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13 Best Movies Like Elden Ring To Watch When You Need A Break

elden ring, I’m right? FromSoftware’s latest challenging role-playing game is a worldwide hit, and the studio has announced that it wants to expand beyond games. So we thought it would be a good time to talk about some films that we remember elden ring. FromSoft’s games are known for stunningly beautiful fantasy environments and enemies, and an unrelenting amount of protagonist deaths, so we’ve picked a few films to match. This post is partially inspired by this tweet About The Green Knight and through a recent review of A Writer’s Odyssey.

Whether you’re away from your gaming system, you don’t have to elden ringinterested in the vibes of elden ring but not in gaming, just want to add to your marathon gaming session or anything else, here are 13 movies that can keep that spooky vibe, Tarnished.


A Writer’s Odyssey

Image: CMC Pictures

What is it: A new Chinese fantasy action-adventure about a writer whose fantasy novel seems to have a mysterious impact on the real world and the man sent to kill him.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: The monster design and combat sequences feel straight out of a Fromsoft game, from towering four-armed giants to one-eyed, sentient skeletal armor.

Where to see: continue streaming iQiyi, available for $4.99 on Google Play and $5.99 on Amazon.

Conan the Barbarian

An extremely muscular man wields a sword.

Image: Universal Pictures

What is the 1982 version: The first film adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s Pulp Magazine heroes was a breakthrough role in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s acting career. (A more recent – and less acclaimed – adaptation of Conan, this time starring Jason Momoa, came out in 2011 if you need something more contemporary.)

Why it’s like Elden Ring: As our colleague Patrick Gill put it, “Conan is chased by dogs into a cave where he finds the skeleton of a giant on a throne, and then takes the skeleton’s sword.” If that’s not elden ringwhat is?

Where to see: Streaming on Starz, available to rent for $3.99 on Google Play, Apple, Amazon and other VOD platforms. You can stream the 2011 version on Fubo and AMC Plus and rent it for $3.99 on Google Play, Apple, Amazon and other VOD platforms.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam as Arthur pulling Excalibur from the stone in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Image: Warner Bros.

What is it: Guy Ritchie’s frantic, chaotic and hilarious Arthurian adaptation sees Charlie Hunnam as a young Arthur who finds his destiny and overthrows the evil Vortigern (Jude Law).

Why it’s like Elden Ring: High fantasy sword fighting featuring intense CG fighting sequences with strong video game vibes.

Where to see: Stream on Netflix.

The Headhunter

A warrior in black armor stands in front of a desolate winter forest.

Image: Vertical Entertainment

What is it: A 2018 short fantasy horror film shot on a micro budget, The Headhunter follows a bounty hunter as he waits for the creature that killed his daughter and has been compared to a live-action version of Skyrim.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: Perhaps closest to the game’s tone, this is a beautiful, atmospheric horror fantasy.

Where to see: Streaming on Shudder and AMC Plus, available for free with a library card on Hoopla.

Army of Darkness

Ash holds his Boomstick in Army of Darkness

Image: Universal Pictures

What is it: The third film in the original Evil Dead trilogy, Army of Darkness is much more comedic than the previous entries in the series, as Ash travels back in time to the Middle Ages with his chainsaw arm.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: Undead fantasy with unconventional weapons and lots of slapstick humor.

Where to see: Stream on HBO Max.

highlanders

Christopher Lambert as Conner MacLeod in Highlander.

Image: 20th Century Fox

What is it: Russell Mulcahy’s legendary 1986 action-adventure fantasy fever dream about immortal warriors stars Christopher Lambert, Clancy Brown and Sean Connery, who plays an Egyptian immortal named Juan Sánchez-Villalobos Ramírez.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: High fantasy with sword fighting, a slowly unfolding narrative and a twisted monstrous villain. This is basically the same as being attacked by another player elden ring.

Where to see: Streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Peacock and free with ads on Tubi

dragon slayer

a man stabbing a dragon in the neck with a spear

Image: Paramount Pictures

What is it: A 1981 dark fantasy film about a young wizard chasing a dragon, dragon slayer received Oscar nominations for its visual effects (including a 40-foot hydraulic kite made from 16 puppets) and original score.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: Great monster design, dark atmosphere, incomprehensible dialogue and some great backstory that the movie doesn’t need or want to explain. The dragon is also called “Vermithrax Pejorative”.

Where to see: Available for free with a library card on Kanopy.

rampant

Image: Well Go USA Entertainment

What is it: A 2018 South Korean era action-packed play set in the Joseon Dynasty era… with zombies.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: Undead fantasy action intertwined with royal court drama.

Where to see: Streaming on Hi-Yah!, available for free with ads on Tubi.

The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare

Vesemir in The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

Image: Netflix

What is it: The Netflix animated witcher adventure, an origin story of Geralt’s mentor Vesemir.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: Animated dark fantasy with great action sequences and monster design.

Where to see: Stream on Netflix.

edge of tomorrow

Tom Cruise as Cage in power armor storming a beach full of explosions in Edge of Tomorrow.

Image: Warner Bros.

What is it: One of the best blockbusters of the 2010s is this adaptation of the Japanese novel All you need is kill stars Tom Cruise as a public relations officer caught in a time warp trying to stop an alien invasion with a veteran soldier (Emily Blunt).

Why it’s like Elden Ring: The protagonist keeps dying. Over and over again.

Where to see: Available to rent for $3.99 on Google Play, Apple, Amazon and other VOD platforms.

Attack the block

A mouth full of glowing blue teeth in the jaws of a jet-black, furry monster.

Image: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

What is it: A cult hit of 2011, this sci-fi/horror/comedy follows a group of teenagers (including a young John Boyega) who are the only ones who know of an alien invasion in their neighborhood of London.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: Lo, dogs!

Where to see: Streaming on Starz, available to rent for $3.99 on Google Play, Apple, Amazon and other VOD platforms.

The Great Wall

Green monster flexing its blood-soaked teeth

Image: Universal Pictures / China Film Group

What is it: In Wuxia Master Zhang Yimou’s excellent 2016 monster film, Matt Damon plays a European mercenary who is held prisoner at the Great Wall before helping the defense forces when monsters attack.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: Dog not expected.

Where to see: Available to rent for $3.99 on Google Play, Apple, Amazon and other VOD platforms.

The witch

Anya Taylor Joy as Thomasin in The Witch.

Image: A24

What is it: A supernatural period of horror drama starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a young girl whose puritanical family is torn apart by the machinations of a mysterious evil lurking in the nearby woods of her farm.

Why it’s like Elden Ring: A child suffers the dire consequences of hugging a stranger.

Where to see: Stream on Showtime and Fubo, or for free with a library card on Kanopy.

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