Medieval and fantasy films on Netflix: 6 expert picks

Dear gentlemen, dear ladies! You are all people with great taste and understandably looking for the best that entertainment has to offer. And of course some will know that there is no scenario more exciting than the romantic fantasy of knights, castles and magic!

Of course, you are well taken care of here on GameStar when it comes to role-playing games. After all, we regularly recommend you the best RPG or the best medieval games. But anyone who loves Skyrim, The Witcher, Kingdom Come or Baldur’s Gate will surely enjoy sitting on the throne and just being a spectator in sword fights, intrigues or epic battles.

To that end, if you’re looking for worthwhile movies set in a medieval world, you’ve found the right list. Here, Fabiano—our expert on RPGs, epic battles, and heraldry—recommends his six favorite Netflix sword-clash movies..

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the king

The German King Trailer on Netflix


The German King Trailer on Netflix

Type: Historical Drama | Release: November 1, 2019 | Period: 140 minutes | Director: David Michoud | the actor: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Lily-Rose Depp, Robert Pattinson

If you have even an ounce of medieval fascination, you should definitely check out The King on Netflix. The film deals with parts of the life of the English King Henry V of England (Timothée Chalamet). While the movie is not entirely based on historical facts (it also includes elements from Shakespeare’s play about Henry V), The King presents a very realistic version of the early 15th century.

Especially when it comes to depicting war and violence, you shouldn’t expect a stylized show full of pathos. Knights are not always noble. And when they are, they are all easy victims of their own magnanimity.

But the king does not just offer war. Actors also know how to give their characters the right amount of expression. His highlight is Robert Pattinson, who appears as the son of the French King and is so entertainingly arrogant that you can’t look away.

The Witcher: The Nightmare of the Wolf

The Nightmare of the Wolf: New Trailer for the Witcher movie about Vesemir


The Nightmare of the Wolf: New Trailer for the Witcher movie about Vesemir

Type: dark fantasy | Release: August 23, 2021 | Period: 81 minutes | Director: Kwang Il Han | the actor: Theo James, Lara Pulver, and Graham McTavish

You don’t think I’d post a list without The Witcher here, do you? Admittedly, I can of course also recommend the live action series on Netflix, which are also worth watching. But since we’re focusing on the movies, we’re moving forward this time with The Nightmare of the Wolf. As an exception, Geralt did not appear as the protagonist, but his mentor, Wissemer, who is still young here.

The Nightmare of the Wolf in beautifully animated 81 minutes shows how Vesemir has been trained to become a witch. In addition, we test the rank of the wolf school when it was still big, and above all, how terrible training to become a truly mage was. Being an anime, Nightmare of the Wolf doesn’t hold back a bit when it comes to depicting violence.

In fact, the battles against monsters, some of them huge, deteriorate a lot more than you’re used to from the Witcher world. Although the style may be different from the games, the film conveys the same dark fascination with the famous fantasy world of Andrzej Sapkowski.

Outlaw King

Outlaw King - Braveheart Story Trailer starring Chris Pine on Netflix


Outlaw King – Braveheart Story Trailer starring Chris Pine on Netflix

Type: Historical Drama | Release: November 9, 2018 | Period: 121 minutes | Director: David Mackenzie | the actor: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Bio

The Scottish War of Independence has been world famous since Braveheart at the latest. But while William Wallace ignited the rebellion, which was quickly threatened with extinction, it was ultimately Robert the Bruce who won the freedom the Scots had so long been proud of. For this reason, the Outlaw King takes Robert I as a role model and shows how the ambitious King unites Scotland and takes up arms against the superior English.

Outlaw King differs from Braveheart in more aspects. Because while Braveheart is best known these days for painting a highly lopsided historical picture of the conditions of the time (unruly Scots in drip), Outlaw King does its best to stay closer to historical facts. This leads to a captivating world that embodies much of the authentic medieval flair with its costumes, sets, and rituals on display, but unleashes a slightly less dramatic story than Braveheart had at the time.

