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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, disturbing, serious
Plot: leadership, state affairs, rivalry, society, dishonesty, betrayal, downfall, uninhibited rivalry, royal family, ambition, political unrest, religions or cults, medieval, intrigue, politics, clergy, family relations, renaissance, tudors, royalty, priest, european history, female nudity, murder, male nudity ...
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 stylized films with plots about state affairs, dishonesty, society, rivalry, royal family, ambition and betrayal mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Borgia: The Borgias (2011), Versailles (2015), Borgia (2011), 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: serious, clever, captivating, epic, realistic ...
Plot: intrigue, historical character, rivalry, siblings relations, sex scene, brother sister incest, ambition, lust, greed, clergy, sin, corruption ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
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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, realistic, serious, political, erotic ...
Plot: royal family, rivalry, royal court, intrigue, king, betrayal, ambition, political intrigue, state affairs, rise to the top, graphic violence, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century
Place: versailles, france
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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: family saga, realistic, captivating, rough, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: renaissance, european history, political intrigue, church, italian history, brother sister sex, historical character, leonardo da vinci, power struggle, ambition, politics, clergy ...
Time: middle ages, 16th century, 15th century
Place: rome italy, italy, vatican, naples italy, europe ...
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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: realistic, captivating, serious, fairy tale
Plot: tudors, king of england, royal family, ambition, romance, head of state, dishonesty, intrigue, infidelity, historical event, renaissance, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, england
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A Man for All Seasons (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
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: captivating, talky, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, royal family, betrayal, lawyer, ancient, christianity, integrity, ego clash, state affairs, intrigue, legal, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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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, biblical, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: redemption, clergy, tragic hero, miraculous event, society, hopes, leadership, supernatural, religions or cults, destiny, jesus, bible ...
Place: holy land
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Catherine the Great (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Catherine the Great from the time she came to Russia as the bride of the heir to the Russian throne.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, romantic ...
Plot: royal court, queen, empress, russian history, state affairs, power struggle, russian empire, lovers, betrayal, dishonesty, love, society ...
Time: 18th century
Place: st. petersburg russia, russia
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100%
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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: spiritual, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: female nudity, burned alive, philosopher, philosophy, catholic, scientist, art, church, renaissance, prison, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century
Place: rome italy, venice, italy, europe
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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, epic, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, politics, political unrest, intrigue, rivalry, revolution, society, dishonesty, family life, revisionist history, power struggle, palace intrigue ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: sicily, italy, europe
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29%
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Rasputin (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 104 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: realistic, serious, disturbing, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: royal family, world war one, clergy, intrigue, imperial russia, russian history, psychopath, ambition, tragic hero, revolution, betrayal, mental illness ...
Time: 1910s, year 1917, year 1916
Place: st. petersburg russia, ussr, russia
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28%
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Elizabeth R (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
TV show
Story: When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisors know she has to marry. Doesn't she?
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, factual
Plot: royal family, queen elizabeth i, palace intrigue, queen of england, queen, throne, political conspiracy, monarchy, betrayal, state affairs, patriotism, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe, london
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28%
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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, realistic, captivating, stylized, romantic ...
Plot: queen, royal family, royalty, spanish history, unfaithful husband, conquering, historical figure, aristocracy, throne, heir, rise to the top, religions or cults ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: spain, portugal, europe
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27%
The Virgin Queen (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 237 min.
TV show
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, factual, touching, political, realistic ...
Plot: queen elizabeth i, tudors, royal family, throne, forbidden love, queen of england, head of state, state affairs, treason, political conspiracy, political intrigue, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, london, europe, rome italy
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27%
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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: captivating, serious, epic, feminist film, realistic
Plot: clergy, pope, monk, monastery, healing power, cross dressing, medieval, ambition, hidden identity, rise to the top, idealism, empowerment ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: vatican, germany, rome italy, europe, italy
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100%
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: royalty, queen, royal family, political intrigue, royal court, betrayal, political unrest, state affairs, british history, renaissance, tudors, women ...
Time: 16th century
Place: scotland, england, europe
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27%
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Wolf Hall (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
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, factual, suspense ...
