Great Movies Based on Myths

We all love mythology around here, considering just how many Greek myth episodes we have in our first season!

But myths are adapted to screen so often, a few mythological movies may have slipped by you!

Here are some great movies based on myths from around the world!


Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea is a beautifully animated film revolving around selkie (seal) myths from Ireland. This film is a little light on plot, as it’s for kids, but overall, the animation style is beautiful enough to arrest the attention of adults for its entire runtime. Not to mention, the music is BEAUTIFUL!



TROLLHUNTER is one of my Halloween favorites that may have slipped by you! This 2010 film is a mockumentary of sorts, about a camera crew that takes to the Nordic wilderness to follow the last, well, surviving hunter of trolls. It’s surprising and fun, and you learn a lot about the lore of trolls!


O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I’m sure there’s not a soul alive who doesn’t know that this movie is based on THE ODYSSEY, but honestly? I still think it’s one of the very best myth-to-movie adaptations.


Pom Poko

Pom Poko is an older Studio Ghibli film that takes its story from the myths of Japan. It revolves around the story of tanuki, or the very real and existing racoon dogs, that have the mythological ability to shapeshift. How freaking awesome is that?


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

I don’t consider the actual story of Frankenstein to be a myth– frankly, it’s too modern. But I often forget that the subtitle of the book is Or The Modern Prometheus. Shelley definitely based her original science fiction novel on the story of the Greek Prometheus, a god who sacrifices his own body for the education of man.

What’s your favorite movie based on myths?

Emily EdwardsComment