List of Movies about Vikings & Norse Mythology
The movies will not be rated by me, as I might not have the same opinion in movies as you may have. I recommended that you buy the movies with the links provided, it will not only support the studios that make these kind of movies it does also give a small contribution to this website and help it grow. The movies are placed from the newest to the oldest. Some movies will have more than others referring to Norse Mythology, and/or the Vikings. If you have any suggestions please let me know.
A movie about the Norse or Norse Mythology, by the Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur, partly based on the stories of Njal (Njals saga). The movie will be the most expensive movie ever made in Iceland with an estimated budget of 60 million dollars.
It is an UK, movie in the making by the director Robin Jacob, and the writers Robin Jacob and Helen Hollick. Stars of the movie: Susan George, Kate Maberly and Hazel D’Jan. Storyline: It starts out in England 1036 AD, the country is without a Monarch and in turmoil. King Canute had died the previous year and a new King has not yet been chosen. It seems that the movie will be about how the Godwin family gained their wealth, power and influence, from 1036 AD to 1066 AD.
An American sci-fi movie by the directors Kenneth Branagh and Joss Whedon, and written by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne, J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Protosevish, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. Stars of the movie: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. Storyline: After the god Thor attacked the frost giants in Jotunheim, his father Odin strips him of his powers and sends him to live in Midgard among the humans. He meets a group of scientists who become his friends, and he ends up developing feelings for Portman (Jane Foster). Loki has taken the power as the king of Asgard, and decides to send a robot to wipe out the humans. Thor who always have been the protector of the humans, decide to fight the robot even though he do not have any powers.
A two-part mini-series from the UK, by the director Justin Hardy and written by Peter Harness. Stars of the movie:< Ian Holm, Mike Bailey and Francis Magee. Storyline: The movie is about the fight at Stamford Bridge 25 September 1066, and the battle at Hastings 14 October 1066. The movie tells the story of how England was conquered by the Norse, under the rule of King Harold II. It took place at Senlac Hill, approximately 10 km (61⁄4 miles) northwest of Hastings. The movie was made on a low-budget, but do not let that fool you, it has a lot going for it. You will experience the full reenactment of the battle at Stamford Bridge and the battle at Hastings. This is in opinion a very underrated movie, and is in my opinion really worth watching. And is one of my personal top 5.
A movie by the director Nicolas Winding Refn, and written by Nicolas Winding Refn and Roy Jacobsen. Stars of the movie: Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson and Alexander Morton. Storyline: 1000 AD, a mute, one eyed warrior with supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse Chieftain Barde. One day he escapes by killing his captor, and brings along a slave boy. He meets a group of Christian Vikings that are going toward the holy land to concert the Muslims.
An American sci-fi movie by the director Howard McCain, and written by Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain. tars of the movie: James Caviezel, Sophia Myles and Ron Perlman. Storyline: 705 AD in the Viking age, a spacecraft crashes into the sea in the kingdom of Herot, in Norway, the pilot Kainan survives. He then turns a beacon on; learns the language and the culture of the planet he is on, by using a computer. While he is out exploring, Kainan stubbles on some native Vikings, and they bring him back to their village. The village then gets attacked by an alien, which Kainan tells them, was on his ship. The Vikings decide to go out and find the monster and kill it with Kainan as their leader. The Movie is really well made, and is one of my personal top 5. Even though it has aliens in it, and is some kind of a Viking sci-fi movie. The movie has a lot of great Viking scenery in it, from great battles to well-made villages.
A Danish movie by the director Michael Mouyal, and written by Michael Mouyal and Dennis Goldberg. Stars of the movie: Ken Vedsegaard, Peter Gantzler and Erik Holmey. Storyline: Helgi witnesses an attack on his village, and see all his family and friends gets killed. He decides to flee to his uncle Rurik, who then raises him like his own son. Many years later, he meets some people who he remembers was the once that attacked his village.
