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1. The Tudors (2007–2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain

Votes: 63,077

2. Reign (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

Stars: Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Celina Sinden, Torrance Coombs

Votes: 40,004

3. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, 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: 25,382 | Gross: $16.47M

4. Apocalypto (2006)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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68 Metascore

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández, Rudy Youngblood

Votes: 271,795 | Gross: $50.87M

5. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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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: 62,464 | Gross: $16.29M

6. Highlander (1986)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.2
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24 Metascore

An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart

Votes: 113,755 | Gross: $5.90M

7. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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66 Metascore

The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey

Votes: 65,168 | Gross: $65.71M

8. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 297,635 | Gross: $2.38M

9. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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51 Metascore

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 217,088 | Gross: $10.14M

10. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.1
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87 Metascore

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 201,871 | Gross: $100.32M

11. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

8.2
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96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 100,234 | Gross: $3.52M

12. Magnificent Century (2011–2014)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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From 1520, follows Suleiman the Magnificent and his relatives from his great conquests to the "Battle of Szigeth".

Stars: Halit Ergenç, Nur Fettahoglu, Selim Bayraktar, Selen Öztürk

Votes: 13,474

13. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 42,485 | Gross: $22.55M

14. Solomon Kane (2009)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.1
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48 Metascore

A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.

Director: M.J. Bassett | Stars: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Pete Postlethwaite

Votes: 66,191

15. Wolf Hall (2015)

360 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger.

Stars: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 8,363

16. The Road to El Dorado (2000)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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51 Metascore

Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.

Directors: Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul, Jeffrey Katzenberg | Stars: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante

Votes: 75,931 | Gross: $50.86M

17. Flesh+Blood (1985)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

6.7
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In medieval Europe, a young girl from a noble family is obsessed with her captors--commoners.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Jack Thompson

Votes: 15,050 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Blackadder II (1986)

TV-PG | 176 min | Comedy

8.6
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In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 39,217

19. Inuyasha (2000–2004)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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A teenage girl periodically travels back in time to feudal Japan to help a young half demon recover the shards of a jewel of great power.

Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Darren Pleavin, Satsuki Yukino

Votes: 13,175

20. Upstart Crow (2016– )

TV-PG | 29 min | Comedy, History

7.5
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Satirical Blackadderesque sitcom about how friends, family, historical circumstances, and his arch-rival Robert Greene, who first coined the derogatory term "upstart crow", influenced William Shakespeare to write his famous plays.

Stars: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan, Rob Rouse, Liza Tarbuck

Votes: 1,944

21. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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50 Metascore

The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto

Votes: 38,043 | Gross: $4.46M

22. Dangerous Beauty (1998)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward

Votes: 14,987 | Gross: $4.53M

23. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.0
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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: 46,905

24. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Not Rated | 213 min | Action, Drama, History

7.6
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69 Metascore

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Poonam Sinha

Votes: 27,043 | Gross: $3.44M

25. Cronos (1993)

R | 94 min | Horror

6.7
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70 Metascore

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 24,583 | Gross: $0.62M

26. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 6,190

27. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern

Votes: 28,398 | Gross: $28.35M

28. Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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74 Metascore

Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville

Votes: 12,406 | Gross: $5.29M

29. Kagemusha (1980)

PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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84 Metascore

A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu

Votes: 28,818

30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.8
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40 Metascore

The turtles find themselves transported back in time to ancient Japan.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Elias Koteas, Paige Turco, Stuart Wilson, Sab Shimono

Votes: 28,826 | Gross: $42.66M

31. Highlander: Endgame (2000)

R | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.6
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21 Metascore

Immortals Connor and Duncan MacLeod must join forces against Kell, an evil immortal who has become too strong for anyone to face alone.

Director: Douglas Aarniokoski | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Adrian Paul, Bruce Payne, Lisa Barbuscia

Votes: 18,454 | Gross: $12.80M

32. Elizabeth I (2005)

TV-MA | 223 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Hugh Dancy, Toby Jones, Patrick Malahide

Votes: 5,904

33. The Conspiracy (2008)

128 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.3
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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: 335

34. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 18,076 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Othello (1995)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio, when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 8,602 | Gross: $2.11M

36. Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, History

6.1
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51 Metascore

In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.

Director: Arnaud des Pallières | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross

Votes: 7,084

37. The Plague (2018– )

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Seville, 16th century. During a terrible plague epidemic, the corpses of several murdered people are found, as an omen of the end of the world. Seville was one of the main cities of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Pablo Molinero, Sergio Castellanos, Patricia López Arnaiz, Cecilia Gómez

Votes: 1,138

38. The Virgin Queen (2005– )

237 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Sienna Guillory, Ian Hart, Tom Hardy

Votes: 2,622

39. Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)

193 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Two part mini-series documenting the stormy thirty-eight-year reign of King Henry VIII.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Ray Winstone, Joss Ackland, Sid Mitchell, Charles Dance

Votes: 2,081

40. Man of La Mancha (1972)

PG | 132 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

6.6
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The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews

Votes: 3,610

41. Sauna (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

6.3
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As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.

Director: Antti-Jussi Annila | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Tommi Eronen, Viktor Klimenko, Rain Tolk

Votes: 6,427

42. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.5
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Set in a reimagining of 1500s Sengoku era Japan. An unnamed shinobi, tasked with protecting a young lord of mystical lineage, who is left for dead when a powerful samurai attacks and chops off his arm.

Directors: Hidetaka Miyazaki, Kazuhiro Hamatani | Stars: Noshir Dalal, Amber Hood, Ray Chase, Brian Cummings

Votes: 613

43. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

Passed | 197 min | Drama, History

7.9
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92 Metascore

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, F.A. Turner

Votes: 12,903 | Gross: $2.18M

44. The Princess of Montpensier (2010)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Drama, History

6.4
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78 Metascore

Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Votes: 3,337 | Gross: $0.34M

45. Luther (2003)

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

6.6
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47 Metascore

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov, Alfred Molina

Votes: 14,175 | Gross: $5.79M

46. Countess Dracula (1971)

PG | 93 min | Horror

6.0
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In 17th-century Hungary, elderly widow Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy maintains her misleading youthful appearance by bathing in the blood of virgins regularly supplied to her by faithful servant Captain Dobi.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Elès, Maurice Denham

Votes: 3,215

47. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Approved | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews

Votes: 5,955

48. The Great Jang-Geum (2003–2004)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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A series based on a real person in Korean history, Suh, Jang-geum.

Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Hyeon-shik Lim, Jin-hee Ji, So-yi Kim

Votes: 2,571

49. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall, Miles Mander

Votes: 3,321

50. Carlos, Rey Emperador (2015–2016)

TV-MA | Biography, Drama, History

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The Roman Catholic Church faces the new challenges of Protestanism in Northern Europe and Paganism in the Americas. Carlos V seeks to secure the power of the Church, in this continuation of Isabel (2011-2014) and La Corona Partida (2016).

Stars: Álvaro Cervantes, Alfonso Bassave, Marina Salas, Félix Gómez

Votes: 445



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