Movies about the Middle Ages

List of the best movies of melodramas about the Middle Ages, selected by visitors to our site: The King, Arn: The Knight Templar, The Fountain, House of Flying Daggers, A Frozen Flower, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Little Hours, Romeo & Juliet, Dark Shadows, Ironclad
In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
The King (2019)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Hungary, Australia
CharactersKings, Friends, Princesses, Horses, Warriors, Archers
PlotLove, War, Political, Power, Confrontation
PlaceFrance, England
TimeMiddle Ages

England, 15th century. Hal, a capricious prince who lives among the populace far from court, is forced by circumstances to reluctantly accept the throne and become Henry V.

Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure, military
CountrySweden, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Morocco
CharactersKnights, Nuns, Heroes, Military
PlotAdventure, War
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Depressive, Fascinating

Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.

The Fountain (2006)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersDoctors, Writers, Terminally ill
PlotDreams, Consciousness, Cancer, Death, Loneliness, Obsession
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleMind-altering, Expanding consciousness, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Makes me think

Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.5)
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryChina, Hong Kong
CharactersWarriors, Emperors
PlotMartial Arts, Rivalry, Adventure, Jealousy, Mystery, Pursuit, Cheating, Travel
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Fascinating

In 9th century China, a corrupt government wages war against a rebel army called the Flying Daggers. A romantic warrior breaks a beautiful rebel out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

A Frozen Flower (2008)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.1)
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountrySouth Korea
PlotLove triangle, Rivalry, Political, Intrigue
PlaceAsia, Korea
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAtmospheric, Touching, Fascinating

A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. Under the dominance of Yuan Dynasty China, the king of Goryeo Dynasty Korea is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. Unable to make love to his queen because he is in love with his bodyguard, Hong Lim, the king asks the two of them to sleep together instead. This sexual contact formulates a forbidden love between Hong Lim and the Queen.

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.7)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersKings, Family, Sisters, Lovers
PlotLove, Betrayal, Love triangle, Jealousy, Seduction, Rivalry, Death, Intrigue
TimeMiddle Ages

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

The Little Hours (2017)
Mark1 (imdb: 5.8)
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersWitch, Lesbians, Nuns, Jews, Turtles
PlotThe escape, Jealousy, Money, Religious, Witchcraft, Loneliness
TimeMiddle Ages

A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the middle ages.

Romeo & Juliet (2013)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.8)
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Italy, Luxembourg
Time16th century, Middle Ages
StyleTouching, Fascinating, To cry, Smart

In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet, their daughter. The two are instantly smitten but dismayed to learn that their families are enemies. Romeo and Juliet figure out a way to pursue their romance, but Romeo is banished for his part in the slaying of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt.

Dark Shadows (2012)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama
CountryUSA, Australia
CharactersWitch, Vampire, Wizards, Werewolf
PlotMagic, Mystery, Revenge, Supernatural, Curses, Ghosts
PlaceEstate, Castle, Psychiatric hospitals, Small cities
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleGothic, Fancy

Vampire Barnabas Collins is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate and family have fallen into ruin.

Ironclad (2011)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 6.1)
Genreaction, melodrama, adventure, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Luxembourg, USA, Germany
TimeMiddle Ages

In the year 1215, the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, a seminal document that upheld the rights of free men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom.

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Ella Enchanted (2004)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, family
CountryUSA, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom
CharactersWizards, Elves, Giants
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleLight, To cry

Ella lives in a magical world in which each child, at the moment of their birth, is given a virtuous "gift" from a fairy godmother. Ella's so-called gift, however, is obedience. This birthright proves itself to be quite the curse once Ella finds herself in the hands of several unscrupulous characters whom she quite literally cannot disobey. Determined to gain control of her life and decisions, Ella sets off on a journey to find her fairy godmother who she hopes will lift the curse. The path, however, isn't easy -- Ella must outwit a slew of unpleasant obstacles including ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, elves and Prince Charmont's evil uncle, who wants to take over the crown and rule the kingdom.

