Mythological movies are comforting to watch because they remind us of the stories that our grandparents used to tell us when we were kids. There have been so many mythological movies that have touched the heart of the audience and have gained a timeless adoration. Be it the Indian animated mythological movies on Ramayana and Mahabharata or Western mythological movies on the battle of Troy or the journey of Odysseus, this genre is a delight to watch.
The recent release of the movie Adipurush which is said to be a modern retelling of Ramayana has received much backlash. The crass dialogues have irked people the most as they see it as an attack on the sanctity of the great epic. Let’s have a look at some of the best mythological movies ever made that will help us move on from the disaster that is Adipurush.
Disney’s Hercules is an animated film that draws from Greek mythology. It follows the journey of Hercules, the son of Zeus, as he faces challenges, battles monsters, and learns valuable lessons about heroism and self-acceptance. With vibrant animation, catchy songs, and memorable characters, the movie brings the magic of Greek mythology to life in an entertaining and family-friendly way.
Ghatothkach is an animated mythological movie that tells the story of the legendary character from the Mahabharata, Ghatothkach. As the son of Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, Ghatothkach possesses magical powers and embarks on a series of adventures. The film explores his bravery, friendships, and his role in the epic battle between good and evil. The songs from this movie are delightfully catchy.
Inspired by the graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 showcases the heroic stand of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors against the vast Persian army led by King Xerxes. Filled with inspiring and breathtaking action, this movie narrates a saga of immense courage and bravery. This visually striking mythological movie is a treat to watch.
4. Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama is hailed as one of the best adaptations of the epic story of Ramayana. Many people aren’t aware of the fact that this is an anime adaptation. This movie is rich in simplicity yet beautifully captures the complexities of the epic plot and its many characters. It indeed is a must-watch.
An able adaptation of the Greek epic Illiad, Troy is a mythological movie that should be on your watchlist. It is philosophical, entertaining, action-filled, dramatic, intense, and captivating all at the same time. The dialogues are especially very well written. Brad Pitt shines in the role of the conflicted hero Achilles.
6. The Prince of Egypt
With its awe-inspiring animation and captivating storytelling, The Prince of Egypt breathes new life into the mythological narrative of Moses. This animated gem takes audiences on a remarkable journey, showcasing Moses’ extraordinary evolution from an Egyptian prince to the revered leader who emancipates his fellow Hebrews from the shackles of enslavement.
One of the most original mythological plots ever written, Baahubali has all the features of a great ancient epic along with the charm of a modern one. The two parts of this movie follow the life of the heroic prince, Baahubali, as he navigates treacherous political intrigue, battles formidable enemies, and unravels the mysteries of his royal lineage. Set in the fictional kingdom of Mahishmati, this movie is one of the best mythological movies of recent times.
8. Princess Mononoke
It is amazing how almost every list is incomplete without a Studio Ghibli entry. Set in a mystical and conflict-ridden world, the movie follows the journey of Ashitaka, a young warrior, as he becomes embroiled in a struggle between humans and the forces of nature. The mythological tones of this movie along with its well-developed characters make this movie a Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece.
This is one of the best examples of how not to ruin a highly acclaimed epic. The plot of Raavan draws heavily from Ramayana but its essence is rooted in the modern day and age or the Kaliyug. The character of Raavan falls somewhere between the concepts of villain and antihero in this movie. The movie is an intense watch, sure, but it worth your time.
Yume or Dreams is another Japanese movie with mythological tones that takes you to the realm of dreams. From a child’s encounter with a troupe of forest spirits to a solemn procession of ghostly soldiers, each dream sequence offers a profound and contemplative exploration of the human condition. Yume is not just a movie, it is an experience.
This 2005 animated movie is based on the story of the mythological character of Hanuman from Ramayana. It follows his journey from his childhood to his submission at the feet of Lord Rama. The movie includes popular stories of Lord Hanuman such as the time when he tried to eat the sun mistaking it for a mango and the time when he picked up an entire mountain because he could not find a particular medicinal herb.
This Marvel movie is based on the God of Thunder, Thor, from the Norse mythology. Thor is banished from Asgard for his arrogance, stripped off all his powers and sent to Earth. His experiences on Earth transform him from a God to a hero. This is one of the most entertaining mythological movies of recent times.
13. Big Fish and Begonia
The story of this Chinese animated movie revolves around Chun, a young girl from a magical realm called the “Spirit World,” who embarks on a daring quest to explore the human world in the form of a dolphin. Along the way, she forms a deep connection with a human boy named Kun and faces profound challenges as she navigates the delicate balance between the two realms. It is based on an ancient Chinese tale called The Classic of Mountain and Seas.
14. Cleopatra (1963)
The movie is based on the life of Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt and her relationship with the Roman general Mark Anthony and Roman emperor Julius Caesar. This movie was nominated for 9 Oscars and won four of them and is worth all the praise. It is one of the most well made Egyptian mythological movies.
15. Krishna: Makhan Chor
This beloved animated mythological movie is a collection of some of the most interesting stories surrounding the childhood of Lord Krishna. It is endearing as well as entertaining.
So these were some of the best mythological movies that you can enjoy watching with your entire family. Did you enjoy reading this list? Find more such lists here. Happy Watching!