25 best royal movies ever

Excalibur (1981)

John Boorman's retelling of the legend of King Arthur doesn't even attempt to tie itself to the history of Britain – it's an out and out fantasy based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, in which knights in shining armour stride around waving magic swords. Nicol Williamson's mercurial Merlin is a particular highlight.

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