The months between seasons of Game of Thrones can feel like an eternity, especially as we start getting closer to the Season 7 premiere. In case you've been living under a rock, the popular HBO show returns for its new season on July 16. As we get closer, it seems like every few days we get a new promotional trailer, an interview, or a set of photos to keep us all interested. But beyond these things, what else can we fans of the show do to entertain ourselves? Well, you could re-watch Seasons 1 through 6, you could read the books the show is based on, or you could watch movies that are similar in theme or topic to Game of Thrones. But don’t worry, you won’t need to go to a movie theater and purchase a ticket, because there are plenty of films you can stream from the comfort of your own home that will definitely scratch your GoT itch.
Finding a good movie to watch can be a pain, I know. There are so many titles available to stream on services like Netflix and Amazon Prime that it can be easy to get intimidated. Well, that's why I've put together this list for all of my fellow Game of Thrones viewers. Each of the films featured below is currently available to stream online, and they all have a fantasy element to them that Game of Thrones fans will appreciate.
Valhalla Rising is a 2009 film about a warrior who kills his master then sets sail with crusaders to find a new world. It was reportedly shot entirely in Scotland, and has some stunning landscape shots. You can stream Valhalla Rising on Netflix.
2. King Arthur
Starring Clive Owen as the title character and Keira Knightley as Guinevere, King Arthur is a reinterpretation of the classic tale with Arthur as a Roman officer instead of a medieval knight. It's available to stream on Netflix.
Set in a fictional medieval kingdom, Dragonslayer is a 1981 film that follows a young wizard who attempts to defeat a dragon. Dragonslayer is available to stream on Amazon if you have a Starz subscription. Luckily Amazon offers a free 7-day trial, so you won't need to fork over any cash.
Don't want to sign up for Starz to get your dragon fix? Then check out Dragonfyre — a fantasy/action film from 2014. It's free to steam with Amazon Prime.
5. Black Death
Sean Bean and Carice Van Houten — who palyed Ned Stark and Melisandre, respectively, in Game of Thrones — star in Black Death, a medieval horror thriller. It's available on Amazon streaming if you're a Shudder subscriber.
Starring Mel Gibson, Braveheart is an iconic film and if you're a Game of Thrones fan who hasn't yet seen it, then definitely check it out on Netflix this weekend.
Journey to Promethea is a fantasy film from 2010 about a corrupt king whose throne is threatened by rebels. Oh, and one of the main characters is named Aria, different spelling than Arya from Game of Thrones, but pronounced similarly. Journey to Promethea is free to stream on Amazon.
Based on the Biblical tale, David and Goliath is a 2015 film starring Miles Sloman. Check it out on Netflix.
Set in 1683 Vienna, Day of the Siege follows a small cavalry that stands up to 300,000 Ottoman Empire soldiers. The movie is full of epic battle scenes that keep you glued to your screen for two hours. You can watch Day of the Siege on Netflix.
10. Hard To Be A God
At nearly three hours long, Hard to be a God is a movie that you can definitely sink your teeth into on a lazy weekend day. Based on the 1964 book of the same name, the movie is set in the future, and follows the main character Anton's journey to an alien planet populated by humans who have not advanced past the Middle Ages. It's available to stream on Netflix or on Amazon with a Fandor subscription.
11. The Last King
The Last King is an action adventure film set in 1206. When the king of Norway dies, two warriors vow to protect his infant child from those who want to kill the surviving heir. You can stream The Last King for free on Netflix.
Starring Colin Farell and Angelina Jolie, Alexander: The Ultimate Cut tells the tale of Alexander's attempt to become immortal by conquering the world. This extended cut is almost three-and-a-half hours, so be sure to set aside a decent chunk of time to watch it on Netflix.
Released in 2010, Centurion stars Michael Fassbender as a centurion (and officer of the Roman army) who leads a group of soldiers to rescue a captured general (played by Dominic West). Centurion is available to stream on Hulu as well as Netflix.
After watching all of the movies on this list I promise you'll be even more pumped for Game of Thrones to return in July. Winter is almost here.