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10 Best Medieval War Movies

Some of the most marvellous medieval melees to charge straight into.

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High-octane, brutal, and frequently intense in nature, war films transport viewers from the comfort of their seats and throw them straight into the midst of the fighting to adrenaline-fuelled effect. And while there are plenty of excellent examples of the genre set in modern day (Hurt Locker, Restrepo, and Beasts of No Nation for instance), many more of these films tend to take us on a journey through history.

Alongside cinematic classics such as Saving Private Ryan, Dunkirk, and Apocalypse Now (and many, many more) which highlight the historical significance of war that engulfed the 20th century, other films go even further back in time - some as far back as the Middle Ages.

Lasting for around 1000 years from the fall of the fall of the western Roman Empire to the start of the Renaissance, the medieval era is best known for the bubonic plague, the Great Schism, knights, and war – a lot of war. Unsurprisingly, there have been numerous films that bring many of these wars and their historical figures and legends to life on the big screen.

Swapping guns for swords and tanks for cavalry, medieval war films are arguably some of the best ones out there...

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