Last Updated on 26 February 2024

I searched the Internet for lists of the best sword & sorcery movies of all time. Criteria included the movies being ranked, not just listed, and generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like

I was able to find 15 lists. I took the 15 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every film. I ended up averaging the rankings each movie got (there were 89 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that movie was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The movies that were on the most lists (out of 15) were:

  • Conan the Barbarian (1982) – 13 lists
  • Excalibur (1981) – 12 lists
  • Krull (1983) – 12 lists
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – 11 lists
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – 10 lists
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – 10 lists
  • Willow (1988) – 10 lists
  • The Beastmaster (1982) – 10 lists
  • Highlander (1986) – 9 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created: