Most Popular 1850s Movies and TV Shows
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1. Django Unchained (2012)
R | 165 min | Drama, Western
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Votes: 1,205,616 | Gross: $162.81M
2. The Sisters Brothers (2018)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In 1850s Oregon, the infamous duo of assassins, Eli and Charlie Sisters, chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally.
Votes: 31,056 | Gross: $3.14M
3. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.
Votes: 108,264 | Gross: $25.02M
4. Holes (2003)
PG | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.
Votes: 70,026 | Gross: $67.41M
5. How the West Was Won (1962)
G | 164 min | Western
A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.
Votes: 16,893 | Gross: $46.50M
R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.
Votes: 321,863 | Gross: $52.90M
7. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.
Votes: 25,852 | Gross: $47.74M
8. The Legend of Zorro (2005)
PG | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) and his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), to take action.
Votes: 85,807 | Gross: $46.46M
9. The Riot Club (2014)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.
10. North & South (2004)
TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance
North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.
12. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.
Votes: 10,827 | Gross: $1.59M
13. The Invisible Woman (2013)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
Votes: 8,676 | Gross: $1.23M
14. Red River (1948)
Passed | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.
15. The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000 Video)
G | 75 min | Animation, Drama, Family
To protect her from a sea witch, Ariel's daughter is not allowed in the ocean; but when she becomes 12, she runs away to an adventure under the sea.
17. 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.
18. The Frisco Kid (1979)
PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Western
A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws.
Votes: 7,980 | Gross: $9.35M
19. Field of Lost Shoes (2015)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama, War
Based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market, May 1864. A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must ... See full summary »
20. The Emigrants (1971)
PG | 151 min | Drama, History
In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. ... See full summary »
22. The Woman in White (1948)
Approved | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A young painter stumbles upon an assortment of odd characters at an English estate where he has been hired to give art lessons to beautiful Laura Fairlie. Among them are Anne Catherick, a ... See full summary »
23. Raintree County (1957)
Approved | 160 min | Drama, Romance, War
A student falls in love with a Southern belle, but their relationship is complicated by her troubled past and the onset of the Civil War.
24. True Women (1997 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Covering nearly fifty years of mid-19th-century turmoil, from the tumultuous Texas Revolution to the early women's suffrage movement, "True Women" is a gripping tale of endurance, love, and above all, gritty female determination.
25. In Search of the Castaways (1962)
Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
In 19th century England, young Mary Grant and her brother, Robert, embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father, a sea captain who vanished somewhere along the Chilean coast.
Votes: 2,511 | Gross: $21.75M
26. Mountains of the Moon (1990)
R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, History
The legendary true-story of Capt. Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's tumultuous expedition to find the source of the Nile river.
Votes: 3,148 | Gross: $4.01M
27. Before the Frost (2018)
104 min | Drama
As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, an old farmer (Jens) and his family face starvation. With the harsh circumstances and the prospect of yet another tough winter, Jens agrees to ... See full summary »
28. Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In 1854, Jeb Stuart, George Custer and other graduates from West Point are posted to Kansas to help pacify the territory before railroad construction to Santa Fe can resume.
30. Walker (1987)
R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, History
An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua.
Votes: 2,953 | Gross: $0.26M
31. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, History, War
In 1854, during the Crimean War, poor planning leads to a British Light Brigade openly charging a Russian artillery position with tragic consequences.
33. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.
35. Madame Bovary (1991)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance
In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary). To escape boredom, she throws herself into love ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,263 | Gross: $1.94M
37. Washington Square (1997)
PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance
Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, who believes Townsend is only interested in his daughter ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,990 | Gross: $1.71M
38. The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
TV-G | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1856, the first U.S. Consul General to Japan encounters the hostility of the local authorities and the love of a young geisha.
41. Lola Montès (1955)
Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Biopic of adventurer Lola Montès who ends up as a circus attraction after being romantically involved with famous European men.
Votes: 4,394 | Gross: $0.11M
42. Band of Angels (1957)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance
Amantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South, but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black.
43. The Water Babies (1978)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel.
44. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 TV Short)
43 min | Short, Comedy, History
After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.
45. Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt (2004)
R | 90 min | Drama, Horror
An uproar is caused when some mutilated cadavers are discovered, giving way to the legend of the "Werewolf of Allariz". A traveling vendor rolls through the forest in his old wagon. A woman... See full summary »
47. Madeleine (1950)
Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama
The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.
49. The Last Sin Eater (2007)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama
In seeking her own redemption from the man of whom she is most afraid, ten-year-old Cadi Forbes discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia.
Votes: 1,697 | Gross: $0.38M
50. Ephraim's Rescue (2013)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, History
By listening to and following his heart, Ephraim Hanks finds his way in life and eventually provides relief and rescue to the suffering Martin Handcart Company. Based on a true story.