10 Best Knight Movies That You Should Know Update 04/2024

Best Knight Movies

Even though The Green Knight may never be released, here are 10 movies to keep you entertained in the meantime.

David Lowery’s next film, The Green Knight (2020), was originally scheduled to premiere on May 29th, however due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film’s highly anticipated release date is now in question.

King Arthur’s nephew Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) leads an epic quest in the picture, which Lowery is well-versed in as fantasy, but also marks a departure into horror for the director, who has never before ventured into that subgenre. There are ten fascinating and knightly movies to keep you entertained till the next one comes out on VOD or the big screen!

1. King Arthur (2004)

King Arthur (2004)

Perhaps it’s wise to spend some time with the king before embarking on the journey with Arthur’s nephew. King Arthur, Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) first feature film, is a departure from the classic Arthurian legend in that it focuses on historical fact rather than mythology.

As a Roman officer in the Roman army, Arthur (Clive Owen) is sent on a risky rescue mission behind enemy lines, where he encounters Guinevere (Keira Knightley). A key role in The Green Knight is played by Joel Edgerton, who also appeared in The Great Gatsby.

2. Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)

Kingdom of Heaven, Ridley Scott’s latest film, depicts a group of medieval warriors on their way to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century.

A blacksmith in France, Balian (Orlando Bloom) meets his father for the first time since his wife committed suicide (Liam Neeson). In the wake of their reunion, Balian is knighted and goes off for the Holy Land, where he will encounter a Templar Knight who is on a mission to kill him (Marton Csokas). There are a lot of big names in this historical epic’s cast.

3. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a Camelot comedy that follows Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his knights on a mission to retrieve the hallowed cup reportedly used by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper, is a welcome addition to the list of must-sees.

There are no shortages of memorable phrases and fourth wall breaches in this lighthearted, low-budget adventure. The knights are frequently distracted by frivolous side quests and ridiculous characters (the most notable of whom is the obstinate Black Knight).

4.  Highlander (1986)

People familiar with the source material forThe Green Knight know that beheading is a big part of the tale, as is the case with Highlander, a fantasy adventure cult favorite.

The film portrays a famous Scottish swordsman known as the Highlander (Christopher Lambert), a member of a race of immortal warriors who can only die by decapitation. With the help of his mentor (Sean Connery), the Kurgan (Clancy Brown), once known as the Knight, has been resurrected and is ready to face the last of the immortals.

5. The Sword In The Stone (1963)

The Sword In The Stone (1963)

60 years after its release, Disney’s The Sword in the Stone stands as a famous Arthurian origin story for children and adults alike. While helping his foster brother learn to be a knight, Arthur, an orphan, runs upon the magician Merlin.

Throughout their exciting musical adventures, Merlin teaches Arthur good principles, such a duel with Mim (Merlin’s enemy who’s as fearsome as any Disney villain) and a momentous voyage to London where Arthur retrieves Excalibur from its mystical stone.

6. King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Arthurian legend has been reimagined on the big screen in a darker and more unconventional way in the most recent major theatrical adaptation. A medieval street thug who was reared in a brothel and trained like an MMA fighter, Charlie Hunnam plays Arthur in Legend of the Swordre.

Due to low box office results, the movie was canceled as the beginning of a long-running series. Unfortunately, Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmesfunny, )’s fast-paced dialogue and distinct action sequences are immensely entertaining.

7. Sword Of The Valiant (1984)

Sword Of The Valiant (1984)

Film adaptations of Sir Gawain’s story aren’t new. Stephen Weeks tackled the subject for the first time in 1973 with Gawain and the Green Knight, followed by Sword of the Valiant in 1974.

The Green Knight (Sean Connery) interrupts an Arthurian feast (starring Trevor Howard and Miles O’Keeffe) with a challenge: if anyone strikes the Green Knight (Sean Connery) once, he will return the favor in a year. Only Sir Gawain (Miles O’Keeffe) accepts the challenge.

8. Army Of Darkness (1993)

The Green Knight’s classification under the horror genre, which is rarely used in knightly fiction, is an exception to the norm, although the third part of Sam Raimi’sEvil Deadfranchise,Army of Darkness, is a notable exception.

In 1300 AD, King Arthur (Marcus Gilbert) and his knights jail Ash (Bruce Campbell) since he was mistaken for an enemy. To return home, Ash must fight his way through a horde of the undead to find a book that would grant him eternal life.

9. A Knight’s Tale (2001)

A Knight's Tale (2001)

A Knight’s Tale, directed by Brian Helgeland (42, Legend), tells the narrative of William (Heath Ledger), a peasant squire who pretends to be a knight in order to compete in jousting contests, where he completely humiliates the other knights.

One of the most memorable aspects of the film is its unique music, which sounds both archaic and absolutely fitting for the film’s tale and characters. It is currently available for free on IMDb TV for anyone with an internet connection.

10. The Seventh Seal (1957)

“The Seventh Seal” by Ingmar Bergman is arguably the best film ever made by the Swedish film icon, and it probes the nature of life, death, God, and humanity’s relationship to all of them.

This is only Max von Sydow’s eighth on-screen role, but the Game of Thrones star plays Antonius Block, a Swedish knight who returns from the Crusades to discover his native nation infected with the Black Plague. To save his life, Block challenges the Grim Reaper (Bengt Ekerot) to a game of Russian roulette.