THE EARLY PERIOD OF MODERN HISTORY (14th to 18th century)

by Maximilliann | created - 03 Sep 2014 | updated - 09 Dec 2016 | Public

The Renaissance, the Age of Discovery, the Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment, from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, represented a cultural revolution, wich is supposed to leave the darkness of the Middle Ages, establishing a new conception of man and the world and changing the way of life of mankind.

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1. Martin Luther (1953)

Approved | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biopic of German priest Martin Luther (Niall MacGinnis), covering his life between 1505 and 1530 A.D., and the birth of the Protestant Reformation movement.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Niall MacGinnis, John Ruddock, Pierre Lefevre, Guy Verney

Votes: 413

2. Luther (1968 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

An epic drama of the 16th Century Catholic monk Martin Luther who started the Reformation.

Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Robert Shaw, Robert Morley, Max Adrian, Ronald Fraser

3. Luther (1974)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

A man's views cause a rift between peasants and the church.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Stacy Keach, Patrick Magee, Hugh Griffith, Robert Stephens

Votes: 277

4. John Hus (1977)

Not Rated | 55 min | Biography, Drama, History

A faithful recounting of the ministry, trial and martyrdom of the fifteenth century Bohemian priest John Hus, who built on the reforms of John Wycliffe, taught the Bible in the vernacular and who influenced Martin Luther a century later.

Director: Michael Economou | Stars: Rod Colbin, Regis Cordic, Marvin Miller, Sándor Naszódy

Votes: 60

5. Luther (2003)

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

47 Metascore

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the Catholic Church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

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

Votes: 14,237 | Gross: $5.79M

6. Lucrezia Borgia (1935)

93 min | Drama, History, Romance

At the end of the 15th Century, Rome is ruled ruthlessly by power mad and sex hungry Cesare Borgia, the eldest son of Pope Alexander VI. Following the advice of his chief adviser Niccolo ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Edwige Feuillère, Gabriel Gabrio, Maurice Escande, Roger Karl

Votes: 188

7. Prince of Foxes (1949)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, History

An unscrupulous agent for the Borgias suffers a change of heart when asked to betray a noble count and his much younger, very beautiful wife.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti

Votes: 1,392 | Gross: $2.55M

8. Bride of Vengeance (1949)

Approved | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A female Borgia is sent out to live up to the family name by killing someone, but falls in love with her intended victim.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: John Lund, Paulette Goddard, Macdonald Carey, Raymond Burr

Votes: 101

9. Lucrèce Borgia (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama, History

In the early 16th century, Italy is ruled by the powerful Borgia family, led by César Borgia and his sister Lucrètè. In a ruthless power play, César plots to have his sister's husband ... See full summary »

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Martine Carol, Pedro Armendáriz, Valentine Tessier, Arnoldo Foà

Votes: 144

11. The Black Duke (1963)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Cesar Borgia--a cardinal in the Catholic church, a confidant of the Pope and a member of one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in 16th-century Italy--must deal with a host of ... See full summary »

Director: Pino Mercanti | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Conrado San Martín, Maria Grazia Spina, Franco Fantasia

Votes: 42

12. The Borgias (1981– )

50 min | Drama, History

The ruthless Rodrigo Borgia intends to become Pope and will not let anything stand in his way.

Stars: Oliver Cotton, Maurice O'Connell, Louis Selwyn, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 141

13. 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.

Director: Christoph Schrewe | Stars: Manu Fullola, Brian Blessed, James Faulkner, Rolf Kanies

Votes: 479

14. The 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.

Director: Antonio Hernández | Stars: Lluís Homar, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, María Valverde, Sergio Múñiz

Votes: 1,401

15. The Borgias (2011–2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war, and marriage alliances.

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Peter Sullivan

Votes: 45,835

16. Borgia (2011–2014)

52 min | Biography, Drama, History

Story of the rise and the fall of the Renaissance dynasty.

Stars: Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes, John Doman

Votes: 5,496

17. Medici (2016– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

A political family drama set in Florence in the early fifteenth century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

Stars: Daniel Sharman, Annabel Scholey, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Sarah Parish

Votes: 12,215

18. Il magnifico avventuriero (1963)

93 min | Adventure

Benvenuto Cellini knows no obstacles when it comes to creating a work of art or conquering the heart of a woman.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Brett Halsey, Claudia Mori, Françoise Fabian, José Nieto

Votes: 65

19. 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.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews

Votes: 6,051

20. The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Constance Bennett, Fredric March, Frank Morgan, Fay Wray

Votes: 312

21. The Pagans (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, History

Rome, 1527. Massimo Colonna is in love with Angela, a member of the Orsinis, the Colonnas'arch enemies. As she is officially engaged to Tancredi Serra, the latter, a faithless individual, ... See full summary »

Director: Ferruccio Cerio | Stars: Pierre Cressoy, Hélène Rémy, Vittorio Sanipoli, Luigi Tosi

Votes: 25

22. Una vita scellerata (1990)

118 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), a soldier and one of the most important craftsmen and artists of Renaissance Italy, whose life was marked by many achievements and adventures, but also crimes.

Director: Giacomo Battiato | Stars: Wadeck Stanczak, Max von Sydow, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 76

23. The King's Whore (1990)

R | 115 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set in the seventeenth century, an Italian nobleman weds an impoverished countess, who is wooed by the King of Piedmont and faces pressure from his entire court to succumb to his wishes.

