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1. The Wars of the Roses (2002– )

Not Rated | 200 min | Documentary, History, War

Using historically-accurate, battle-filled re-enactments and interviews with expert historians and noted authors, this documentary series brings to life the captivating true stories behind Britain's bloody civil wars.

Stars: Graham McTavish, Robert Whelan

Votes: 9

2. The Hollow Crown (2012– )

150 min | Drama, History

A mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V.

Stars: Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Georgeson, John Mackay

Votes: 5,099

3. The White Princess (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History

Based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name, the story of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and her marriage to the Lancaster victor, Henry VII.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy, Richard Dillane

Votes: 7,180

4. The White Queen (2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England.

Stars: Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay

Votes: 21,469

5. Alfred the Great (I) (1969)

M/PG | 122 min | Drama, History, War

While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the ninth century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows, to... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: David Hemmings, Michael York, Prunella Ransome, Colin Blakely

Votes: 889

6. Hammer of the Gods (2013)

R | 99 min | Action, History, Horror

44 Metascore

A young man transforms into a brutal warrior as he travels the unforgiving landscape in search of his long lost brother, Hakan the Ferrocious, whose people are relying on him to restore order to their kingdom.

Director: Farren Blackburn | Stars: Charlie Bewley, Alexandra Dowling, Clive Standen, James Cosmo

Votes: 7,591 | Gross: $0.00M

7. The Spanish Princess (2019– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, History

The beautiful Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne.

Stars: Charlotte Hope, Ruairi O'Connor, Richard Pepper, Laura Carmichael

Votes: 2,214

8. The Strange Woman (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 1,502

9. Young Goethe in Love (2010)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Romance

55 Metascore

After aspiring poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fails his law exams, he's sent to a sleepy provincial court to reform. Instead, he falls for Lotte, a young woman who is promised to another man.

Director: Philipp Stölzl | Stars: Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch

Votes: 2,644 | Gross: $0.16M

10. Jane Eyre (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Su Elliot

Votes: 76,565 | Gross: $11.24M

11. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 91,358

12. Jamestown (2017–2019)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, History

A drama about English settlers in America in 1617.

Stars: Stuart Martin, Matt Stokoe, Kalani Queypo, Claire Cox

Votes: 2,930

13. The Nun (1966)

GP | 140 min | Drama

In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior (Madame de Moni, Sister Sainte-Christine, and Madame de ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Anna Karina, Liselotte Pulver, Micheline Presle, Francine Bergé

Votes: 1,792 | Gross: $0.03M

14. And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)

R | 91 min | Horror

England, 1795: the young Catherine has just married Charles Fengriffen and moves into his castle. She becomes the victim of an old curse that lays on the family. On her wedding night she is raped by a ghost and gets pregnant.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham

Votes: 1,927

15. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 25,800

16. The Madness of King George (1994)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

When King George III goes mad, his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Rupert Graves, Amanda Donohoe

Votes: 14,510 | Gross: $15.24M

17. Fanny Hill (2007– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

Orphaned by smallpox, young Lancashire country lady Fanny Hill cheerfully accepts her friend Esther Davies's offer to join the London 'working girls' with Mrs. Brown, a madam who recruits ... See full summary »

Stars: Rebecca Night, Alison Steadman, Hugo Speer, Emma Stansfield

Votes: 1,016

18. Farinelli (1994)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier

Votes: 5,988 | Gross: $2.12M

19. Sweeney Todd (2006 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A BBC adaptation of the Victorian "penny dreadful" tale of 18th century "demon barber" Sweeney Todd, of Fleet Street, who cuts the throats of unsuspecting clients in his London shop.

Director: David Moore | Stars: Ray Winstone, Essie Davis, David Warner, Tom Hardy

Votes: 2,907

20. Goya's Ghosts (2006)

R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

52 Metascore

Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Randy Quaid

Votes: 28,346 | Gross: $1.00M

21. Danton (1983)

PG | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1793, as the Terror begins in France, Georges Danton, a champion-of-the-people, returns to clash against Maximilien Robespierre and his extremist party.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Anne Alvaro, Roland Blanche

Votes: 5,837

22. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 345,418 | Gross: $51.97M

23. Moll Flanders (1996)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, ... See full summary »

Director: Pen Densham | Stars: Robin Wright, Morgan Freeman, Stockard Channing, John Lynch

Votes: 3,792 | Gross: $3.36M

24. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999– )

540 min | Adventure, Drama

During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Ronan Vibert, Gerard Murphy, Jonathan Coy

Votes: 1,065

25. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996 TV Movie)

Unrated | 54 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Story of a woman who merely wished to be a loving wife but always had to live the life of crime.

