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- The Advocate (1994)
In medieval France, young lawyer Richard Courtois leaves Paris for the simpler life in the country. However, he is soon drawn into amorous and political intrigues. At the same time, he is pushed to defend a pig, owned by the mysterious gypsy Samira. The pig has been arrested for the murder of a young boy.
Cast: Colin Firth, Ian Holm, Donald Pleasence, Amina Annabi, Nicol Williamson
- Braveheart (1995)
William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule. Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Cast: Mel Gibson, Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau, Angus Macfadyen
- Excalibur (1981)
Director John Boorman (Deliverance) masterfully handles the tale of the mythical sword Excalibur, and its passing from the wizard Merlin to the future king of England. Arthur pulls the famed sword from a stone and is destined to be crowned king. As the king embarks on a passionate love affair with Guenevere, an illegitimate son, and Merlin's designs on power, threaten Arthur's reign. The film is visually stunning and unflinching in its scenes of combat and black magic.
Cast: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicol Williamson, Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart
- Highlander (1986)
An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponents, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".
Cast: Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery
- King Arthur (2004)
Sweeping epic retelling of the tale of King Arthur, focusing on the history and politics of the period during which Arthur more likely ruled – when the Roman empire collapsed and skirmishes over power broke out in outlying countries – as opposed to the mystical elements of the tale on which past Arthur films have focused.
Cast: Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Keira Knightley
- Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Balian, a 12th century French blacksmith is mourning the deaths of his wife and baby when his estranged nobleman father arrives and asks him to join the Crusades in Jerusalem. Mindful that conducting the Lord's work will help him atone for his sins, Balian agrees and embarks on the perilous journey. Once in Jerusalem, he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons
- MacBeth (1971)
Roman Polanski's version of Shakespeare's tragedy about a Scottish lord who murders the king and ascends the throne. His wife then begins hallucinating as a result of her guilt complex and the dead king's son conspires to attack MacBeth and expose him for the murderer he is.
Cast: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler
- The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors, takes up a sword and leads an army in an attempt to do so.
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, John Malkovich
- The Name of the Rose (2001)
In 1327, an intellectually nonconformist monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
Cast: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger
- Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
Based somewhat more authentically on the Grimm Brothers' story of a young woman who is unliked by her stepmother, the film includes the talking mirror, a poisoned apple, and some ruffian gold (not diamond) miners (and they aren't dwarfs or cute). It takes place at the time of the Crusades, and depicts the attitudes of the wealthy and the peasant classes toward one another.
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Joanna Roth
- The Warlord (1965)
A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal village where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the barbarians at the border and is making progress until he falls in love with one of the local women.
Cast: Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Rosemary Forsyth, Guy Stockwell