Connor Macleod (Christopher Lambert) of the clan Macleod is getting ready to fight a neighboring clan. He is pumped and he is looking to kill as many as he can. Now this takes place in the 1500's and Connor has no clue as to what's coming. The Kurgan (Clancy Brown) has told the other clan that Connor is his and his alone. Anyone interfering will be killed.
The battle starts and no one will even come close to Connor to fight him. Kurgan and Connor finally have their short and sweet fight and Connor is stabbed. The clansmen come and drag Connor off to die. For a stomach wound back then usually meant death. Now the wake is being held for the dead Connor Macleod and the whole village is there and sees the body. What they don't expect to see is Connor walking a little while later amongst them. They call him witch and the devil and run him out of the village.
You see Connor Macleod is immortal. The Kurgan wanted his head because that is the only way for the immortals to die. They have walked among us for many thousands of years. We just never knew. Connor still is not aware of what he is and settles down with his wife Heather (Beatie Edney). One day Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery) rides to the home of Connor Macleod and explains to the Scot what exactly he is. You see the day will come when there will be only one immortal still be standing and all knowledge will be his.
Ramirez teaches the Scot how to defend himself and lets him know the rules so to speak. The Kurgan finds Macleod, kills Ramirez, and destroys MacLeod's home. Some years later his beloved Heather will die in his arms and Macleod will take to the road.
In the 1980's Macleod is found in New York City and has an antique shop. The duels are still occurring and the heads are still coming off but the immortals are coming down to just a few. Macleod is now called Russell Nash and his nemesis the Kurgan is now called Victor Kruger. A forensics investigator by the name of Brenda Wyatt (Roxanne Hart) becomes involved between Kruger and Nash and almost loses her head. Watch the rest to see who will inherit all knowledge. Enjoy the tale of the immortals. Director Russell Mulcahy does an excellent job interweaving past and present. In the end there can be only one.