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Becket (1964)
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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 Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.
Style: epic, clever, talky, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: betrayal, bishop, friendship, archbishop, politics, intrigue, church, rise and fall, religions or cults, dishonesty, rivalry, society, state affairs, clergy, introspection, royal family, friends, drinking, murder, fork, towel, british history, bathing, martyr, unhappy marriage ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and dramatic films with plots about state affairs, betrayal, politics, royal family, society, dishonesty and idealism mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Becket: Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), The Lion in Winter (1968), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Elizabeth (1998), A Man for All Seasons (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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
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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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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, serious, realistic, captivating, earnest ...
Plot: idealism, oath, betrayal, ambition, treason, execution, fighting the system, blind ambition, death penalty, pope, royal court, intrigue ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe, new york
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75%
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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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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
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A Man for All Seasons (1988)
Genre: 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: captivating, talky, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, clergy, against the rules, integrity, royal court, ego clash, intrigue, uninhibited rivalry, royal family, fighting the system, politics, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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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 ...
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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
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55%
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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: talky, clever, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, intrigue, civil war, friendship, political unrest, politics, dishonesty, state affairs, rebelliousness, revolution, rebellion, rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
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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: serious, stylized, realistic, captivating
Plot: royal family, queen, catholic, execution, queen elizabeth i, political unrest, betrayal, murder, tragic hero, intrigue, royal court, politics ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: scotland, england, europe
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, serious, talky, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: royal family, friendship, queen, destiny, state affairs, disability, doctors and patients, speech, head of state, radio, historical character, unsupportive parent ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, 30s, pre world war two, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, scotland, germany ...
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Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
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, captivating, realistic, stylized
Plot: royal family, intrigue, cousin cousin relationship, betrayal, rivalry, political unrest, female prisoner, cousin, queen elizabeth i, royal court, state affairs, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe, scotland
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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
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Mrs Brown (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, royal family, queen, widow, queen victoria, politics, assassination attempt, romance, prince, assassination, love and romance, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s, victorian era ...
Place: england, scotland, europe, london
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Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain's invading army, she and her shrewd adviser must act to safeguard to the lives of her people.
Style: epic, serious, stylized, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: queen, throne, royal family, political intrigue, queen elizabeth i, head of state, catholicism, palace intrigue, politics, execution, political conspiracy, female protagonist ...
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Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: leadership, protest, human spirit, muslim, idealism, freedom, price of justice, politics, independence, hindu, heroic mission, british empire ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: india, england, asia, new delhi, south africa ...
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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, serious, talky, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, head of state, political corruption, political intrigue, royal family, campaign, state affairs, betrayal, contests and competitions, leadership, rise to the top, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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The Horde (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 129 min.
Story: It is the word "horde" that had meant, for many countries and nations, bloody raids and being under humilating contribution for centuries - a strange and scary world with its own rules and customs. To be or not to be for Rus (Ruthenia), ...
Style: epic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, exciting
Plot: ambition, hopes, rise and fall, royal court, miraculous event, gory, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, wizards and magicians, danger, escapades, unfulfillment ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: russia, asia, mongolia
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The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Canada, UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Pillars of the Earth is an eight-part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.
Style: captivating, epic, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: heir heiress, ambition, royal family, throne, queen, king, power struggle, love and romance, kingdom, romance, state affairs, power relations ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london
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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
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Cleopatra (1963)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK, Switzerland
Duration: 192 min.
Story: Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.The winner of four Oscars, this epic saga of love, greed and betrayal stars Elizabeth Taylor as the passionate and ambitious Egyptian queen who's determined to hold on ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: femme fatale, roman empire, ruler, tombs and skeletons, ancient rome, julius caesar, cleopatra, betrayal, assassination, royal family, romance, rise and fall ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c., 1930s, 18th century
Place: egypt, africa, middle east, rome italy
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38%
The Special Relationship (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatisation that follows Tony Blair's journey from political understudy waiting in the wings of the world arena to accomplished prime minister standing confidently in the spotlight of centre stage. It is a story about relationships, between ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, thought provoking, tricky ...
Plot: politics, head of state, leadership, george w. bush, usa president, state affairs, couple relations, political intrigue, couples, friends, president, democrat ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, europe, usa, london, new jersey
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God's Outlaw (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatized biography of William Tyndale, the 16th Century reformer determined to translate the Bible into English, which illegal act set him at odds with the Catholic Church, Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: translator, anti heroes, church, against the rules, religions or cults, society, clergy, obsessive quest, on the run, dishonesty, life is a bitch, rebellion ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, germany
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Danton (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Danton and Robespierre were close friends and fought together in the French Revolution, but by 1793 Robespierre was France's ruler, determined to wipe out opposition with a series of mass executions that became known as the Reign of Terror. ...
Style: talky, epic, serious, captivating, realistic ...
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Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s, 1930s
Place: france, poland, europe, paris france, spain ...
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The Gathering Storm (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives.
Style: serious, talky, realistic, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: politics, fascism, couple relations, british history, state affairs, war, head of state, leadership, rise to the top, love affair, battles, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, germany
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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: 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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36%
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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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35%
Julius Caesar (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: All star cast heads up this 1970 remake of the William Shakespeare classic tale of the betrayal of the the Roman senate against their emperor, the plotting and scheming that led up to the assassination of the title charecter, and all of Romes' ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: betrayal, assassination, tragic hero, head of state, roman empire, shakespeare, intrigue, leadership, rise and fall, political unrest, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe
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35%
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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, serious, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, military, revolution, intrigue, rise and fall, rise to the top, political unrest, royal family, against the odds, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 80s, 18th century
Place: england, ireland, europe, america, scotland
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18%
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 ⇓
34%