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1. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

8.1
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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 319,247 | Gross: $188.37M

2. Gunpowder (2017)

TV-MA | Drama, History

6.9
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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: 5,079

3. The Tudors (2007–2010)

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

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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: 57,178

4. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 553,805 | Gross: $138.80M

5. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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79 Metascore

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: 190,792 | Gross: $52.77M

6. 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: 58,801 | Gross: $16.29M

7. 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: 81,070 | Gross: $30.08M

8. 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: 75,466 | Gross: $12.71M

9. 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: 90,866 | Gross: $26.81M

10. Viceroy's House (2017)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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53 Metascore

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi

Votes: 3,361 | Gross: $1.11M

11. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 90,323 | Gross: $30.02M

12. Upstart Crow (2016– )

29 min | Comedy, History

7.2
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The life of William Shakespeare before he became famous.

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

Votes: 1,064

13. The Black Adder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

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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: 29,760

14. Mrs Brown (1997)

PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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71 Metascore

When Queen Victoria's husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher

Votes: 11,910 | Gross: $9.22M

15. Zulu (1964)

Not Rated | 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: 31,369

16. Elizabeth I (2005– )

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

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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: 5,547

17. 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: 34,596

18. Queers (2017)

Drama

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Eight short monologues were written for this series in response to the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalized homosexual acts in private between two men aged 21 or over.

Stars: Alan Cumming, Rebecca Front, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan

Votes: 212

19. Becket (1964)

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

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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: 11,922

20. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

G | 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: 25,841 | Gross: $28.35M

21. The Great Train Robbery (1978)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.0
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68 Metascore

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: 12,897 | Gross: $13.03M

22. The Royal House of Windsor (2017– )

History

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The history of Britain's ruling dynasty, the Windsors, over the last 100 years, starting with the time around the outbreak of WWI.

Votes: 201

23. Elizabeth I (2017)

180 min | Drama, History

7.4
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Docu-drama starring Lily Cole as a young Elizabeth I, featuring dramatic reconstructions of key moments in her life. Presented by historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones.

Stars: Lily Cole, Vincent Kerschbaum, Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones

Votes: 77

24. Mary Queen of Scots (2013)

119 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.5
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A queen who lost three kingdoms. A wife who lost three husbands. A woman who lost her head.

Director: Thomas Imbach | Stars: Camille Rutherford, Mehdi Dehbi, Sean Biggerstaff, Aneurin Barnard

Votes: 643

25. Ethel & Ernest (2016)

94 min | Animation, Drama, History

7.9
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72 Metascore

The life and times of two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.

Director: Roger Mainwood | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway, Pam Ferris

Votes: 1,634

26. 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: 3,933

27. The Last King (2003– )

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: 1,285

28. 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: 4,948 | Gross: $0.26M

29. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

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

6.7
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In 1854, during the Crimean War, poor planning leads to a British Light Brigade openly charging a Russian artillery position with tragic consequences.

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

Votes: 2,549

30. To Kill a King (2003)

102 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.2
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A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Olivia Williams, James Bolam

Votes: 2,707

31. Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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Historian Lucy Worsley visits the time of Henry VIII and tells the story of his six successive wives.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Nicholas Agnew, Scott Arthur, Paola Bontempi

Votes: 290

32. 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, Jay Dee, Ronald Hutton

Votes: 377

33. 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: 1,316

34. A House Through Time (2018)

History

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Historian David Olusoga charts 180 years of British history as lived by the successive inhabitants of a single home - a terraced house in Liverpool, from its construction in the 1840s to the present day.

Stars: David Olusoga, Gaynor Evans, Wilfred Steele

Votes: 7

35. Churchill (2003– )

188 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Add a Plot

Stars: John Baddeley, Winston Churchill, Ian McKellen, Lady Mary Soames

Votes: 90

36. Coast (2005– )

60 min | Documentary

8.1
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The story of the coastline of the UK and her near neighbours.

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

Votes: 291

37. Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974– )

60 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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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: 104

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

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

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

Votes: 2,926

39. 1066: A Year to Conquer England (2017)

180 min | Documentary, Drama, History

6.3
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Drama-Documentary in which historian Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to the Battle of Hastings.

Stars: Jotham Annan, Andrew Havill, Tom Holland, Adam James

Votes: 88

40. The Spirit of '45 (2013)

94 min | Documentary, History

7.1
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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, Aneurin Bevan

Votes: 930

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

59 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

6.8
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The gunpowder plot analysed using the confessions of the plotters- a mixture of documentary and reconstruction.

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

Votes: 23

42. Royal Wives at War (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Drama, History

6.8
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The Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson look back at the dramatic events of 1936, which led to King Edward Vlll giving up the throne for the woman he loved.

Director: Tim Dunn | Stars: Gina McKee, Emma Davies, Nick Waring, John Sackville

Votes: 73

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

TV-14 | 84 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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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: 363

44. The Haunting of Deiana Wood (2017)

28 min | Short, History, Horror

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Two young gay friends, Luke and Toby, go camping in local beauty spot Deiana Wood. As darkness falls, they share ghostly bedtime stories about Deiana Wood's blood-soaked history.

Director: Adrian Hume Robinson | Stars: Jack Cameron, Tom Paul, Adrian Hume Robinson, Mitchell Fisher

45. Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal (2014– )

118 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.3
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The story of Kim Philby, one of the famous Cambridge spies, who was a double agent for the KGB while working in a position of trust for the British secret service. The person he betrayed ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 39

46. British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2017)

Documentary, History

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Historian Lucy Worsley reveals how some of the biggest moments in British History are actually a concoction of fibs and stories which have been manipulated by whoever was in power at the time.

Star: Lucy Worsley

Votes: 75

47. King Arthur, the Young Warlord (1975)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

6.1
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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, Jack Watson, Michael Gothard, Brian Blessed

Votes: 79

48. The Real King's Speech (2011)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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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: 70

49. Concorde (2017)

Documentary

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Two-part documentary charting the history of the world's first supersonic passenger airliner. From its design and manufacture, its highs and lows and eventual retirement.

Star: David Suchet

50. Celebrity 5 Go Motorhoming (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

8.3
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Light-hearted documentary series following five celebrities as they travel around the UK in motor-homes, visiting places of interest, sampling local produce and trying their hand at various activities.

Stars: Melvyn Hayes, Nick Heyward, Lesley Joseph, Cleo Rocos

Votes: 9