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1. The New World (2005)

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

6.7
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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: 71,397 | Gross: $12.71M

2. 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: 76,527 | Gross: $30.01M

3. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox

Votes: 173,700

4. 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: 55,219 | Gross: $16.26M

5. The Black Adder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy, History

8.2
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In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 27,048

6. The Lion in Winter (1968)

PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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1183 AD: 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.

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

Votes: 23,351

7. Zulu (1964)

Unrated | 138 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth

Votes: 29,184

8. 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: 23,915

9. 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: 29,733

10. The Great Train Robbery (1979)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.0
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In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb

Votes: 11,734

11. Elizabeth I (2005 TV Mini-Series)

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

8.1
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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: 5,214

12. Secrets of Great British Castles (2015– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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Historian Dan Jones explores the millennium of history behind six of Great Britain's most famous castles: Warwick, Dover, Caernarfon, the Tower of London, Carrickfergus, and Stirling.

Stars: Dan Jones, Christophe Lombardi, Stuart Prior, Jay Dee

Votes: 119

13. Becket (1964)

PG-13 | 148 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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68 Metascore

King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's.

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi

Votes: 11,167

14. Cromwell (1970)

G | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies and the self-interest of the ruling class and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin

Votes: 3,538

15. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, History, War

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A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,236

16. Dark Blue World (2001)

R | 112 min | War, Drama, Action

7.3
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56 Metascore

The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman.

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Ondrej Vetchý, Krystof Hádek, Tara Fitzgerald, Charles Dance

Votes: 4,731 | Gross: $0.26M

17. The Last King (2003 TV Mini-Series)

188 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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The chronicle of Charles II's time on the throne, his 10 year exile from Oliver Cromwell's England, and his triumphant return.

Stars: Rufus Sewell, Rupert Graves, Charlie Creed-Miles, Christian Coulson

Votes: 1,204

18. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Tells how King Henry VIII came to marry five more times after his divorce from his first wife.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall, Miles Mander

Votes: 2,613

19. Coast (2005– )

60 min | Documentary

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The story of the coastline of the UK and her near neighbours.

Stars: Nicholas Crane, Mark Horton, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Neil Oliver

Votes: 279

20. The Spirit of '45 (2013)

94 min | Documentary, History

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A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Tony Benn, Tony Richardson

Votes: 811

21. Fire Over England (1937)

Approved | 92 min | Adventure, History, Romance

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Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Vivien Leigh, Raymond Massey

Votes: 1,182

22. Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Biography, Drama

8.4
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Lee Remick stars as Jennie Jerome, born in the United States in 1845, who eventually became Lady Randolph Churchill, and gave birth to Sir Winston Churchill in this seven-part, seven-hour ... See full summary »

Stars: Lee Remick, Barbara Parkins, Ronald Pickup, Rachel Kempson

Votes: 96

23. Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008 TV Movie)

84 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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A light-hearted retelling of the true story of future prime minister Margaret Thatcher, during the fifties when, working as a research chemist, she begins her attempts to be selected for parliament, and meets her future husband Dennis.

Director: Niall MacCormick | Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Philip Jackson, Michael Gould, Jonathan Aris

Votes: 333

24. Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal (2014 TV Mini-Series)

118 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.5
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Stars: Ben Macintyre, David Oakes, William Beck, Mark Elliott

Votes: 28

25. King Arthur, the Young Warlord (1975)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

6.2
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This is the inspiring, epic journey of a noble warrior's quest to prove his worth, his might, and his destined fate to become the next ruler of Britain.

Directors: Sidney Hayers, Pat Jackson, Peter Sasdy | Stars: Oliver Tobias, John Watson, Michael Gothard, Brian Blessed

Votes: 73

26. Taking Liberties (2007)

100 min | Documentary

7.8
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An examination of the erosion of civil liberties that has gradually taken place in recent years.

Director: Chris Atkins | Stars: David Morrissey, Ashley Jensen, Riz Ahmed, Kate Allen

Votes: 426

27. Inside the Medieval Mind (2008– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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Stars: Robert Bartlett, Hugh Gilbert

Votes: 97

28. Gunpowder 5/11: The Greatest Terror Plot (2014 TV Movie)

60 min

7.1
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Director: Adam Kemp | Stars: Jamie Thomas King, Jamie Maclachlan, Joseph Kennedy, Charles Aitken

Votes: 11

29. The Real King's Speech (2011)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.5
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The story of King George VI of Britain and his struggles with his speech impediment and the unexpected responsibilities of the throne.

Directors: David Barrie, Mark Rossiter | Stars: Laurence Fox, King George VI, Sarah Bradford, Peter Conradi

Votes: 64

30. John Wycliffe: The Morning Star (1984)

75 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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The story of 14th century John Wycliffe, AKA "The Morning Star of the Reformation", who was the first to translate the Bible into English.

