15 Epic Films Immersed in Norse Viking Culture and Folklore

Norse Viking culture and folklore have long captivated audiences worldwide, and the film industry is no exception.

From epic battles to mythical creatures, these 15 fantastic movies bring the rich history and traditions of the Vikings to life on the big screen.

Thor (2011)

All of the Thor films take notes from Vikings, and essentially the superhero/God was loosely inspired by Viking history.

The Headhunter (2018)

If you are into avenging storylines, you will like The Headhunter. Essentially the characters existed during medieval times, and thus Viking culture is prevalent. 

The Northman (2022)

Robert Eggers' biggest budget film to date, this revenge thriller follows a Viking prince named Amleth, who seeks revenge for the murder of his father by his uncle.

13th Warrior (1999)

Based on the novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton, this film follows a Muslim ambassador named Ahmed (Antonio Banderas) who is sent to aid a group of Vikings in their battle against a tribe of mysterious, cannibalistic creatures.

Beowulf (2007)

This motion capture animated film, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Ray Winstone, Angelina Jolie, and Anthony Hopkins, retells the classic Anglo-Saxon epic poem.

Valhalla Rising (2009)

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, this film follows a mute warrior named One-Eye (Mads Mikkelsen) as he escapes from a Norse chieftain and embarks on a journey with a group of Christian Vikings to the Holy Land. 

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