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The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
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The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Original name: Die Säulen der Erde
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Canada, UK, Hungary
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Pillars of the Earth is an eight-part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, intense, suspense, stylized, epic, light, dramatic ...
Plot: heir heiress, ambition, power struggle, religions or cults, state affairs, royal family, manipulations, conflict, rivals, power relations, king, queen, catholic church, medieval, monk, cathedral, builder, culture clash, throne, storytelling, world politics, greed, princess, family relations, lovers ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london

Most similar movies to The Pillars of the Earth

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and stylized films and TV series with plots about state affairs, society, betrayal, dishonesty, king, royal family and politics mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like The Pillars of the Earth: The Tudors (2007), World Without End (2012), The Borgias (2011), The White Queen (2013), The Hollow Crown (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Tudors (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Tudors is a history-based drama series following the young, vibrant King Henry VIII, a competitive and lustful monarch who navigates the intrigues of the English court and the human heart with equal vigor and justifiable suspicion.
Style: stylized, captivating, serious, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, queen, intrigue, betrayal, love triangle, royal court, couple relations, king, power struggle, historical character, womanizer, throne ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: england, europe
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World Without End (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, Germany, UK
Duration: 374 min.
Story: The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.
Style: tense, epic, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: massacre, witch, love and romance, throne, queen, lovers apart, state affairs, romance, betrayal, nun, witch hunt, dams cliffs canyons and bridges ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: england, europe
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90%
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The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth ...
Style: clever, captivating, serious, epic, stylized ...
Plot: clergy, siblings relations, intrigue, historical character, lust, manipulations, priest, sin, brother sister incest, ambition, desire, rivalry ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy, europe, florence, rome italy
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100%
The White Queen (2013)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses, the series is the story of the women caught up in the protracted conflict for the throne of England.
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: queen, royal court, royal family, aristocracy, love and romance, intrigue, king, betrayal, palaces castles and temples, throne, rivalry, marriage ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Hollow Crown (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, epic, classic literature ...
Plot: royal family, king, prince, queen, power struggle, political intrigue, betrayal, battles, rivalry, heir heiress, state affairs, throne ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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100%
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Wolf Hall (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
Story: England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose ...
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, suspense, factual ...
Plot: rise to the top, political intrigue, manipulations, state affairs, ambition, royal family, politics, society, betrayal, dishonesty, blind ambition, aristocrat ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Last Kingdom (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A show of heroic deeds and epic battles with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the ...
Style: realistic, captivating, epic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: battles, kingdom, king, danger, rivalry, escapades, political unrest, vengeance, castle, heroes, viking, kidnapping ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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A Royal Affair (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A young queen falls in love with her physician, and they start a revolution that changes their nation forever.
Style: stylized, realistic, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: royal family, queen, love affair, love triangle, king, aristocracy, royal court, tragic love, coup d'etat, marriage, rebellion, politics ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s, 1770s, 1920s
Place: europe, denmark, copenhagen denmark, copenhagen, england ...
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100%
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The Physician (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The story of Rob Cole, a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study ...
Style: captivating, realistic, breathtaking, serious, intellectual ...
Plot: follow your dream, apprentice, ambition, doctors and patients, orphan, medicine, surgery, society, mentor, culture clash, islam, muslim ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century
Place: persia, mine, medical school, iran, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Anna and the King (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story of the romance between the King of Siam (now Thailand) and the widowed British school teacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860s. Anna teaches the children and becomes romanced by the King. She convinces him that a man can be loved by just ...
Style: serious, captivating, romantic, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: royal family, love and romance, fall in love, interracial relations, opposites attract, culture clash, social differences, politics, forbidden love, royal court, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: thailand, asia, burma, southeast asia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Vikings (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, vikings, legends and myths, historical character, battles, heroic, tough heroes, rise to the top, master warrior, king, adventure, intrigue ...
Time: middle ages
Place: scandinavia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain's invading army, she and her shrewd adviser must act to safeguard to the lives of her people.
Style: epic, serious, realistic, captivating, colourful ...
Plot: queen, period piece, queen elizabeth i, throne, british history, royal family, political intrigue, politics, head of state, catholicism, palace intrigue, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, renaissance, 1500s, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, spain, scotland, virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Devil's Whore (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Set between the years 1642 and 1660, "The Devil's Whore" charts the progress of the English Civil War through the eyes of the a 17 year old girl, the fictional Angelica Fanshawe.
Style: stylized, serious, epic, realistic, captivating
Plot: political unrest, state affairs, war, battles, betrayal, civil war, sexual tension, revolution, dishonesty, military, soldier, rebellion ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 57 min.
Story: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, twists and turns, sexual, epic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: dragon, intrigue, betrayal, incest, king, adventure, political intrigue, politics, royal family, killings, dwarf, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Macbeth (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.
