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1. Reign (2013– )

42 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

Stars: Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Celina Sinden

Votes: 29,241

2. The Tudors (2007–2010)

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

8.1
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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain

Votes: 51,468

3. Apocalypto (2006)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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68 Metascore

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández, Rudy Youngblood

Votes: 237,643 | Gross: $50.86M

4. Seven Samurai (1954)

Unrated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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99 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 231,423 | Gross: $0.27M

5. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 224,596 | Gross: $2.30M

6. Highlander (1986)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.2
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24 Metascore

An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart

Votes: 99,414 | Gross: $5.90M

7. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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51 Metascore

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 192,249 | Gross: $10.14M

8. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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45 Metascore

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 55,179 | Gross: $16.26M

9. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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87 Metascore

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 176,679 | Gross: $100.24M

10. Wolf Hall (2015 TV Mini-Series)

360 min | Drama, History

8.2
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After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger.

Stars: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 5,484

11. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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75 Metascore

A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 76,465 | Gross: $30.01M

12. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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50 Metascore

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess

Votes: 84,965 | Gross: $26.81M

13. The Road to El Dorado (2000)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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51 Metascore

Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.

Directors: Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul, Jeffrey Katzenberg | Stars: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante

Votes: 59,104 | Gross: $50.80M

14. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

8.3
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96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 78,627 | Gross: $3.52M

15. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 37,473 | Gross: $22.55M

16. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.9
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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: 34,706 | Gross: $4.46M

17. Solomon Kane (2009)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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48 Metascore

A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.

Director: Michael J. Bassett | Stars: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Pete Postlethwaite

Votes: 59,450

18. Cronos (1993)

R | 94 min | Horror

6.7
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70 Metascore

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 20,036 | Gross: $0.62M

19. Dangerous Beauty (1998)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward

Votes: 12,481 | Gross: $4.53M

20. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.0
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In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 38,831

21. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

213 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.6
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69 Metascore

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Poonam Sinha

Votes: 20,271 | Gross: $3.44M

22. InuYasha (2000–2004)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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A teenage girl periodically travels back in time to feudal Japan to help a young half demon recover the shards of a orb of great power.

Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino, Moneca Stori

Votes: 10,944

23. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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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.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern

Votes: 23,898

24. Magnificent Century (2011–2014)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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From 1520, follows Suleiman the Magnificent and his relatives from his great conquests to the "Battle of Szigeth".

Stars: Halit Ergenç, Selen Ozturk, Meryem Uzerli, Gürbey Ileri

Votes: 10,384

25. Countess Dracula (1971)

PG | 93 min | Horror

6.0
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In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding that washing in the blood of young girls makes her young again she gets Dobi to start ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Elès, Maurice Denham

Votes: 2,524

26. The Virgin Queen (2005 TV Mini-Series)

237 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Sienna Guillory, Ian Hart, Tom Hardy

Votes: 1,994

27. Othello (1995)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 7,518 | Gross: $2.11M

28. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, History

8.0
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The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron

Votes: 10,847

29. Luther (2003)

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

6.6
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47 Metascore

During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov, Alfred Molina

Votes: 12,856 | Gross: $5.67M

30. Highlander: Endgame (2000)

R | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.6
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21 Metascore

Immortals Connor and Duncan MacLeod must join forces against Kell, an evil immortal who has become too strong for anyone to face alone.

Director: Douglas Aarniokoski | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Adrian Paul, Bruce Payne, Lisa Barbuscia

Votes: 16,439 | Gross: $12.80M

31. Black-Adder II (1986)

TV-PG | 176 min | Comedy

8.7
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In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 29,661

32. Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, History

6.1
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51 Metascore

In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.

Director: Arnaud des Pallières | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross

Votes: 5,750

33. The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern

Votes: 5,543

34. Upstart Crow (2016– )

Comedy

6.9
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The life of William Shakespeare before he became famous.

Stars: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan, Rob Rouse, Liza Tarbuck

Votes: 504

35. Mary of Scotland (1936)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.

Directors: John Ford, Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Douglas Walton

Votes: 1,725

36. Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)

193 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Ray Winstone, Joss Ackland, Sid Mitchell, Charles Dance

Votes: 1,831

37. Nostradamus (1994)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

5.8
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Recounts the life and loves of the physician, astrologer, and famed prognosticator; his encounters with medieval science and the Inquisition; and his early struggles with his visions of the... See full summary »

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, F. Murray Abraham, Rutger Hauer, Amanda Plummer

Votes: 2,334 | Gross: $0.36M

38. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

M | 145 min | Drama, History

7.6
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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.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 5,223

39. The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca

Votes: 6,339

40. Ugetsu (1953)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 14,420

41. The Sea Hawk (1940)

Approved | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.8
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Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp

Votes: 7,143

42. Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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Historical drama detailing the political and religious conflict between Scotland's Catholic Queen Mary Stuart and England's Protestant Queen Elizabeth Tudor during the 16th century.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 3,138

43. The Broken Crown (2016)

113 min | Drama, History

6.8
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In a Spain consumed by ambition and power, the future of an empire depends of the mind state of a single woman.

Director: Jordi Frades | Stars: Rodolfo Sancho, Irene Escolar, Raúl Mérida, Eusebio Poncela

Votes: 166

44. Carlos, Rey Emperador (2015–2016)

Drama, History

7.4
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Historical series about Carlos I of Spain and V of Germany, born in 1500 and died in 1558, who ruled the crowns of Castile, including the Kingdom of Navarra and Aragon between 1516 and 1556... See full summary »

Stars: Álvaro Cervantes, Alfonso Bassave, Marina Salas, Félix Gómez

Votes: 217

45. The Princess of Montpensier (2010)

139 min | Action, Drama, History

6.5
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78 Metascore

Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Votes: 2,808 | Gross: $0.34M

46. The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982–1983)

TV-Y7 | 28 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.9
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A trio of kids must search throughout 16th Century South America for personal answers linked to the legendary El Dorado.

Stars: Janice Chaikelson, Adrian Knight, Michael Rudder, Terrence Labrosse

Votes: 2,600

47. Prince of Foxes (1949)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.1
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An unscrupulous agent for the Borgias suffers a change of heart when asked to betray a noble count and his much younger, very beautiful wife.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti

Votes: 1,048

48. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp

Votes: 3,872

49. The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970 TV Mini-Series)

540 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.5
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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.

Stars: Keith Michell, Anthony Quayle, Patrick Troughton, Bernard Hepton

Votes: 984

50. The Great Jang-Geum (2003–2004)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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A series based on a real person in Korean history, Suh, Jang-geum.

Stars: Mi-kyeong Yang, Mi-ri Gyeon, So-yi Kim, Hyeon-shik Lim

Votes: 1,853