"Based on a True Story": European History (exc. World Wars)

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1.
Leonardo (2003 Mini-Series)
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An exploration of the life of Leonardo da Vinci. (180 mins.)
 
2.
Nostradamus (1994)
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Recounts the life and loves of the physician, astrologer, and famed prognosticator; his encounters with... (119 mins.)
Director: Roger Christian
 
3.
Joan of Arc (1948)
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In the Fifteenth Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England... (145 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
4.
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
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A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors. (148 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
5.
Isabel (2011 TV Series)
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Life of Isabella I of Castile, also known as Isabella the Catholic. (75 mins.)
 
6.
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)
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During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people. (103 mins.)
 
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Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)
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As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar. (88 mins.)
 
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Peter the Great (1986 Mini-Series)
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This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy... (371 mins.)
 
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Vatel (2000)
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In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly... (103 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
10.
Casanova (2005)
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Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a particular Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love. (112 mins.)
 
11.
The Loves of Casanova (1927)
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(132 mins.)
 
12.
A Royal Affair (2012)
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A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
 
13.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
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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. (123 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
14.
Danton (1983)
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Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety... (136 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
15.
The Lady and the Duke (2001)
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During the French Revolution, a Scottish aristocrat and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. (129 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
16.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
17.
Désirée (1954)
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The rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France. (110 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
18.
Waterloo (1970)
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Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo. (134 mins.)
 
19.
1871 (1990)
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A young actress becomes politically aware within the Paris Commune of 1871. (100 mins.)
Director: Ken McMullen
 
20.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
 
21.
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
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Tsar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family. (183 mins.)
 
22.
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)
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The movie chronicles the events of history's "man of mystery," Rasputin. Although not quite historically... (91 mins.)
Director: Don Sharp
 
23.
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986 TV Movie)
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Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only "surviving" child of the last Czar and Czarina of Russia. (200 mins.)
 
24.
The Last Mitterrand (2005)
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A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs. (116 mins.)
 
25.
Il Divo (2008)
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The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946. (110 mins.)