Religious conflicts between European Christians and Muslim Saracens (Muslims), known as the Crusades, were undertaken between 1095 and 1291 to reclaim the Holy Land (Jerusalem) from the Muslims. All three Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, held great significance in this land. Understanding of these wars has been shaped by many interpretations and viewpoints. Films from Europe, the United States, and Egypt have all been profoundly impacted by them.
We’ve compiled a list of the best crusade films ever to cover every angle and perspective on these historical conflicts. Some of the best crusade movies are available on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
10. King Richard and The Crusaders (1954)
King Richard the Lionheart is determined to retake Jerusalem from the Saracens. There are factions within his camp that are working against him in order to defeat Saladin. A doctor who saves Richard’s life and a mysterious and ambiguous creature are also featured in this novel by Rex Harrison “The Talisman,” by Sir Walter Scott, is the inspiration for the film. David Butler was the film’s director.
9. Robin and Marian (1976)
Robin Hood returns from the Crusades to see Marian, whom he hasn’t seen in a long time. Marian, on the other hand, has become a nun and is reluctant to welcome him back. Robin Hood is played by Sean Connery, and Mariam is played by Audrey Hepburn. This Richard Lester historical drama, which was shot in Technicolor, is a one-of-a-kind. If you’re looking for something fresh and original, this film has you covered. It’s got a different perspective, fantastic performers, and masterful camerawork.
8. The Crusades (1935)
King Richard of England escapes and joins the Third Crusade after refusing to marry Princess Alice of France. By marrying her, he receives food from her father, the Duke of Navarre. King Saladin kidnaps Richard’s wife, so he goes to war with him. It was one of the earliest “great presentations” and “superbly managed heroic extravaganzas” in cinematic history, with Lauretta Young, Henry Wilcoxon, and Ian Keith all playing prominent roles in this epic masterpiece.
7. Brancaleone at the Crusades (1970)
It’s Brancaleone de Norcia’s army of scrappy underdogs that keeps him going. Confronting death, he requests for some more time after losing all of his soldiers in a battle. To honor his heroic actions, the father bestows upon him the title of Prince of Israel. A lovely princess is set to be married to him as a reward for slaying the moors and preventing the Saracens from invading the Holy Land. Death, on the other hand, isn’t finished. It complies with his final wish to die in a knightly manner. This is an Italian comedy, shot as a pastiche of seminal movies like The Seventh Seal, and parodies Middle Ages movie stereotypes. Despite the gloomy and severe tone, the film is actually a comedy. Mario Monicelli, the master of Commedia all’Italia, directs this production.
6. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Balian is seeking forgiveness for himself and his deceased wife. Balian joins the crusade to Jerusalem after a crusader claims to be his father. He quickly learns about the political climate of the area and emerges as a hero to the locals and the city as a whole. This film, despite being set in the 12th century, is rich with contemporary images of Jerusalem. In the capable hands of Ridley Scott, the film features a stellar cast including Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, and more.
5. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
If you thought that Robin Hood was only for children, then this revenge epic might change your mind. When his father was murdered by Nottingham’s Sheriff, Locksley Robin avenges his father’s death. As an outlaw, he intends to raise an army of thieves to fight for him. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman also star in this bloody Kevin Reynolds-directed adventure. Mary Elizabeth and Alan Rickman also appear. It was one of the year’s highest-grossing movies.
4. Saladin The Victorious (1963)
Youssef Chahine directs this Egyptian war epic play about Saladin’s Muslim military struggle to retake Jerusalem from Christian Powers. As a result of Saladin’s ferocity and bravery, he was able to reclaim territories from the European Third Crusade. It’s a conventional Hollywood historical epic turned upside down by Ahmed Mazhar’s remarkable performance.
3. Valhalla Rising (2009)
As a slave, he befriended a young boy while imprisoned, and the two set sail for the Holy Land together in a Danish English-language epic war film, starring the legendary Mads Mikkelsen as the main. Instead, they find themselves in an uncharted land, where they are attacked by evil powers. The cinematography of this self-evident masterwork, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, is grey, mind-boggling, and apocalyptic.
2. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)
While on a mission to find his missing father, Indiana Jones sets out on a voyage to find the Holy Grail in the third film in the Indiana Jones series. The mausoleum of the First Crusade in Venice, fleeing the Nazis, and seeking the Grail in Jerusalem all constitute a path. He saves his father’s life by rescuing him from captivity. Through a dangerous and misadventurous quest. Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and Sean Connery are names you don’t need to worry about before embarking on one of the greatest excursions in cinematic history..
1. The Adventures Of Robinhood (1938)
Robin Hood, a swashbuckler picture, was shot in Technicolor and produced by Warner Bros. An Anglo-Saxon warrior who fights injustice and poverty as an outlaw while King Richard is heading the Third Crusade is the subject of this film, which was directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley. As a result, this film has been deemed “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.” It stars Errol Flynn, Olivia de Heaviland, and Basil Rathbone.