Plot: royal family, rise to the top, political intrigue, manipulation, state affairs, ambition, dishonesty, society, blind ambition, betrayal, politics, aristocrat ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe, london
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26%
The Crown Prince (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Austria, France, Germany, Italy
Duration: 105 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, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: royal family, royalty, family relations, betrayal, couples, politics, state affairs, parents and children, forbidden love, emperor, intrigue, tragic hero ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1890s
Place: austria, europe, vienna
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25%
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: political, inspirational, spiritual, talky, sexy ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: lawyer, politics, catholic, idealism, betrayal, legal, royalty, justice, morality, christian, british history, religion ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, new york, rome italy, vatican, europe
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25%
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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: biblical, touching, serious, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: ancient history, religions or cults, betrayal, clergy, dishonesty, supernatural ability, life is a bitch, ambition, tragic hero, injustice, friendship, jesus ...
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25%
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Pope Joan (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Based on the medieval legend of Pope Joan, who was made Pope for a brief period around 855 A.D. The movie presents her existence as fact, though it is questionable that Pope Joan really did exist, and portrays her relationships with other notables ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, atmospheric, cult film ...
Plot: medieval, religion, pope, feminism, christian, catholic priest, catholicism, gender, dishonesty, society, hidden identity, rise to the top ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: rome italy, europe
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24%
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, China
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, captivating ...
Plot: royal family, betrayal, protestant, royal court, throne, queen elizabeth i, murder, queen, intrigue, british history, treason, sword ...
Time: 16th century
Place: scotland, england, scottish highlands, europe
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24%
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Genoan navigator Christopher Columbus has a dream to find an alternative route to sail to the Indies, by traveling west instead of east, across the unchartered Ocean sea. After failing to find backing from the Portugese, he goes to the Spanish court ...
Style: serious, exciting, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: adventurer, ocean, treasure hunt, adventure, heroic mission, against the odds, rebelliousness, betrayal, intrigue, dishonesty, storm, sword duel ...
Time: 15th century
Place: spain, portugal, europe, latin america, atlantic ocean ...
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24%
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The Abdication (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic church.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: women, christian, catholic church, celibacy, forbidden love, religions or cults, state affairs, society, gender, gays and lesbians, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 17th century
Place: sweden, rome italy, europe, vatican
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24%
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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: sexy, melancholic, stylized, captivating, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, obsession, royal family, infidelity, intrigue, love and romance, politics, tragic hero, dishonesty, state affairs, rivalry, society ...
Time: 1920s, middle ages, 15th century, 16th century, 18th century
Place: spain, england, italy, brazil, argentina ...
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24%
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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, realistic, stylized, bleak
Plot: politics, head of state, investigation, state affairs, dishonesty, political conspiracy, political intrigue, political unrest, life is a bitch, downfall, assassination attempt, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
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24%
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, serious, captivating
Plot: conquering, rebellion, head of state, ruler, leadership, against the odds, ambition, rebelliousness, battles, rise to the top, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: saudi arabia
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23%
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I, Claudius (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 669 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: clever, political, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Plot: ancient, ancient rome, political intrigue, roman empire, ancient history, intrigue, antiquity, emperor, royal family, politics, power struggle, incest ...
Time: 1st century b.c., 1st century, ancient times, 50s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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23%
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Rasputin (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Into an era seething with war and revolution, a man comes with an incredible power to heal a nation...or destroy it. Based on the true story of one of the most powerful and mysterious figures in Russian history.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: royal family, visionary, world war one, religious, russian, royalty, imperial russia, murder, drunk, rebelliousness, revolution, monk ...
Time: edwardian era, year 1916
Place: russia
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23%
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, political, tense ...
Plot: revolutionary, war, revolution, battles, rebellion, military, leadership, conqueror, folk hero, state affairs, ambition, leader ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 18th century
Place: latin america, venezuela, madrid, colombia, andes mountains ...
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23%
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Tsar (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: russian history, leadership, political unrest, head of state, rebelliousness, political corruption, royal court, corrupted ruler, dishonesty, ambition, clergy, medieval ...
Time: 16th century
Place: russia
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23%