Movies and TV shows like Borgia

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Borgia (2011)
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Borgia (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic
Duration: 52 min.
Story: Borgia is a French-German-Czech historical drama television series created by Tom Fontana. The show recounts the Borgia family's rise to power and subsequent domination of the Papal States during the Renaissance. Borgia debuted in Italy via Sky Italia on 10 July 2011, and in North America via Netflix on 2 October 2011. It was since renewed for a second season, which premiered on Canal+ on March 18, 2013. Season 3 is currently in Pre-Production, and will be the end of the series.
Style: serious, captivating, gloomy, realistic, rough, surprise ending, epic, family saga, ambiguous ending
Plot: political intrigue, clergy, church, political corruption, ambition, politics, rivalry, political unrest, power struggle, historical character, crime, blind ambition, political conspiracy, palace, dishonesty, state affairs, power relations, family in crisis, family life, sex addict, sexual activity, corrupted ruler, vatican, pope, violence ...
Time: middle ages, renaissance, 16th century, 15th century, 1400s, 1500s
Place: italy, europe, france, spain, rome italy, naples italy, florence italy

Most similar movies to Borgia

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, betrayal, rivalry, royal family, politics, dishonesty and ambition mostly in History, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Borgia: The Borgias (2011), The Tudors (2007), Luther (2003), Versailles (2015), Wolf Hall (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: captivating, serious, clever, epic, realistic ...
Plot: clergy, intrigue, siblings relations, brother sister incest, historical character, manipulations, sin, priest, lust, strong sexual content, ambition, desire ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
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The Borgia (2006)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: royal family, betrayal, rivalry, society, state affairs, leadership, ambition, dishonesty, clergy, uninhibited rivalry, downfall, political unrest ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
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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: serious, captivating, stylized, sexual, realistic
Plot: royal family, royal court, betrayal, intrigue, queen, king, couple relations, love triangle, womanizer, throne, infidelity, british royal family ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: england, europe
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100%
 6.6
 14K
Luther (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Style: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: catholicism, clergy, church, politics, theology, idealism, hypocrisy, bribery, sin, obsessive quest, rebellion, social decay ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, rome italy, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
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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, intrigue, royal family, palaces castles and temples, political intrigue, ambition, rivalry, king, dishonesty, infidelity, state affairs, betrayal ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, versailles
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, factual, suspense ...
Plot: rise to the top, political intrigue, ambition, state affairs, manipulations, royal family, society, betrayal, blind ambition, politics, dishonesty, aristocrat ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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I, Claudius (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 650 min.
Story: Tracing the lives of several Roman emperors, this is an epic of ruthless ambition, shocking debauchery and murderous intrigue set in one of history's most fascinating eras. Bearing witness to the saga is Claudius, whose stutter and limp have ...
Style: epic, clever, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: roman empire, political intrigue, emperor, betrayal, intrigue, ambition, ancient, power struggle, head of state, ancient rome, murder, manipulation ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 8.8
 139K
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: sexual, epic, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: roman empire, incest, betrayal, strong sexual content, rivalry, emperor, seduction, intrigue, warrior, tragic hero, dishonesty, ruler ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe, italy, egypt
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100%
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 7.2
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Tut (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Explores the drama of power, political back-stabbing, war and murder and chronicles King Tut's rise to glory, his efforts to rule a chaotic empire and the enigma surrounding his death.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: king, head of state, rise to the top, royal family, political intrigue, ambition, dishonesty, state affairs, rivalry, ancient egypt, pharaoh
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Last King (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 235 min.
Story: The chronicle of Charles II's time on the throne, his 10 year exile from Oliver Cromwell's England, and his triumphant return.
Style: serious, epic, realistic, baroque
Plot: royal family, king, court, politics, exile, mistress, head of state, betrayal, romance, rise and fall, rise to the top, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
Place: england, europe, holland, versailles, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
 644
Giordano Bruno (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Flying from his enemies in the Catholic Church, the free thinking philosopher, poet and scientist Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) has found some protection in Venice. But the Roman Inquisition, fearing his influence in Europe, wants to bring him on trial ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: church, burned alive, clergy, royal family, religions or cults, dishonesty, rebellion, society, state affairs, head of state, against the rules, betrayal ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, 1600s, 1500s, renaissance
Place: italy, europe, venice, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.0
 13K
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, clever, talky, realistic, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, bishop, friendship, archbishop, politics, intrigue, church, rise and fall, religions or cults, dishonesty, rivalry, society ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 15K
Queen Margot (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 159 min.
Story: The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the ...
Style: epic, bleak, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: politics, royal family, forbidden love, intrigue, political intrigue, romance, tragic hero, incest, murder, marriage of convenience, couple relations, infidelity ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, renaissance
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel ...
Style: epic, sincere, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: pope, infidelity, clergy, battle zone, politics, tragic hero, human spirit, tragic love, ambition, artist, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1960s, 1500s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.5
