Period Dramas-The Tudors 1485–1603by eliza_gaskell | created - 11 Feb 2011 | updated - 08 Sep 2012 | Public
This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in the 1485–1603.
The Tudor period in English history is dated between 1485 and 1603. The Tudor dysnasty began with King Henry Tudor and ended with Queen Elizabeth I. **Note: The Tudor Dynasty(1485-1603) does include the Elizabethan era, which I have incorporated into this list.
For those who are serious about Period Dramas and deem a movie/mini series worthy to be listed, add your comments.
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1. Elizabeth (1998)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History
The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.
Votes: 84,848 | Gross: $30.08M
Date set: 1554-1562 (nb:1562 is the date in which Elizabeth was scarred and partially balded by smallpox; it is alleged this attributed to her over-dependence on wigs and cosmetics) Monarch reign: Queen Mary & Queen Elizabeth I Cate Blanchett was born to play this role. To witness the cautious and young Elizabeth transfor into a queen of determination, guts and strength is outstanding. This film is not be be miscontrued as historically accurate, still it done damn fine film.
2. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.
Votes: 61,326 | Gross: $16.29M
Date set: 1588 (roughly) Monarch reign:Queen Elizabeth I & King Phillip II of Spain Some people loved it, some people liked it and some people hated it. I fall in the catergory of 'I liked it'. I have only 3 issued with it (1) The casting of Clive Owen, who in my opinion looked more modern then a man of that period (2) Cate Blanchet looked like a botox queen than an aging one. Sure she had the white powdered face and the bright red wig, but historically she was roughly mid fifties. (3) the first movie was a Hell of a lot better; more love,and craft, plenty of blood, sweat and tear went in that one, than the sequel, which had a larger budget
3. The Tudors (2007–2010)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance
A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.
althought a TV series, still deserves to be listed. This is not historically built on fact. The fact Henry had 2 sisters and not one should be enough for anyone, not the take this series too seriously; it should be watched however for drama
4. The Virgin Queen (1955)
Approved | 92 min | Drama, History, Romance
Sir Walter Raleigh overcomes court intrigue to win favor with the Queen in order to get financing for a proposed voyage to the New World.
5. The Virgin Queen (2005– )
237 min | Biography, Drama, History
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 »
also see The Virgin Queen (1955) This is an epic movie, from the beginning of Lady to princess to queen. This movies goes the many years of Elizabeth's life including into old age. And at the very last moments of the production, as they reveal the small portrait in her ring, who do you think it was? **trivia: Sienna Guillory of Resident Evil:Apocalypse stars in this mini series
6. Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)
PG | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.
Votes: 5,294 | Gross: $0.55M
also see Twelfth Night (1980) Twelfth Night (1987) Twelfth Night (1988)
7. Dangerous Beauty (1998)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.
Votes: 14,692 | Gross: $4.53M
also know as Dangerous Beauty
8. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 199,069 | Gross: $100.32M
To this day, I still cannot, understand why Gwyneth Paltrow ever one the oscar, when Cate Blanchett clearly was a better actress. I never liked this movie and only saw it once....which was enough for me. It does not belong in my Period Drama collection and I would happily let it burn, if my house was on fire. It's not a brilliant film in my opinion, but others are welcome to state otherwise. Best part of course was the less then 4 minute scene with the magnificent Judy Dench as Queen Elizabeth
9. Orlando (1992)
PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,994 | Gross: $5.29M
10. Solomon Kane (2009)
R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Date set-1600-1601 Era- Queen Elizabeth Swords, scorcery, leather, religion, capes and James Purefoy, that sums up Solomon Kane. The character Solomon Kane is created by Robert E Howard (best known for Conan The Barbarian fictional series) , who is regarded, by many, as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. The action sequeces are spot on, on a small budget, and really innovated and it shows through vision of the director, Michael J. Bassett. There are images that pay homage to the 1970's Comic series of Solomon Kane, which are breathtaking (note the Crucifixion scene and Solomon praying to a headless Jesus). Sure it does not have the budget of LOTR Trilogy, but I'd be watching the careers of some of the crew in particular Dan Laustsen (cinematography), Michael J Bassett (Director), Klaus Badelt (music), David Baxa (art direction), John Bloomfield (costume designer) and lastly Lee Gordon (set design). ***SPOILER*** I felt cheated with the ending because the fire demon, Kane was battling with, had a screen time of less then 5 minutes!
