With full of action scenes, fairytale-ish characters and monsters, captivating people from their very first minute and at the same time educating the viewers by giving information about mythologies… Here we have gathered some ancient Greek, Scandinavian and Egyptian mythological movies!
Note: The movies below are listed accordingly to their IMDb points. We kindly apologize for the movies we might have left out or movies that you think should have been in the list.
19- Clash of the Titans (2010) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 5,8
Lust for eternal power escalates the war between people, fight kings and gods. On the other side, the war between gods is powerful enough to bring the end of the world. Perseus who was born as a god but raised as a man is left helpless to fight against the vengeful god of the underworld, Hades, for the protection of his family. Perseus who has nothing left to lead a dangerous mission against Hades who can take Zeus’ powers for himself and can make life on Earth living hell. The only way he can fight the demons and terrible monsters is to accept his powers as a god and write his own destiny.
18- Wrath of the Titans (2012) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 5,8
It’s been 10 years since Zeus’ semi-god son Perseus has courageously defeated the monster Kraken. He now lives a happy life as a fisherman with his 10-year old son, Helius. But the war between gods and titans begins again. Titans and their cruel leader Kronos (father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades) escape their imprisonment because of the humanity’s decreasing loyalty towards the gods. Kronos captures Zeus and starts to threaten humanity. And the mission to save the humanity is left to Perseus again…
17- Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 5,9
The movie tells the hard life of a boy named Percy whose father is a mythological Greek god Poseidon and mother is a human. In the first movie of the series Percy has to find the stolen thunder of Zeus and prove everyone that he is not a thief. He has to face his father whom he hasn’t seen for years and retrieve a treasure that is even stronger than the gods.
16- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 5,9
The adventures of Percy Jackson, the son of the god of the sea –Poseidon, continues. Percy who discovers his powers and goes for a long dangerous path with his friends to save his mother that doesn’t exactly make him feel like a hero; he thinks it was all because of the help of luck. He and his friends have to go to what people call the Bermuda Triangle, AKA sea of monsters, where he and his friends have to fight in these dangerous waters. In this adventure which is full of Titan attacks and mystical creatures, Percy Jackson has to stop an awakening demon and the action starts…
15- Immortals (2011) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 6,1
The ruthless, bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and murderous Heraklion army ravages every corner of Greece, in search for the long lost Epirus’ bow. The king, upon seizing the invincible bow, plans to beat the gods of the Olympus and declare himself as the sole ruler of the world.
The stonemason Theseus (Henry Cavill) wows vengeance after losing his mother in Hyperion’s invasion. Phaedra (Freida Pinto) realizes that she is the only person who can prevent his own doom. With the help of Phaedra, Theseus starts to gather his companions. Now it’s time to fight for the future of humanity.
14- Hercules (2014) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 6,1
1400 years ago a tortured soul came to the earth that was neither a man nor a god. Hercules was the powerful son of Zeus, the god king. In return, he lived in pain throughout his life. After losing his family and his 12 missions, this dark tired soul turned his back to the gods and looked for peace in bloody wars.
13- The Mummy Returns (2001) | Ancient Egyptian Mythology | IMDb: 6,3
It’s been 10 years since Rick O’Connell and Evelyn had a terrifying encounter with the mummy of an Egyptian priest, Imhotep. Now married couple, Rick and Evelyn, has a 9-year old mischievous son named Alex; and there is a new adventure starting for this family. Some unknown powers are trying to bring back Imhotep’s mummy to life in a museum in England. On the other hand, Imhotep’s worst enemy, another warlike mummy, is waking up after thousands years of sleep. It won’t be easy at all for O’Connell family to stay out of trouble.
12- Beowulf (2007) | Anglo-Saxon Mythology | IMDb: 6,3
Beowulf is a powerful and fearless warrior. He is the only one who can beat Grendel who is killing people and terrorising them with chaos. But, is killing Grendel enough to end this nightmare? Grendel’s mother who wants to take revenge will be even more dangerous than Grendel himself. The movie’s cast includes some successful names such as Robert Zemeckis who directed many unforgettable Oscar-winning movies, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright Penn and John Malkovich.
11- 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 6,3
Adopted from Frank Miller’s last comic Xerxes and visualized like the breathtaking style of the movie “300”, action takes us to a new place, to the sea. Greek general Themistokles, in a way that will change the course of the war, aims to direct his army to unite the entire Greece.
In “300: Rise of an Empire” Themistokles battles the mortal god Xexes and Persian army whose head is the vindictive general Artemisia.
10- Ulysses (1954)| Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 6,7
A cunning trick made with the Trojan horse brings out the collapse and end of the city. Goddesses are angry with Odysseus. Odysseus and his companions are condemned to wander the world’s seas. Upon arriving to his homeland, Ithaca, Odysseus battles with one-eyed Cyclops and goes against the sorceress Circe’s magical spells. He disguises himself as a beggar to enter the palace. Penelope has organized an archery competition, whoever can shoot through 12 axe heads will have her love.
