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The Borgia (2006)
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The Borgia (2006)
Original name: Los Borgia
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, disturbing
Plot: betrayal, leadership, rivalry, society, dishonesty, state affairs, downfall, uninhibited rivalry, family relations, royal family, religions or cults, ambition, political unrest, politics, clergy, intrigue, power relations, priest, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, pope, murder, european history
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, rivalry, society, royal family and politics mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like The Borgia: The Borgias (2011), Versailles (2015), Borgia (2011), Henry VIII (2003), Henri 4 (2010). 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: clever, serious, captivating, epic, realistic ...
Plot: siblings relations, historical character, intrigue, brother sister incest, clergy, sin, priest, lust, greed, manipulations, sex scene, strong sexual content ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
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 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, intellectual, stylized ...
Plot: royal court, royal family, king, intrigue, palaces castles and temples, betrayal, state affairs, political intrigue, ambition, rivalry, rise to the top, king of france ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, versailles
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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 ...
Style: captivating, rough, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: political intrigue, clergy, church, political corruption, power struggle, politics, historical character, political unrest, ambition, rivalry, european history, crime ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1400s ...
Place: italy, rome italy, florence italy, europe, spain ...
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31%
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Henry VIII (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, 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: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: king of england, ambition, royal family, romance, head of state, dishonesty, rivalry, infidelity, betrayal, intrigue, state affairs, love and romance ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: england, europe
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100%
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Henri 4 (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, France, Austria, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is a classically entertaining adventure, albeit one ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: royal family, political unrest, leadership, battles, betrayal, military, head of state, monarchy, war, love and romance, rivalry, couples ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, europe
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100%
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, rebelliousness, betrayal, society, dishonesty, political unrest, state affairs, intrigue, revolution, torture, battlefield, political intrigue ...
Time: 17th century
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32%
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The Viceroys (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, emotional, saga
Plot: family relations, politics, parents and children, state affairs, unfulfillment, political unrest, dishonesty, royal family, downfall, family life, revolution, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy, sicily, europe, sicily italy
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31%
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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, serious, thought provoking, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: assassination, clergy, intrigue, royal family, ambition, politics, tragic hero, psychopath, betrayal, murder, revolution, royal court ...
Time: 1910s, year 1916, year 1917
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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30%
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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, contemplative, realistic
Plot: church, burned alive, against humanity, life is a bitch, state affairs, against the rules, society, human nature, rivalry, cause and meaning, religions or cults, forbidden love ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, 1600s, renaissance, 1500s
Place: rome italy, italy, venice, europe
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30%
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, epic, stylized, harsh ...
Plot: royal family, king, prince, battles, power struggle, political intrigue, betrayal, queen, rivalry, politics, historical character, dishonesty ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ 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, clergy, dishonesty, ambition, friendship, life is a bitch, injustice, tragic hero, christianity, main character dies, death of protagonist ...
Time: ancient history
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29%
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: royal family, empress, politics, betrayal, tragic hero, love affair, state affairs, palaces castles and temples, family life, downfall, friendship, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1880s, 1870s
Place: europe, austria, bavaria
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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, politics, political unrest, king, military, intrigue, against the odds, leadership, royal family, rivalry, rebellion ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 1600s, 80s, 18th century
Place: england, ireland, europe, london, britain ...
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28%
 6.6
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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, couple relations, rivalry, state affairs, isolation, society ...
Time: 1500s, 1920s, 18th century
Place: spain, austria, europe, portugal, flanders ...
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28%
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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, exciting, serious, captivating, biblical ...
Plot: sword and sandal, redemption, jesus christ, haunted by the past, religions or cults, human spirit, hopes, betrayal, heroes, clergy, tragic hero, christian ...
Time: 1st century
Place: rome italy, middle east, europe, holy land, jerusalem
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27%
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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, family saga ...
Plot: queen, aristocracy, royal family, throne, state affairs, conquering, inheritance, religions or cults, intrigue, rise to the top, heir heiress, palace intrigue ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: spain, portugal, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: talky, contemplative, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: idealism, treason, execution, ambition, period piece, decapitation, oath, betrayal, state affairs, hopes, uninhibited rivalry, blind ambition ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe, rome italy, new york
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27%
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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, realistic ...
Plot: roman empire, emperor, political intrigue, power struggle, ambition, betrayal, intrigue, ancient, conspiracy, rivalry, family feud, prophecy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, rome italy, europe
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26%
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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: serious, captivating, stylized, realistic, bleak
Plot: politics, head of state, investigation, political intrigue, political unrest, political conspiracy, downfall, dishonesty, assassination attempt, life is a bitch, state affairs, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
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, forbidden love, state affairs, parents and children, royal family, couples, politics, infidelity, dishonesty, empress, political unrest ...
Time: 1890s
Place: austria, europe, vienna
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25%
 6.0
 751
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, politics, society, feminism, political unrest, isolation, confined, hopes, state affairs, pursuit, gender, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
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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, battles, war, rebellion, military, leadership, folk hero, ambition, state affairs, leader, freedom, army ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1820s
Place: latin america, venezuela, south america, andes mountains, spain ...
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25%
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 family, political intrigue, head of state, royal court, betrayal, political unrest, state affairs, palaces castles and temples, queen, monarchy, strong female presence, british royal family ...
Time: 16th century
Place: scotland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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, epic, captivating, serious
Plot: against the odds, ruler, rebellion, leadership, head of state, ambition, rebelliousness, dishonesty, conquering, state affairs, rise to the top, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, 30s, 1930s
Place: saudi arabia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: captivating, emotional, serious, biblical, realistic
Plot: miraculous event, redemption, tragic hero, clergy, religions or cults, leadership, society, destiny, hopes, go public, supernatural, jesus christ ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, bleak, bad ending, captivating ...
Plot: royal court, royal family, state affairs, queen, rivalry, cousin cousin relationship, betrayal, female protagonist, queen elizabeth i, protestant, throne, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century
Place: scotland, england, europe, scottish highlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
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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: realistic, serious, clever, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: politics, rise to the top, leadership, ambition, dishonesty, campaign, friendship, society, state affairs, political intrigue, political corruption, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
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Peter and Paul (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
Story: Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, epic, contemplative ...
Plot: against the odds, society, leadership, dishonesty, anti hero, clergy, ambition, anti heroes, obsessive quest, hopes, life is a bitch, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: middle east, holy land, rome italy, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The film begins in 1857, when India was ruled by the British East India Company. Mangal Pandey is a sepoy, a soldier of Indian origin, in the army of the East India Company. Pandey is fighting in the Anglo-Afghan Wars and saves the life of his ...
Style: epic, captivating, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: rebellion, betrayal, leadership, military life, fighting the system, rebelliousness, militant, political unrest, society, battles, military, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1800s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: clergy, fighting the system, politics, state affairs, hopes, church, rebellion, forbidden love, anti semitism, religions or cults, human spirit, society ...
Place: israel, middle east, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%