French history movies about the royalty

by sofiaponomareva | created - 09 Sep 2012 | updated - 06 Sep 2013 | Public

Kings of France, their lovers, palaces and deaths in films. Mostly bio, mostly in Franch language.

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1. A Cursed Monarchy (2005– )

500 min | Drama, History

Based on the novel of the same name by Maurice Druon, Les Rois maudits (The Cursed Kings) is the second television adaptation of this seven-volume book which is widely agreed to be an ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Claude Rich, Line Renaud, Vasile Albinet

Votes: 473

2. Les rois maudits (1972– )

616 min | Drama, History

Set during the reigns of the last five kings of the Capetian dynasty and the first two kings of the House of Valois, the series begins as the French King Philip the Fair, already surrounded... See full summary »

Stars: Gilles Béhat, Hélène Duc, Jean-Luc Moreau, André Luguet

Votes: 330

3. The Miracle of the Wolves (1961)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the 15th century France, only one honest knight stands up on protection of a young noblewoman when she finds herself trapped in enmity between a king and a treacherous nobility.

Director: André Hunebelle | Stars: Jean Marais, Rosanna Schiaffino, Roger Hanin, Jean-Louis Barrault

Votes: 313

На русском нет.

5. Gallant Ladies (1990)

120 min | Comedy

Comedy set in the 16th century. Brantome is a soldier embroiled in the religious wars but more interested in women, and has many mistresses among the ladies of the royal court, although his heart belongs to just one, Victoire.

Director: Jean-Charles Tacchella | Stars: Richard Bohringer, Isabella Rossellini, Marianne Basler, Laura Betti

Votes: 101

After Brantôme's love stories

6. Diane (1956)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, History, Romance

In the sixteenth century, a noblewoman has a love affair with the French King.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Lana Turner, Pedro Armendáriz, Roger Moore, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 379

Diane de Poitiers and King Francis I

8. Queen Margot (1994)

R | 159 min | Biography, Drama, History

Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez

Votes: 15,531 | Gross: $2.02M

9. Henri 4 (2010)

155 min | Biography, Drama, War

A wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is... See full summary »

Director: Jo Baier | Stars: Julien Boisselier, Joachim Król, Andreas Schmidt, Roger Casamajor

Votes: 1,182

10. The Days That Made History (2009– )
Episode: L'assassinat d'Henri IV (2009)

90 min | History

A reenactment of the last day of king Henri IV of France before his murder by the fanatical catholic Ravaillac.

Director: Jacques Malaterre | Stars: Arnaud Bedouët, Chiara De Luca, Marc Saez, Jean-Baptiste Malartre

Votes: 17

14. Under the Red Robe (1937)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Romance

Cardinal Richelieu spares the life of a convicted duelist (Veidt) provided he will capture the leader of the Huguenots.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Annabella, Raymond Massey, Romney Brent

Votes: 214

About Day of the Dupes

Anne d'Autriche and Mazarin

17. Louis, enfant roi (1993)

160 min | Biography, Drama, History

The title of this major French costume drama means "Louis, child-king", and indeed it's a fascinating fresco about the formative years of the young king Louis XIV, before he became the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Planchon | Stars: Carmen Maura, Maxime Mansion, Paolo Graziosi, Jocelyn Quivrin

Votes: 228

18. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Biography, History

After the death of Cardinal Mazarin, young king Louis XIV decides to assert his power to control the aristocracy.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, César Silvagni, Katharina Renn

Votes: 1,187

19. The King, the Squirrel and the Grass Snake (2010– )

200 min | History

After the sumptuous fete which infuriated the king, Fouquet was arrested .After a travesty of a trial, he spent the rest of his life in a fortress.

Stars: Lorànt Deutsch, Thierry Frémont, Sara Giraudeau, Laurent Natrella

Votes: 46

20. Versailles: The Dream of a King (2008 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Docudrama about the life of Louis XIV nicknamed "the Sun King", the King of France who ran a glamorous court, expanded the borders of France, loved women and parties and built an incredible palace for himself - the Versailles.

Director: Thierry Binisti | Stars: Vinciane Millereau, Samuel Theis, Jérôme Pouly, Antoine Coesens

Votes: 281

Thierry Binisti's movie, set in Versailles - about Louis XIV

21. Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954)

152 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The history of the palace of Versailles from it's founding to the present.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Michel Auclair, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jeanne Boitel

Votes: 389

22. Famous Love Affairs (1961)

130 min | Comedy, History, Romance

Anthology of four love stories that have some historical basis.

Director: Michel Boisrond | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Philippe Noiret, Dany Robin, Palau

Votes: 154

На русском нет

24. The King Is Dancing (2000)

115 min | Drama, History, Music

Corbiau repeats the Farinelli formula, artistic rivalry and social private drama expressed in dazzling, sometimes excessively lavish baroque scenery, music and costume, but this time in its... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Benoît Magimel, Boris Terral, Tchéky Karyo, Colette Emmanuelle

Votes: 2,022

25. Vatel (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Glover

Votes: 7,087 | Gross: $0.05M

26. L'allée du roi (1996– )

Drama, History

Drama centering around the life at the court of Louis XIV and the role of the Marquise de Maintenon.

