There may be no release date for The Green Knight in the foreseeable future, but here are ten movies to keep you entertained in the meantime.
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David Lowery’s next film, The Green Knight (2020), was originally scheduled to premiere on May 29th, however due to the coronavirus pandemic, the movie’s highly anticipated release date is now in question.
When Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) sets out on an epic journey, it falls under the fantasy genre that Lowery has extensive experience in but also signals a new direction for the filmmaker. There are ten fascinating and knightly movies to keep you entertained till the next one comes out on VOD or the big screen!
10. 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.
9. Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)
Ridley Scott’sKingdom of Heaven portrays a group of warriors on their way to Jerusalem during the Crusades in the 12th century.
Immediately following the suicide of his wife, Balian (Orlando Bloom), a blacksmith in France, meets his father, whom he had never met before (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.
8. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
What better way to lighten up the list than Monty Python’s Holy Grail, which follows Arthur (Graham Chapman) together with his knights in their quest to discover the cup reportedly used by Jesus Christ during his Last Supper.?
Featuring numerous memorable quips and fourth wall breaks, the knights are frequently diverted by frivolous side missions and funny characters (the most notable being the obstinate Black Knight) on their delightfully low-budget voyage.
7. 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 classic.
In a film that was panned by critics but adored by the public, the film follows the mythical Scottish swordsman known as the Highlander (Christopher Lambert), a member of an immortal warrior race who can only be killed by beheading. Kurgan (Clancy Brown), who was initially referred to as the Knight by his predecessor (Sean Connery), is now the sole remaining eternal opponent.
6. 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. He encounters Merlin the magician while training his foster brother to be a knight.
Throughout their entertaining musical adventures, Merlin teaches Arthur healthy principles, such a duel with Mim (Merlin’s rival who’s as fearsome as any Disney villain), and afateful trip to London where Arthur pulls Excalibur from its mystical stone, in a charming mentor and friendship.
5. 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. It imagines Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) as a medieval street-level gangster who was born and bred in a brothel and trains like a UFC fighter in the Legend of the Swordre.
Due to low box office results, the movie was canceled as the beginning of a long-running series. It’s a shame, because Guy Ritchie’s clever, fast-paced banter and inventive action sequences are very entertaining.
4. Sword Of The Valiant (1984)
There have been several film adaptations of Sir Gawain’s story, including The Green Knight. Gawain and the Green Knight (1973) was Stephen Weeks’ initial attempt at the legend, followed bySword of the Valiant (1975).
A feast with Arthur (Trevor Howard) and his knights is interrupted by the Green Knight (Sean Connery), who invites anyone to strike him once on the condition that the same strike will be returned in a year, a challenge Sir Gawain (Miles O’Keeffe) accepts.
3. Army Of Darkness (1993)
Army of Darkness, the third episode of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise, is a notable exception to the rule when it comes to knightly tales, as it falls under the horror genre.
To King Arthur and his knights, Ash (Bruce Campbell) is mistaken for an enemy after being transported to the year 1300 AD. To return home, Ash must fight his way through a horde of the undead to find a book that would grant him eternal life.
2. A Knight’s Tale (2001)
A Knight’s Tale, a zany tale of a peasant squire named William (Heath Ledger) who pretends to be a knight in order to compete in jousting tournaments, is the work of filmmaker Brian Helgeland (42,Legend).
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.
1. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Heavily regarded as one of Sweden’s best filmmakers, Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal is an introspective look at humankind’s relationship with the divine.
Max von Sydow (Game of Thrones, The Exorcist) plays Antonius Block, a Swedish knight who returns from the Crusades to discover the people of his home nation dying from the Black Plague in his fifth on-screen performance. By playing against Death (Bengt Ekerot) for his life, Block challenges the Grim Reaper (Benjamin Mouton).