Director: Tony Tew | Stars: Michael Bertenshaw, James Downie, Peter Howell, Barrie Cookson

Votes: 90

31. Kranti (1981)

187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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This is the story of India's Freedom Struggle between the years of 1825&1875.

Director: Manoj Kumar | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini

Votes: 576

32. King Arthur (2004 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Drama

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Directors: John Passfield, Steve Stamatiadis | Stars: Andrew Chaikin, Roger Jackson, John Champion, Doug Boyd

Votes: 29

33. A Call to Arms (2009)

85 min | Documentary, History, War

6.9
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The eyewitness story of the illegal U.S. and U.K. military anthrax vaccination programs, which is recommended by Montel Williams as the Must-See Documentary of the Year. Because of the ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Miller | Stars: Michael Douglas, Linda Hamilton, Scott Miller, Melissa Mosich Miller

Votes: 44

34. Battlefield Britain (2004 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Documentary, History, War

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Father and son historians Peter and Dan Snow go through every major battle fought on British land,sea and air from the ancient Romans to the Battle of Britain.

Stars: Peter Snow, Dan Snow, Simon Armstrong, Roderic Culver

Votes: 120

35. Thatcher: The Downing Street Years (1993 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, History

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A history of the eleven years which Thatcher spent as Prime Minister of the UK.

Stars: Margaret Thatcher, Philip Tibenham, Emma Nicholson, Peter Carrington

Votes: 36

36. Weapons That Made Britain (2004 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, History, War

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An examination of important weapons in British history.

Stars: Lockhart Ogilvie, Mike Loades

Votes: 63

37. Riders in the Sky (1968)

91 min | Drama, War

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The white gravestones at the military cemetery in English Brookwood display many Czech names. These were members of the British army of Czechoslovak origin who fought here and died for ... See full summary »

Director: Jindrich Polák | Stars: Jirí Bednár, Jirí Hrzán, Svatopluk Matyás, Elsie Randolph

Votes: 228

38. The Eternal Strife (1915)

Biography, Drama, History

2.8
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A goldsmith's wife becomes the king's mistress to save her husband's life.

Directors: Bert Haldane, F. Martin Thornton | Stars: Blanche Forsythe, Roy Travers, Robert Purdie, Thomas H. MacDonald

Votes: 5

39. Mark Williams on the Rails (2004 TV Mini-Series)

300 min | Documentary, History

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Star: Mark Williams

Votes: 38

40. Whittle: The Jet Pioneer (2010)

71 min | History

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Whittle - The Jet Pioneer reveals the titanic struggle of a young aviator and engineer as the Nazis took Europe into total war. It was a race for air superiority between Germany and the ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Jones | Stars: Hans von Ohain, Frank Whittle

Votes: 5

41. Rough Island Story (1939 TV Mini-Series)

25 min | Documentary, History

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A series of six talks about the history of Britain.

Stars: J.F. Horrabin, Harold Nicolson

42. Royal Babylon: The Criminal Record of the British Monarchy (2012)

Documentary, History

7.0
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A video polemic, based on Heathcote Williams' investigative poem 'Royal Babylon: The Criminal Record of the British Monarchy' - every film a crime.

Directors: Alan Cox, Margaret Cox | Star: Alan Cox

Votes: 21

43. The Ultimate Survivor (2011)

60 min | Documentary, History

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The untold story of a legendary cinema.

Director: Philip Hind | Stars: Brian Aldiss, John Buckley, Jane Derricott, Philippa Farrow

44. Arthur: King of the Britons (2002 TV Special)

60 min

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Director: Jean-Claude Bragard | Stars: Richard Harris, Francis Pryor, Johnny Stanton

Votes: 32

45. Royal Mistress: Alice and Camilla (2003 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, History, Romance

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Director: Colm Martin | Stars: Livy Armstrong, Catherine Siggins, Chris Courtenay, Meredith Bellamy

46. Bloody Britain (2004 TV Mini-Series)

30 min | Documentary

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Stars: Rory McGrath, Stewart Evans, Phil Starr, Nick Warren

Votes: 15

47. Song of the People (1945)

29 min | Documentary, Short, History

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How common people have had an influence on the history of Great Britain, told through music and song.

Director: Maxwell Munden | Stars: John Laurie, Bill Owen

48. Nuttin Bafflin (2011)

68 min | Documentary

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A small community of 5000 former slaves on a tiny island in the North Eastern Caribbean, mold the accidents of history with their struggle for survival and develop a unique brand of boat ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Wilmarth

49. Challenging Churchill (2012 TV Movie)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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Director: Peter Bardehle | Star: Winston Churchill

Votes: 10

50. War Stories (2006 TV Movie)

119 min | Documentary

8.4
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Directors: David Olusoga, Francis Welch | Stars: Tony Benn, Joanna Bourke, James Chapman, John Charmley

Votes: 9