Stars: Dominique Blanc, Didier Sandre, Valentine Varela, Raphaëline Goupilleau

Votes: 274

27. The King's Daughters (2000)

119 min | Drama, History, Romance

Madame de Maintenon rises from humble beginnings to become a courtesan to the royal court and eventually marries King Louis XIV. With the king's indulgence, Maintenon opens a special school for girls.

Director: Patricia Mazuy | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Simon Reggiani, Jean-François Balmer

Votes: 583

28. Liselotte von der Pfalz (1935)

Drama, History

The story of the German princess Liselotte and her arranged marriage to the French duke Philippe of Orleans.

Director: Carl Froelich | Stars: Renate Müller, Eugen Klöpfer, Maria Krahn, Maly Delschaft

Votes: 11

A woman's life in the court of the Sun King. Book by the ugly letters.

29. Liselotte von der Pfalz (1966)

99 min | Comedy

The story of the free spirited German Princess Liselotte who, giving in to her father's wish, marries Philippe, the Duke of Orleans. Initially she is met with arrogance by her new husband ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Hoffmann | Stars: Heidelinde Weis, Harald Leipnitz, Karin Hübner, Hans Caninenberg

Votes: 44

A woman's life in the court of the Sun King. Book by the ugly letters.

30. The Marquise of Darkness (2010 TV Movie)

180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Marie Madeleine Dreux, Marquise of Brinvilliers, was executed in 1676 for poisoning. Manipulated by her lover and having kept the aftereffects of her childhood, she does not hesitate to ... See full summary »

Director: Edouard Niermans | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Nicolas Bouchaud, Olivier Perrier, Eric Ruf

Votes: 45

Marie-Madeleine Dreux d'Aubray - marquise de Brinvilliers and the Case of poison

31. Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, History, War

France, 1719. Four years after Louix XIV's death, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent for the nine-year-old Louis XIV. Philippe is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Christine Pascal

Votes: 1,232

Thierry Binisti's movie, set in Versailles

33. Madame De Pompadour: The King's Favourite (2006 TV Movie)

192 min | History, Romance

Jeanne Poisson, the headstrong, ambitious, witty and erudite, catches the eye and heart of French King Louis XV at a costumed ball. She masters the art of seduction well enough to become ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Davis | Stars: Hélène de Fougerolles, Vincent Perez, Charlotte de Turckheim, Rosemarie La Vaullée

Votes: 179

34. Madame du Barry (1954)

106 min | Drama, History

The daughter of a seamstress, Jeanne Bécu could hardly imagine she would later become one of the most influential women of the Kingdom of France. Nor could she anticipate her quick fall and... See full summary »

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Martine Carol, Daniel Ivernel, Gianna Maria Canale, Jean Parédès

Votes: 66

35. Louis XVI, the Man Who Didn't Want to Be King (2011 TV Movie)

90 min | History

The dramatic events around the French king Louis XVI and the French crises in the late 1700's with no will to pay taxes, which led Louis XVI into an impossible situation as a king.

Director: Thierry Binisti | Stars: Vinciane Millereau, Gabriel Dufay, Raphaëlle Agogué, Carlo Brandt

Votes: 70

Thierry Binisti's movie, set in Versailles

На русском нет

36. The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

R | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

42 Metascore

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.

Director: Charles Shyer | Stars: Hilary Swank, Simon Baker, Jonathan Pryce, Adrien Brody

Votes: 4,897 | Gross: $0.43M

37. Marie Antoinette (2006)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis

Votes: 94,949 | Gross: $15.96M

39. La révolution française (1989)

335 min | Drama, History, Thriller

When Louis XVI summoned the Etats-Generaux, he unleashes a revolution that would change his country and cost his life. This is the story of one of the crucial points in the history of France, and Europe, divided into two parts.

Directors: Robert Enrico, Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Jane Seymour, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer

Votes: 1,202

40. Farewell, My Queen (2012)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, Romance

67 Metascore

A look at the platonic relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her female readers during the first days of the French Revolution.

Director: Benoît Jacquot | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen, Noémie Lvovsky

Votes: 7,667 | Gross: $0.07M

41. L'Autrichienne (1990)

98 min | Biography, Drama, History

Last days of queen Marie Antoinette stunningly portrayed by a director who's clearly done a massive historical research. An accurate plot and a very moving rendering.

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Ute Lemper, Patrick Chesnais, Daniel Mesguich, Philippe Leroy

Votes: 80

42. If Paris Were Told to Us (1956)

130 min | Comedy, Drama, History

A witty journey through the history of Paris told to a group of students by Sacha Guitry, from its foundation at the time of Caesar to 1955. Among others you will meet King Charles VII ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Françoise Arnoul, Jeanne Boitel, Gilbert Bokanowski, Julien Carette

Votes: 202

History of the city through the years and crowns

38 episodes through the ages

На русском нет.



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