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1. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.1
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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: 201,273 | Gross: $100.32M

2. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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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: 85,932 | Gross: $30.08M

3. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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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: 37,957 | Gross: $4.46M

4. 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: 62,031 | Gross: $16.29M

5. Upstart Crow (2016– )

TV-PG | 29 min | Comedy, History

7.5
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Satirical Blackadderesque sitcom about how friends, family, historical circumstances, and his arch-rival Robert Greene, who first coined the derogatory term "upstart crow", influenced William Shakespeare to write his famous plays.

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

Votes: 1,907

6. Solomon Kane (2009)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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48 Metascore

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.

Director: M.J. Bassett | Stars: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Pete Postlethwaite

Votes: 66,021

7. Dangerous Beauty (1998)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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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: 14,914 | Gross: $4.53M

8. Blackadder II (1986)

TV-PG | 176 min | Comedy

8.6
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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: 38,908

9. Orlando (1992)

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

7.2
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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: 12,343 | Gross: $5.29M

10. Elizabeth I (2005–2006)

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

8.0
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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: 5,890

11. The Virgin Queen (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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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.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins, Jay Robinson

Votes: 2,277

12. Mary of Scotland (1936)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.

Directors: John Ford, Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Douglas Walton

Votes: 2,083

13. The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Biography, Family

6.3
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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.

Director: Michael O'Herlihy | Stars: Peter McEnery, Susan Hampshire, Tom Adams, Gordon Jackson

Votes: 302

14. Will Shakespeare (1978)

60 min | Biography

7.7
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Biography of William Shakespeare.

Stars: Tim Curry, Paul Freeman, John Normington, Ron Cook

Votes: 86

15. Last Will & Testament (2012)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Mystery

8.6
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This documentary explores the ongoing debate about the authorship of the works attributed to Shakespeare. Writers and critics, actors and scholars, including Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, ... See full summary »

Directors: Laura Wilson, Lisa Wilson | Stars: Jonathan Bate, Charles Beauclerk, William Boyle, Michael Cecil

Votes: 161

16. In Search of Shakespeare (2004)

240 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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Michael Wood tours the English locations important to William Shakespeare as he explores the playwright and poet's life and work.

Stars: Michael Wood, Gregory Doran, Ray Fearon, Robert Whitelock

Votes: 207

17. Shakespeare's Secrets (2018– )

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A TV series which reveals the scandalous hidden secrets of the most famous writer of all time, William Shakespeare.

18. The King James Bible: The Book That Changed the World (2011 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

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Director: Gillian Bancroft | Stars: Melvyn Bragg, James Bryce, François Scarborough Clemmons, Paola Dionisotti

Votes: 44

19. Mountain Talk (2004)

TV-G | 57 min | Documentary

7.9
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Mountain dialect, culture and identity are revealed by the true experts on Southern Appalachian culture--the people whose families have lived there for generations.

Director: Neal Hutcheson | Stars: Bertie Berleson, Gary Carden, 'Pink' Francis, Jim Tom Hedrick

Votes: 20

20. Sword of Hearts (2005 Video)

93 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

8.6
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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 »

Director: David Schmidt | Stars: Jen Albert, Dawn Alden, Enzo Amitrano, Libby Beyreis

Votes: 27

21. The Golden Age (1967– )

25 min | Drama

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Stars: Guy Slater, Peter Shoesmith, Jonathan Collins, Derek Francis

22. Doctor Faustus (1961– )

30 min | Drama, Family

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Stars: Alan Dobie, James Maxwell, James Grout, Patrick Godfrey

23. Hamlet: The Fall of a Sparrow

Drama, Romance, Thriller | Announced

A young prince's epic journey of love, obsession and betrayal.

Director: Javor Gardev

24. Act III, Scene 1 (2010)

25 min | Short, Drama

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A young prince embarks on a path of vengeance, sacrificing an authentic "romantic love" for a lofty idealism, driving himself and his lover insane.

Director: Kindrid Parker | Stars: Liz Bort, Green La Fleur, Kindrid Parker

Votes: 6

25. La mine d'or de Martin Frobisher (1993)

Documentary, History

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Archaeologists excavate the site of Martin Frobisher's "gold" mine in the Canadian Arctic, at a place the Inuit call the "Island of the White Man".

Star: Pierre McNicoll

26. EWTN Presents Bookmark (1998– )
Episode: Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory (2014)

25 min | Family, Talk-Show

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Doug talks books with two guests: Susan Tassone, author of the devotional Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and Dena Hunt, author of Treason: A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Thompson | Stars: Doug Keck, Susan Tassone, Dena Hunt

27. The Supersizers Eat... (2007– )
Episode: Elizabethan (2008)

History

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Director: Tom Coveney | Stars: Giles Coren, Michael Dobson, Amanda Harris, David Lan

Votes: 9

28. Les grands maîtres de la musique (1963–1969)
Episode: Madrigalistes anglais (1964)

33 min | Short, Biography, Music

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Director: Maurice Beuchey | Stars: Jacques Bretonnière, Alfred Deller, Deller Consort

29. Very British Renaissance (2014– )
Episode: The Elizabethan Code (2014)

Documentary

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Art historian Dr James Fox makes the case for a singularly British renaissance, telling the stories of the artists and artisans who changed Britain forever.

Stars: James Bissell-Thomas, Tarnya Cooper, Alan Derbyshire, James Fox

30. Rocky and His Friends (1959–1963)
Episode: The Inspector-Detector or A Kick in the Plants/Canoes Who? or Look Before You Leak (1960)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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Rocky & Bullwinkle, "Jet Fuel" Part 15 Fractured Fairy Tales "Rumpelstiltskin" Peabody's Improbably History "Sir Walter Raleigh" Rocky & Bullwinkle, "Jet Fuel" Part 16

Directors: Gerard Baldwin, Jim Hiltz, William T. Hurtz, Ted Parmelee, Gerald Ray, Dun Roman, Rudy Zamora | Stars: Edward Everett Horton, June Foray, Paul Frees, William Conrad

Votes: 25

31. Mapp & Lucia (1985–1986)
Episode: The Village Fete (1985)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy

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Recently widowed 'Lucia' Lucas is bored with her life in the Cotswold village of Riseholme and considers a move to the seaside town of Tilling with her fey male friend Georgie. On arrival ... See full summary »

Director: Donald McWhinnie | Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales, Nigel Hawthorne, Denis Lill

Votes: 21



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