Spain Historical Films

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1. El Cid (1961)

Approved | 182 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page

Votes: 11,679 | Gross: $26.62M

2. La espada negra (1976)

105 min | Drama, History

A beautiful love story in 1400's middle age Spain about the romance between the ones how would later get married and become Elizabeth, Queen of Castille and Ferdinand, King of Aragon. As a ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Rovira Beleta | Stars: Maribel Martín, Juan Ribó, José María Rodero, Carlos Ballesteros

Votes: 13

3. The Royal Diaries: Isabel - Jewel of Castilla (2000 TV Movie)

TV-Y7 | 27 min | Drama, Family, History

A fictional story about Queen Isabel of Spain as a teenaged princess.

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Arturo Fresolone, Lisa Jakub, Cara Pifko, Christopher Ralph

Votes: 29

4. The Borgia (2006)

120 min | Biography, History

A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia.

Director: Antonio Hernández | Stars: Lluís Homar, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, María Valverde, Sergio Múñiz

Votes: 1,389

5. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

PG-13 | 154 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

47 Metascore

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean

Votes: 26,087 | Gross: $7.19M

6. Mad Love (2001)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

The love story that transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "the Mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a political motive behind.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Daniele Liotti, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma

Votes: 3,445 | Gross: $0.28M

Juana la Loca

7. The Conspiracy (2008)

128 min | Adventure, Drama, History

16th century ruler King Philip II of Spain maneuvers within a court of deceit and betrayal.

Director: Antonio del Real | Stars: Jason Isaacs, Julia Ormond, Jürgen Prochnow, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 326

La Conjura del Escorial

8. The Dumbfounded King (1991)

106 min | Comedy, History

After spending a night with a sensual prostitute, the King of Spain decides that he wants to see his wife naked. His decision causes a real revolution amidst his subjects.

Director: Imanol Uribe | Stars: María Barranco, Joaquim de Almeida, Laura del Sol, Gabino Diego

Votes: 655

El Rey Pasmado - Aventura y desventuras del rey Felipe IV, centrándose en su s inquietudes sexuales y en el debate teológico derivado de lo anterior.

9. El perro del hortelano (2009)

98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

El Perro del Hortelano is a shining example of a completely new way of producing socially conscious films. Set in the far reaches of the Peruvian Amazon, a group of 15 international ... See full summary »

Directors: Renzo Zanelli, Oleg Kheyfets | Star: Brus Rubio Churay

Votes: 6

10. Esquilache (1989)

100 min | Drama

In the 18th century in Madrid, the Marquess of Esquilache, King Charles III of Spain's former minister, bans on wearing the popular wide collar with a long coat and brimmed hat. Along with other measures provoke a massive riot in the city.

Director: Josefina Molina | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, José Luis López Vázquez, Ángela Molina, Ángel de Andrés

Votes: 189

El ascenso y declive políticos del marqués de Esquilache, ministro de Carlos III. El motín de Esquilache fue la respuesta del pueblo a su política. Esta película es una adaptación muy libre de la obra teatral de Antonio Buero Vallejo, ´Un soñador para un pueblo´. Película lenta pero de alto rigor histórico.

11. El Greco (2007)

119 min | Biography, Drama

The story of the uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as "El Greco".

Director: Yannis Smaragdis | Stars: Nick Clark Windo, Juan Diego Botto, Laia Marull, Lakis Lazopoulos

Votes: 4,113

The film tells the story of Domenicos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco, a great Greek artist of the 16th century with an uncompromising character, who sets off from his homeland Crete and goes to Venice and finally Toledo, in search of freedom and love. There he is confronted by his greatest adversary, the Spanish Inquisition, but his creative consciousness and power make him stand out and overcome barbarity and ignorance.

12. La princesa de Éboli (2010)

Drama, History

This miniseries is a fiction about the history of Ana of Mendoza, a woman ahead of her time and who was the center of attention at the court of Felipe II. After giving birth to 10 children ... See full summary »

Stars: Belén Rueda, Hugo Silva, Eduard Fernández, Petra Martínez

Votes: 76

13. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 46,472

14. Don Quijote de la Mancha (1947)

137 min | Comedy, Drama

The most faithful of all the major film versions of Cervantes' novel.

