Here are some of the Best Greek Mythology Movies! They will transport you to another era, when the ancient Greek civilization flourished.
Ancient Greece and Greek Mythology Movies
There are tons of movies inspired by Greece! Films like “Zorba the Greek” or “Mamma Mia” have become world-famous. This article on movies about Greece is a good starting point if you want to dive deeper.
Apart from these films, there is a whole genre of movies inspired by Greek mythology and Ancient Greece. The impressive ancient Greek cities and monuments have proved to be a great setting for ambitious blockbusters – though, in reality, these Greek mythology movies were mostly made in studios.
Legendary heroes like Achilles, Odysseus and Hercules have been adapted into larger-than-life screen characters. They interact with the Olympian gods and goddesses, such as Zeus, Poseidon, Athena and Hera. They fight against horrible monsters, like the Cyclops, the Medusa and even the Kraken.
Some of these films have not followed Greek mythology very closely. One could argue that it hardly matters. What is Greek mythology anyway, but a collection of stories and fables, written thousands of years ago?
So, here are the best Greek Mythology movies to get you in the mood before your next trip to Greece!
This classic film is based on Homer’s epic poem, Odyssey. It describes the ultimate journey of Odysseus, the Trojan War hero, as he returns to his homeland, Ithaca. On his way, he comes across many difficulties and distractions.
Featuring Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano and Anthony Quinn, the movie was filmed in Italy and the Mediterranean. You can watch Ulysses on YouTube.
More info on IMDB > Ulysses
Helen of Troy (1956)
Long before the 2004 blockbuster, there was another version of Homer’s Iliad. This classic film follows the love story between Paris and Helen of Troy, which was an excuse for the Greek tribes to start the Trojan War.
The movie was filmed in Italy, and you will find Brigitte Bardot in the role of Andraste!
Here’s the movie on IMDB > Helen of Troy
This classic black and white Greek movie is an adaptation of the ancient tragedy. The story begins with King Oedipus of Thebes, who killed his father and married his mother, Iokasti.
After the death of Oedipus, his two sons, Eteocles and Polynieces, agree to share the throne. Eteocles breaks the agreement, and eventually the two brothers murder each other. Antigone, their sister, insists that their burial ceremonies are similar, going against the wishes of the new King of Thebes, Creon.
The plot unfolds with more tragic events. This is a highly atmospheric movie, featuring several prominent Greek actors, like Irene Papas and Manos Katrakis.
You can watch Antigone on YouTube with English subtitles.
Here is some IMDB info > Antigone
The story is set right after the Trojan War. The King of Mycenae, Agamemnon, returns to his homeland. He is soon murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra, and Aegisthus, her lover. Agamemnon’s children, Orestes and Electra, swear to take revenge.
This is another classic Greek movie, starring Irene Papas and Giannis Fertis. You can watch Electra on YouTube, with English subtitles.
More information on IMDB > Electra
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
This cult Greek mythology movie follows the story of Jason and the Argonauts. Jason was the son of Aristos, the King of Thessaly.
When Jason was a child, Aristos was murdered by Pelias, who became the illegitimate king. Several years later, when Pelias finally encounters Jason, he is afraid of his revenge. He encourages him to take part in a dangerous mission, retrieving the Golden Fleece, hoping that he will perish.
Jason gathers an army of brave men, including Hercules, and they sail in a boat by the name of Argo. Their expedition proves to be dangerous, but they have Hera, the Olympian goddess on their side.
When watching this movie today, we can’t help but smile at the special effects. However, remember this was 1963! Overall, it’s a captivating film, one of the best Greek mythology films out there.
You can watch the full movie on YouTube.
Check this movie on IMDB > Jason and the Argonauts
Iphigenia is the central character in two tragedies by Euripides. This cult movie is based on his play “Iphigenia in Aulis”.
The story develops right before the Trojan War, when the Greek tribes are getting ready to sail to Troy. However, there are no winds, and the ships cannot sail. The only solution for the winds to blow, is for Agamemnon to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to the gods.
This classic film features two of the greatest Greek actors, Kostas Kazakos and Irene Pappas. It was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 1978 Oscar ceremony.
Watch Iphigenia on YouTube, with English subtitles.
Check out more info on IMDB > Iphigenia
Clash of the Titans (1981)
This cult Greek mythology movie follows Perseus, the illegitimate son of Zeus and Danae. King Acrisius of Argos, Danae’s father, attempts to eliminate both Danae and Perseus, hoping to avoid a prophecy. Zeus makes sure that his demigod son is saved, and destroys Acrisius.
