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Films: History & Historical Fiction

Written by Damien


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The bottom line is that we, as movie-goers, cannot expect a film-maker to get every detail correct. Some things are bound to slip by, or be purposely ignored for the sake of the audience's enjoyment. And remember that the next time you go to see a historical film -- you're there to be entertained, not lectured. If you found the movie entertaining, then it did its job. But the person that expects to become a scholar of the Crusades by watching Kingdom of Heaven is as much a fool as the person that complains about the historically inaccurate footwear in King Arthur.

So with this new outlook on the entire historical and mythological film genre -- here's an (incomplete) list of films that focus on a mythological, fantasy or historical theme.



13th Warrior (1999)
Troy (2004)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
King Arthur (2004)
Gladiator (2000)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
The Odyssey (TV/1997)
The Last Samurai (2003)
Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula (TV/2000)
Willow (1988)
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Red Sonja (1985)
Druids (2001)
The Scorpion King (2002)
First Knight (1995)
Asoka (2001)
Alexander (2004)
Braveheart (1995)
The Beastmaster (1982)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Dragonheart (1996)
Excalibur (1981)
Helen of Troy (TV/2001, 1956)
Jason and the Argonauts (TV/2000, 1963)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Krull (1983)
Attila (TV/2001)
Kull the Conqueror (1997)
Legend (1985)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Rob Roy (1995)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
The Duellists (1977)
The King's Guard (2000)
The Last King (TV/2003)
Ivanhoe (1952, TV/1982, TV/1997, 1958, TV/1970, TV/1999)
The Long Ships (1963)
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
The Musketeer (2001)
The Three Musketeers (1993)
Spartacus (1960, TV/2004)
The Vikings (1958)
When The Last Sword is Drawn/Mibu gishi den (2003)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001)

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