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The Borgia (2006)
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The Borgia (2006)
Original name: Los Borgia
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain, Italy
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, disturbing
Plot: leadership, betrayal, rivalry, society, dishonesty, state affairs, downfall, uninhibited rivalry, family relations, royal family, religions or cults, ambition, political unrest, politics, clergy, intrigue, power relations, priest, european history, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, pope, murder, cardinal the priest, cardinal
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and epic films with plots about state affairs, dishonesty, betrayal, society, rivalry, politics and royal family mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Borgia: The Borgias (2011), Borgia (2011), Versailles (2015), Henry VIII (2003), A Man for All Seasons (1988). 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.
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: clever, captivating, serious, epic, stylized ...
Plot: historical character, siblings relations, lust, brother sister incest, intrigue, rivalry, manipulations, sex scene, clergy, sin, greed, strong sexual content ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
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Borgia (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
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 ...
Style: captivating, realistic, rough, family saga, surprise ending ...
Plot: historical character, clergy, political intrigue, church, european history, power struggle, politics, political corruption, ambition, rivalry, political unrest, court intrigue ...
Time: middle ages, 1400s, 16th century, renaissance, 1500s ...
Place: rome italy, italy, naples italy, europe, florence italy ...
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36%
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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, serious, realistic, stylized, intellectual ...
Plot: royal court, king, royal family, betrayal, intrigue, rivalry, ambition, palaces castles and temples, state affairs, political intrigue, graphic violence, rise to the top ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, versailles
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67%
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Henry VIII (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 193 min.
Story: Henry VIII is a two-part British television movie produced principally by Granada Television for ITV. It chronicles the life of Henry VIII of England from the disintegration of his first marriage to an aging Spanish princess until his death ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: king of england, ambition, romance, infidelity, dishonesty, intrigue, royal family, head of state, state affairs, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, clergy ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: england, europe
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100%
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A Man for All Seasons (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Story of Sir Thomas More, who refused to accept the spiritual leadership of Henry VIII, and faces death as he struggles to remain loyal to his integrity.
Style: sincere, contemplative, captivating, tense, talky ...
Plot: betrayal, ego clash, intrigue, blind ambition, politics, state affairs, society, tragic hero, legal, fighting the system, rivalry, downfall ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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100%
The Friends of Jesus - Thomas (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Jesus is taken off the cross at Golgotha, THOMAS arrives there. Like most of the other disciples, he had worriedly taken refuge with friends in Jerusalem after Jesus's arrest. After Jesus's burial, the disciples decide to leave ...
Style: biblical, captivating, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: redemption, clergy, tragic hero, miraculous event, go public, religions or cults, supernatural, hopes, society, leadership, destiny, jesus ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Viceroys (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: captivating, psychological, atmospheric, epic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, politics, political unrest, intrigue, rivalry, society, dishonesty, revolution, family life, royal family, parents and children, downfall ...
Time: 19th century
Place: sicily, italy, europe, sicily italy
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34%
 7.2
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Giordano Bruno (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 123 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: sincere, contemplative, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: burned alive, church, head of state, life is a bitch, rebellion, ambition, society, betrayal, fighting the system, rivalry, righting the wronged, religions or cults ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, renaissance, 1600s, 1500s
Place: italy, venice, rome italy, europe
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32%
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To Kill a King (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.
Style: clever, talky, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rivalry, betrayal, rebelliousness, society, political unrest, revolution, intrigue, dishonesty, state affairs, torture, battlefield, political intrigue ...
Time: 17th century
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32%
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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: serious, realistic, disturbing, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: assassination, clergy, intrigue, royal family, russian history, psychopath, ambition, tragic hero, revolution, royal court, murder, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1910s, year 1917, year 1916
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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30%
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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: captivating, sexy, serious, melancholic, gothic ...
Plot: betrayal, love and romance, intrigue, politics, infidelity, obsession, tragic hero, isolation, couple relations, royal family, state affairs, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century, 15th century, 1500s, 1920s, 18th century
Place: spain, austria, europe, portugal, flanders ...
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30%
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Pope Joan (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Germany, UK, Italy, Spain
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A 9th century woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: impossible love, ambition, clergy, woman dressed as man, healing power, monk, cross dressing, monastery, hidden identity, rise to the top, idealism, society ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: vatican, germany, rome italy, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Judas (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but eventually decides to join the band, as well. He and Jesus ...
Style: touching, serious, biblical, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: betrayal, religions or cults, dishonesty, clergy, injustice, friendship, supernatural ability, ambition, life is a bitch, tragic hero, christianity, main character dies ...
Time: ancient history
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29%
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Barabbas (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where ...
Style: epic, biblical, exciting, serious, captivating ...
Plot: sword and sandal, redemption, jesus christ, jesus, religions or cults, haunted by the past, human spirit, betrayal, hopes, tragic hero, clergy, heroes ...
Time: 1st century
Place: rome italy, middle east, europe, holy land, jerusalem
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28%
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Cromwell (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.
Style: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, factual ...
