Top Ten Medieval Films

Poll Results: Here are the most popular period dramas set during the Medieval ages based on the films originally listed here.

Thanks to all who took part! (7600 votes cast in all)

This category included a large number of votes for animated films which seemed a bit out of place with the other period dramas. I've filtered them out of the Top Ten for those who are looking for ideas of which films to watch but not in the mood for a cartoon although it seems that most of us have grown up with these Disney classics based on 5 of them ranking in the ten most watched films!

#2 Snow White
#3 Sleeping Beauty
#5 Shrek
#7 Aladdin
#9 Mulan

Here then are the Top Ten (Most Watched) Medieval Films

#1 Robin Hood 92%
Errol Flynn, Sean Connery, George Segal, Patrick Bergin
Cary Elwes, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and Jonas Armstrong
are just some of the actors who've taken on this role [more here]

#2 The Lord of the Rings 86%
Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett
[although LOTR movies are not set in medieval times, they have the feel
of that era and are included here since I'm not doing a section on fantasy films]

#3 The Princess Bride 79%
Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin

#4 A Knight's Tale 72%
Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon

#5 Ella Enchanted 69%
Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy

#6 Braveheart 66%
Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau

#7 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 63%
The Hunchback (1982) with Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, Lesley-Anne Down
The Hunchback (1997) with Mandy Patinkin, Richard Harris and Salma Hayek
Notre Dame de Paris (1999) with Garou, Daniel Lavoie and Hélène Ségara

#8 King Arthur 60%
Clive Owen, Kiera Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd, Mads Mikkelson, Ray Winstone, Ray Stevenson

#9 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 54%
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

#10 Tristan and Isolde 51%
James Franco and Sophia Myles


  1. Although this isn't my very favourite time period, I still have to say that I love #3,4,5 and 9.

    I am not a Lord of the Rings fan (sorry!) and even Richard Armitage couldn't get me to keep watching Robin Hood. But the Princess Bride I can watch until I am blue in the face.

  2. But Lord of the Rings is not a medieval movie.

  3. @Jenny
    Have you seen King Arthur? I was surprised by how much I enjoyed that one and I finally watched Tristan & Isolde this past year after hearing it mentioned endless times. I've only seen the first LOTR but keep meaning to check out the sequels based on friends' recommendations. Have you read The Princess Bride? Thought the book was so entertaining!

    Yes I know that LOTR is not medieval but it has a medieval feel to it and I don't plan on doing a section devoted to fantasy films so included it here based on others lumping it in this category as well.



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