An American movie by the director and writer Tony Stone. Stars of the movie: Fiore Tedesco, Tony Stone David Perry. Storyline: A group of Vikings set foot on the coast in North America 1007 AD. After the Vikings have been attacked by a group of Native Americans, there are only two of them left. They head into the forest of the new world, built a shelter and try to survive. I think its an underrated movie, and is in my opinion worth watching.
An American animated movie by the director Robert Zemeckis, and written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. tars of the movie: Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover. Storyline: A troll named Hrothar attacks a little village and wreaks havoc. The Danish king of the village, decide to place a bounty on the trolls head. A warrior named Beowulf one day, arrives at the village ready to claim the prize.
An American movie by the director Marcus Nispel, and written by Laeta Kalogridis and Nils Gaup. Stars of the movie: Karl Urban, Clancy Brown and Moon Bloodgood. Storyline: A little Viking boy is somehow left behind in North America after his clan has been fighting a Native American tribe. The Native Americans take the little boy into their tribe, and raise him as one of their own. One day the Vikings return to the shores of North America, and the little boy who has now become a man, has to decide between the Vikings and the Natives.
An American movie by the director Sturla Gunnarsson, and written by Andrew Rai Berzins. Stars of the movie: Hringur Ingvarsson, Spencer Wilding and Stellan Skarsgård. Storyline: It’s about a man named Beowulf, he is the leader of a small army who crosses the sea to kill of a troll named Grendel. The movie which is based on an epic poem, takes place around 6th century AD, so before the Viking age which started about one century later. But do not get fooled, you will still get to see how the life was around that time period.
Also known as Curse of the ring, The sword of Xanten, Dark Kingdom - The Dragon King. An American movie, by the director Uli Edel, and written by Diane Duane, Peter Morwood and Uli Edel. Stars of the movie: Benno Fürmann, Kristanna Loken and Alicia Witt. Storyline: A little boy escapes a losing war, and ends up in a nearby kingdom. A blacksmith named Eyvind decide to adopt the little boy, and the boy grows up learning the Blacksmith trade. One day, he goes back to the old kingdom where he is from, on his adventure he meets a dragon named Fafnir, who is the protector of a huge, but cursed treasure. The Movie is based on a Norse legend, and one in my personal top 5.
It’s a South African movie, by the director and writer Paul Matthews. Stars of the movie: Paul Johansson, Craig Sheffer and Kari Wuhrer. Storyline: Takes place in the Viking age, with a warlord’s son who is cursed to be reborn lifetime after lifetime. Suddenly he it seems to be is transported into the future.
Original title: Stara basn. Kiedy slonce bylo bogiem. A Polish movie by the director Jerzy Hoffman, and written by Józef Hen, Jerzy Hoffman and Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. Stars of the movie: Michal Zebrowski, Marina Aleksandrova and Malgorzata Foremniak. Storyline: The legend of the evil king Popiel and how he was overthrown by Piastum and the Viking-raised Ziemowic. His son is born of a slave, but he will do anything for his son, to be accepted as the next King.
An American movie, by the director John McTiernan and Michael Crichton, and written by William Wisher Jr, Warren Lewis, and Michael Crichton. Stars of the movie: Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora and Vladimir Kulich. Storyline: In 922 AD, an important Arab emissary gets banished from his homeland, for falling in love with the wrong woman. While he is traveling along the coast, he comes across a Norse camp. He decides to make camp at the same spot. The Arab gets invited inside the tent for dinner and mead. A young boy arrives at the camp to call the Vikings home. He explains that the mist is attacking their village at home. A Norse oracle calls out the names of the men that need to go back to their village, and the oracle says that the Arab must go with them. The Arab decides to go with them and help them fight the wolves from the mist.
Original title: Den sidste Viking, it’s a Danish movie by the director Jesper W. Nielsen, and written by Mikael Olsen. Stars of the movie: Holger Thaarup, René Hansen and Moa Lagercrantz Storyline: It takes place in Denmark, with a young boy called Harald. He lives in a small village, at the coast. The King sends his warriors to take the ships along the coast, but his village doesn’t want to part with their ship. The father of the boy then takes the kings messenger as prisoner. Harald’s father sails to the north to help a rebellion. Meanwhile the messenger escapes and brings a group of warriors to punish the village.
