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With David Lowery’s lush adaptation of The Green Knight hitting theaters, it’s the perfect time to dive back into the cinematic world of Arthruian legends. There are some obvious movie choices like Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017); or Antoine Fuqua’s 2004 take on King Arthur (who could forget a blue Keira Knightley?). There are also the classics like Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Excalibur (1981), Camelot (1967) and Disney’s The Sword in the Stone (1963). But what if you want to dig a bit deeper into the mythology? Here are some Arthurian adaptations you might have forgotten about or have never heard of that are sure to transport you back into a more fantastical time and place where chivalry reigned and tables were round
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With David Lowery’s lush adaptation of The Green Knight hitting theaters, it’s the perfect time to dive back into the cinematic world of Arthruian legends. There are some obvious movie choices like Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017); or Antoine Fuqua’s 2004 take on King Arthur (who could forget a blue Keira Knightley?). There are also the classics like Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Excalibur (1981), Camelot (1967) and Disney’s The Sword in the Stone (1963). But what if you want to dig a bit deeper into the mythology? Here are some Arthurian adaptations you might have forgotten about or have never heard of that are sure to transport you back into a more fantastical time and place where chivalry reigned and tables were round
With the release of fantasy drama Cursed this week, Netflix has dipped a gilded toe into the fraught world of film and televisual adaptations of Arthurian legend. On paper, it sounds pretty good: Katherine Langford (she of 13 Reasons Why) plays Nimue, better known as the witchy type who, in many traditions, ends up bestowing King Arthur with his sword Excalibur. In other words, it’s one of those “fairy tales from a different perspective” ideas like Maleficent or Wicked. But will it actually turn out any good? GQ took a look at Cursed’s company in the bracket of “broadly Arthurian” pop culture, to survey the chosen few offerings that successfully navigated the matter of the Matter of Britain (and some that didn’t).
Fantasy movies are perhaps some of the best movies you could find, especially if they use the epic element to their advantage. Of course, there have been some really bad fantasy movies in the past decade and in the history of movies as a whole. The genre either plays it too safe and bored everyone or leaps off the tracks with some ridiculous premise that's mistaken by daring or subversion by the writers.

There have been some underrated fantasy movies, but when it comes to the ones based on the legends about King Arthur, there have been both some questionable projects and some really good ones. Here are the best and worst movies about King Arthur, according to Rotten Tomatoes. There's enough to choose from that it's possible to ignore the ones that don't have a critics' score.
The Matter of Britain stories, focusing on King Arthur, are one of the most popular literary subjects of all time, and have been adapted numerous times in every form of media. This list enumerates some of the notable works.
A list of the best King Arthur movies. This is of films that focus on King Arthur or are greatly influenced by Arthurian legend. We believe we've got them all, but if we missed your favorite King Arthur film, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. King Arthur is unquestionably one of the most famous icons of the dark ages. There are medieval scholars have dedicated their lives to Arthurian lore.

Nearly every boy in the western world is familiar with the names Merlin, Camelot, Excalibur, Lancelot, as well as the famous "round table". With so much story available to them, filmmakers have been mining Arthurian legend for decades to produce these great King Arthur films. These films are the very best of the bunch of King Arthur films.

What are the best King Arthur movies? Some of the best Arthurian tales are some of the most memorable in fantasy film history.
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