Historical Drama

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1. 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.

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

Votes: 3,456

2. Elizabeth R (1971– )

85 min | Biography, Drama

When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.

Stars: Glenda Jackson, Ronald Hines, Robert Hardy, Stephen Murray

Votes: 1,324

3. 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.

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

Votes: 5,863

4. 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.

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

Votes: 1,067

5. Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)

PG | 125 min | Drama

On his deathbed, King Henry VIII looks back over his eventful life and his six marriages.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Keith Michell, Donald Pleasence, Charlotte Rampling, Jane Asher

Votes: 636

6. Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)

193 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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: 1,990

7. 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 »

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood, Michael Hordern

Votes: 5,498 | Gross: $0.28M

8. The Last King (2003– )

TV-14 | 188 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 1,302

9. 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 »

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

Votes: 2,425

10. Elizabeth I (2005– )

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

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: 5,631

11. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 82,166 | Gross: $30.08M

12. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

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

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: 59,570 | Gross: $16.29M

13. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

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

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: 92,330 | Gross: $26.81M

14. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 51,338 | Gross: $11.00M

15. Elizabeth R (1992 TV Movie)

107 min | Documentary

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Director: Edward Mirzoeff | Stars: Queen Elizabeth II, Ian Holm

Votes: 24

16. The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

91 Metascore

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Votes: 94,223 | Gross: $56.44M

17. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

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: 92,082 | Gross: $30.02M

18. The Hollow Crown (2012– )

150 min | Drama, History

A miniseries of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two, and Henry V.

Stars: Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Georgeson, John Mackay

Votes: 4,473

19. Roots: The Gift (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, History

The characters of Kunta Kinte and Fiddler from Roots are back in this movie. In this movie, the two of them accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew

Votes: 389

20. Mother. In the Name of the Millions (2014)

23 min | Short, Drama, History

When a mother hides another mother's son, she faces her destiny, same way the millions of mothers did so in those remarkable days we shall never forget.

Director: Slavik Bihun | Stars: Lesia Lypchuk, Aleksandr Ivashkevich, Siim Pyvi, Lana Vatsel

Votes: 91

21. A United Kingdom (2016)

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

65 Metascore

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport

Votes: 10,325 | Gross: $3.90M

22. Loving (2016)

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

79 Metascore

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Dean Mumford

Votes: 25,019 | Gross: $7.70M

23. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart. Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year- the year of the night ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Claudia McNeil, Janet MacLachlan, Robert Christian, Larry B. Scott

Votes: 259

24. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, War

60 Metascore

In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich

Votes: 56,909

25. Patty Hearst (1988)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama

In the 1970s, Patty Hearst is abducted by American revolutionaries, but eventually joins their cause instead.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Frances Fisher

Votes: 1,108 | Gross: $1.22M