It is an American movie by the director Michael Chapman, and written by Michael Chapman, Dale Herd and Paul R. Gurian. Stars of the movie: Ralf Moeller, Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir and Sven-Ole Thorsen. Storyline: The movie takes place in Iceland in the Viking age. A man named Ketil the black wants to have more power over the local Icelandic chieftains, and he kills a guy named Valgard. Ketil then takes a sword called ghost Sword which is a symbol of Valgard’s chieftainship. A man named Kjartan flees from Ketil’s camp, and takes the ghost sword with him. Meanwhile the brother of Ketil has plans to get married to the beautiful Gudrun, but she has lately developed feelings for Kjartan.
Original title: Amled, prinsen af Jylland, also known as royal deceit. it’s a Danish movie by the director Gabriel Axel, and written by Gabriel Axel, Erik Kjersgarrd and Saxo Grammaticus. Stars of the movie: Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren and Christian Bale. Storyline: It takes place in the 6th century somewhere in Denmark. The father of a Danish prince has been murdered by his uncle, Fenge. His uncle Fenge, then takes the kingdom and the Queen Geruth as his wife. Amled then goes insane while waiting for a chance for revenge. This story might sound familiar; it is based on the legend from Hamlet, but without the Shakespearean language.
Original title: Hvíti víkingurinn, it’s an Icelandic movie by the director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, and written by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson and Jonathan Rumbold. This is the third movie in Hrafn Gunnlaugsson's trilogy about Vikings. Stars of the movie: Gotti Sigurdarson, Maria Bonnevie and Sveinn M. Eiðsson. The story starts in Norway in the 10th century, with a man named Askur and his beautiful bride Embla. They want to get married in a traditional pagan ceremony. But soon after, the King Olav who is a ruthless Christian wants to eliminate all traces of non-Christian beliefs and captures them during their ceremony. King Olav demands, that Askur must go to Iceland and convert the people to Christianity, or he will never see Embla again.
It’s a Norwegian movie also called Sigurd Dragon slayer by the directors and writers, Knud W. Jorfald and Lars Rasmussen, and based by the novel of Torill Thorstad Hauger. Stars of the movie: Kristian Tonby, Per Jansen and Terje Strømdahl. Storyline: It’s about a boy, his name is Sigurd and he is a Viking prince. His father and his brother love to roam, and want him to be a great warrior as well. But Sigurd do not like to fight, what he wants to be is quite unclear.
It’s a comedy movie from the UK, by the director and writer Terry Jones. Stars of the movie: Tim Robbins, John Cleese and Mickey Rooney. Storyline: The world is coming to an end, it’s getting darker and colder each day, and the sun has not been seen for years. Erik the Viking gathers a group of men, to sail across the sea to find Valhalla, and ask the gods to stop Ragnarok (The end of the world.)
Original title: Í skugga hrafnsins, it’s an Icelandic movie by the director and writer Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. This is the second movie in Hrafn Gunnlaugsson's trilogy about Vikings. Stars of the movie: Reine Brynolfsson, Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir and Egill Ólafsson. Storyline: A man named Trausti returns home to Iceland, just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother has been mortally injured, by the leader of the other clan. As revenge Grim kills Erikur, the leader of the other clan. The daughter of Erikur, takes over the place of his father. His daughter Isold and Trausti are attracted to one another, but Isold was promised to Hjoerleifur, who is the son of the Bishop of Iceland, and his powerful wife. Nevertheless, Isold has a plan.
It’s a Norwegian movie, by the director and writer Nils Gaup. Stars of the movie: Mikkel Gaup, Ingvald Guttorm and Nils Utsi. Storyline: A movie that I would not classify under the Norse or the Vikings, but it is taking place around the year 1000 AD in northern Scandinavia. A group of warlike people, the so-called “tjuder”, is roaming in the northern Scandinavia. One day they kill a family in a remote area, and only the son of the family manages to flee. The boy finds a camp with other Lapps, but they get scared and decide to flee to the coast, when they hear that the “tjuder” might be on its way. The boy then gets captured and is forced to lead them to the Lapps.
