European Royalty

by t-xy | created - 25 Sep 2016 | updated - 26 Nov 2018 | Public

Biographical and fictionalized films and TV productions about Royals, their lovers and their courts.

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1. Ludwig (1973)

R | 238 min | Biography, Drama, History

The reign of the tormented Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from 1864 to 1886.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano

Votes: 4,208

2. Marie Antoinette (2006)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis

Votes: 96,146 | Gross: $15.96M

3. Grace of Monaco (2014)

Not Rated | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

21 Metascore

The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, André Penvern, Frank Langella

Votes: 17,543

4. Queen Margot (1994)

R | 159 min | Biography, Drama, History

Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez

Votes: 15,734 | Gross: $2.02M

5. Sissi (1955)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In the first of a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the young vibrant princess catches the eye of her sister's fiancé, Emperor Franz Josef.

Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Uta Franz

Votes: 7,326

6. Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin (1956)

107 min | Drama, History

The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.

Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth

Votes: 5,625

7. Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957)

109 min | Drama, History, Romance

The final film in a highly romanticized trilogy about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria finds the young empress traveling throughout Europe.

Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth

Votes: 4,549

8. Princess Sissi (1997–1998)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The smart and beautiful Sissi does everything to be with her beloved charming Prince Franz, but many people try to stop the couple from living happily ever after...

Stars: Jacob Tierney, Elle van Rijn, Wiebe-Pierre Cnossen, Vera Mann

Votes: 602

9. The Crown Prince (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

A retelling of the tragic love affair between Austrian Archduke Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vetsera.

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Max von Thun, Vittoria Puccini, Caroline Athanasiadis, Gabriel Barylli

Votes: 366

10. Mayerling (1968)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Romance

Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, James Mason, Ava Gardner

Votes: 1,295

11. Mayerling (1936)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Romance

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering; his politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Marthe Régnier, Yolande Laffon

Votes: 660 | Gross: $0.24M

13. The King's Whore (1990)

R | 115 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set in the seventeenth century, an Italian nobleman weds an impoverished countess, who is wooed by the King of Piedmont and faces pressure from his entire court to succumb to his wishes.

Director: Axel Corti | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Valeria Golino, Stéphane Freiss, Robin Renucci

Votes: 720

14. 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: 151,075 | Gross: $56.97M

15. The Man in the Iron Mask (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, History

D'Artagnan and his fellow Musketeers plot to replace the ineffectual Louis XIV of France with his secretly imprisoned twin brother Phillipe, who is the firstborn and rightful King.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jourdan, Jenny Agutter

Votes: 2,406

16. The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

Passed | 113 min | Adventure, History, Romance

Despotic King Louis XIV discovers he has a twin brother who has grown up under the tutelage of his foster father, the patriotic musketeer D'Artagnan.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Warren William, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 1,388

17. 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: 713

18. Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

King Ludwig II of Bavaria is frustrated, having to accept parliament's will to join Bismarck, rather he his cultured Habsburg friends, in wars. His love-life being as fruitless, he seeks ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: O.W. Fischer, Marianne Koch, Paul Bildt, Friedrich Domin

Votes: 260

21. Ludwig 1881 (1993)

90 min | Biography, Drama

In 1881 Ludwig of Bavaria goes on a cruise on a Swiss lake. He takes with him a famous actor, Josef Kainz, to act out the scenes from a story which took place on the lake, at the actual locations.

Directors: Donatello Dubini, Fosco Dubini | Stars: Helmut Berger, Max Tidof, Michael Schiller, Dietmar Mössmer

Votes: 46

23. Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (1972)

140 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of the legendary King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), his opera interest and friendship with theatre personalities such as Richard Wagner and Joseph Kainz, and at the same time a reflection of the German 1800s.