Director: Rafael Gil | Stars: Rafael Rivelles, Juan Calvo, Fernando Rey, Manolo Morán

Votes: 128

15. The Sea Hawk (1940)

Approved | 127 min | Action, Adventure, History

Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp

Votes: 8,306

1585 English Pirates

16. 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: 11,592

Historia del un mercenario español (Diego Alatriste) durante el reinado de Felipe IV en los años iniciales del siglo XVII. Tras luchar en Flandes en la guerra contra Holanda (guerra de los 30 años) Alatriste vuelve a España donde malvive vendiendo su espada al mejor postor. En uno de sus encargos se verá mezclado en una intriga.

17. The Dog in the Manger (1996)

119 min | Comedy, Romance

Diana, Duchess of Belflor, is a smart and attractive young lady who is in love with his secretary Teodoro, but he is engaged to Marcela, a lady-in-waiting of the Duchess. Diana, driven by ... See full summary »

Director: Pilar Miró | Stars: Emma Suárez, Carmelo Gómez, Fernando Conde, Ana Duato

Votes: 811

18. The Tyrant of Castile (1963)

100 min | Adventure, Drama

In the late 14th century, Pedro the Cruel is justifiably deposed from the throne of Castile by his bastard brother and usurper Enrique de Trastamare, who is supported by the French. The ... See full synopsis »

Director: Ferdinando Baldi | Stars: Mark Damon, Rada Rassimov, Paolo Gozlino, María Teresa Orsini

Votes: 36

Peter the Cruel, also known as the Just, was the king of Castile and León from 1350 to 1369.

19. Isabel (2011–2014)

75 min | Biography, History

Life of Isabella I of Castile, also known as Isabella the Catholic.

Stars: Michelle Jenner, Ramon Madaula, Rodolfo Sancho, Jordi Díaz

Votes: 1,505

Historia del ajusticiamiento de un noble, por Alfonso VII (siglo XII), por haber ofendido a una aldeana. Refleja la lucha entre nobleza y vasallos y el papel mediador de la monarquía.

21. Goya in Bordeaux (1999)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War

61 Metascore

Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Francisco Rabal, Jose Coronado, Dafne Fernández, Eulàlia Ramon

Votes: 1,909 | Gross: $0.72M

22. Goya's Ghosts (2006)

R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

52 Metascore

Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Randy Quaid

Votes: 27,973 | Gross: $1.00M

Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghosts" is an extraordinarily beautiful film that plays almost like an excuse to generate its images. Like the Goya prints being examined by the good fathers of the Inquisition in the opening scene, the images stand on their own, resisting the pull toward narrative, yet adding up to a portrait of grotesque people debased by their society

23. The Siege (1950)

66 min | Drama, History, War

1808. During the Spanish Independence war the city of Zaragoza is besieged by French troops. Spanish forces under General Palafox are scarce. Brave Agustina doesn't hesitate to lead the ... See full summary »

Director: Juan de Orduña | Stars: Aurora Bautista, Virgilio Teixeira, Fernando Rey, Manuel Luna

Votes: 60


24. The Lioness of Castille (1951)

106 min | Drama, History

Juan de Padilla, one of the main leaders of the Comuneros, is executed in the presence of his wife, Maria Pacheco, who, with his son, decides to avenge his death. Maria, Spanish lady of the... See full summary »

Director: Juan de Orduña | Stars: Amparo Rivelles, Virgilio Teixeira, Alfredo Mayo, Manuel Luna

Votes: 26

The film portrays the sixteenth century noblewoman María Pacheco, in a fictitious story that has her battling foreign agents during the reign of Charles V. When her husband, the chief comunero Juan López de Padilla, was captured and killed in the battle of Villalar in 1521, she took command in his name and successfully lead the defence of the city of Toledo against the royalist forces until the arrangement of a peaceful surrender of the city six months later.

25. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Passed | 170 min | Adventure, Drama, History

During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Córdova

Votes: 7,586 | Gross: $17.80M

26. The Siege of the Alcazar (1940)

112 min | Drama, War

Set during the Spanish civil war, the story of a commander of a fort Alcazar in Toledo, faithful to general Franco.

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Fosco Giachetti, Mireille Balin, María Denis, Rafael Calvo

Votes: 151

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