As Perseus grows into adulthood, he has to face the sea goddess Thetis, and her evil son, Callipos. He meets the beautiful Andromeda, and tries to win her heart. For this to happen, he will have to battle the mighty Kraken, the infamous sea monster.
Some of the claymation techniques featured in this movie, like in the Kraken – Medusa scene, are way ahead of their times. The fact that the Kraken comes from the Norse mythology is entirely irrelevant.
Fun fact – if you are looking for Titans, you won’t have much luck. Despite the title, there are none in the movie!
Here’s some info from IMDB > Clash of the Titans
This popular Disney cartoon follows Hercules, the legendary demigod, the son of Zeus and Alkmene. In the movie, Hades, the God of the Underworld, plans to eliminate Hercules and replace Zeus as the King of Gods.
However, Hercules gets help from Pegasus, the mythical flying horse, and a satyr by the name of Philoctetes. The story then revolves around Hercules’ encounter with a beautiful lady, Meg, and his further battles against Hades and the Titans.
This is a typical Disney movie, bringing out the funny and extravagant sides in the main characters, Hades in particular. Have I mentioned I have a soft spot for cartoons? 🙂
IMDB info here: Hercules
No list of best Greek mythology movies would be complete without Troy. This epic movie is based on Iliad, the famous poem by Homer. It portrays the long wars between the ancient Greeks and the Trojans.
The movie revolves around the hero Achilles and his legendary pride. It also describes his romance with a Trojan lady, Briseis, and his wrath when his best friend is killed. There are several gruesome battle scenes, combined with intense dialogues.
Troy was filmed in Malta and Mexico, but I don’t think anyone could tell!
Here’s some IMDB info > Troy
In this interesting take on the story of Hercules, Dwayne Johnson playing the leading role is a mercenary for hire. To help his band of mercenaries, he claims to be the son of Zeus.
As the film progresses, he works for a ruthless king, facing his inner demons. At the end, he displays superhuman strength, indicating that he may well be the legendary son of Zeus.
Here’s some info on IMDB > Hercules
Clash of the Titans (2010) – Wrath of the Titans (2012)
These two famous films feature Liam Neeson as Zeus, the King of the Olympians, and Ralph Fiennes as Hades, the God of the Underworld.
The first movie follows the legendary Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae, and princess Andromeda, who later became his wife. It describes his fight against Hades and the Kraken, the terrifying monster who had helped the Gods defeat the Titans.
Several well-known Greek mythology characters and creatures are involved, such as Poseidon, Hermes, Io, Pegasus, Charon and the infamous Medusa. Much of the story takes place in the ancient Greek city of Argos.
In the sequel, Zeus once again summons Perseus to save humanity from Hades and Ares, who conspire against him. Perseus will need to fight against several monsters to protect the world from the re-emerging Titans. Among others, he will have to face the scary Cyclops, and the horrible Chimera. Despite the popular actors and brilliant special effects, it wasn’t particularly well received.
Fun fact – these epic Greek mythology movies were filmed in the UK and Spain!
IMDB info here: Clash of the Titans / Wrath of the Titans
Percy Jackson movies (2010 – 2013)
These two films are based on a famous book series, written by Rick Riordan. They include elements of Ancient Greek mythology, combining it with contemporary life.
A teenager, Percy Jackson, finds out that he is a descendant of the god Poseidon. In the first film, he is accused of stealing Zeus’ sword. He sets off on a quest to prove his own innocence, and to prevent a war among the gods.
The second movie brings together several Greek mythology characters. We will come across the Cyclops, the Golden Fleece and the Bermuda Triangle.
This epic movie follows the ambitious King Hyperion, who wants to overthrow the Gods and rule the world. But he first has to find Epirus Bow, a powerful weapon which will enable him to free the Titans.
This is where a peasant by the name of Theseus comes into the picture. Summoned by Zeus, Theseus steps forward to stop Hyperion, and save humanity.
Several ancient Greek characters appear in Immortals, such as Athena, Poseidon, Apollo, Phaedra and the Minotaur. From a technical point of view it is fascinating, but I didn’t find the story or the characters that captivating.
Featuring Mickey Rourke and John Hurt, among others, this movie was shot in Canada!
More info here > Immortals
What is your favourite Greek mythology movie?
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Hi! I am Vanessa from Athens, and I love helping people discover more about my country. As a child, I absolutely loved Ancient Greek mythology. Some of my favourite characters were Athena, Artemis, Hercules and Achilles! Putting this article together was a lot of fun. I hope that it has inspired you to watch a few Greek mythology movies that you hadn’t heard of!