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Movies Based on Greek Mythology

Oct 01, 2022 ByClaire Miles

Here are some of the best movies based on Greek Mythology that have been produced by Hollywood over the last decades.

Hercules (2014). Hercules was a legendary hero who lived during the Trojan War. He was the son of Zeus and Alcmene and had many adventures throughout his life. His most famous adventure was to kill the Nemean Lion. He was known for being strong, brave, and loyal. In 2014, a movie called Hercules was released starring Dwayne Johnson. Jason & Medea (2013). Jason and Medea were two characters from Greek mythology. Jason was a prince who wanted to marry Medea. She was married to King Creon, but she fell in love with him. When he refused her advances, she killed their children and then herself. Her body was later burned alive by the king.

Clash of the Titans (1981). Clash of the Titans was a movie about the war between the Olympians and the Titans. It starred Sam Neill, John Hurt, and Vanessa Redgrave. The story takes place in Ancient Greece. Perseus, a young man, is sent by his uncle, Zeus, to retrieve the head of Medusa. While doing so, he meets Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Together, they defeat the Kraken and rescue Andromeda. At the end of the film, Perseus becomes the god of war. Antigone (2010). Greek mythology features the persona of Antigone. Oedipus and Jocasta’s daughter, she was. Once she killed her brother Polynices, she was banished from Thebes. The law required her to bury him in a cave, but she disobeyed it by leaving his body. Her tongue was severed as punishment, and she was also buried alive.

Oedipus Rex (2008). Oedipus Rex is a play written by Sophocles. It tells the story of Oedipus, who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. After discovering the truth, he tries to avoid punishment by blinding himself. However, he eventually finds out about his actions and commits suicide. Electra (2009). Electra is a character from Greek Mythology, and she was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. She was banished from Athens after murdering her sister Helen. She was sent away to Argos, where she became the wife of Menelaus.