This post will be revised and updated from time to time, and film titles will be hyperlinked, where possible, to online clips and, it is hoped, to YouTube downloads (sometimes a whole work, more often that work divided into several shortish parts).



From the sublime to the ridiculous (but mostly, I trust, the former).
  • Camelot (Logan, 1967: Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero – from the Lerner & Loewe musical)
  • Lancelot du Lac (Bresson, 1974: Luc Simon)
  • Perceval le Gallois (Rohmer, 1978: Fabrice Luchini et al): the best Perceval film ever; script, ± Chrétien de Troyes
  • Feuer und Schwert (von Furstenberg, 1981: Peter Firth)
  • I Skugga Hrafnsins (Gunnlaugsson, 1988: Reine Brynolfsson, Tinna Gunnlaugsdottir): the best Tristan film ever.
  • First Knight (Zucker, 1995: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond)
  • Merlin (Barron, 1998 TV series: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, Miranda Richardson)
  • A Knight’s Tale (Helgeland, 2001: Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell)
  • King Arthur (Fuqua, 2004: Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Keira Knightley)
  • Tristan + Isolde (Reynolds, 2006: James Franco, Sophie Myles, Rufus Sewell)


  • Die Niebelungen: Siegfried – Kriemhilds Rache (Lang, 1924)
  • La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (Dreyer, 1928: Falconetti) + the following Joans:
    • Rossellini 1954 with Ingrid Bergman
    • Bresson 1962 with Florenz Carrez
    • (cough, splutter) Besson 1999 with Milla Jovovitch
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (Curtiz, 1938: Errol Flynn)
    • Robin Hood (Disney, 1973: the best Robin Hood movie)
    • Robin and Marian (Lester, 1976: Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw)
    • Robin Hood: Men in Tights (Mel Brooks, 1993)
  • Det Sjunde Inseglet / The Seventh Seal (Bergman, 1957: Max von Sydow)
  • The Lion in Winter (Harvey/Goldman, 1968: Peter O’Toole, Katherine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton)
  • Decameron, II (Pasolini, 1971)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Gilliam and Jones, 1975: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin). Possibly the finest and most verisimilitudinous medieval film ever made. Also:
    • Jabberwocky (1977)
    • Erik the Viking (1989)
    • The Fisher King (1991)
  • Le Retour de Martin Guerre (Vigne, 1982: Gérard Depardieu)
  • The Name of the Rose (Annaud, 1989: Sean Connery, Christian Slater)
  • Les Visiteurs (Poiré, 1993: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Valérie Lemercier)
  • The Hour of the Pig (Megahey, 1993: Colin Firth, Ian Holm)
  • Kristin Lavransdatter (Ullmann, 1995)
  • (slight clearing of throat) Kingdom of Heaven (Ridley Scott, 2005: Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, David Thewlis)
  • (cough, splutter) Beowulf (Zemeckis, 2007: Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Angelina Jolie)


Comprising literary fictions of less direct Medieval association; versions and variants, translated and refashioned onto film; some po-mo business. This list cannot possibly encompass the plethora of imaginative otherwordliness (Burton, Gilliam, Jeunet, Svankmajr, del Toro, … ), Medievally-inspired fantasy and horror, and more or less chivalrous superheroes out there. Superheroes would appear to be very fashionable at present – and, even, the topic of discussion in more highbrow publications. Out of prejudice, I have included some superheroines.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Diterle, 1939: Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara)
    • Notre Dame de Paris (Delannoy, 1954: Anthony Quinn, Gina Lollobrigida)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Garnett, 1949)
  • Ivanhoe (Thorpe, 1952: Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders)
  • Prince Valiant (Hathaway, 1954: James Mason, Janet Leigh; Hal Foster comic strip)
  • The Masque of the Red Death (Corman, 1964: Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court, Patrick Magee): Hammer at its best, inc. Roeg cinematography
  • Knightriders (Romero, 1981)
  • Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982: Arnold Schwarzenegger)
  • The Princess Bride (Reiner, 1987: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Spielberg, 1989: Harrison Ford) … and the others …
  • Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy (Wilson, 2000: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, … )
  • Shrek (Adamson, 2001: Mike Myers et al) and Shrek 2 (2004) but not 3.
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (TR1 West, 2001; TR2 de Bont, 2003: Angelina Jolie, John Voight, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (Jackson, 2001-03: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, … )
  • The Hours (Daldry, 2002: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep) and assorted others on writing, metafiction, and so on
  • Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (DeEmmony et al, 2003: James Nesbitt, Julie Waters, Bill Nighy, … )
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
  • (cough, splutter) Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series (Liberman, 2004: Danny Glover, Isabella Rossellini)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (del Toro, 2011: Ian McKellen, others t.b.a.)
  • George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire (2011-)


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