History 1900 - 1949

by DouxM | created - 15 Jan 2018 | updated - 3 days ago | Public

Based either on historical events/persons or fictional stories set in the era. WW1 & WW2 films are in their own lists.

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1. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,115,281 | Gross: $96.90M

2. Fall of Eagles (1974)

50 min | Drama, History, War

The collapse of three great European dynasties: the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns.

Stars: Michael Hordern, Charles Kay, Barry Foster, Gayle Hunnicutt

Votes: 469

3. Edward the King (1975– )

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of Edward VII (1841 - 1910), the King of the United Kingdom. Before becoming the King, he developed a reputation of a playboy, which angered his mother, Queen Victoria. He was a reformer and modernizer, but also an elitist.

Stars: Annette Crosbie, Timothy West, Helen Ryan, Felicity Kendal

Votes: 386

4. Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978)

Not Rated | 350 min | Drama, History, Romance

While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII meets the married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Their relationship causes furor in the palace and in Parliament, especially ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Fox, Cynthia Harris, David Waller, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 327

5. Wallis & Edward (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American. These events caused a scandal around the world. Wallis and Edward is an ... See full summary »

Director: David Moore | Stars: Joely Richardson, David Westhead, Lisa Kay, Helena Michell

Votes: 425

6. The Woman He Loved (1988 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Romance

The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Olivia de Havilland, Lucy Gutteridge

Votes: 263

7. Mister Johnson (1990)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

In 1923, a local resident of British Colonial Nigeria tries to be equal with the colonial administration.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Edward Woodward, Maynard Eziashi, Beatie Edney

Votes: 852 | Gross: $1.46M

8. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Jimmie Blacksmith, the son of an Aboriginal mother and a white father, falls victim to much racist abuse after marrying a white woman, and goes on a killing spree and finds himself on the run in the aftermath.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Ray Barrett

Votes: 1,475

9. Bertie and Elizabeth (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the life of George VI, who was forced to become King following the abdication of his brother Edward VIII, and his relationship with his wife, Elizabeth.

Director: Giles Foster | Stars: James Wilby, Alan Bates, Eileen Atkins, Dolly Wells

Votes: 529

10. The Lost Prince (2003 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 180 min | Biography, Drama

The true story of the British royal prince locked away because of having epilepsy.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Daniel Williams, Matthew James Thomas, Brock Everitt-Elwick, Rollo Weeks

Votes: 1,781

11. W.E. (2011)

R | 119 min | Drama, History, Romance

37 Metascore

The affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson, and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.

Director: Madonna | Stars: Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough, Oscar Isaac

Votes: 11,455 | Gross: $0.58M

12. Suffragette (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

67 Metascore

In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.

Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep

Votes: 34,946 | Gross: $4.69M

13. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 976,833 | Gross: $659.33M

14. The Winslow Boy (1999)

G | 104 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

Following the theft of a postal-order, a fourteen-year old cadet is expelled from Naval College. To save the honour of the boy and his family, the pre-eminent barrister of the day is engaged to take on the might the Admiralty.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam, Nigel Hawthorne, Matthew Pidgeon

Votes: 6,980 | Gross: $3.96M

15. The Edwardians (1972–1973)

50 min | Drama, History

This series covers the turning points in 9 different figures during the Edwardian era of the United Kingdom - Henry Royce and Charles Rolls - of Rolls Royce fame; Horatio Bottomly founder ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Thorley Walters, Georgia Brown, Nigel Davenport, Michael Jayston

Votes: 50

16. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 14,479 | Gross: $3.13M

17. My Talks with Dean Spanley (2008)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Peter O'Toole

Votes: 3,207

18. Masterpiece Classic (1971– )
Episode: The Railway Children (2000)

108 min | Drama, Romance

Dramatization of E. Nesbit's classic novel about three children whose lives change Dramatically after they move to a Yorkshire cottage near a railway line.

Director: Catherine Morshead | Stars: Jack Blumenau, Clare Thomas, Jemima Rooper, Jenny Agutter

Votes: 870

19. A Woman of Substance (1984)

300 min | Drama, Romance

This mini-series charts the life of Emma Harte, from kitchen maid at the beginning of the twentieth century, to respected business woman and grandmother in the 1980s. From humble beginnings... See full summary »

Stars: Jenny Seagrove, Barry Bostwick, Deborah Kerr, Diane Baker

Votes: 784

20. Brideshead Revisited (2008)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Matthew Goode, Patrick Malahide, Hayley Atwell, Thomas Morrison

Votes: 11,580 | Gross: $6.41M

21. Enid (2009 TV Movie)

82 min | Biography, Drama

Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family. Whilst training as a teacher after the Great ... See full summary »

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew Macfadyen, Denis Lawson, Claire Rushbrook

Votes: 1,308

22. Shackleton (2002)

206 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the South Pole, and his epic struggle to lead his twenty-eight man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, John Grillo, Paul Humpoletz, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 2,452

