The Top 25 Greatest King Arthur Adaptations

The tradition of telling and re-telling King Arthur stories goes back centuries. These are the versions you have to see.

Ashley Victoria Robinsonby Ashley Victoria Robinson

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is entering into the pantheon of Arthurian Legend adaptations. Le Morte d’Arthur (ironically a French publication), is considered by many to be the greatest telling of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but that hasn’t kept creatives from across centuries of art and culture from revisiting a familiar cast of characters and their themes.

Everything from traditional opera to contemporary comic books have dipped their toes alongside the Lady in the Lake to discover the true power of Excalibur. There is something incredibly appealing about a group of exceptional people who might be magic (Justice League, anybody?), who come together to forge one of the most important European kingdoms.

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Whether or not your preference runs along the magical lines or the epic hero’s journey there is something in Camelot and Avalon to strike your fancy. Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere and Morgana have, at different times, been iconic for different subcultures – the feminist streak that defines Mists of Avalon readily comes to mind – leaving an interesting door open for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword to step into.

In celebration of Charlie Hunnam taking up the mantle of Arthur Pendragon we have curated for you our definitive list of the top 25, greatest King Arthur adaptations.

The Top 25 Greatest King Arthur Adaptations:

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