16th Century History

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

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, History

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: 7,025

2. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 37,871 | Gross: $4.46M

3. Apocalypto (2006)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

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

Votes: 270,160 | Gross: $50.87M

4. Artemisia (1997)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Merlet | Stars: Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Luca Zingaretti

Votes: 1,916 | Gross: $0.38M

5. Bathory: Countess of Blood (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth... See full summary »

Director: Juraj Jakubisko | Stars: Anna Friel, Karel Roden, Vincent Regan, Hans Matheson

Votes: 3,943

6. 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.

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

Votes: 14,867 | Gross: $4.53M

7. El Dorado (1988)

149 min | Drama, History

The film tells the epic story of an expedition that took place between 1560 and 1561, headed by Pedro de Ursúa, in search of "El Dorado." The territory they explored subsequently became ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Eusebio Poncela, Lambert Wilson, Gabriela Roel

Votes: 461

8. Henri 4 (2010)

155 min | Biography, Drama, War

A wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is... See full summary »

Director: Jo Baier | Stars: Julien Boisselier, Joachim Król, Andreas Schmidt, Roger Casamajor

Votes: 1,155

9. Kenau (2014)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

While she fights a heroic battle against the Spanish besieger with her female army, Kenau, driven by hate and sorrow of the execution of her youngest daughter, is threatened to also lose ... See full summary »

Director: Maarten Treurniet | Stars: Barry Atsma, Lisa Smit, Sallie Harmsen, Sophie van Winden

Votes: 1,308

10. The Conspiracy (2008)

128 min | Adventure, Drama, History

16th century ruler King Philip II of Spain maneuvers within a court of deceit and betrayal.

Director: Antonio del Real | Stars: Jason Isaacs, Julia Ormond, Jürgen Prochnow, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 326

11. 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: 5,688 | Gross: $0.28M

12. Elizabeth I (2005–2006)

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: 5,869

13. Elizabeth R (1971– )

85 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 1,407

14. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

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, Liz Giles, Rod Culbertson, Paul Fox

Votes: 85,635 | Gross: $30.08M

15. 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: 61,871 | Gross: $16.29M

16. The Outlaw (2010)

106 min | Biography, Drama, History

A chronicle of the life of Lope de Vega, the Spanish playwright who dominated Spain's early Golden Age of theater.

Director: Andrucha Waddington | Stars: Alberto Ammann, Leonor Watling, Pilar López de Ayala, Ramon Pujol

Votes: 970

17. Luther (2003)

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

47 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 14,123 | Gross: $5.79M

18. Mad Love (2001)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

The love story that transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "the Mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a political motive behind.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Daniele Liotti, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma

Votes: 3,445 | Gross: $0.28M

19. Mary Queen of Scots (2013)

119 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 747

20. Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

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

53 Metascore

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: 3,641

21. Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

74 Metascore

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 »

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville

Votes: 12,277 | Gross: $5.29M

22. 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.

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

Votes: 8,544 | Gross: $2.11M

23. 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.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez

Votes: 15,257 | Gross: $2.02M

24. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

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: 200,721 | Gross: $100.32M

25. The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 7,275

26. 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: 96,781 | Gross: $26.81M

27. La otra conquista (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama, History

It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. "The Other Conquest" opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the ... See full summary »

Director: Salvador Carrasco | Stars: Damián Delgado, José Carlos Rodríguez, Elpidia Carrillo, Iñaki Aierra

Votes: 1,080 | Gross: $0.89M

28. The Princess of Montpensier (2010)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Drama, History

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: 3,309 | Gross: $0.34M

29. The Mill and the Cross (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, History

80 Metascore

The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.

Director: Lech Majewski | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling, Joanna Litwin

Votes: 3,502 | Gross: $0.31M

30. The Prince and the Pauper (2000 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Family

The King and a poor boy swap places.

Director: Giles Foster | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Alan Bates, Jonathan Hyde, Jonathan Timmins

Votes: 653

31. Tsar (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History

In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last ... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Oleg Yankovskiy, Ramilya Iskander, Anastasiya Dontsova

Votes: 2,623

32. Reign (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy

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

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

Votes: 39,550

33. 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: 2,602

34. Wolf Hall (2015)

360 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 8,241

35. The Tudors (2007–2010)

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

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

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

Votes: 62,352

36. Carlos, Rey Emperador (2015–2016)

Biography, Drama, History

The Roman Catholic Church faces the new challenges of Protestanism in Northern Europe and Paganism in the Americas. Carlos V seeks to secure the power of the Church, in this continuation of Isabel (2011-2014) and La Corona Partida (2016).

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

Votes: 429

37. Gold (2017)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Love, ambition, treason and death clash in a neverending search for a city built with gold.

Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes | Stars: Raúl Arévalo, Bárbara Lennie, Óscar Jaenada, Jose Coronado

Votes: 1,089 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 22,698 | Gross: $16.47M



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