The legend of Robin Hood goes back centuries, with the earliest known mention of the name in literature dating back to 1377. Tales of the daring outlaw who steals from the rich to give to the poor have resonated with generations of children and parents alike, resulting in countless adaptations of the rather barebones story.
Robin Hood and his adventures are perfect subjects for feature films. Numerous movies on the topic have been released across the world, going as far back as the silent film era. The 2018 film titled simply “Robin Hood” – set to be released the day before Thanksgiving – proves that studios still believe there are some sharp arrows in the quiver of Robin Hood film adaptations.
Whether the film – described in publicity material as being “gritty” and which stars Taron Egerton as Robin and Jamie Foxx as Little John – wins over audiences is yet to be seen. While Robin Hood remains a beloved folk hero, not all film and television adaptations have been successful.
24/7 Wall St. has identified the best and worst Robin Hood adaptations of all time based on user ratings from the Internet Movie Database. Both the best and worst films have great variation among them – from the straight forward Errol Flynn-starring “The Adventures of Robin Hood” from 1938 to Mel Brooks’ exceedingly goofy “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” Multiple animated films are also present.