11. Othello (1995)
R | 123 min | Drama, Romance
The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio, when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.
Votes: 8,460 | Gross: $2.11M
also see Othello (1922) Othello (1952) Othello (1965) Othello (1980)
12. Lady Jane (1986)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History
The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,640 | Gross: $0.28M
Date set: 1553-1554 Monarch Reigh: King Edward VI & Queen Mary An insight to the ruler of England for only 9 days. After the death of Henry VIII, King Edward is dying and unable to govern, John Dudley forces his son Guildford to wed Lady Jane, in an attempt to secure power and the throne of England. Apart from history not being quiet correct, there are good performances from a very young Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes.
13. Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
During the sixteenth century, the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots engages in over two decades of religious and political conflict with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, amidst political intrigue in her native land.
also see Mary of Scotland (1936) Mary, Queen of Scots (2007)
14. Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 205 min | Drama, History
Mini series depicting the turbulent and bloody reigns of Scottish monarchs Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.
1st DVD-Queen Mary I
Date set: 1561-1568
Monarch Reign: Queen Elizabeth I
2nd DVD- King James I of England (aka King James VI of Scotland) Date set: 1589-1605 Monarch Reign: Queen Elizabeth I & King James I
When you see this DVD, the first part is about Mary Queen of Scots and the next episode is about her son King James I of England. It's a pity Mary Queen of Scots is the weaker of the series. The much stronger one is the reign of James VI (James I of Scotland), during which Guy Fawkes and his band of merry men, attempted to blow up parliment; hence the name Gunpower, Treason and Plot. ***TRIVIA*** "Remember, remember the 5th of November, the Gunpowder, treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder teason should ever be forgot." quote from "V for Vendetta". Ever wandered about it? watch this and it will explain the madness of Guy Fawkes (Michael Fassbender) and his fellow men, reason to blow up the English Parliment. Sure it's not historically accurate, but the story does give the background. It's up to you to persue it further.
15. The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966)
Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Biography, Family
After inheriting his father's title, the young noble Hugh O'Connell is taken hostage by the English viceroy but escapes to lead an uprising.
16. Sword of Hearts (2005 Video)
93 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Swashbuckling Adventure of Geoffrey Pierce, a young soldier returning home from foreign wars. Coming back with plans to make amends to Lady Grace, a woman he once wronged, Geoffrey finds ... See full summary »
18. The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina.
Votes: 6,538 | Gross: $8.00M
also see The Taming of the Shrew (1929) The costume is lavish and so are the sets, this can be distracting the colours are vividly bright and loud. I found Elizabeth Taylor's portrayal of Katharina a bit too hard to feel any concern with her at all. Still is does stay faith to Shakespeare's witty play.
19. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.
Votes: 41,772 | Gross: $22.55M
I have only one inkling with this film and it's with the casting of Keanu Reeves as the villan Don John. Personally he looked most modern and out of place in this film
20. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau) who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the ... See full summary »
Votes: 64,157 | Gross: $65.71M
21. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
PG-13 | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
Genoese navigator overcomes intrigue in the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and gains financing for his expedition to the East Indies.
Votes: 2,579 | Gross: $8.25M
also see Christopher Columbus (1949) Christopher Columbus (1985)
23. Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944)
Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
24. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)
Not Rated | 88 min | Biography, History
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.
25. The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)
122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army.
Votes: 3,653 | Gross: $2.38M
26. Queen Margot (1994)
R | 159 min | Biography, Drama, History
Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.
Votes: 15,154 | Gross: $2.02M
27. Michael the Brave (1970)
203 min | Action, Biography, Drama
At the end of the 16th century Wallachian ruler Prince Michael the Brave overcame the adversity of the Ottoman and Austrian Empires to unite Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania into one country.
28. Young Bess (1953)
Approved | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The early life of Elizabeth I, from her childhood until her accession to the throne of England in 1558.