Plot: battles, revolution, political unrest, king, military, politics, intrigue, leadership, royal family, against the odds, rebellion, ambition ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 1600s, 80s, 18th century
Place: england, ireland, europe, america, london ...
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28%
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even ...
Style: earnest, talky, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: idealism, ambition, execution, treason, period piece, death sentence, oath, decapitation, betrayal, hopes, dishonesty, intrigue ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe, rome italy, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 ...
Plot: royal family, king, prince, queen, rivalry, battles, political intrigue, power struggle, heir heiress, politics, betrayal, lovers ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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100%
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Ludwig (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, West Germany, Monaco
Duration: 238 min.
Story: A history of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: royal family, empress, politics, betrayal, state affairs, tragic hero, downfall, palaces castles and temples, love affair, family life, friendship, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1880s, 1870s
Place: europe, austria, munich germany, southern germany, bavaria
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27%
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Isabel (2011)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
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, unfaithful husband, royal family, palace intrigue, aristocracy, conquering, throne, state affairs, royalty, religions or cults, rise to the top, intrigue ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: spain, portugal, europe
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27%
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Getulio (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Portugal
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The movie depicts the political crisis that led to the suicide of president Getúlio Vargas, in the 19 days that preceded August 24, 1954. The crisis began with the attempted assassination of journalist and politician Carlos Lacerda in August 5, ...
Style: captivating, stylized, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: politics, head of state, investigation, dishonesty, political conspiracy, downfall, assassination attempt, state affairs, journalism, life is a bitch, society, political intrigue ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: brazil
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26%
The Crown Prince (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Austria, France, Germany, Italy
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A great Empire, once famous for its enlightened traditions, is taken over by a ruthless political establishment. Religious fundamentalists and national separatists are tearing at the fabric of its liberal society. Under the influence of his ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: family relations, betrayal, state affairs, politics, parents and children, royal family, forbidden love, couples, dishonesty, tragic hero, love and romance, infidelity ...
Time: 1890s
Place: austria, europe, vienna
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26%
 8.8
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I, Claudius (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 650 min.
TV show
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, stylized, serious ...
Plot: roman empire, emperor, political intrigue, ancient rome, power struggle, ambition, betrayal, intrigue, incest, ancient, family feud, prophecy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 1st century b.c., 50s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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26%
 6.0
 761
Winnie Mandela (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Africa, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: ambition, hopes, politics, confined, state affairs, society, feminism, political unrest, isolation, gender, blind ambition, chase ...
Time: 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
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26%
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King of the Sands (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Syria
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A daring, compelling and controversial take on the life of prince Abdulaziz Al Saud (Ibn Saud), founder of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, epic
Plot: conquering, leadership, head of state, against the odds, ruler, rebellion, state affairs, ambition, rebelliousness, dishonesty, battles, rise to the top ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: saudi arabia
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25%
The Liberator (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Venezuela, Spain
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Bolívar was instrumental in Latin America’s struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians and emancipators in American history. Libertador is told from the viewpoint of ...
Style: captivating, serious, epic, tense, exciting ...
Plot: revolution, revolutionary, battles, war, military, rebellion, leadership, ambition, folk hero, state affairs, leader, freedom ...
Time: 18th century, 1820s, 19th century
Place: latin america, venezuela, andes mountains, colombia, madrid ...
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24%
Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Lithuania, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The eventful life of a humble Polish priest who once decried the pomp of the Catholic Church "a circus" and labeled the Pope a "prisoner of the Vatican" before ascending to the papal throne is explored as actor Thomas Kretschmann ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: fighting the system, clergy, hopes, dishonesty, leadership, rebellion, politics, society, state affairs, forbidden love, anti semitism, human spirit ...
Place: israel, poland, middle east, europe
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24%
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The Deal (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It is approaching an election in the UK when the leader of the Labour party, John Smith, suffers another in a line of heart attacks and dies. With the leadership campaign about to start the clear choice appears to be Gordon Brown, a stanch Scotsman. ...
Style: clever, realistic, serious, talky, sincere ...
Plot: politics, leadership, rise to the top, ambition, society, political intrigue, betrayal, friendship, state affairs, political corruption, dishonesty, campaign ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 80s, 90s
Place: england, britain
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24%
God Loves Caviar (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, History
Country: Greece, Russia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true-life, stranger-than-fiction tale of eighteenth-century Greek pirate turned merchant Ioannis Varvakis, who rose from humble beginnings to become the head of one of the largest mercantile empires in Europe.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Plot: revolution, pirate, political intrigue, ambition, state affairs, idealism, political unrest, imperialism, dishonesty, rise to the top, society, politics ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 2010s
Place: greece, russia, europe, hellas, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, stylized, bleak, bad ending ...
Plot: royal court, royal family, queen elizabeth i, queen, state affairs, rivalry, cousin cousin relationship, betrayal, british history, female protagonist, throne, protestant ...
Time: 16th century
Place: scotland, england, europe, scottish highlands
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24%
Mary Queen of Scots (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The life and death of the Scottish monarch.
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: royal court, royal family, head of state, political intrigue, political unrest, betrayal, state affairs, palaces castles and temples, queen, monarchy, strong female presence, british royal family ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: scotland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%