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The 30 greatest mythical movies

Myth, legend and folklore constitute the bedrock of world culture. Strange, then, that they have been so poorly served by the English-speaking cinema community. With Hollywood especially guilty of treating the mythological as little more than a source of fantastic stories, you have to look to world cinema to find films that treat the legends and myths of the past with the respect they deserve. Whether drawing on indigenous folktales and legends or looking to classical mythology for inspiration, world cinema filmmakers seem much more attuned to that which makes the mythic so powerful and eternally fascinating; their films, consequently, are all the better for it. Some of the featured filmmakers adopt a playful approach, others offer more subversive takes, some surrender completely to the strange inner logic of the supernatural folkloric world, and then there are those driven to interrogate the very nature of myth itself; but what unites all their films is that same shared sense of magic and wonder that the best myths, legends or folktales evoke. This list given in no particular order presents twenty-five world cinema films inspired by myth, legend and folklore — all equally remarkable in their own right.

Some say that there's no new story under the sun - storytellers just tell the same stories over and over again while changing the details. While it's difficult to say where one story ends and the next begins, there are storytellers who draw direct inspiration from older stories, revitalizing ancient tales with modern elements or interpretations. In recent years, filmmakers have not slowed down. The films selected for this list may or may not include specific characters, settings, or details from myths; in some, the myth serves as a reference point for a world, even if the story is original. All of these films do, however, explicitly deal with pieces of myths' content, rather than simply taking rhetorical or structural inspiration from the stories. While the films are based on the Marvel Comics, the comics draw inspiration from the ancient myths of the Norse, or Viking-era Scandinavians. The mythological Thor had a fiery temper and a stubbornness that made him fall for many tricks and traps - in one comedic story, his hammer was stolen by giants who demanded the goddess Freyja's hand for its return.

For us mere mortals, mythology and the world of the gods has been a fascinating subject for thousands of years. Tragic love stories between a mortal and an immortal forever kept apart, heroic battles between the forces of good and evil, the influence of religious belief in different gods that controlled the ancient Greek cultures — these and other ideas are the basis for many of the best movies about Greek mythology. Vote up the most epic movie on the list or add your favorite mythological film that isn't already included. The story is very loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated

9. “Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief” (2010)

Earn points on every ticket you buy., No, not that kind of mythical movie.

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