 85K
Elizabeth (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, factual, serious ...
Plot: queen, historical character, political intrigue, queen elizabeth i, british history, rise to the top, head of state, politics, royal court, royal family, historical figure, treason ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, scotland, paris france, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, serious, realistic
Plot: roman empire, political intrigue, emperor, head of state, leadership, rise and fall, politics, state affairs, intrigue, rebelliousness, political unrest, religions or cults ...
Time: ancient history
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.8
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Elizabeth R (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisors know she has to marry. Doesn't she?
Style: serious, stylized, realistic
Plot: queen elizabeth i, queen, head of state, blind ambition, palace intrigue, royal court, intrigue, couple relations, political unrest, royal family, ambition, society ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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29%
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, political intrigue, betrayal, queen, power struggle, battles, state affairs, shakespeare, royal court, politics ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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29%
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Mad Love (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain, Italy, Portugal, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The love story who transformed Juana I de Castilla, Queen of Spain, into Juana "The mad". The tragic fate of a Queen madly in love to an unfaithful husband, Felipe el Hermoso, Archduke of Austria.
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, captivating, gothic ...
Plot: betrayal, infidelity, intrigue, politics, love and romance, tragic hero, obsession, couple relations, romance, parents and children, royal family, fall in love ...
Time: 1500s, 18th century, 1920s
Place: spain, austria, europe, flanders, portugal ...
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28%
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Isabel (2011)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Charting the life of Isabella I of Castile, one of the most important women in Spain’s history, Isabel follows her passionate story from childhood to being crowned Queen. From her political struggles within King Henry IV's court to her ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized, based on true events ...
Plot: queen, state affairs, king, throne, intrigue, kingdom, palace intrigue, monarchy, rise to the top, royal family, religions or cults, rivalry ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: spain, europe, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Medici: Masters of Florence (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The story of the Medici family of Florence, their ascent from simple merchants to power brokers sparking an economic and cultural revolution. Along the way, they also accrue a long list of powerful enemies.
Style: atmospheric, exciting, suspense, realistic, enigmatic
Plot: aristocracy, politics, wealth, banker, secret, political thriller, political unrest, ambition, murder mystery, rise to power, betrayal, bank ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance, 1400s
Place: florence, florence italy, italy, venice, tuscany
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, queen of england, forbidden love, british royal family, head of state, palace intrigue, state affairs, intrigue, throne, political conspiracy, political intrigue, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.1
 6K
Elizabeth I (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 223 min.
Story: HBO miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
Style: stylized, serious, epic, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, queen, queen of england, queen elizabeth i, palace intrigue, royal court, couple relations, hanging, execution, poet, head of state, romance ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, dungeon, europe, spain, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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: witty, talky, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: king, throne, mistress, christmas, queen, infidelity, homoeroticism, castle, spear, family relations, political intrigue, royal family ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Pope John Paul II (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, Poland, USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: Following the death of his mother, Karol Wojtyla is brought up by his father in the Polish city of Krakow during the first half of the 20th century. When his homeland is invaded by the Nazis in 1939, he secretly opposes the systematic persecution of ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: pope, church, assassination attempt, bishop, clergy, tragic hero, leadership, rise to the top, human spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, heroic mission ...
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.
Style: talky, serious, captivating, realistic, touching ...
Plot: british history, king, infidelity, betrayal, ambition, frame up, tragic hero, romance, politics, blind ambition, intrigue, rise to the top ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, 1930s, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, london, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.1
 711
David (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 190 min.
Story: The tribes of Israel need to defeat the superior might of the Philistines: "Now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." (I Samuel, 8:5). And so the prophet Samuel gives the Hebrews their first king, Saul. Saul, ...
Style: serious, captivating, epic, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: king, tragic hero, folk hero, head of state, family, bible, prophet, leadership, rise to the top, heroes, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Six Flying Dragons (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Story: “Six Flying Dragons” is a Period drama depicts the ambitions and success stories of 6 people around Prince Lee Bang Won. This drama also depicts the ideological and political conflict between Prince Lee Bang Won and Jung Do Jeon who is the man ...
Style: political drama
Plot: rise to power, social justice, political conspiracy, revolution, opponent, political unrest, coup, buddhist temple, royal family, political intrigue, coronation, chase ...
Time: 14th century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.5
 11K
Macbeth (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: murder, throne, tragedy, violence, guilt, kingdom, sword duel, ambush, battlefield, queen, betrayal, rise and fall ...
Time: middle ages
Place: scotland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Mary Stuart attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to find herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
Style: serious, realistic, bad ending, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: royal family, cousin cousin relationship, rivalry, royal court, betrayal, political unrest, state affairs, queen elizabeth i, queen, female protagonist, protestant, throne ...
Time: 16th century
Place: scotland, england, europe, scottish highlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%