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Historical action films and epics

Season 5 of the popular Netflix show The Last Kingdom gives Uhtred a happy ending with him finally defeating Wihtgar and getting back Bebbanburg. Well, its movie version, The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die is based a few years after King Edward’s death. While it seems that the succession may be quiet and smooth with Aethelstan as the obvious heir, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

However, the truce that he had called with his half-brother Aelfweard is broken with the latter vying for his throne. Though Uhtred retired years ago from the politics of Briton, he must once again enter the fray as Edward’s family calls for his help. Well, if you want more such exciting historical action films and epics, we’ve got you. 

So, without further wait, here are 10 movies with a similar premise to watch if you liked Seven Kings Must Die.


The Northman

Similarities – Vikings, historical, action

One of the latest releases to be pulled in comparison when thinking of Seven Kings Must Die is The Northman. The Viking film stars our favourite real-life Viking-esque actor Alexander Skarsgard who must take revenge for his father and kill his uncle who has usurped the throne and wedded his mother. Sounds familiar? Yep, that is because this revenge story of Amleth is the very same folktale which inspired Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, Hamlet.


Valhalla Rising

Similarities – epic, action, Vikings

Another case of a Viking movie starring a possible Viking descendant is Valhalla Rising with the charmingly ambiguous persona of Mads Mikkelson in the lead role. One day, the mute gladiator-like slave One Eye decides to create an uprising and break free in his quest for the Holy Land.

With a mix of Christians and Pagans, they board a ship to Jerusalem. But as they face off attacks and nature’s wrath, the difference in beliefs starts straining an already precarious truce on the ship.


The 13th Warrior

Similarities – historical, action, ancient Britain

If you have ever wondered what Antonio Banderas, Omar Sharif and Tony Curran have in common, well they all starred in The 13th Warrior which is actually based on the Viking legend of Beowulf and Russian Vikings. But like Seven Kings Must Die, the movie takes some creative liberty and strays from history for an exciting tale of revenge, adventure and action.

A seer tells the Viking prince Wulfgar that he needs 13 warriors to save his kingdom from impending doom. However, the 13th warrior cannot be a Viking leading to Ahmad ibn Fadlan, a Muslim ambassador who does not get along with Norsemen being recruited against his will.


Thor: Ragnarok

Similarities – Norse traditions, action

Loved the Norse mythology that Marvel touched upon with the character of Thor in Avengers? Well, we got a blend of Norse and superhero action with Thor: Ragnarok which is possibly the first and last best instalment of this particular Avenger’s standalone films. Thor constantly keeps eradicating symptoms that could lead to Ragnarok aka the end of the world.

However, much to his dismay, his father’s death frees Odin’s firstborn Hela who may end up being responsible for Ragnarok. After their first meeting ends in a disaster, Thor must team up with Loki, Hulk and Valkyrie to take her down.


King Arthur

Similarities – historical, action, ancient Britain

No, we don’t mean the straightforward action film of Arthur and some random king that Guy Ritchie helmed. This iconic 2004 version stars the queen of period dramas, Keira Knightley, pretty boys Ioan Gruffudd and Hugh Dancy, IRL Vikings Mads Mikkelsen and Stellan Skarsgard and a bunch of other stars in this tale of Arthur and his 12 knights.

Influenced by Cornwell, the same author responsible for The Saxon Stories of The Last Kingdom, it gives a realistic twist to the legend of Excalibur and how Arthur came to be King of Briton.


300

Similarities – Epic, historical, action

While we may be shifting countries and time periods, the premise of 300 and Seven Kings Must Die is quite similar if you break down the plot. We have a small war-torn country being targeted by several outsiders. Unusual alliances are formed in the name of imminent victory. All odds seem to be in the favour of the ‘bad’ guys but the underdogs prevail.

The stories also happen to be based on fictional books inspired by real events. The only difference is that Seven Kings Must Die is based in 10th century AD Britain and 300 focuses on the rivalry between Greece and Persia back in 480 BC.


Clash of the Titans

Similarities – Epic, mythology, action

Now we may be digressing from Nordic and British epics to Greek but Clash of the Titans is yet another exciting action film that is bound to give viewers the same thrilling experience as Seven Kings Must Die. After Hades’ Kraken threatens to destroy the kingdom of Argos in 10 days, the demigod Perseus who always believed he was human is tasked to find a way to stop it.

With the help of the King’s Guard, he must find some witches who are the only ones that know how to defeat the Kraken.


First Knight

Similarities – Historical, action, ancient Britain, fight for the throne

First Knight puts a twist on the Arthurian legend to give an old and insecure King Arthur who is betrothed to the beautiful Guinevere. However, as she spends time with him and his knights, she falls for the much younger and charming Lancelot. Sparks fly and loyalties are tested when Arthur and his kingdom are under attack by an insider who wants to overthrow him.


 

Beowulf

Similarities – Epic, action, Norse tradition

Back when the 2007 Avatar test run caused nightmares, in the same year we got the iconic 3D animated Beowulf which tells the tale of the Norse mythological figure Beowulf. Known for his victories in battle, Beowulf is entrusted to take care of the newest demon, Grendel targeting Hrothgar’s kingdom.

While Beowulf easily defeats him, he unleashes a much more darker and dangerous enemy. Distraught over her son’s death, Grendel’s mother vows to have her revenge.


Outlander

Similarities – Epic, action, Vikings

Nope, not to be mistaken by the popular time-travelling TV show, this time-travelling movie takes a new twist on the Beowulf epic. The alien Kainan accidentally crashes his spaceship in Medieval Scandinavia but ends up being captured by the warrior Wulfric who is set to be the next King of that area.

However, he gains the trust of the locals when he proves himself by killing a bear and comes up with a foolproof plan to eradicate the land of a mysterious creature that is wreaking havoc. But unbeknownst to them, the creature, Moorwen landed on Earth along with Kainan.


So there we have it, our 10 movie alternatives to watch when you’re finished watching Seven Kings Must Die.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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