Director: Axel Corti | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Valeria Golino, Stéphane Freiss, Robin Renucci

Votes: 711

25. Caravaggio (1986)

93 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Noam Almaz, Dexter Fletcher, Nigel Terry, Sean Bean

Votes: 4,788 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Caravaggio (2007 TV Movie)

180 min | Biography, History

The tumultuous and adventurous life of Michelangelo Merisi, controversial artist, called by Fate to become the immortal Caravaggio. A violent genius that will dare to defy the ideal vision ... See full summary »

Director: Angelo Longoni | Stars: Alessio Boni, Elena Sofia Ricci, Jordi Mollà, Paolo Briguglia

Votes: 322

27. 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: 1,935 | Gross: $0.38M

28. 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: 15,104 | Gross: $4.53M

29. Galileo (1968)

105 min | Drama, History

A humble scientist from Padua proves that the Earth revolves and that it is not the center of the universe. He has few supporters and many enemies. When Giordano Bruno dies a martyr's death... See full summary »

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Cyril Cusack, Georgi Kaloyanchev, Nikolay Doychev, Miroslav Mindov

Votes: 181

30. Galileo (1975)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama

This biopic is about Galileo Galilei, the seventeenth century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Topol, Edward Fox, Colin Blakely, Georgia Brown

Votes: 436

31. Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 57 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Galileo is thwarted in his pursuit to uncover the universe's mysteries by a lack of money, a lazy brother and a jealous rival. Luckily, he finds support from his student, Prince Cosimo, son of the Medici family.

Director: David Devine | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Kenny Vadas, Louis Del Grande, Tony Nardi

Votes: 33

32. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey

Votes: 65,709 | Gross: $65.71M

33. The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971)

60 min | Biography, History

He was the creator and artist of the Mona Lisa portrait

Stars: Philippe Leroy, Giulio Bosetti, Bruno Piergentili, Giampiero Albertini

Votes: 308

34. Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Leonardo da Vinci finds it difficult to pursue his own dreams while serving as the Duke's court artist, but young Roberto takes risk to convince the master not to give up on his dreams.

Director: Allan King | Stars: Brent Carver, David Felton, Cedric Smith, Tom Melissis

Votes: 20

35. Leonardo (2003)

180 min | Documentary, History

An exploration of the life of Leonardo da Vinci.

Stars: Mark Rylance, Che Cartwright, Sherwin Nuland, Evelyn Welch

Votes: 151

36. Leonardo (2011– )

Adventure

A fictitious version of the life of Leonardo Da Vinci, Leonardo is an apprentice painter where he meets Lisa Gherardini as she disguises herself as boy (Tom) so she also become a painting ... See full summary »

Stars: Jonathan Bailey, Colin Ryan, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Akemnji Ndifornyen

Votes: 209

37. Giordano Bruno (1973)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

Flying from his enemies in the Catholic Church, the free thinking philosopher, poet and scientist Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) has found some protection in Venice. But the Roman Inquisition, ... See full summary »

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Hans Christian Blech, Mathieu Carrière, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 672

38. The Decameron (1971)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic, Vincenzo Amato

Votes: 8,726

39. 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.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Vittorio Amandola, Steven Berkoff, Rodolfo Bigotti

Votes: 71

40. Niccolò Machiavelli il Principe della politica

Biography, Drama, History | Announced

The life of the chancellor of the Florentine republic and the author of the famous book, "The Prince", Niccolò Machiavelli.

Director: Lorenzo Raveggi | Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Cristina Serafini, Jason Croot, Elia Nichols

42. Reina santa (1947)

110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A virtuous Spanish princess becomes Queen of Portugal, then troubled by social struggles and court intrigue. She negotiates a truce between the king's and his son's factions; and performs a... See full summary »

Directors: Henrique Campos, Aníbal Contreiras, Rafael Gil | Stars: Maruchi Fresno, Antonio Vilar, Luis Peña, Fernando Rey

Votes: 27

43. Locura de amor (1948)

112 min | Drama

Queen Juana of Castile go insane as a result of a conspiracy based on the infidelities of her husband, King Philip of Flanders.

Director: Juan de Orduña | Stars: Aurora Bautista, Fernando Rey, Sara Montiel, Jorge Mistral

Votes: 125

44. La espada negra (1976)

105 min | Drama, History

A beautiful love story in 1400's middle age Spain about the romance between the ones how would later get married and become Elizabeth, Queen of Castille and Ferdinand, King of Aragon. As a ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Rovira Beleta | Stars: Maribel Martín, Juan Ribó, José María Rodero, Carlos Ballesteros

Votes: 13

45. Juana la Loca... de vez en cuando (1983)

87 min | Comedy

Los Reyes Católicos se preocupan por la obsesión de Torquemada de procesar a todo el mundo. Cisneros presenta amnesia senil, la Infanta Isabel se ha vuelto republicana, y Juana está ... See full summary »

Director: José Ramón Larraz | Stars: Lola Flores, Beatriz Elorrieta, Jaime Morey, Manolo Gómez Bur

Votes: 75

46. Réquiem por Granada (1991)

52 min | Drama, History, Romance

Requiem for Granada The sad and glorious history of the kingdom of Granada, the last bastion of Islam in Spain. After eight hundred years of splendor where art, science and civilization ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Olegar Fedoro, Manuel Bandera, Delia Boccardo, Pedro Díez del Corral

Votes: 49

47. The Royal Diaries: Isabel - Jewel of Castilla (2000 TV Movie)

TV-Y7 | 27 min | Drama, Family, History

A fictional story about Queen Isabel of Spain as a teenaged princess.

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Arturo Fresolone, Lisa Jakub, Cara Pifko, Christopher Ralph

Votes: 29

48. 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: 3,471 | Gross: $0.28M

49. Isabel (2011–2014)

75 min | Biography, History

Life of Isabella I of Castile, also known as Isabella the Catholic.

Stars: Michelle Jenner, Ramon Madaula, Rodolfo Sancho, Jordi Díaz

Votes: 1,590

50. The Broken Crown (2016)

113 min | Drama, History

6.7