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Harry Baer, Ingrid Caven, Hanna Köhler, Ursula Strätz

Votes: 247

24. Das Schweigen am Starnbergersee (1920)

82 min | Biography

The fateful last days in the life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Director: Rolf Raffé | Stars: Oskar Bayrer, Ferdinand Bonn, Karl Guttenberger, Anton Herrmann

Votes: 12

26. Sarajevo (1940)

89 min | Drama

In the late 1800's, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess. He's already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas; this... See full summary »

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Edwige Feuillère, John Lodge, Aimé Clariond, Jean Worms

Votes: 217 | Gross: $0.01M

27. The Secret of Mayerling (1949)

90 min | Drama

On the morning of January 30, 1889, the Archduke Rodolphe de Habsbourg and his mistress Marie Vetsera were found dead. The remains of Rodolphe are discreetly repatriated to Hofburg, while ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Jean Marais, Dominique Blanchar, Claude Farell, Jean Debucourt

Votes: 46

28. Fall of Eagles (1974)

50 min | Drama, History, War

The collapse of three great European dynasties: the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns.

Stars: Michael Hordern, Charles Kay, Barry Foster, Gayle Hunnicutt

Votes: 481

29. 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: 295

30. Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, History, War

France, 1719. Four years after Louix XIV's death, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent for the nine-year-old Louis XIV. Philippe is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Christine Pascal

Votes: 1,257

31. Sisi (2009 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama, History, Romance

The Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph falls in love with the young Elisabeth. It's love at first sight but Franz Joseph's mother Sophie doesn't approve this love.

Director: Xaver Schwarzenberger | Stars: Cristiana Capotondi, David Rott, Martina Gedeck, Fritz Karl

Votes: 444

32. Sissi, l'impératrice rebelle (2004 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

The last three days in the life of Elizabeth of Austria before her assassination

Director: Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe | Stars: Arielle Dombasle, Stéphane Audran, Didier Bezace, Frédéric van den Driessche

Votes: 97

33. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Sissi impératrice: Amour, gloire et tragédie (2011)

Documentary, Biography, History

About the life, love, glory and ultimately unhappiness of Sissi, the empress of Austria.

Stars: Stéphane Bern, Jean des Cars, Hortense Dufour

34. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Louis II de Bavière, le roi perché (2016)

Documentary, Biography, History

The life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, plagued by mental illness, who spent the country's funds on the building of fairy tale castles and the commission of Wagner operas.

Directors: David Jankowski, Dominique Leeb | Star: Stéphane Bern

36. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Eugénie, la dernière impératrice (2010)

Documentary, Biography, History

About Eugénie de Montijo, wife of emperor Napoleon III, who was the last Empress consort of the French.

Star: Stéphane Bern

37. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Diane De Poitiers, La reine des favorites (2010)

Documentary, Biography, History

About Diane De Poitiers who, in the 16th century, was a favorite courtesan of King Henri II of France.

Stars: Stéphane Bern, Pierre Behar, Michèle Bimbenet-Privat, Jean Ceard

39. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Anne d'Autriche, la mystérieuse mère du Roi Soleil (2010)

Documentary, Biography, History

About Anne of Austria, the mysterious mother of the Sun King Louis XIV of France.

Stars: Stéphane Bern, Philippe Alexandre, Hugues Aufray, Jean-Pierre Bachelon

41. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Louis XIV, Les Passions Du Roi-Soleil (2012)

Documentary, Biography, History

About the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, and his passions.

Star: Stéphane Bern

42. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Louis XV et Marie Leczinska, tromperie à Versailles (2012)

Documentary, Biography, History

About King Louis XV of France, and his wife, Marie Leczinska.

Star: Stéphane Bern

43. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Christine de Suède, la Reine des scandales (2012)

Documentary, Biography, History

About Christina, Queen of Sweden, a queen of scandals, at least in her time, for her unconventional behavior and choices in life.

Star: Stéphane Bern

44. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Marie-Caroline, l'indomptable Reine de Naples et de Sicile (2012)

Documentary, Biography, History

About Maria Carolina of Austria, who, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, through her marriage to Ferdinand IV of Naples was the ruler of Naples and Sicily.

Star: Stéphane Bern

45. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Monaco Et Les Princes De Grimaldi (2012)

Documentary, Biography, History

About the principality of Monaco and the princes of its ruling De Grimaldi family.

Star: Stéphane Bern

46. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Juan Carlos, le roi des Espagnols (2013)

Documentary, Biography, History