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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: rough, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic, surprise ending, epic, family saga, ambiguous ending
Plot: political intrigue, clergy, church, politics, ambition, power struggle, political corruption, political unrest, rivalry, historical character, crime, family life, political conspiracy, blind ambition, dishonesty, sex addict, state affairs, corrupted ruler, family in crisis, sexual activity, power relations, palace, love, princess, prostitute ...
Time: middle ages, 16th century, renaissance, 15th century, 1400s, 1500s
Place: italy, europe, france, florence italy, naples italy, spain, rome italy

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and epic films and TV series with plots about state affairs, betrayal, politics, royal family, rivalry, dishonesty and ambition mostly in History, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Borgia: The Borgias (2011), Versailles (2015), The Tudors (2007), Luther (2003), I, Claudius (1976). 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, 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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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: betrayal, leadership, rivalry, ambition, society, state affairs, dishonesty, royal family, political unrest, downfall, clergy, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy
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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, palaces castles and temples, ambition, rivalry, infidelity, king, haunted by the past, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, versailles
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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: captivating, stylized, serious, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, queen, intrigue, betrayal, love triangle, royal court, couple relations, king, power struggle, historical character, womanizer, politics ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: england, europe
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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, atmospheric, sincere, emotional, touching ...
Plot: politics, catholicism, sin, clergy, bribery, hypocrisy, church, theology, idealism, german, rebellion, life is a bitch ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, rome italy, england, egypt
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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, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: roman empire, emperor, political intrigue, power struggle, ambition, betrayal, ancient, intrigue, rivalry, prophecy, family feud, manipulation ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, europe
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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: captivating, serious, stylized, suspense, factual ...
Plot: rise to the top, political intrigue, ambition, manipulations, state affairs, royal family, dishonesty, blind ambition, society, politics, betrayal, aristocrat ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe
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35%
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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: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating
Plot: king, rivalry, rise to the top, state affairs, head of state, political intrigue, dishonesty, ambition, royal family, pharaoh, ancient egypt
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt
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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, power struggle, political conspiracy, treason, slavery ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe, italy, egypt
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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: realistic, epic, serious, baroque
Plot: royal family, politics, mistress, exile, king, court, unfulfillment, state affairs, rise to the top, couple relations, romance, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
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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: stylized, realistic, epic, factual, serious ...
Plot: queen, historical character, royal court, political intrigue, queen elizabeth i, politics, rise to the top, british history, treason, head of state, british royal family, historical figure ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, scotland, rome italy, paris france ...
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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, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: politics, forbidden love, royal family, political intrigue, intrigue, romance, incest, murder, parents and children, love and romance, state affairs, poisoning ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, renaissance
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain, england ...
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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, friends, rise and fall, society, introspection, rivalry, religions or cults, intrigue ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, california
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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, sincere, captivating, realistic
Plot: church, burned alive, society, human nature, rebellion, forbidden love, clergy, religions or cults, righting the wronged, wizards and magicians, intrigue, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, 1600s, renaissance, 1500s
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Style: stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: queen, queen elizabeth i, couple relations, society, ambition, betrayal, royal family, uninhibited rivalry, blind ambition, rise to the top, state affairs, patriotism ...
Time: 16th century
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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, realistic, serious, epic
Plot: roman empire, emperor, political intrigue, lust, corruption, ambition, politics, rise and fall, rebelliousness, leadership, historical character, head of state ...
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Genre: Drama, History
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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, epic, stylized, classic literature ...
Plot: royal family, king, prince, queen, political intrigue, power struggle, betrayal, battles, rivalry, throne, army, society ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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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: uplifting, atmospheric, serious, epic, inspirational ...
Plot: painter, genius, sculpture, architect, painting, infidelity, historical figure, life & death, pope, hard labor, standoff, based on a novel ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK, France
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Style: atmospheric, exciting, suspense, realistic, enigmatic
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Mad Love (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain, Italy, Portugal, France
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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, realistic, captivating, serious, gothic ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, infidelity, intrigue, love and romance, obsession, unfulfillment, romance, state affairs, fall in love, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 1500s, 18th century, 1920s
Place: spain, austria, europe, flanders, portugal ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
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Duration: 223 min.
Story: HBO miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, stylized, sincere ...
Plot: royal family, queen, hanging, execution, queen of england, palace intrigue, queen elizabeth i, royal court, couple relations, poet, uninhibited rivalry, romance ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, dungeon, europe, spain, lisbon portugal ...
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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 conspiracy, political intrigue, love affair, intrigue ...
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Genre: Drama, History
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Style: political drama
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The Lion in Winter (1968)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
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Style: talky, witty, captivating, realistic, serious ...
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Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: france, england
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, stylized, family saga ...
Plot: queen, royal family, aristocracy, state affairs, throne, king, religions or cults, rise to the top, conquering, heir heiress, inheritance, rivalry ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: spain, portugal, europe
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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, realistic, serious, touching, captivating ...
Plot: frame up, ambition, infidelity, british history, king, betrayal, romance, politics, love triangle, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, blind ambition ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, 1930s, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, london, scotland
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Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Mary Stuart, who was named Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. She is imprisoned at he age of 23 by her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, the English Queen and her arch adversary. Nineteen years ...
Style: captivating, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: political unrest, murder, betrayal, queen, execution, queen elizabeth i, catholic, royal family, tragic hero, royal court, society, politics ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: scotland, england, europe
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27%
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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: realistic, epic, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: tragic hero, king, prophet, political unrest, couples, royal family, dishonesty, head of state, leadership, religions or cults, battles, love affair ...
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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: realistic, exciting, serious
Plot: church, assassination attempt, bishop, pope, ambition, rebelliousness, society, human spirit, fighting the system, political unrest, leadership, politics ...
Place: poland, europe
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Rasputin (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: rebellion, assassination, clergy, dishonesty, royal family, mentally unstable, alcohol abuse, rise and fall, rebelliousness, oracle, political unrest, social decay ...
Time: 1910s, year 1916, year 1917
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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