Style: bleak, serious, stylized, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: betrayal, murder, ambition, witches, blind ambition, shakespeare, femme fatale, tragic hero, rivalry, rise and fall, assassination, state affairs ...
Time: middle ages, 1930s
Place: scotland, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Style: epic, sexual, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: roman empire, incest, betrayal, intrigue, emperor, rivalry, strong sexual content, warrior, political conspiracy, power struggle, treason, slavery ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe, italy, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.0
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Versailles (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 52 min.
Story: The story of a young Louis XIV on his journey to become the most powerful monarch in Europe, from his battles with the fronde through his development into the Sun King. Historical and fictional characters guide us in a world of betrayal and ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: royal court, royal family, intrigue, political intrigue, ambition, palaces castles and temples, rivalry, king, infidelity, dishonesty, betrayal, haunted by the past ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, versailles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire is a 2006 BBC One docudrama series, with each episode looking at a different key turning point in the history of the Roman Empire.
Style: captivating, epic, realistic, serious
Plot: roman empire, emperor, political intrigue, rivalry, rebel, rebellion, senator, ruler, power struggle, ancient, head of state, historical character ...
Time: ancient history
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 540 min.
Story: On his deathbed, King Henry VIII recalls how he wooed and wed his six wives - and disposed of five of them - in a bid to secure the succession to the throne with a male heir. Despite his many marriages and the crowded court, Henry remains ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, stylized
Plot: intrigue, king, royal court, ruler, family problems, royal family, nursing, love affair, dishonesty, palaces castles and temples, remarry, ambition ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe
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31%
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Camelot (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: Ireland, USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Camelot is a historical-fantasy-drama television series based on the Arthurian legend, was produced by Graham King, Morgan O'Sullivan and Michael Hirst.
Style: stylized, captivating, exciting, epic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: knight, wizards and magicians, king arthur, legends and myths, royal family, danger, state affairs, heroic mission, rivalry, throne, curses spells and rituals, escapades ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
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30%
Any Human Heart (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Story: A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: writer's life, encounter, historical character, love affair, king, love and romance, memoir, change, aristocracy, introspection, lovers, marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 80s, 20s ...
Place: england, london, europe, new york, france ...
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29%
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Becket (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas ...
Style: epic, tense, talky, clever, realistic ...
Plot: bishop, friendship, betrayal, politics, archbishop, intrigue, religions or cults, friends, clergy, rivalry, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 1K
Aristocrats (1999)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 300 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Aristocrats draws back the curtain on an 18th century English family near the summit of society, revealing a tapestry of romance, prejudice, infidelity, and revolution.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Audience: girls' night
Plot: master and servant, politics, rich and poor, royal family, family relations, siblings relations, romance, state affairs, infidelity, power relations, high society, dishonesty ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: england, ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Poldark (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, family saga
Plot: love and romance, estate, rich and poor, master and servant, family relations, social differences, love affair, countryside, arranged marriage, couple relations, society, mining ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s
Place: england, cornwall, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Virgin Queen (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 237 min.
Story: 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 years of triumph over the Armada; and finally her ...
Style: serious, sincere, factual, touching, realistic
Plot: queen elizabeth i, british royal family, forbidden love, queen of england, state affairs, throne, head of state, royal family, political intrigue, love affair, political conspiracy, intrigue ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 5K
Birdsong (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 165 min.
Story: As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.
Style: realistic, epic, stylized, serious, emotional
Audience: girls' night
Plot: soldier, love affair, war, romance, love and romance, lovers apart, army, couples, lovers, military, young lovers, trench warfare ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Lion in Winter (1968)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.
Style: talky, witty, captivating, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: king, mistress, christmas, queen, infidelity, throne, political intrigue, power struggle, spear, homoeroticism, castle, family relations ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII meets the married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Their relationship causes furor in the palace and in parliament, especially when King George V dies, Mrs. Simpson gets divorced, and King ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: family relations, power relations, couples, head of state, royal family, society, social differences, moral dilemma, state affairs, romance, true love, clergy ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Way We Live Now (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 300 min.
Story: The Way We Live Now is a 2001 four-part television adaptation of the Anthony Trollope novel The Way We Live Now. The serial was first broadcast on the BBC and was directed by David Yates, written by Andrew Davies and produced by Nigel ...
Style: witty, serious, biting, realistic
Plot: society, intrigue, lifestyle, rich and poor, power relations, prejudice, couples, fall in love, life is a bitch, couple relations, love and romance, rise to the top ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 1800s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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War & Peace (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 379 min.
Story: Sumptuous BBC mini-series following the fortunes and the rise and fall of five aristocratic families in the waning days of imperial Russia.
Style: captivating, stylized, epic, serious, realistic ...
Plot: society, war, aristocracy, love and romance, state affairs, wartime life, couple relations, love story, fall in love, courage, battle, friendship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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