10 Epic Best Viking Movies
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Vikings have been portrayed many times on film over the past 60 years. So if finishing the enthralling TV series ‘Vikings’ has left you growling for more ancient Nordic action, you can’t go wrong with our pick of 10 epic Viking movies. Remember, a place in Valhalla awaits you, if you manage to watch them all…(and to make life even easier, if you click the title we’ll show you where you can watch it!)
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Here is our best Viking movies list.
The Vikings (1958)
Teaming up two years before the release of ‘Spartacus’, Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis play feuding Viking warriors. But what Viking Prince Einar (Douglas) doesn’t know is that his greatest enemy, the slave Eric (Curtis), is actually his half brother. Their sibling feud intensifies when Einar kidnaps Princess Morgana (Janet Leigh), only to find she has eyes for Eric…
Director: Richard Fleischer
Valhalla Rising (2009)
In this brutal and visually gripping film set in 11th-Century Scandinavia, a slave named One Eye (Mads Mikkelsen) leads a violent uprising against the people who imprisoned him. Joining a group of Crusaders on their way to Jerusalem, One Eye and the crew not only have to cope with infighting, but also the looming threat of an even greater, mysterious enemy.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014)
After being shipwrecked on the Scottish coast of Alba, a band of Vikings hunting for plunder instead find they have become the hunted, when the King of Alba sends his most feared mercenaries to track them down and kill them. In a race against time, can they battle through and find their way home?
Director: Claudio Fäh
Taking a light-hearted turn away from the usual blood-and-guts brutality of other Viking movies, Marvel’s first ‘Thor’ blockbuster stars Chris Hemsworth as the god of thunder. Banished to Earth as a punishment by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Norse gods, Thor must find a way to save his home-world Asgard from his evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Director: Kenneth Branagh
The Viking Sagas (1995)
Filmed on Iceland with a mostly Icelandic cast, The Viking Sagas follows young Viking warrior Kjartan (Ralf Möller). In this genre defining movie, when a horde of rival Vikings show up, intent on taking his father’s land and stealing his girlfriend Gudrun (Ingibjörg Stefansdottir), he seeks out disgraced old warrior Gunnar (Sven-Ole Thorsen) to train him for a final, epic battle.
Directors: Michael Chapman & Tim Van Relim
The 13th Warrior (1999)
Exiled from his homeland, Muslim ambassador Ahmad ibn Fadlan (Antonio Banderas) is captured by a company of Vikings. Forced to travel with them, at first he is disgusted by the rowdy, violent and uncouth warriors, but in time develops deeper respect for them. As the Vikings get word of an evil enemy approaching, the motley crew must race back to fight for their Viking homeland.
Directors: Michael Crichton & John McTiernan
Written by Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Good Omens), this epically entertaining film featured ground-breaking animation for the time. Scandinavian warrior Beowulf (Ray Winstone) offers to kill a vicious demon named Grendel on behalf of King Hrothgar (Anthony Hopkins). But after slaying the beast, he’ll face an even greater danger in the form of its vengeful mother (Angelina Jolie).
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Vikings vs Aliens, anyone? After a spacecraft crashes in Iron Age-Norway, two alien figures emerge: Kainan (Jim Caviezel) and his arch-enemy, the monster Moorwen. While Moorwen begins killing the local Norsemen in an attempt to take over, Kainan instead allies with the Viking clans to try to stop him before he destroys Earth. Director: Howard McCain
Set in the 10th Century, the film follows young Viking prince Vladimir of Novgorod (Danila Kozlovskiy), who’s been forced into exile by his treacherous half-brother Yaropolk (Aleksandr Ustyugov) following the death of their father, the ruler of the Kievan Rus. With vengeance burning in his heart, can Vladimir reconquer Novgorod and take his rightful place as ruler?
Director: Andy Kravchuk
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
One of the best Vikings movies made for children, the film follows Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), a Norse teenager from an island where fighting dragons is part of daily life. Although his father (Gerard Butler) is chief of the clan, he’s a bit of a misfit. Forced to go to dragon-fighting school, he instead befriends an injured dragon, an act of kindness that could change the course of his clan’s future forever…
Directors: Christopher Sanders & Dean DeBlois
Hopefully, this list has got your blood up for watching some exciting Viking films (or even think about re-watching some of them). Agree? Disagree? Which films would you recommend? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a comment on our socials.
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