9- Ondine (2009)| Scottish/Irish Mythology | IMDb: 6,8
It’s a lyrical and modern fairytale. Syracuse (Colin Farrell) is an Irish fisherman. One day his life changes when a mysterious beautiful woman (Alicja Bachleda) gets caught in his nets. His little daughter (Alison Barry) believes that she is a magical being. Syracuse is hopelessly in love with this woman. Just like in every other fairy tale, happiness and darkness goes side by side in this story.
8- Stargate (1994)| Ancient Egyptian Mythology | IMDb: 7,0
In 1940s, a “star gate” found in Giza is kept hidden in a cave underground and is being studied on how it works until Egyptian history expert Daniel Jackson joins the team…
When Jackson activates the gate, a connection between our world and a remote galaxy is formed. A group of soldiers under the command of colonel Jack O’Neil and Daniel Jackson goes through the gate to discover what is on the other side. Facing with a world they never expected to see, the team’s task is to close the door never be opened from the other side and the only person who knows how to do this is colonel.
Colonel and his team are pushed into an irreversible battle after Ra, ruler of the world, realized the gate to the Earth is working again.
7- The Mummy (1999) | Ancient Egyptian Mythology | IMDb: 7,0
Thousands of years ago in Egypt, head priest Imhotep and pharaoh’s favorite Anck Su Namun had a secret love affair. But the punishment would be terrible when the lovers were caught. Beautiful woman committed a suicide and the head priest was condemned to be buried alive in Hom-Dai, the City of the Dead, Hamunaptra. When terrible punishment was being executed, the priest sweared to return. In 1923, American adventurer Rick, was guiding the British brothers who wanted to find Hamunaptra. Unreliable Jonathan whose dream was about the treasures, Evelyn’s interest was purely scientific. But the trio would evoke a terrible curse without knowing.
6- Thor (2011) | Scandinavian Mythology | IMDb: 7,0
Directed by Kenneth Branagh and portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard, Thor series’ first movie came to the theatres in 29th April 2011 by UIP. In the story, there is a powerful but arrogant Almighty Thor with his inconsiderate attitude starting an ancient war again. Thor is banished to Earth and is forced to live among humans. When his most wicked villain uses his darkest powers to invade our world, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.
5- Thor: The Dark World (2013) | Scandinavian Mythology | IMDb: 7,1
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues with the Avenger Thor’s adventure to save the Earth and the Nine Realms from the dark enemies whom have existed even before the universe. After the Avengers, Thor continues saving the world. But an ancient race led by Malekith is trying to pull the universe towards the darkness. Thor goes to his most dangerous personal journey to fight an enemy even Odin or Asgard couldn’t face with. In this journey, he will reunite with Jane Foster and sacrifice everything to save the humanity.
4- Troy (2004) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 7,2
The war that lasted for 10 years which puts an end to a civilization starts because of a love affair between Trojan Prince Paris and Spartan Queen Helen. It was an unacceptable move when Paris kidnapped Helen, wife of the king Menelaus. It’s considered as if this false move done to Menelaus was also done to Agamemnon because of the honor of the family. Powerful Agamemnon the Mycenaean King soon enough gathers the forces of Greece to save his brother’s reputation by bringing back Helen from Troy.
3- Jason and the Argonauts | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 7,4
Jason wants to reclaim his father’s crown from the king who killed his father many years ago. The only way to do is to find, on the other side of the world, the legendary Golden Fleece which many people before him tried to find but failed. Jason and a group of soldiers, each one skilled best in their own way, including the great warrior Hercules, go on a tough journey in hope to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Wife of the gods, Zeus’ spouse Hera will help this small group of soldiers on the way.
2- 300 (2006) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 7,8
Adopted from Frank Miller’s graphic novel “300”, the movie is about Thermopylae war which took place in 480 B.C. The war that takes place between the Persian army and Spartan King’s army provides all of Greece to stand against the Persians. Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans under his command, fight to the death with the massive army of Xerxes. However, this will help the establishment of the first democracy in the world.
1– El Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) (2006) | Roman/Greek/Egyptian Mythology | IMDb: 8,3
Director of Hellboy, Devil’s Backbone and Blade 2, Guillermo Del Toro’s highly anticipated movie, Pan’s Labyrinth competed for Golden Palm in Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Pan’s Labyrinth is a fantastic story that takes place in post-WW2. 10-year old Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth in the backyard of her new house. Pan, a creature, who lives inside the labyrinth will change her life forever.
Animation Bonus: Hercules (1997) | Ancient Greek Mythology | IMDb: 7,2
One of the most fun and innovative Disney animated movies, Hercules will definitely steal your heart! Hercules, who has a superhuman power, sets to work to prove himself as a hero to his mighty father Zeus. But he and his friends, Pegasus and Phil, are deceived by Hades who is trying to take hold of the mountain of Olympus. Now, Hercules has to make a choice between his true love Meg and legendary power.