19th century films

by Thunderhornet6 | created - 06 Jan 2016 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

A list of some interesting films/series' based in the 19th century. (I haven't seen all of them) (I also tried my best to put them in chronological order)

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1. Eroica (2003 TV Movie)

129 min | Drama, Music

On June 9, 1804, Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a group of musicians to give the first performance of his Third Symphony, 'Bonaparte', to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Peter Hanson, Jack Davenport, Leo Bill, Ian Hart

Votes: 487

A film about the first performance of the first *large scale* symphony ever written. Beethoven's 3rd symphony changed everything about western music.

2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy

Votes: 189,966 | Gross: $93.93M

A fascinating depiction of a British ship crew chasing a French vessel during the Napoleonic Wars. If you see any film on this list, this should be first priority.

3. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

60 min | Fantasy, History, Sci-Fi

In an alternate history, during the time of real life Napoleonic Wars, two men of destiny, the gifted recluse Mr. Norrell and daring spellcasting novice Jonathan Strange, use magic to help England.

Stars: Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Marc Warren, Charlotte Riley

Votes: 10,713

4. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 231,773 | Gross: $38.41M

5. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 21,756 | Gross: $9.91M

Biopic on Beethoven's life.

6. War & Peace (2016)

TV-14 | 379 min | Drama, History, Romance

As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James, Adrian Edmondson

Votes: 17,733

7. 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: 7,520 | Gross: $3.05M

8. Napoléon (2002)

380 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence ... See full summary »

Stars: Christian Clavier, Isabella Rossellini, Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovich

Votes: 3,841

9. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 626,030 | Gross: $183.64M

A tremendously dark revenge drama taking place in the northern Rockies.

10. Onegin (1999)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally,... See full summary »

Director: Martha Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Toby Stephens, Lena Headey

Votes: 7,086 | Gross: $0.21M

A Pushkin classic.

11. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 287,108 | Gross: $148.81M

12. Chopin. Pragnienie milosci (2002)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Music

The biography of world famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin.

Director: Jerzy Antczak | Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Danuta Stenka, Sara Muldner, Jadwiga Baranska

Votes: 600

A mediocre depiction of the life of Frédéric Chopin. I really hope someone makes a higher quality biopic of him at some point in the future.

13. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 10,888 | Gross: $1.59M

This film was surprisingly good. One of my favorite adaptations of a Dickens novel.

14. Oliver Twist (2005)

PG-13 | 130 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

An adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Barney Clark, Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Swift, Ian McNeice

Votes: 29,191 | Gross: $1.99M

15. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 9,513 | Gross: $5.68M

This film was alright, but didn't really grip me. It just sort of passed by and felt a bit superficial.

16. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

Votes: 10,954

Very good adaptation of the Christmas classic especially for a TV movie.

17. Great Expectations (2012)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

A series of events change the orphaned Pip's life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Toby Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins

Votes: 11,445 | Gross: $0.26M

18. The Invisible Woman (2013)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander

Votes: 8,735 | Gross: $1.23M

19. Jane Eyre (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Su Elliot

Votes: 75,342 | Gross: $11.24M

20. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 54,178 | Gross: $11.00M

21. Ludwig II (2012)

130 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatic retelling of the life of Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times. From his accession to the throne at the age of 18 to his passionate ... See full summary »

Directors: Marie Noëlle, Peter Sehr | Stars: Sabin Tambrea, Sebastian Schipper, Hannah Herzsprung, Edgar Selge

Votes: 679

22. Wagner (1981– )

300 min | Biography, Drama, History

A huge panorama of Richard Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria, to the final ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, László Gálffi, John Gielgud

Votes: 413

23. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 580,353 | Gross: $56.67M

Very well done film about the southern slave plantations.

24. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 265,471 | Gross: $198.68M

25. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 373,192 | Gross: $77.81M

26. Glory (1989)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 113,514 | Gross: $26.83M

The quintessential Civil War film.

27. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

86 Metascore

As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 229,485 | Gross: $182.21M

28. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 285,432 | Gross: $171.24M

One of my favorite westerns. Jeff Bridges puts on a fantastic performance.

29. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 270,907 | Gross: $53.61M

A much more action-packed western.

30. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 157,470 | Gross: $3.90M

This film is pretty long, but is also well done.

31. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 85,335

32. The Four Feathers (2002)

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

49 Metascore

A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Mohamed Bouich

Votes: 31,120 | Gross: $18.31M

33. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen

Votes: 85,032 | Gross: $12.82M

34. Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

75 Metascore

In ANTON CHEKHOV'S THE DUEL, escalating animosity between two men with opposing philosophies of life is played out against the backdrop of a decaying seaside resort along the Black Sea ... See full summary »

Director: Dover Koshashvili | Stars: Andrew Scott, Fiona Glascott, Tobias Menzies, Niall Buggy

Votes: 570

35. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

57 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Votes: 550,732 | Gross: $209.03M

36. The Illusionist (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

68 Metascore

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 337,485 | Gross: $39.87M

37. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,072,819 | Gross: $53.09M

38. Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge

Votes: 41,266 | Gross: $12.23M

39. The Alienist (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

Newspaper illustrator John Moore meets with criminal psychologist (alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.

Stars: Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, Brian Geraghty

Votes: 28,069



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