It’s a Danish animated movie, by the directors Peter Madsen and Jeffrey James Varab, and written by Søren Håkansson, Henning Kure, Peter Madsen, Hans Rancke-Madsen, Niels Søndergaard and Per Vadmand. Stars of the movie: Dick Kaysø, Preben Kristensen and Laura Bro. Storyline: The story starts out with Thor and Loki coming to a farm to seek shelter for the night. At dinner Loki convinces a boy named Thialfi to break one of the bones from a goat which Thor has offered the family for dinner. When Thor finds out what has happen, he demands that Thialfi and his sister Röskva become his servants. The movie is heavy filled with Norse Mythology and many of the different sagas that the Norse has told and retold. The movie will teach you many of the so called basic knowledge of the Norse, and their mythology. The movie is suitable for kids and grownups, and is both funny and teach Norse Mythology at the same time. The Movie is really well made, and is one of my personal top 5.
Also called Hrafninn Flýgur. It’s an Icelandic movie by the director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson and the writers Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, Bo Jönsson, and Dashiell Hammett. This is the first movie in Hrafn Gunnlaugsson's trilogy about Vikings. Stars of the movie: Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Egill Ólafsson and Flosi Ólafsson. Storyline: The movie takes place in Iceland and Ireland, over a time period of 20 years. The Vikings came from Iceland to plunder and pillage the cost of Ireland, seeking riches and slaves. A little boy is spared by the Vikings, and the boy will 20 years later seek his revenge.
Original title; I na kamnyakh rastut derevya also called Dragens Fange. It’s a Norwegian/Russian movie, by the directors: Stanislav Rostotsky, Knut Andersen and written by Aleksandr Aleksandrov, Stanislav Rostotsky, Gennadi Shumsky and Yuri Vronsky. Stars of the movie: Aleksandr Timoshkin, Petronella Barker and Tor Stokke. Storyline: The story is about the Vikings who attack Kuksja’s village, and capture him because they believe he brings them good luck. He proves himself worthy of being a Viking in a battle against the Danes, so the chief Torir takes him as his own son and gives him the name Einar. When they sail back to Norway, Einar ends up falling in love with Signy, who is already promised to Sigurd.
Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli. It’s an Icelandic movie also called Útlaginn by the director and writer Ágúst Guðmundsson. It takes place in Iceland with Icelandic dialog, and captures the authentic speech and flavor of the sagas. Experience the village life, how the families and clans were living, and see the stunning and beautiful nature in Iceland. Stars of the movie: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson and Kristján Jóhann Jónsson Storyline: It all begins with Gisli, Thorgrim, Thorkel, and Vestein making a blood pact to protect one another. An argument erupts when among the men; Thorgrim denies continuing the blood pact because he doesn’t want any involvement with Vestein. Thorgrim claims that accepting Vestein as a brother is accepting more trouble than he can handle. After some arguing the men goes each their way, with the blood pact incomplete. As the story unfolds, conspiracy and murder between the men, gets worse and worse.
An American movie by the director and writer Charles B. Pierce. Stars of the movie: Lee Majors, Cornel Wilde and Mel Ferrer. Storyline: Around the 11th century a Viking prince and a group of Vikings sail to America to find his lost father. Who has been captured on a previous raid by a group of Indians.
An American movie, by the director Robert Stevenson, and written by John Wheldon and Ian Cameron. Stars of the movie: David Hartman, Donald Sinden and Jacques Marin. Storyline: It’s a story about a man who takes an airship journey to find his long lost son, who disappeared somewhere in the uncharted arctic regions. The man and his expedition team find a Viking village, while they search for his son.
A movie made in the UK, by the director Clive Donner, and written by James R. Webb, Ken Taylor, and Eleanor Shipley Duckett. Stars of the movie: David Hemmings, Michael York, and Prunella Ransome. Storyline: It takes place in England around 900.A.D. The Vikings from Denmark, “The Danes” are raiding the English. A Man who wanted to become a priest is forced into becoming the King, because he has some good leadership qualities. The movie was made on a low budget, but I found it worth watching.
