Who doesn’t enjoy a good mythology movie?
Whether it’s a movie about gods, a mythical creature movie or just a general jaunt into the famous Greek mythology tales of old, there is something almost endearing about this particular genre of film; even if it is often dark, full of bloodshed and occasionally upsetting to watch. Gripping, engaging and often utterly insane, mythology movies capture something other types of film simply don’t; or can’t.
So, let’s take a look at the best mythology movies that you can watch right now. Perfect for those with a yearning to explore worlds of deities and monsters. As the title of this article suggests, this list is all about modern mythology films. No going back to 1960 to watch a grainy black and white tale of Medusa.
Based on a comic, which is based on the mythological Greek tale, which is based on an actual battle that took place during the Persian Wars, 300 is a masterpiece of design, cinematography and screaming at people.
Following King Leonidas as he and his 300 Spartan warriors defend a choke point leading into Greece, this epic tale is a truly classic Greek mythology movie. It might not be accurate to history, but don't tell Leo how mad that is.
Marvel have managed to weave some interesting concepts into their cinematic universe, from straight-talking scientists to magic-wielding heroes. One such curiosity is Thor, a god straight out of Norse mythology.
His first movie outing isn’t exactly a faithful retelling of the classic folk stories and legends, but it does incorporate much of the mythology surrounding them in some form. Whether it's his magic hammer Mjolnir, his trickster brother Loki or the travel between worlds and Asgard itself, Thor does definitely strives to introduce numerous elements that could definitely be considered accurate to the myths; at least in some sense.
Perhaps the most famous of Greek myths is the Trojan War and that big old wooden horse. Troy essentially runs us through Homer’s epic tales but instead of taking in all the myths and legends surrounding the drawn out conflict detailed in the poet’s works, condenses it into a digestible 2 hour-something mythology film.
It has everything you’d expect from a movie about the Trojan War; King Agamemnon, Achilles, Paris, Helen of Troy, that wooden horse we already mentioned and the sacking of Troy itself (spoilers). But, it keeps it short and sweet.
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Clash of the Titans
Clash of the Titans, and its sequel Wrath of the Titans, are Greek mythology movies that explore a wealth of legends and myths. The films see fit to include many of the Greek Gods, including Zeus, Hades and Aphrodite, as well as mythical creatures such as the Kraken, Medusa and Pegasus.
These mythology films don’t exactly follow the stories to the letter, or even close to that, instead taking creative liberties with figures and crafting their own plotlines and themes. However, there is plenty to enjoy about them if you like Greek God films in particular, with characteristics of both gods and monsters fairly accurate to the myths they are based on.
Immortals is another Greek mythology movie (noticing a pattern here?) that loosely follows a series of myths to build its own story similar to Clash and Wrath of the Titans. This particular film centres around Theseus and his struggle against Hyperion in a pretty action-packed blockbuster full of dynamic fighting and some more of that good old-fashioned bloodshed.
Immortals features a number of famous mythological tales and concepts, including the Minotaur and numerous Greek Gods, as well as its own fictional mythological additions, such as the powerful Epirus Bow.
Another fairly brutal action film, Hercules was praised for Johnson’s performance and its stirring fight scenes. This one is perhaps the strangest on the list, simply because it is a full-blown Blockbuster flick with The Rock doing what he does best, tensing his muscles and punching stuff. But, that isn’t to say it’s not a fun watch, nor that it has nothing to offer fans of mythology movies.
Historically accurate it is not, nor does it tie in close to the traditional Herculean myths. However, it does definitely lean heavily on numerous mythological concepts, including the idea of Hercules himself - this time choosing to live as a mortal man.
What is there to say about this movie? It’s a Disney classic, emerging from the woodwork around the same time as that of the Little Mermaid, Tarzan, The Lion King and other legendary movies of the era. If you haven’t seen this one, you have to watch it.
Even if you aren’t a Disney fan, it’s still a great Greek mythology film that explores loads of different myths and mythical creatures. You’ve got Hades, Titans, Pegasus, The Cyclops, The Centaur, Zeus and Hera; the list goes on. Sure it isn’t quite the grimfest of death that encapsulates all the other mythology movies in this article, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go!
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