Well, it’s interesting to see the top 33 “historically accurate” movies , as voted for in 2017 by IMDb readers. I confess to being disappointed that only three of the medieval period made it to the list (which is in number-of-votes order).
Well, three if Elizabeth actually counts as medieval. This last of the Tudor monarchs, 1998 version, was at number 25. I’ve included her here because she’s sort-of medievalish. At a stretch. Anyway, she was rated at 7.4 and managed 93,085 votes. I haven’t seen the movie, my appreciation of Elizabeth being fixed back with Glenda Jackson. Which dates me.
At number 27 was the 1928 movie The Passion of Joan of Arc, set in 1431. Now I confess to never having seen this one either, nor am I likely to, because I’m just not a fan of Joan of Arc. But it had 47,619 votes and was rated at 8.1.
At number 30 was the 1968 version of The Lion in Winter, set in 1183. Yes, yes! Definitely an accurate film of a totally dysfunctional royal family of the medieval period. Brilliantly cast and presented. All of them scheming against each other. It was rated at 7.9, with 28,980 votes. I’d have placed it much higher in the list. Alas no.
And the first five? Schindler’s List, The Wolf of Wall Street, Goodfellas, The Pianist and City of God. The last three after The Lion in Winter? Gettysberg, A Night to Remember and lastly, Black Robe.
I have yet looked to see if there are similar lists for subsequent years… But I will.