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

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, dishonesty, politics, rivalry, society and royal family mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Borgia: The Borgias (2011), The Tudors (2007), Luther (2003), I, Claudius (1976), Tut (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: serious, captivating, clever, epic, sexual ...
Plot: clergy, intrigue, siblings relations, historical character, sin, rivalry, ruler, manipulations, secret, brother sister incest, priest, state affairs ...
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, serious, realistic
Plot: royal family, betrayal, rivalry, society, state affairs, leadership, ambition, dishonesty, clergy, uninhibited rivalry, downfall, political unrest ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy
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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, betrayal, intrigue, queen, royal court, king, throne, womanizer, love triangle, society, infidelity, couple relations ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
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: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: catholicism, theology, clergy, politics, church, idealism, hypocrisy, bribery, sin, obsessive quest, rebellion, social decay ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, rome italy, england, egypt
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100%
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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, betrayal, intrigue, emperor, ancient, power struggle, head of state, ambition, leadership, incest, ancient rome ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, europe
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37%
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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
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100%
 8.0
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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, 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 ⇓
35%
 7.3
 626
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, 1500s, renaissance, 1600s
Place: italy, europe, venice, rome italy
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35%
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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, realistic, captivating
Plot: rise to the top, palaces castles and temples, political intrigue, royal court, ambition, society, state affairs, clergy, betrayal, blind ambition, manipulations, rise and fall ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe
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34%
 7.5
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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, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: politics, forbidden love, royal family, intrigue, incest, murder, political intrigue, romance, betrayal, tragic hero, marriage of convenience, couple relations ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, renaissance
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.8
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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, betrayal, strong sexual content, incest, rivalry, emperor, seduction, intrigue, warrior, tragic hero, dishonesty, lust ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe, egypt, italy
⇓ 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, stylized, realistic
Plot: royal court, intrigue, political intrigue, royal family, palaces castles and temples, ambition, rivalry, king, dishonesty, infidelity, state affairs, betrayal ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, versailles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 ⇓
33%
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 ⇓
32%
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: epic, serious, realistic, baroque
Plot: royal family, king, court, politics, exile, mistress, head of state, betrayal, rise and fall, romance, rise to the top, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
Place: england, europe, holland, versailles, netherlands
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32%
 7.5
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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, rise to the top, head of state, royal court, royal family, queen elizabeth i, politics, historical figure, palaces castles and temples, treason ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, scotland, rome italy, paris france ...
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31%
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: serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: pope, church, assassination attempt, bishop, clergy, tragic hero, leadership, rise to the top, human spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, heroic mission ...
Place: poland, europe
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30%
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Francesco (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: clergy, redemption, miraculous event, religions or cults, hopes, starting over, social differences, society, monk, religion, historical event, male nudity ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.3
 14K
Il Divo (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The narration spans the period since the seventh election of Andreotti as Prime Minister of Italy in 1992, until the trial in which he was accused of collusion with the Mafia.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: mafia, political corruption, politics, murder, photographer, blackmail, crime, head of state, diva, crimes, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, year 1992, year 1991, 1990s, year 1993
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, palermo italy, moscow russia ...
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30%
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, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: king, throne, mistress, christmas, queen, family relations, royal family, infidelity, homoeroticism, spear, castle, political intrigue ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: france, england
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30%
 8.1
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Marco Polo (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An epic adventure that follows the early years of the famous explorer as he travels the exotic Silk Road to the great Kublai Khan’s court. But Marco soon finds that navigating the Khan’s world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry will ...
Style: exciting, epic, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: royal family, forbidden love, martial arts, explorer, royal court, adventurer, adventure, strong sexual content, escapades, rivalry, state affairs, intrigue ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, china, mongolia, venice, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: clergy, materialism, bishop, human nature, human spirit, introspection, self discovery, society, folk hero, parents and children, hopes, family relations ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, europe, jerusalem, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
John Wycliffe: The Morning Star (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: This affecting biography chronicles the life and times of prominent European philosopher John Wycliffe, who was the first to translate the Bible into English. The 14th century, Oxford University scholar often found himself caught between opposing ...
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic
Plot: clergy, translator, against the rules, religions or cults, fighting the system, ambition, society, human spirit, rich and poor, injustice, heroes, hopes ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: british royal family, royal family, forbidden love, siblings relations, queen elizabeth i, queen of england, head of state, betrayal, palace intrigue, blind ambition, church, intrigue ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: king, infidelity, betrayal, ambition, frame up, tragic hero, romance, british history, politics, blind ambition, intrigue, rise to the top ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, 1930s, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, london, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Francis of Assisi (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of a lusty, fighting young adventurer who exchanged his sword for a cross
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: singing, cross, monk, church, clergy, religions or cults, society, obsessive quest, heroic mission, showbiz, animal life, battles ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, israel, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, stylized, realistic, epic, captivating
Plot: royal family, queen, king, prince, aristocracy, state affairs, shakespeare, royal court, betrayal, political intrigue, battles, politics ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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28%
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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, warrior, queen, kingdom, sword duel, battlefield, ambush, betrayal ...
Time: middle ages
Place: scotland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: epic, serious, stylized, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: battles, escapades, political unrest, king, danger, viking, kidnapping, kingdom, danish, sword, orphan, british ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Lady Jane (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guildford to ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: romance, political intrigue, head of state, betrayal, politics, tragic hero, tuberculosis, rise and fall, political unrest, royal family, ambition, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%