Movies and TV shows like The Pillars of the Earth

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The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
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The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Canada, UK, Hungary
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, atmospheric, realistic, unusual plot structure, intense, visually appealing, serious, sexy, suspense, erotic ...
Plot: medieval, ambition, throne, power struggle, heir, cathedral, state affairs, religions or cults, catholic church, king, culture clash, world politics, witch, sword and shield, society, manipulation, rivals, power relations, greed, construction worker, queen, ancient, british royal family, supernatural, civil war ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 50s, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, britain

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Most similar movies to The Pillars of the Earth

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, captivating, realistic and stylized films and TV series with plots about medieval, betrayal, royalty, king, ancient, state affairs and dishonesty mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like The Pillars of the Earth: The Tudors (2007), The Borgias (2011), The White Queen (2013), World Without End (2012), The Last Kingdom (2015). 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.
TV show
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: captivating, stylized, serious, realistic, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: intrigue, tudors, historical character, power struggle, royalty, king, love triangle, royal family, heir, queen, couple relations, sex scene ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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90%
 7.9
 52K
The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
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: serious, clever, captivating, epic, realistic ...
Plot: intrigue, historical character, rivalry, siblings relations, sex scene, brother sister incest, ambition, lust, greed, clergy, sin, corruption ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
The White Queen (2013)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, erotic, political ...
Plot: royal family, queen, throne, royal court, aristocracy, intrigue, betrayal, young woman, royalty, rivalry, love and romance, king ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
World Without End (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, Germany, UK
Duration: 374 min.
TV show
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, realistic, stylized, epic, serious ...
Plot: queen, medieval, monastery, witch, plague, love and romance, society, lovers apart, romance, state affairs, village, betrayal ...
Time: 14th century, 50s, middle ages
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Last Kingdom (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: captivating, exciting, stylized, serious, epic ...
Plot: viking, king, battles, rivalry, castle, kingdom, escapades, political unrest, heroes, kidnapping, war, vengeance ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century, future, 10th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Spanish Princess (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The beautiful Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: royal court, king, tudors, royal family, queen of england, dishonesty, death, medieval, family, ambition, culture clash, monarchy ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: england, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Wolf Hall (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
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: captivating, serious, stylized, factual, suspense ...
Plot: royal family, rise to the top, political intrigue, manipulation, state affairs, ambition, dishonesty, society, blind ambition, betrayal, politics, aristocrat ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Versailles (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
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, realistic, serious, political, erotic ...
Plot: royal family, rivalry, royal court, intrigue, king, betrayal, ambition, political intrigue, state affairs, rise to the top, graphic violence, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century
Place: versailles, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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The Hollow Crown (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
TV show
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, harsh ...
Audience: date night
Plot: king, royal family, betrayal, queen, medieval, rivalry, heir to the throne, battles, political intrigue, power struggle, throne, politics ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
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: epic, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, breathtaking ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: intrigue, dragon, medieval, incest, power struggle, conflict, vicious, political intrigue, abuse of power, fantasy world, peril, treason ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 7.5
 48K
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: realistic, stylized, sexy, atmospheric, factual ...
Audience: date night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: love affair, royal family, love triangle, adultery, aristocracy, queen, infidelity, coup d'etat, political intrigue, royal court, tragic love, insanity ...
Time: 18th century, victorian era, georgian era, 1770s, year 1968 ...
Place: denmark, europe, england, berlin germany, scandinavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 172K
Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
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: exciting, epic, sexual, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: roman empire, ancient rome, ancient history, emperor, historical character, intrigue, power struggle, warrior, rivalry, betrayal, female nudity, incest ...
Time: 1st century b.c., 1st century, ancient times
Place: rome italy, italy, ancient greece, europe, alexandria egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 531K
Vikings (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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: atmospheric, heroic, captivating, exciting, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: viking, battles, king, warrior, adventure, legends and myths, norse mythology, historical character, leader, sword and shield, war, adventurer ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century, 7th century, 8th century
Place: scandinavia, europe, iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: colourful, factual, breathtaking, epic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: british history, queen elizabeth i, throne, queen, women, royal family, tudors, catholicism, medieval, politics, renaissance, political intrigue ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1930s, 19th century, victorian era ...
Place: england, spain, scotland, london, europe ...
⇓ 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: captivating, romantic, serious, epic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: royal family, interracial relations, culture clash, social differences, unlikely friendships, forbidden love, fall in love, love and romance, opposites attract, love story, royal court, palace ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: asia, thailand, england, southeast asia, burma