Director: David Attwood | Stars: James Bowers, Alex Kingston, Nicola Kingston, Geoffrey Beevers

Votes: 1,130

26. Mary Bryant (2005–2007)

R | 480 min | Adventure, Drama

A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.

Stars: Romola Garai, Jack Davenport, Alex O'Loughlin, Sam Neill

Votes: 2,231

27. Mesmer (1994)

Not Rated | 107 min | Biography, Drama

A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Donal Donnelly, David Burke, Peter Dvorsky, Alan Rickman

Votes: 904

28. Garrow's Law (2009–2011)

Biography, Drama

Garrow's Law is the true tale of William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.

Stars: Andrew Buchan, Lyndsey Marshal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 992

29. Pandaemonium (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

Friendship and betrayal between two poets during the French Revolution.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Linus Roache, John Hannah, Samantha Morton, Emily Woof

Votes: 757

30. The Red Violin (1998)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

57 Metascore

A red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 30,412 | Gross: $9.47M

31. The Bastard (1978 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama, History, Romance

Phillipe Charboneau is the illegitimate son of an English duke. When he travels from France to England to claim his inheritance, he incurs the wrath of his father's family, and is forced to... See full summary »

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Andrew Stevens, Tom Bosley, Kim Cattrall, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 236

32. Marquise (1997)

120 min | Drama, Comedy

The rise and fall of a beauteous actress. She rises from an impoverished background to become a favorite of the Sun King, Louis XIV.

Director: Véra Belmont | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Bernard Giraudeau, Lambert Wilson, Patrick Timsit

Votes: 962 | Gross: $0.07M

33. Silas Marner (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 92 min | Drama

When a respectable weaver is wrongfully accused of theft, he becomes a virtual hermit until his own fortune is stolen and an orphaned child is found on his doorstep.

Director: Giles Foster | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jenny Agutter, Patrick Ryecart, Freddie Jones

Votes: 551

34. Clarissa (1991– )

156 min | History

A virtuous young woman is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who's becomes obsessed with her.

Stars: Sean Bean, Saskia Wickham, Jonny Phillips, Lynsey Baxter

Votes: 538

35. Boy Erased (2018)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Director: Joel Edgerton | Stars: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe

Votes: 23,551 | Gross: $6.79M

36. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 29,661 | Gross: $16.47M

37. Elizabeth I (2005)

TV-MA | 223 min | Biography, Drama, History

Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Hugh Dancy, Toby Jones, Patrick Malahide

Votes: 5,983

38. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 79,500 | Gross: $12.71M

39. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto

Votes: 38,295 | Gross: $4.46M

40. Gunpowder (2017)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, History

British activist Guy Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics plan to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in the early 17th century.

Stars: Kit Harington, Liv Tyler, Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley

Votes: 8,363

41. Elizabeth (2000 TV Movie)

200 min | Documentary, Drama

The life of Queen Elizabeth I of England

Directors: Steven Clarke, Mark Fielder | Stars: Imogen Slaughter, David Starkey, Saskia Backwell, Karen Archer

Votes: 129

42. Freedom: A History of Us (2003– )

Documentary, History

A sixteen episode mini-series of the history of America.

Stars: Katie Couric, Eric Foner, Philip Bosco, Tom Hanks

Votes: 347

43. Will Shakespeare (1978)

60 min | Biography

Biography of William Shakespeare.

Stars: Tim Curry, Paul Freeman, John Normington, Ron Cook

Votes: 88

44. The Heart of a Queen (1940)

103 min | Biography, Drama

While awaiting her unjust execution at the hands of the treacherous Queen Elizabeth I, the tragic Mary Stuart reflects at the series of cruel political machinations that set up her path to the scaffold.

Director: Carl Froelich | Stars: Zarah Leander, Willy Birgel, Maria Koppenhöfer, Lotte Koch

Votes: 72

45. Guy Fawkes (1923)

Biography, Drama, History

Papists hire a Dutchman to blow up Parliament in revenge for an anti-Catholic decree.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Matheson Lang, Nina Vanna, Hugh Buckler, Shayle Gardner

Votes: 14

46. To Have and to Hold (1922)

Romance

Trying to escape marriage to the hateful Lord Carnal, Jocelyn Leigh joins her maid on a "bride ship" bound for the American colonies. She is shocked by the conditions she finds in Virginia,... See full summary »

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Betty Compson, Bert Lytell, Theodore Kosloff, William J. Ferguson

Gross: $0.17M

47. To Have and to Hold (1916)

50 min | Adventure, Drama

Lady Jocelyn, a favorite in the court of England's King James, escapes a forced marriage to the hated Lord Carnal by fleeing to American colonies. There she meets and marries Captain Ralph ... See full summary »

Director: George Melford | Stars: Mae Murray, Wallace Reid, Tom Forman, Robert N. Bradbury

Votes: 13

49. Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 205 min | Drama, History

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