British Royalty

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1. 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: 165

2. 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: 1,155

3. Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)

PG | 125 min | Drama

On his deathbed, King Henry VIII looks back over his eventful life and his six marriages.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Keith Michell, Donald Pleasence, Charlotte Rampling, Jane Asher

Votes: 729

4. Elizabeth R (1971– )

85 min | Biography, Drama, History

When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.

Stars: Glenda Jackson, Ronald Hines, Robert Hardy, Stephen Murray

Votes: 1,471

5. 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: 90,035 | Gross: $30.08M

6. The Last King (2003– )

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

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

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

Votes: 1,461

7. 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: 3,819 | Gross: $2.33M

8. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's (Saoirse Ronan's) attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), 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: 35,407 | Gross: $16.47M

10. 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: 65,029 | Gross: $16.29M

11. Will Shakespeare (1978)

60 min | Biography

Biography of William Shakespeare.

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

Votes: 89

12. 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: 4,738 | Gross: $1.37M

13. 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: 2,932

14. 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: 202

15. The Favourite (2018)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 158,077 | Gross: $34.37M

16. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History

89 Metascore

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 142,475

17. The Madness of King George (1994)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

When King George III (Sir Nigel Hawthorne) goes mad, his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Rupert Graves, Amanda Donohoe

Votes: 14,856 | Gross: $15.24M

18. Prince Regent (1979– )

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life and times of George (1762-1830), Prince of Wales, from his early days of debauchery to his ascent to the throne as George IV. His two marriages (one legal, one not), his mistresses... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Egan, Bosco Hogan, Nigel Davenport, Frances White

Votes: 23

19. I Remember Nelson (1982– )

200 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Worshipped as a national savior, Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson masterminded the naval victories that thwarted Napoleon's plans to invade Britain. Yet, in the midst of public adulation, rumors... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Colley, Tim Pigott-Smith, Geraldine James, John Clements

Votes: 52

20. Beau Brummell (1954)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1796, Captain George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (Stewart Granger) of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment offends the Prince of Wales (Sir Peter Ustinov) with his straightforward outspokenness and gets fired from the Army but is chosen as the Prince's personal advisor.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov, Robert Morley

Votes: 1,239

21. Waterloo (I) (1970)

G | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 8,273 | Gross: $3.05M

22. Byron (2003 TV Movie)

147 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Following the success of his poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", Byron becomes the toast of London.

Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Stephen Campbell Moore, Oliver Milburn, Michael Elwyn, Jonny Lee Miller

Votes: 882

23. Shaka Zulu (1986)

300 min | Action, Biography, Drama

A historical account on the life of the Zulu King Shaka.

Stars: Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Trevor Howard, Fiona Fullerton

Votes: 2,808

24. Victoria & Albert (2001– )

200 min | Biography, Drama, History

The passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837, the year of King William IV's death and eighteen-year-old Victoria's ascension to ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth, James Callis, Diana Rigg

Votes: 927

25. 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: 422

26. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, History, War

In 1854, during the Crimean War, poor planning leads to the British Light Brigade openly charging a Russian artillery position with tragic consequences.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,927

27. Mrs Brown (1997)

PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

71 Metascore

When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. John Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher

Votes: 13,045 | Gross: $9.22M

28. Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

Jennie Jerome was born in the United States in 1845, eventually becoming Lady Randolph Churchill and the mother of Winston Churchill.

Stars: Lee Remick, Barbara Parkins, Ronald Pickup, Rachel Kempson

Votes: 129

29. Lillie (1978– )

52 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly ... See full summary »

Stars: Francesca Annis, Catherine Feller, Peggy Ann Wood, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 484

30. Zulu Dawn (1979)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott, Peter Vaughan

Votes: 6,080

31. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

78 Metascore

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 211,277

32. Khartoum (1966)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the Sudan, in 1884 to 1885, Egyptian forces led by British General Charles "Chinese" Gordon (Charlton Heston) defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim Army led by a religious fanatic, Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (Sir Laurence Olivier).

Directors: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon | Stars: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 6,395 | Gross: $6.54M

33. Jack the Ripper (1988)

TV-PG | 190 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the Queen.

Stars: Michael Caine, Armand Assante, Ray McAnally, Lewis Collins

Votes: 4,321

34. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 14,217 | Gross: $2.16M

35. Victoria & Abdul (2017)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

58 Metascore

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 29,953 | Gross: $22.25M

36. Rhodes (1996– )

Drama

The story of the British 19th-century businessman who became the wealthiest man in the Western world and founded the nation Rhodesia.

Stars: Martin Shaw, Frances Barber, Neil Pearson, Frantz Dobrowsky

Votes: 132

37. Uncle Kruger (1941)

124 min | Biography, War

Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa.

Directors: Hans Steinhoff, Karl Anton, Herbert Maisch | Stars: Emil Jannings, Lucie Höflich, Werner Hinz, Ernst Schröder

Votes: 188

38. Young Winston (1972)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, War

Complex family relationships, as well as a combat experience, form the personality of the future world-known politician.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Simon Ward, Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 2,077 | Gross: $4.69M

39. 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: 51

40. The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981– )

60 min | Biography, Drama

The story of the brilliant but immensely controversial David Lloyd George, who was the final Liberal Party Prime Minister of the UK.

Stars: Philip Madoc, Lisabeth Miles, William Thomas, Kika Markham

Votes: 20

41. 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: 1,809

42. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 257,358 | Gross: $44.82M

43. Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Winston Churchill's life between 1929, when he lost his cabinet position, and 1939, when he joined Great Britain's War Cabinet - a period he described as the most difficult in his life.

Stars: Robert Hardy, Siân Phillips, Nigel Havers, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 260

44. Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978)

Not Rated | 350 min | Drama, History, Romance

The events leading to the 1936 abdication of King Edward VIII, who gave up his throne to marry the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson.

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

Votes: 337

45. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 622,009 | Gross: $138.80M

46. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 112,723