English Royalty in Film and Television

by LitCritChas | created - 18 Dec 2012 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

A list devoted to gathering the titles of films and television specials aimed at portraying the lives and reigns of English monarchs.

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1. Warrior Queen (2003)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Drama, History

Boudica, the Warrior Queen on Britain, leads her tribe into rebellion against the Roman Empire and the mad Emperor of Rome Nero.

Director: Bill Anderson | Stars: Alex Kingston, Steven Waddington, Emily Blunt, Leanne Rowe

Votes: 1,098

2. The Saxon Chronicles (2006)

120 min | Action, Drama, History

Set in the 9th century, Alfred the Great, England's most influential and inspiring king, escapes his kingdom when it is attacked by the Viking Horde. Anguished and alone he finds himself in... See full summary »

Director: Jeshua De Horta | Stars: Darin Southam, James C. Morris, Doug Guibord, Dan Christensen

Votes: 41

3. The Last Kingdom (2015– )

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

As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred - born a Saxon but raised by Vikings - seeks to claim his ancestral birthright.

Stars: Alexander Dreymon, Ian Hart, David Dawson, Eliza Butterworth

Votes: 58,014

4. Aethelflaeda: Saxon Queen (2011)

Short, History

Commissioned for the Chester Heritage Trail this film shows Queen Aethelflaeda rallying her troops after taking the throne after the death of her father King Alfred the Great.

Director: Phil Hirst | Star: Lisa-Marie Hoctor

6. Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, History

In eleventh century England, King Edward the Confessor wants Saxon Lord Leofric to marry a despised Norman woman, and has him jailed when he refuses. In jail, he meets Godiva, the Sheriff's... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, George Nader, Victor McLaglen, Rex Reason

Votes: 423

7. 1066 (II)

Action, Drama, History | Pre-production

October 14th, 1066 is the most famous date in English history. It is the year of two invasions of England, and in which three huge and bloody pitched battles were fought. The feared Norse ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Jacob | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Kate Maberly, Katia Winter, Susan George

8. Blood Royal: William the Conqueror (1990 TV Movie)

Drama, History, War

In 1066, weakened Anglo-Saxon King Harold II faces the invasion of enemy French forces led by Norman-French Duke William II of Normandy. Harold makes the fateful decision to fortify himself at Hastings Castle. The rest is history.

Director: Peter Jefferies | Stars: Adam Bareham, Brian Blessed, Anna Calder-Marshall, Simon Dutton

Votes: 6

9. Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)

75 min | Crime, Drama, History

The medieval era cases of a Crusader-turned-Monk who investigates mysteries in the Norman English town of Shrewsbury.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Terrence Hardiman

Votes: 2,065

10. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

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

Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.

Stars: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 27,210

11. The Devil's Crown (1978– )

55 min | Biography, Drama, History

Henry Plantagenet (later King Henry II), sees his opportunity to seize the crown of England and create a kingdom of law and order.

Stars: Jane Lapotaire, Christopher Gable, John Duttine, Brian Cox

Votes: 67

12. Becket (1964)

PG-13 | 148 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the King's.

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi

Votes: 12,916

13. The Lion in Winter (1968)

PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

Votes: 27,525 | Gross: $22.28M

14. El Naser Salah el Dine (1963)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding the Latin state of Jerusalem, is brought to attack the Christians in the Holy Land by the sacking of a convoy of Muslim pilgrims, a group which ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Ahmad Mazhar, Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Salah Dhulfeqar, Tawfik El Deken

Votes: 1,877

15. Ivanhoe (1997)

270 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

After returning from the Third Crusade in the Holy Land, Ivanhoe discovers that England is under the rule of the corrupt Prince John.

Stars: David Barrass, Ralph Brown, Jimmy Chisholm, Trevor Cooper

Votes: 944

16. The Life and Death of King John (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 155 min | Drama

King John does whatever it takes to keep himself on the throne of England, making enemies of the pope, France, and his nephew along the way.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Leonard Rossiter, William Whymper, Mary Morris, Robert Brown

Votes: 91

17. The Bruce (1996)

107 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the early 14th century, Scottish warrior and Earl Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scots, leading Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England.

Directors: Bob Carruthers, David McWhinnie | Stars: Gary Andrew, Brian Blessed, Richard Brimblecombe, Conor Chamberlain

Votes: 567

18. Les rois maudits (1972– )

616 min | Drama, History

Set during the reigns of the last five kings of the Capetian dynasty and the first two kings of the House of Valois, the series begins as the French King Philip the Fair, already surrounded... See full summary »

Stars: Gilles Béhat, Hélène Duc, Jean-Luc Moreau, André Luguet

Votes: 330

Although mostly about the French Monarchy leading up to the Hundred Years War, it also gives a good picture of how Edward II came to fall.

19. Edward II (1991)

R | 87 min | Drama, History, Romance

In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Steven Waddington, Kevin Collins, Andrew Tiernan, John Lynch

Votes: 2,280 | Gross: $0.69M

20. World Without End (2012)

TV-MA | 374 min | Drama, History, Romance

The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.

Stars: Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley, Nora von Waldstätten, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Votes: 7,582

21. The Warriors (1955)

Unrated | 85 min | Adventure, Drama, History

During the fourteenth century when the Hundred Years War between France and England ends with the English occupation of French Aquitainia, rebel French Knights vow to oust Edward, Prince of Wales, ruler of Aquitaine.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Errol Flynn, Joanne Dru, Peter Finch, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 451

22. The Hollow Crown (2012– )

150 min | Drama, History

A mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV: Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V.

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

Votes: 5,124

23. Richard II (1997 TV Movie)

127 min | Drama

The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.

Director: Deborah Warner | Stars: Fiona Shaw, Graham Crowden, Richard Bremmer, David Lyon

Votes: 67

24. Henry IV Part I (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama

Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed "Hotspur"). Henry's son Hal, the Prince ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Jon Finch, David Gwillim, Rob Edwards, Robert Brown

Votes: 163

25. Henry IV Part II (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama

Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed "Hotspur"). Henry's son Hal, the Prince ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Jon Finch, David Gwillim, Rob Edwards, Martin Neil

Votes: 112

26. Henry V (1989)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England (Sir Kenneth Branagh) embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin

Votes: 26,999 | Gross: $10.16M

27. The First Part of King Henry VI (1983 TV Movie)

188 min | Drama, History

Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France, young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the Duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: John Benfield, Peter Benson, Brenda Blethyn, Antony Brown

Votes: 101

28. The Second Part of King Henry VI (1983 TV Movie)

203 min | Drama, History

Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: John Benfield, Peter Benson, Antony Brown, David Burke

Votes: 82

29. The Third Part of King Henry VI (1983 TV Movie)

211 min | Drama, History

Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: John Benfield, Peter Benson, Gerald Blackmore, Antony Brown

Votes: 80

30. The White Queen (2013)

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

Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England.

Stars: Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay

Votes: 21,555

Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III

31. Richard III (1995)

R | 110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming King staged in an alternative fascist England setting.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Christopher Bowen, Edward Jewesbury

Votes: 13,090 | Gross: $2.60M

Richard III

32. The Shadow of the Tower (1972– )

Biography, Drama, History

A series of dramas by various writers recording the key events in the reign of Henry Tudor and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty

Stars: James Maxwell, Norma West, Hugh Sullivan, Denis Carey

Votes: 153

Henry VII

33. Princes in the Tower (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

Sixteen years after the presumed deaths of the two boy princes held captive in the Tower, Perkin Warbeck makes his claim to the throne as the rightful King Richard. Did the younger brother ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Hardy | Stars: Mark Umbers, John Castle, Roger Hammond, Sally Edwards

Votes: 121

Henry VII

34. The White Princess (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History

Based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name, the story of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and her marriage to the Lancaster victor, Henry VII.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy, Richard Dillane

Votes: 7,251

Henry VII

35. 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: 1,130

Henry VIII

36. Henry VIII (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 166 min | History

Henry VIII is a proud and wilful monarch who defies Rome's ban on divorce to marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. Cardinal Wolsey, the Powerful Lord Chancellor of England, attempts to bend Rome ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Billington | Stars: John Stride, Julian Glover, Ronald Pickup, Barbara Kellerman

Votes: 95

Henry VIII

37. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

King Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Catharine 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: 6,303

Henry VIII

38. The Prince and the Pauper (1996– )

171 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A poor boy named Tom Canty and Edward, the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

Stars: Philip Sarson, John Bowe, Peter Jeffrey, Richenda Carey

Votes: 92

Henry VIII, Edward VI

39. 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 King Edward VI 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: 5,853 | Gross: $0.28M

Edward VI, Jane, Mary I

40. 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: 87,594 | Gross: $30.08M

Mary I, Elizabeth I

41. 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: 2,660

Elizabeth I

42. 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: 3,739

Elizabeth I

43. 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: 30,272 | Gross: $16.47M

Elizabeth I

44. 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: 63,633 | Gross: $16.29M

Elizabeth I

45. Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 205 min | Drama, History

Mini series depicting the turbulent and bloody reigns of Scottish monarchs Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Vulpe Adrian, Carmen Ungureanu, Clémence Poésy, Tadeusz Pasternak

Votes: 1,600

Elizabeth I, James I

46. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 79,663 | Gross: $12.71M

James I

47. To Kill a King (2003)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.2