Templars in the Movies
Many movies have featured the Knights Templar, including those set it in the Middle Ages, and some that have made use of the military order for more modern times. None of these movies actually portray the Templars as remotely similar to their historical counterparts, but they often make for good action!
Arn the Knights Templar
This 2007 movie tells the story of a fictional Swedish Knight Templar named Arn Magnusson. Based on the novels by Jan Guillou, it follows the Templars as the fight against Saladin in the 12th century.
In this 2011 film, the Knights Templar have somehow gotten involved in the war between King John and his barons. The scene below shows the lead character, a Templar named Thomas Marshall, doing battle with a Viking.
Kingdom of Heaven
This 2005 epic casts the Templars as the villains, and even makes a few of the main characters, like Guy de Lusignan, into members of the order.
The Last Templar
This was actually a TV mini-series that aired in 2009 and follows a New York archaeologist researching the lost secrets of the medieval Knights Templar.
The Da Vinci Code
Based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown, in this scene we have Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon narrating the rise and fall of the Templars.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The third movie in the Indiana Jones franchise, this scene features the ‘Grail Knight’ who seems very similar to a Templar.
Want to know about how the Knights Templar get portrayed by Hollywood? Check out Danièle Cybulskie’s article “The afterlife of the Templars: From fighting injustice to ruling the world” in the latest issue of Medieval Warfare magazine.