This is a Franco-Italian saga, made on a low budget. It’s an Italian movie by the director Giuseppe Vari, and written by Nino Stresa. Stars of the movie: ameron Mitchell, Geneviève Grad and Ettore Manni. Storyline: Staring Cameron Mitchell as Wilfred, Duke of Saxony that wants to take over the English throne and destroy a Norman named D'Anglon.
It’s an Italian movie by the director Mario Bava, and written by Mario Bava, Oreste Biancoli and Piero Pierotti. Stars of the movie: Cameron Mitchell, Alice Kessler and Ellen Kessler. Storyline: In the 9th Century, two Viking children, separated since their early childhood with one raised by the British and the other by Vikings, meet after nearly 20 years as rivals as war breaks out between Britain and the Vikings for control of England.
Original title; L'ultimo dei Vikinghi, it’s an Italian movie by the director Giacomo Gentilomo and Mario Bava, and written by Arpad Deriso, Luigi Mondello and Guido Zurli. Stars of the movie: Cameron Mitchell, Edmund and Isabelle Corey. Storyline: The movie is about Harald and his younger brother Guntar, who gets back to Norway after having been away for 10 years. They discover that their father has been murdered and his lands have been taken by a guy named Sveno. Harald then decide to disguise himself as a Danish ambassador, and travel to Sveno’s stronghold. There he falls in love with Hilde, who is Sveno’s cousin.
This was a television series, with Jerome Courtland as Eric, also used scenes from The Vikings with Kirk Douglas. The series only lasted one season, and it is almost impossible to find any episodes for sale.
It’s an American movie by the director Richard Fleischer, and written by Calder Willingham, Dale Wasserman and Edison Marshall. Stars of the Movie: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Ernest Borgnine. Storyline: This is an awesome Viking movie, and a must have for a Viking fan. Considering that it was made in the late 1950, it’s very impressive. There are many beautiful scenes with Viking ships and Viking villages. Some of the cloths and the castle in the movie might seem a bit odd, but overall, this is worth watching. The lead role is played by the famous and great actor Kirk Douglas. Many Viking movies have been compared to this, and many people around the globe have this one in their top 5 Viking movie list. The Movie is really well made, and is one of my personal top 5. The story is about the Vikings who raided the English and in one of these raids, the Viking leader Ragnar kills the English king, and forces himself on the Queen, and makes her pregnant. The brother of Ragnar takes the thrown but he did not know that the Queen was with child, when the child is born, the little boy is sent away to protect him. 20 years later the boy who has become a slave meets his half-brother who is a warlord; neither of them knows the true identity of the other.
This movie has one of the longest titles I have ever seen; The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent. It’s an American movie by the director Roger Corman and written by Irving Block and Lawrence L. Goldman. Stars of the movie: Abby Dalton, Susan Cabot and Bradford Jackson. Storyline: A group of beautiful and lonely Viking woman, decide to build a ship and sail across the sea. They want to find their missing men. But they get captured by a group of barbarians that also hold their men captive. The Viking women are all gorgeous, and starlets of the 1950s, such as Abby Dalton, Susan Cabot, June Kenney, and Sally Todd. The effects are of course not as good as today's standard, and besides it was even at that time a low budget movie ($65,000). But if you are into this kind of genre, it might be worth watching.
An American movie by the director Roy William Neill, and written by Jack Cunningham, Ottilie A Liljencrantz. The stars of the movie: Pauline Starke, Donald Crisp and Leroy Mason. Storyline: This movie is all color, but it is a silent movie, with some music added. The movie is about Leif Ericsson, who travels from Norway to explore what lies beyond west of Greenland. He is a Christian and he has some conflicts with his father, who is Eric the Red, who routinely murders Christians for giving up on their old faith. On the journey he and one of his recently acquired slaves, content for a Viking princess. His crew is also very afraid that they might fall off the edge of the world.