My Collection: History/Period

This is a collection of historical or period dramas, TV shows and documentaries depicting moments in history. It will be updated as I add to my collection.
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1.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
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The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
2.
300 (2006)
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
3.
A Night to Remember (1958)
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On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean. (123 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
4.
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
 
5.
American Graffiti (1973)
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A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. (110 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
6.
Amistad (1997)
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In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (155 mins.)
 
7.
Anna Karenina (1985 TV Movie)
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Tragic Anna leaves her cold husband for dashing Count Vronsky in 19th-century Russia. (150 mins.)
Director: Simon Langton
 
8.
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
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Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn. (145 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
 
9.
Bleak House (2005 Mini-Series)
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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system. (510 mins.)
 
10.
Bobby (2006)
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The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and twenty-two people in the hotel, whose lives were never the same. (117 mins.)
Director: Emilio Estevez
 
11.
Camelot: The Legend (1998)
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The legend of Guinevere and Lancelot, retold as a loopy, animated musical. (70 mins.)
 
12.
Catherine the Great (1996 TV Movie)
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Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to the immature future Czar, a young German Princess proves a skillful political infighter and rises to become Catherine the Great. (100 mins.)
 
13.
Cleopatra (1963)
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Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. (192 mins.)
 
14.
Cousin Bette (1971 Mini-Series)
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A poor and homely spinster, who feels she's been walked on all her life, teams up with a scheming courtesan to wreak elaborate revenge on her rich and handsome relatives. (250 mins.)
 
15.
Danger UXB (1979 TV Series)
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Brian Ash (Anthony Andrews) is a young lieutenant who is assigned to a UXB unit in the early days of World War II... (60 mins.)
 
16.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
 
17.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
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The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (197 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
18.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
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A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. (114 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
19.
Exodus (1960)
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The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors. (208 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
20.
Fall of Eagles (1974 Mini-Series)
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British drama about the collapse of three great European dynasties, the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns. (50 mins.)
Director: Stuart Burge
 
21.
Geronimo (1962)
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In 1880s Arizona, General Crook and his troops are trying to subdue the last tribe of Apache led by Geronimo. (101 mins.)
Director: Arnold Laven
 
22.
Henry V (1989)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
23.
The House of Windsor (1994 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
24.
I, Claudius (1976 Mini-Series)
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers. (669 mins.)
 
25.
Invictus (2009)
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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
26.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
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A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. (230 mins.)
 
27.
Jude (1996)
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A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married... (123 mins.)
 
28.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
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Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
29.
Lincoln (2012)
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As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
 
30.
Little Dorrit (2008 Mini-Series)
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The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father... (30 mins.)
 
31.
The Molly Maguires (1970)
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Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires... (124 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
32.
Princes in the Tower (2005 TV Movie)
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Sixteen years after the presumed deaths of the two boy princes held captive in the Tower, Perkin Warbeck... (120 mins.)
Director: Justin Hardy
 
33.
Richard III (1995)
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The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting. (110 mins.)
 
34.
Shogun (1980 Mini-Series)
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A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan. (60 mins.)
Director: Jerry London
 
35.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970 Mini-Series)
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A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself. (540 mins.)
 
36.
The Duchess of Duke Street (1976 TV Series)
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Louisa Trotter works her way up from being a skivvy to being the Queen of cooks, cook to the King, and owner of the Bentinck Hotel... (50 mins.)
 
37.
The First Churchills (1969 Mini-Series)
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The television dramatization of the lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah. (50 mins.)
 
38.
The Lion in Winter (1968)
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1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. (134 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
 
39.
The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978 Mini-Series)
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In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done... (350 mins.)
 
40.
The Virgin Queen (2005 Mini-Series)
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim... (237 mins.)
 
41.
Thirteen Days (2000)
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A dramatization and a fictionalized account of the Kennedy administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. (145 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
42.
To the Ends of the Earth (2005 Mini-Series)
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In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for. (267 mins.)
 
43.
Upstairs, Downstairs (1971 TV Series)
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff. (60 mins.)
 
44.
Julius Caesar (1970)
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius... (117 mins.)
Director: Stuart Burge
 
45.
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
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The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire. (188 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
46.
Amistad (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (155 mins.)
 
47.
The Forsyte Saga (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920. (276 mins.)
 
48.
Executive Action (1973)
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Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop. (91 mins.)
Director: David Miller
“ Another JFK drama piece ” - lonestarman
 
49.
World Without End (2012 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death. (374 mins.)