I really enjoyed this movie.***spoiler***near the end when King Henry dies, he points to his children and Edward is this sheep, Mary is this sheep and when Jean Simmons comes forth from the background he ask her what type of sheep is she. She answers back "The black sheep".
30. The Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary (2008)
104 min | Drama, History
She was loved, she was a princess, heir to the throne - but the childhood fairytale turned to lifelong nightmare for Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's first child. When Henry divorced her mother and... See full summary »
31. Fire Over England (1937)
92 min | Adventure, History, Romance
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 »
32. Gloriana (2000 TV Movie)
138 min | Drama, History, Music
also see Gloriana (1984)
33. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History
Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.
Votes: 95,357 | Gross: $26.81M
also see The Other Boleyn Girl (2003) I have read the book, which tells the story of Anne Boleyn and her family rise to power and their downfall through the eyes of Mary Boleyn. This production is sleek and it looks it. I would not state it is wonderful. Many facets could of been explored but were not. Such as the bond of sisters, the rivellery and the ambitions of family. It really is a pity The Duke of Norfolk was not given more screen time. In the book he is total hardcore; ambitious, driven, hard and stern. Natalie Portman was a surprise as Anne Boleyn, but I do wish the wardrobe in costumes for her were a bit varied. Scarlett Johansson certainly did not fit the part of Mary Boleyn as did the casting of Eric Bana as Henry. Don't waste time here contemplating history, still an above average movie.
34. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Geneviève Bujold performance as Anne Boleyn is faultless. She portrays her with a person with many layers. She's funny, witty, vulnerable, strong, courageous, speaks her mind, ethical and maternal. ***SPOILER*** my favourite scene is when she is locked in the tower counting the number of days. Henry walks in and demands she confess. She never backs down, then laughs in his face when she does and accuses him of dishonestly. When stands proud and tall stating Elizabeth will be the greatest ruler in all of England.
36. The Heart of a Queen (1940)
103 min | Biography, Drama
While awaiting her unjust execution at the hands of the treacherous Queen Elizabeth I, the tragic Mary Stuart reflects at the series of cruel political machinations that set up her path to the scaffold.
37. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
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 remarry.
Votes: 27,749 | Gross: $28.35M
also see A Man for All Seasons (1988) A Man for All Seasons (1957) A Man for All Seasons (1964)
38. The Conclave (2006)
100 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1458, five years after the fall of Constantinople to the Turk, eighteen cardinals met in Rome to elect a new pope. A 27-year-old Spanish cardinal, Rodrigo Borgia, learns to play a very dangerous game; how to survive his first conclave.
39. Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)
193 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.
see also Henry VIII (1991) Henry VIII (1911) Henry VIII (1997
40. Luther (2003)
PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Votes: 14,031 | Gross: $5.79M
41. Los Borgia (2006)
120 min | Biography, History
A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia.
42. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Approved | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.
44. The Prince and the Pauper (2000 TV Movie)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Family
The King and a poor boy swap places.
also see: The Prince and the Pauper (1937) The Prince and the Pauper (1957) The Prince and the Pauper (1962) in these versions the prince is Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII
45. The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
540 min | Drama, History, Romance
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.
The one an only Keith Michell, who played King Henry VIII twice. In the production and in the 1972 Henry VIII and His Six Wives production. He is perfectly casted as King Henry. This is an extremely long series, as each eposide is devoted to his wives. Overall not a bad series.
46. The Sword and the Rose (1953)
Approved | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
During the reign of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor seeks to flee a forced marriage with the French king by escaping to America with her true love, but her plans are not so easily executed.
47. Crossed Swords (1977)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A poor boy and the Prince of Wales exchange identities, but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.
another take on the Prince and the Pauper. In this version the prince is Prince Edward, son of King Henry III
48. A Season of Giants (1990 TV Movie)
Biography, Drama, History
At the turn of the sixteenth century, Michelangelo (Mark Frankel), Raphael (Andrea Prodan), and Leonardo Da Vinci (John Glover) create their masterpieces, while dealing with religious prosecution, political turmoil, and the discovery of America.
49. La otra conquista (1998)