If you value originality, then you should have a look at Outlaw King. However, if you want a consistently exciting and uplifting story, this might not be the movie for you.

Solomon King

Solomon Kane: Dark Fantasy Trailer For Inventor Konan


Solomon Kane: Dark Fantasy Trailer For Inventor Konan

Type: dark fantasy | Release: December 23, 2009 | Period: 104 minutes | Director: MG Bassett | the actor: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Heard Wood

Admittedly, I cheat a bit on Solomon Kane. The film actually takes place at the end of the 16th century, and therefore has already left the Middle Ages behind in the truest sense of the word. But you’ll hardly find another movie on Netflix that lives up to the dark fantasy like Solomon Kane. Classically, it’s about a man’s journey through a shattered world to protect a young woman and finally confront an evil black sorcerer.

Does this sound too flat to you? Then Solomon Kane wouldn’t really be for you. The movie exudes B-movie character – but in its best sense. If you’re just looking for a bit of dark fantasy that tells a classic no-frills story, you’ve got what you need right here. In terms of craftsmanship, Solomon Kane certainly doesn’t play in the top leagues. But fantasy lovers know how expensive products can feel very easily.

Solomon Kane still manages to stay surprisingly serious, despite lower production costs, to focus on his themes, characters, and target group. Oh yeah, and the original book was penned by Conan inventor Robert E. Howard.

Coconut Knights

Knights of the Coconut: An Introduction to the Classic Film's 40th Anniversary


Knights of the Coconut: An Introduction to the Classic Film’s 40th Anniversary

Type: comedy | Release: April 3, 1975 | Period: 92 minutes | Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | the actor: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

If you really like medieval movies, you’ll at least have heard of Knight of the Coconut. But by The Holy Handgrente – I’d be crazy poor if I didn’t include this cinematic masterpiece in my list of the best medieval films! And yes, I would say a cinematic masterpiece, although the minds behind this movie are well aware that this movie is anything but professional. At that time, the two directors were not responsible for a feature film and there was not enough money for real horses.

But herein lies the brilliance. In an effort to weave this fact into the knight’s comic saga in a self-deprecating manner, they created such an extraordinary work that it is still quoted a thousand times today. We don’t have horses? Then we just take coconuts! Sure, legendary British humorist Monthy Python may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s worth watching this movie just to get an opinion.

You don’t want to be the one at dinner who has to ask why a witch always weighs the same as a cold duck.

The Hobbit Trilogy

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - The trailer sends Bilbo Baggins on his fateful journey


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – The trailer sends Bilbo Baggins on his fateful journey

Type: fantasy | Release: December 13, 2012 | Period: 169/161/144 minutes | Director: Peter Jackson | the actor: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Ken Stott, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly

Stop! Please put your torches aside. Yes, I admit it: If The Lord of the Rings were on Netflix, the Hobbit trilogy wouldn’t be here right now. I only work with what I get! But let us make a virtue out of necessity. Because that at least gives me the opportunity to change perspective. Because I’m usually at your side and I wave my Mithril pitchfork whenever someone tries to sell me the Hobbit trilogy.

But hear me out: Of course, Jackson’s second fantasy trilogy from Tolkien’s first novel doesn’t compare well with The Lord of the Rings, and there are many reasons for that. But if we hide the Lord of the Rings, then The Hobbit isn’t in such bad light anymore. Because these movies have a lot to appreciate. The cast of this series of films did very well. Ian McKellen’s Gandalf is no worse than he was in The Lord of the Rings, and Martin Freeman’s young Bilbo is simply perfect.

And if you’re really looking for an epic fantasy with meticulously orchestrated battles, a fairytale-like storyline and some incredibly shot scenes (Bilbo and Gollum), then The Hobbit is a must-watch on Netflix. You can have a lot of fun with these movies if you set your expectations.

How do you like my favourites? Do you happen to have some of your own favorites that are currently on Netflix? Tell me in the comments!

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