The Lion in Winter (2003)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
PlotRivalry, Intrigue
TimeMiddle Ages, New Year

King Henry II (Patrick Stewart) keeps his wife, Eleanor (Glenn Close) locked away in the towers because of her frequent attempts to overthrow him. With Eleanor out of the way he can have his dalliances with his young mistress (Yuliya Vysotskaya). Needless to say the queen is not pleased, although she still has affection for the king. Working through her sons, she plots the king's demise and the rise of her second and preferred son, Richard (Andrew Howard), to the throne. The youngest son, John (Rafe Spall), an overweight buffoon and the only son holding his father's affection is the king's choice after the death of his first son, young Henry. But John is also overly eager for power and is willing to plot his father's demise with middle brother, Geoffrey (John Light) and the young king of France, Phillip (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Geoffrey, of course sees his younger brother's weakness and sees that route as his path to power. Obviously political and court intrigue ensues

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CharactersKnights, Thieves, Warriors, Heroes, Witch
PlotRevenge, Adventure, Fate, Justice, Freedom, Chase
TimeMiddle Ages

When the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham murders Robin's father, the legendary archer vows vengeance. To accomplish his mission, Robin joins forces with a band of exiled villagers (and comely Maid Marian), and together they battle to end the evil sheriff's reign of terror.

Robin Hood (1973)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.6)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, adventure, family, cartoon
CharactersThieves, Foxes, Family, Kings, Sheriffs, Bears
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Disney

With King Richard off to the Crusades, Prince John and his slithering minion, Sir Hiss, set about taxing Nottingham's citizens with support from the corrupt sheriff - and staunch opposition by the wily Robin Hood and his band of merry men.

First Knight (1995)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 6)
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, adventure
CharactersKnights, Heroes, Friends, Kings, Wizards
PlotLove triangle, Adventure, Rivalry, Betrayal
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, To cry

The timeless tale of King Arthur and the legend of Camelot are retold in this passionate period drama. Arthur is reluctant to hand the crown to Lancelot, and Guinevere is torn between her loyalty to her husband and her growing love for his rival. But Lancelot must balance his loyalty to the throne with the rewards of true love.

Queen Margot (1994)
Mark7 (imdb: 7.4)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryFrance, Italy, Germany
CharactersKings, Princesses
PlotLove, War, Religious, Intrigue, Political
TimeMiddle Ages, 16th century
StyleDepressive, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy

The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest.

Anna Karenina (1997)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.4)
Genremelodrama, drama
PlotLove, Loneliness, Love triangle, Love with age difference
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, To cry, Gloomy

Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.

Princess of Thieves (2001)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, melodrama, adventure, family
CharactersHeroes, Family, Tough guys
PlotRivalry, Adventure
PlaceEngland, Prison
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAction, Fascinating

Sherwood forest has a courageous new hero - Gwyn, the daughter of Robin Hood. Possessing the cunning skills of her legendary father and the beauty and intelligence of her mother Maid Marian, Gwyn is anxious to follow in her father's footsteps. King Richard nears death and Robin Hood and his Merry Men are summoned to help bring Richard's son Philip to his rightful place on the throne before the evil Prince John can assume power. Robin Hood's life and that of the future King of England soon lies in Gwyn's hands when Robin is captured and sentenced to death.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.7)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, melodrama, adventure, cartoon
CountryJapan, USA
CharactersVampire, Werewolf, Hunters, Monsters
PlotLove, Superpowers, Adventure, Supernatural
TimeMiddle Ages, Future
StyleGothic, Gloomy

D has been hired to track down Meier Link, a notoriously powerful vampire who has abducted a woman, Charlotte Elbourne. D's orders are strict - find Charlotte, at any cost. For the first time, D faces serious competition. The Markus Brothers, a family of Vampire Hunters, were hired for the same bounty. D Must intercept Meier and conquer hostile forces on all sides in a deadly race against time.

The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.7)
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, melodrama, adventure, western
CountryUSA, Germany
PlotWar, Justice, Adventure, Revenge
PlaceSpain, Mexico
TimeMiddle Ages

It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero, Zorro. Having escaped from prison he transforms troubled bandit Alejandro into his successor, in order to foil the plans of the tyrannical Don Rafael Montero who robbed him of his freedom, his wife and his precious daughter.

A Knight's Tale (2001)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama
CharactersKnights, Warriors, Friends, Trainers, Writers
PlotCheating, Rivalry, Adventure
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, For men, Inspirational

William Thatcher, a peasant, is sent to apprentice with a Knight named Hector as a young boy. Urged by his father to "change his Stars", he assumes Sir Hector's place in a tournament when Hector dies in the middle of it. He wins. With the other apprentices, he trains and assumes the title of Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein.