern Periods/Medieval Themes

102 min.

Director: John Duigan

Cast includes: Raul Julia

 

Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

Medieval Spain/Portugal

118 min.

Director: Irving Lerner

Cast includes: Christopher Plummer, Robert Shaw

About Pizzaro and the conquest of Peru.

 

Saint Joan (1957)

Medieval French

110 min.

Director: Otto Preminger

Cast includes: Jean Seberg, Richard Widmark

Black & White; Based on George Bernard Shaw's play. Screenplay by Graham Greene.

 

Sebastian (1976)

Early Christian Period

82 min.

Director: Derek Jarman

In Latin; Story of the early Christian martyr St. Sebastian set around 303 CE.

 

Seven Seas to Calais (1962)

Medieval

102 min.

Director: Rudolph Mate

Cast includes: Rod Taylor, Keith Mitchell

About Sir Francis Drake

 

Seventh Seal, The (1957)

Medieval

96 min.

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Cast includes: Max Von Sydow

Black & White; Set in 14th-century Sweden, about a knight returning from a crusade playing a chess game with death.

 

Siege of the Saxons (1963)

Arthurian

85 min.

Director: Nathan Juran

About king Arthur's daughter.

 

Sign of the Cross, The (1932)

Early Christian Period

118 min.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille

Cast includes: Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton

Black & White

 

Sign of the Gladiator (1959)

Roman History

84 min.

Director: Vittorio Musy Glori

Cast includes: Anita Ekberg

A gladiator captured by the Queen of Syria.

 

Sign of the Pagan (1954)

Barbarian Period

92 min.

Director: Douglas Sirk

Cast includes: Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance

Attila at the gates of Rome.

 

Silk Road, The (1992)

Medieval China

126 min.

Director: Junya Sato

Epic set in 11th-century China.

 

Silver Chalice, The (1954)

Early Christian Period

144 min.

Director: Victor Saville

Cast includes: Jack Palance, Paul Newman, Natalie Wood

Paul Newman as the Greek who designed the Chalice for the last supper.

 

Simon del desierto (1965)

Byzantium

44 min.

Director: Luis Buntildeuel

Cast includes: Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal

Black and White; In Spanish; The story of St. Simon Stylites, who stood on a pillar for forty years.

 

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1973)

Arthurian

101 min.

Director: Philip Breen

Cast includes: Murray Head

 

Stealing Heaven (1988)

Medieval

Time ?

Director: Cliver Donner

Sexually explicit account of Abelard and Heloise.

 

Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, The (1952)

Robin Hood Legend

83 min.

Director: Ken Annakin

Cast includes: Richard Tood, Joan Rice, Peter Finch

Children's movie.

 

Sword and the Rose, The (1953)

Medieval

93 min.

Director: Ken Annakin

Cast includes: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice

 

Sword and the Sorcerer, The (1982)

Medieval Fantasy

100 min.

Director: Albert Pyun

Warlocks and sword fighters.

 

Sword in the Stone

King Arthur Legend

min.

Director:

Animated Disney version of the story.

 

Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)

Robin Hood Legend

80 min.

Director: Terence Fisher

Cast includes: Richard Greene, Peter Cushing

 

Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Gawain and the Green Knight (1982)

Arthurian

101 min.

Director: Stephan Weeks

Cast includes: Miles O'Keeffe, Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Peter Cushing

 

Tartari, I [The Tartars] (1962)

Vikings

Director: Ferdinando Baldi, Richard Thorpe

Cast includes: Victor Mature, Orson Welles

Teodora (1913)

Byzantium

Director: Ambrosio

 

Tempest (1959)

Modern Periods/Medieval Themes

125 min.

Director: Alberto Lattuada

A peasant uprising in Catherine the Great's Russia

 

Teodora (1921)

Byzantium

 

Teodora Imperatice Di Bisanzio (1954)

Byzantium

Director: Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampron); Cast includes: Gianna

Maria Canal, George Marchal, Irene Pappas

Black & White; In Italian; Considered the most important movie about Theodora.

 

Theodora (1912)

Byzantium

Director: Henrey Pouctal

 

Theodora (1919)

Byzantium

Director: Giovanni Vitrotti, Leopoldo Carlucci

 

Theodora, Imperatice Di Bizantico (1909)

Byzantium

Director: Ernesto Mario Pasquali

 

Three Musketeers, The

 

Time Bandits (1981)

Fantasy

110 min.

Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast includes: John Cleese

Robin Hood in a time travel fantasy.

 

Titan--Story of Michelangelo, The (1950)

Renaissance

68 min.

Director: Robert Snyder

Black & White; Originally a Swiss film made in 1940, it was reedited for U.S.

release by Robert Snyder, and won an Oscar as Best Documentary.

 

Tower of London (1939)

Medieval

92 min.

Director: Rowland V. Lee

Cast includes: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff

Black & White; Princes in the Tower story

 

Tower of London (1962)

Medieval

79 min.

Director: Roger Corman

Cast includes: Vincent Price

Black & White; Remake of 1939 film.

 

Trial of Joan of Arc, The (1962)

Medieval French

65 min.

Director: Robert Bresson

Black & White; An hour-long precis of the trial based on the historical records.

 

Tudor Rose (1936)

Medieval

(No other information)

The story of Lady Jane Grey.

 

Uccelacci e uccellini [Hawks and Sparrows] (1966)

Medieval Religion

88 min.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Black & White; In Italian; Two friars on the road.

 

Vagabond King, The (1956)

Medieval French

86 min.

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast includes: Kathryn Grayson, Oreste, Rita Moreno

About Francois Villon, a version of Rudolf Frimal's operetta. Filmed before in 1930. Story without music as The Beloved Rogue (1927), and If I Were King (1928)

 

Viking, The (1928)

Vikings

9 reels in length

Director: Roy William Neill

Cast includes: Donald Crisp, Pauline Starke

Amazing, but true, an all color silent Viking movies from 1928.

 

Vikings, The (1958)

Vikings

114 min.

Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast includes: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh

 

Viking Queen, The (1967)

Vikings

91 min.

Director: Don Chaffey

 

Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1957)

Vikings

66 min.

Director: Roger Corman

Black & White; It's original title was: The Saga of The Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of The Great Sea Serpent.

 

Virgin Queen, The (1955)

Medieval

92 min.

Director: Henry Koster

Cast includes: Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins

About Elizabeth and Raleigh

 

Virgin Spring, The (1959)

Medieval Drama

88 min.

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Cast includes: Max Von Sydow

Black & White; Story of religious medieval Swedish family whose daughter is raped by vagrants. Oscar for best foreign movie.

 

Viridiana (1961)

Medieval Spain/Portugal

90 min., No rating B&W

Director: Luis Bunuel

Cast includes: Silvia Pinal

Black & White; The story of a young religious novice, Viridiana, as she is about to take her vows.

 

War Lord, The (1965)

Medieval

123 min.

Director: Franklin Schaffner

Cast includes: Charlton Heston

Based on the Leslie Stevens book: The Lovers.

 

Warrior and the Slave Girl, The (1958)

Byzantium

84 min.

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi

Set in ancient Armenia

 

Warriors, The (1955)

Medieval

85 min.

Director: Henry Levin

Cast includes: Errol Flynn, Michael Hordern

Early hundred year's war; Also released as: The Dark Avenger.


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