Favorite Story From Old English Literature/Folktales

by jalapenoman | created - 14 Jul 2015 | updated - 24 Aug 2015 | Public

What is your favorite filmed story that is based on an Olde English legend, literature, or folktale (at least 800 years old)?

Note: please vote for your favorite story, not your favorite movie on the list.

Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/flat/246448323

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1. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 44,776 | Gross: $3.98M

The story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

2. Gawain and the Green Knight (1973)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The medieval legend of a supernatural knight who challenges the king's men to kill him.

Director: Stephen Weeks | Stars: Murray Head, Ciaran Madden, Nigel Green, Anthony Sharp

Votes: 191

The story of Gawain (who was also a Knight of the Round Table)

3. Beowulf & Grendel (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

53 Metascore

In Denmark, during the 6th century, Danish king Hrothgar and his warriors kill a troll whose son, Grendel, vows revenge.

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson | Stars: Hringur Ingvarsson, Spencer Wilding, Stellan Skarsgård, Ingvar Sigurdsson

Votes: 17,000 | Gross: $0.07M

The story of Beowulf.

4. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Merlin the magician (Nicol Williamson) helps Arthur Pendragon (Nigel Terry) unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 54,572 | Gross: $34.97M

The story of King Arthur, Merlin the Magician, the Knights of the Round Table, and excalibur.

5. The Canterbury Tales (1972)

NC-17 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti

Votes: 5,990

6. The Secret of Kells (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

81 Metascore

A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

Directors: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey | Stars: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Christen Mooney

Votes: 28,975 | Gross: $0.69M

7. The Mermaid Chair (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama, Romance

A married woman (Basinger) falls in love with a Benedictine monk.

Director: Steven Schachter | Stars: Kim Basinger, Alex Carter, Bruce Greenwood, Roberta Maxwell

Votes: 491

Cornish tale

8. Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, History

In eleventh century England, King Edward the Confessor wants Saxon Lord Leofric to marry a despised Norman woman, and has him jailed when he refuses. In jail, he meets Godiva, the Sheriff's... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, George Nader, Victor McLaglen, Rex Reason

Votes: 422

Cornish tale

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