23. A Summer Story (1988)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

England, 1904. A young lawyer from London, Mr. Ashton and his best friend are hiking across Dartmoor. As he twisted his ankle, Ashton is forced to seek help at a nearby farmhouse and stay ... See full summary »

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Imogen Stubbs, James Wilby, Susannah York, Kenneth Colley

Votes: 886 | Gross: $0.46M

24. Cavalcade (1933)

Passed | 112 min | Drama, Romance, War

The triumphs and tragedies of two English families, the upper-crust Marryots and the working-class Bridges, from 1899 to 1933 are portrayed.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 4,087 | Gross: $7.63M

25. The Duchess of Duke Street (1976–1977)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama

Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French chef, ... See full summary »

Stars: Gemma Jones, Victoria Plucknett, John Welsh, John Cater

Votes: 956

26. The Moth (1997 TV Movie)

152 min | Drama

Set in 1913 Northumbria, England, the story is about Robert Bradley, a strong-willed young worker at a Jarrow shipyard, who arrives home one day to find that his father has died. At the ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Battersby | Stars: Jack Davenport, David Howey, Janet Dale, Sally Grey

Votes: 572

27. Lady Chatterley's Lover (2015 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama, Romance

In 1913 Connie Reid marries wealthy Nottingham colliery owner Sir Clifford Chatterley but he returns from the Great War disabled and in a wheelchair. Connie is loyal but begins to feel ... See full summary »

Director: Jed Mercurio | Stars: Holliday Grainger, Richard Madden, James Norton, Jodie Comer

Votes: 2,453

28. The Go-Between (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 89 min | Drama

An elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Jack Hollington, Samuel Joslin, Tim McMullan

Votes: 1,032

29. Angel (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

The rise and fall of a young eccentric British writer, in the early 20th century.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Lucy Russell, Michael Fassbender

Votes: 4,968

30. An Inspector Calls (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.

Director: Aisling Walsh | Stars: Sophie Rundle, Lucy Chappell, Miranda Richardson, Ken Stott

Votes: 7,397

31. Mr Selfridge (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama

Centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's department store.

Stars: Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill, Amy Beth Hayes

Votes: 13,266

32. Sunset Song (2015)

R | 135 min | Drama

72 Metascore

The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Ken Blackburn, Mark Bonnar, Stuart Bowman, Emily-Jane Boyle

Votes: 3,037 | Gross: $0.16M

33. Million Dollar American Princesses (2015– )

History

These are the true stories of American heiresses who travelled to England to marry titled English men in the late 1800s.

Stars: Elizabeth McGovern, Charles Jennings, Clive Aslet, Fiona Herbert 8th Countess of Carnarvon

Votes: 95

34. The Riddle of the Sands (1979)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In 1901, two British yachtsmen visiting Germany's Frisian Islands accidentally discover a German plot to invade England.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Simon MacCorkindale, Alan Badel

Votes: 1,005

35. Raffles (1975 TV Movie)

Adventure, Drama, Romance

Most people know A.J. Raffles only as a gentleman of leisure and a top-rated cricketer, but he is also "the amateur Cracksman", an expert jewel thief. Alternately aided and hindered by his ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Hodson | Stars: Anthony Valentine, Michael Barrington, Margot Lister, James Maxwell

Votes: 52

36. The Missionary (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy

In 1905, after ten years of missionary work in Africa, the Reverend Charles Fortescue (Michael Palin) is recalled to England, where his Bishop gives him his new assignment, to minister to ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 1,911 | Gross: $7.24M

37. Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

After a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a handsome but poor Tuscan dentist and dies in childbirth, her English in-laws try to gain custody of the baby.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves, Helen Mirren

Votes: 1,832 | Gross: $1.40M

38. Coco Before Chanel (2009)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain

Votes: 37,145 | Gross: $6.11M

39. House of Tolerance (2011)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

75 Metascore

At an elegant Parisian bordello at the dawn of the 20th century, exists a cloistered world of pleasure, pain, hope, rivalries, and most of all, slavery.

Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Noémie Lvovsky, Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Jasmine Trinca

Votes: 5,700 | Gross: $0.02M

40. Gran Hotel (2011–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The story of a family-owned hotel set in the fictional coastal Spanish town of Cantaloa in 1905 which is scene to love, blackmail, jealousies, crime, comedy, plots and counter-plots all involving the hotel's owners, guests, detectives and residential employees.

Stars: Adriana Ozores, Amaia Salamanca, Yon González, Eloy Azorín

Votes: 7,626

41. Madame Curie (1943)

Not Rated | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Lewin | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Bassermann

Votes: 2,367

42. Colonel Redl (1985)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History

Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer), an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Hans Christian Blech, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gudrun Landgrebe

Votes: 2,469 | Gross: $0.00M

43. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery

82 Metascore

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 63,817 | Gross: $2.22M

44. Pascali's Island (1988)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama