17th Century History

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1. Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006)

145 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars.

Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Unax Ugalde, Eduard Fernández

Votes: 11,815

2. The Last King (2003– )

TV-14 | 188 min | Biography, Drama, History

The chronicle of Charles II's time on the throne, his 10 year exile from Oliver Cromwell's England, and his triumphant return.

Stars: Rufus Sewell, Rupert Graves, Charlie Creed-Miles, Christian Coulson

Votes: 1,422

3. Cromwell (1970)

G | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies, and the self-interest of the ruling class, and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin

Votes: 4,487

4. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

PG | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber

Votes: 21,170 | Gross: $15.14M

5. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 69,161 | Gross: $11.63M

6. Lorna Doone (2000 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

Against a backdrop of political and religious upheaval, a farmer falls in love with the "queen" of the notorious Doone clan --a family that he has sworn vengeance on.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Neil Finnighan, Jack Baverstock, Trevor Cooper, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 1,720

7. Molière (2007)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Comedy

59 Metascore

Imprisoned for debt, playwright Molière is rescued by an aristocrat who needs his help in order to seduce a young marquise.

Director: Laurent Tirard | Stars: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, Edouard Baer

Votes: 5,710 | Gross: $0.64M

8. Nightwatching (2007)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting 'The Night Watch'.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May

Votes: 2,756

9. Restoration (1995)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

The exiled royal physician to King Charles II devotes himself to helping Londoners suffering from the plague, and in the process falls in love with an equally poor woman.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis, Polly Walker

Votes: 8,550 | Gross: $4.10M

10. Rob Roy (1995)

R | 139 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt, Tim Roth

Votes: 38,986 | Gross: $31.60M

11. Day of the Siege (2012)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In the summer of 1683, 300,000 warriors of the Ottoman Empire began the siege of Vienna. The fall of the city would have opened the way to conquer Europe. On September 11. was the main battle between the Polish cavalry and the Turks.

Director: Renzo Martinelli | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Enrico Lo Verso, Jerzy Skolimowski, Alicja Bachleda

Votes: 1,699

12. Taras Bulba (2009)

129 min | Action, Drama, History

Set in the 16th century, this is a story about Ukraine's Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing Polish armies.

Director: Vladimir Bortko | Stars: Bogdan Stupka, Igor Petrenko, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Magdalena Mielcarz

Votes: 2,644

13. The Devil's Whore (2008)

55 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set between the years 1642 and 1660, "The Devil's Whore" charts the progress of the English Civil War through the eyes of a 17 year old girl, the fictional Angelica Fanshawe.

Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Dominic West, Tom Goodman-Hill, John Simm

Votes: 2,226

14. New Worlds (2014)

Drama, History, War

The 1680s bring a new king, Restoration and more tyranny. In Massachusetts, a robber's son falls for an anti-monarchist. In England, young lady falls for an outlaw.

Stars: Pip Carter, Phil Cheadle, Holli Dempsey, Joe Dempsie

Votes: 1,065

15. The Last Valley (1971)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During the Thirty Years' War of 1600s, a band of Protestant mercenaries peacefully coexist with German Catholic villagers in a hidden idyllic mountain valley untouched by war.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan, Nigel Davenport

Votes: 2,631

16. The Libertine (2004)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

44 Metascore

The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

Director: Laurence Dunmore | Stars: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Paul Ritter

Votes: 33,881 | Gross: $4.84M

17. The Man in the Iron Mask (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

48 Metascore

The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother whom he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu

Votes: 149,111 | Gross: $56.97M

18. To Kill a King (2003)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, History

A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Olivia Williams, James Bolam

Votes: 2,886

19. Vatel (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Glover

Votes: 7,085 | Gross: $0.05M

20. The King Is Dancing (2000)

115 min | Drama, History, Music

Corbiau repeats the Farinelli formula, artistic rivalry and social private drama expressed in dazzling, sometimes excessively lavish baroque scenery, music and costume, but this time in its... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Benoît Magimel, Boris Terral, Tchéky Karyo, Colette Emmanuelle

Votes: 2,021

21. A Little Chaos (2014)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles.

Director: Alan Rickman | Stars: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts

Votes: 18,945 | Gross: $0.55M

22. Tulip Fever (2017)

R | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

38 Metascore

An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O'Connell, Holliday Grainger

Votes: 16,268 | Gross: $2.43M

23. The Girl King (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

37 Metascore

THE GIRL KING paints a portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant

Votes: 3,211

24. The Sovereign's Servant (2007)

131 min | Action, Adventure, History

At the beginning of the 18th century, king of France exiles two duelists from the state: one to Russia and another to Sweden, which are at war.

Director: Oleg Ryaskov | Stars: Dmitriy Miller, Aleksandr Bukharov, Kseniya Knyazeva, Valeriy Malikov

Votes: 1,305

25. Devil's Bride (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama, History

Anna is a 16-year old in a village where women are accused of witchcraft. It's based on the witch hunts on Åland, Finland in the 1600s.

Director: Saara Cantell | Stars: Tuulia Eloranta, Magnus Krepper, Elin Petersdottir, Claes Malmberg

Votes: 1,063

26. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Biography, History

After the death of Cardinal Mazarin, young king Louis XIV decides to assert his power to control the aristocracy.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, César Silvagni, Katharina Renn

Votes: 1,186

27. Salem (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Supernatural horror loosely based on Salem's 17th century witch trials.

Stars: Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Tamzin Merchant

Votes: 21,137

28. The First Churchills (1969)

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

The lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, and his wife Sarah.

Stars: John Neville, Susan Hampshire, John Standing, Robert Robinson

Votes: 198

29. Gunpowder (2017)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, History

British activist Guy Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics plan to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in the early 17th century.

Stars: Kit Harington, Liv Tyler, Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley

Votes: 8,403

30. Versailles (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman

Votes: 11,757

31. The Musketeers (2014–2016)

TV-14 | 55 min | Adventure, Drama

Set on the streets of 17th-century Paris, "The Musketeers" gives a contemporary take on the classic story about a group of highly trained soldiers and bodyguards assigned to protect King and country.

Stars: Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles

Votes: 19,502

32. Versailles: The Dream of a King (2008 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Docudrama about the life of Louis XIV nicknamed "the Sun King", the King of France who ran a glamorous court, expanded the borders of France, loved women and parties and built an incredible palace for himself - the Versailles.

Director: Thierry Binisti | Stars: Vinciane Millereau, Samuel Theis, Jérôme Pouly, Antoine Coesens

Votes: 280

33. Admiral (2015)

TV-PG | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by England, France and Germany and the country itself is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the country's strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter.

Director: Roel Reiné | Stars: Frank Lammers, Sanne Langelaar, Barry Atsma, Lieke van Lexmond

Votes: 8,263

34. 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: 1,599

35. 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: 79,609 | Gross: $12.71M

36. Saints & Strangers (2015– )

192 min | Drama, History

Story of the Voyage of the Mayflower and the first year of The Pilgrims in America.

Stars: Keenan Arrison, Alex Burger, Tamer Burjaq, Michael Greyeyes

Votes: 1,578



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