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 540 min.
TV show
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: fairy tale, serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized
Plot: tudors, royalty, royal family, intrigue, king, ancient, treason, love and romance, crumbling marriage, rise and fall, head of state, ambition ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: political, suspense, factual, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: political intrigue, royalty, king, infidelity, power struggle, british history, dysfunctional family, medieval, manipulation, british royal family, castle, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
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Joan of Arc (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Ten years before her death, Joan hears voices. Six years later, from the village of Domremy, she begins her mission to unite France under King Charles. First she leads a defense of Vaucouleurs against the Burgundians, then obtains safe passage to ...
Style: epic, inspirational, dramatic, intense, psychological ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: medieval, betrayal, siege, faith, joan of arc, king of france, violence, sword fight, female protagonist, sword, bishop, warrior ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, future
Place: france, england, new orleans, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Sweden, UK, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Morocco
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.
Style: stylized, exciting, captivating, scenic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: medieval, knight, knights templar, monastery, crusader, adventure, war, sword fight, adaptation, religion, heroes, forbidden love ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe, middle east, scandinavia ...
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26%
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 30K
Henry V (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: medieval, battles, shakespeare, war, politics, royal family, tragedy, king, military, state affairs, love and romance, mistress ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: england, france, europe, london, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
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Anonymous (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, the story advances the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays.
Style: stylized, serious, intense, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: shakespeare, conspiracy theory, politics, betrayal, political intrigue, writers, medieval, poet, incestuous sex, lifestyle, literature, incest ...
Time: 16th century, 1930s, 18th century
Place: england, london, scotland, europe, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 2K
Romulus (2020)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: Italy, UK
TV show
Story: The story of Romulus and his twin brother Remus, in eighth century B.C. as seen through the eyes of three people marked by death, loneliness and violence.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, serious, heroic
Plot: ancient rome, ancient history, battles, violence, historical character, conflict, power struggle, leader, adventure, rivals, ambition, tough heroes ...
Time: ancient times
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 32K
Poldark (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, family saga, realistic, saga, serious ...
Plot: countryside, romance, society, estate, love affair, poverty, love and romance, rich and poor, master and servant, social differences, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1790s, victorian era, georgian era
Place: england, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Tristan & Isolde (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Czech Republic, UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers.
Style: touching, romantic, fairy tale, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: medieval, love affair, romance, love story, forbidden love, knight, true love, betrayal, tragic love, legends and myths, star crossed lovers, infidelity ...
Time: middle ages, 50s
Place: ireland, england, cornwall, europe, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 22K
Merlin (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 182 min.
TV show
Story: The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.
Style: fairy tale, epic, exciting, atmospheric, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: king arthur, good versus evil, wizards and magicians, knight, wizards, adventure, witch, magic, dragon, mythology, sorcerer, betrayal ...
Time: middle ages, 5th century
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.1
 44K
Last Knights (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA, South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When an evil emperor executes their leader, his band of knights – bound by duty and honour – embarks on a journey of vengeance that will not come to an end until they've destroyed their mortal foe.
Style: exciting, serious, visually appealing, bad ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: medieval, sword fight, warrior, vengeance, knight, king arthur, revenge, adventure, emperor, corrupt, mythology, happy ending ...
Time: middle ages, future, 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.8
 15K
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, realistic, talky, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: friendship, religion, medieval, british history, martyr, betrayal, murder, christian, royalty, catholic, intrigue, royal family ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, california, rome italy, europe, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Cathedral of the Sea (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: In the 14th century, Barcelona is experiencing one of its most prosperous moments. The city has grown to La Ribera, a fishing district in which the largest Marian temple ever known is built: Santa María del Mar. But the construction runs parallel ...
Style: biblical, brutal, suspenseful, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: medieval, genocide, religion, envy, social relations, family relations, society, father son relationship, social problems, sea, life is a bitch, class struggle ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 15K
El Cid (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.
Style: epic, stylized, sexy, harsh, compassionate ...
Plot: medieval, knight, sword fight, islam, spanish history, battles, betrayal, adventure, siege, catholic, violence, warrior ...
Time: 11th century, middle ages
Place: spain, europe, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The White Princess (2017)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and her marriage to the Lancaster victor, Henry VII. Based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name.
Style: stylized, captivating, atmospheric, disturbing, exciting
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: british royal family, palace intrigue, monarchy, princess, medieval, royalty, arranged marriage, loveless marriage, romance, dishonesty, royal family, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%