British history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant british history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, factual, stylized and based on true events films and TV shows about / with british history, politics, british royal family, husband wife relationship, queen, betrayal, state affairs, society, royal family and rivalry plots mostly in History, Drama and Biography genres shot in UK, USA, Australia and other countries.
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british history movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as british history: Darkest Hour (2017), Victoria (2016), The Crown (2016), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Elizabeth (1998), The King (2019), Dunkirk (2017), The King's Speech (2010), Victoria & Abdul (2017), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

List of british history movies

 7.4
 173K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with ...
Style: based on true events, suspense, serious, realistic, harsh
Plot: british history, world war two, prime minister, politics, winston churchill, leader, wartime, british empire, leadership, historical character, choice, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, europe, france, london, britain
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 8.2
 23K
Victoria (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism – and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image ...
Style: realistic, romantic, touching, factual, based on true events ...
Plot: british history, monarchy, royal family, queen victoria, queen of england, european history, queen, royalty, power, female protagonist, prime minister, husband wife relationship ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1830s
Place: britain, london, buckingham palace
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 8.7
 151K
The Crown (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham ...
Style: atmospheric, clever, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: royal family, british royal family, monarchy, queen, british history, winston churchill, woman, prime minister, power, monarch, palace intrigue, politics ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: england, buckingham palace, 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: captivating, serious, realistic, epic, colourful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: queen elizabeth i, queen, throne, period piece, british history, palace intrigue, royal family, monarchy, political intrigue, politics, head of state, catholicism ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, middle ages, 1500s, 1930s ...
Place: england, europe, spain, scotland, america ...
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 7.4
 93K
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: factual, stylized, realistic, epic, serious ...
Plot: queen, queen elizabeth i, historical character, royal court, british history, british royal family, political intrigue, politics, rise to the top, treason, monarchy, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, scotland, paris france ...
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 7.2
 90K
The King (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Hungary, USA, Australia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 15th-century England, Prince Hal transforms from wayward wastrel to powerful king after he reluctantly inherits the throne and its many conflicts.
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, surprise ending, suspense
Plot: king, british history, king of england, father son relationship, kingdom, mentor protege relationship, warrior, war, death of father, prince, boy, aristocrat ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: england, france
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 7.8
 559K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: atmospheric, dramatic, epic, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, british history, wartime, warship, rescue mission, survival, british army, evacuation, war, military, military officer, army ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, france, english channel, england, flanders
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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, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, historical character, royal family, unlikely friendships, british history, friendship, king, aristocracy, queen, disability, world war two, politics ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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Victoria & Abdul (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Style: based on true events, atmospheric, stylized, touching, melancholic
Plot: servant, british history, queen victoria, queen of england, woman, intergenerational friendship, royal court, interracial friendship, friendship, hindu, death of protagonist, muslim ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: india, florence, scotland, buckingham palace, florence italy ...
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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the ...
Style: sexy, stylized, sexual, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: queen, king, royal court, royal family, siblings relations, seduction, love triangle, intrigue, betrayal, family relations, palace intrigue, jealousy ...
Time: 16th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, france, london, rome italy
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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: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: winston churchill, politics, british history, world war two, state affairs, war, head of state, couple relations, rise to the top, society, fascism, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1934
Place: england, germany, europe
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A Very English Scandal (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: British politician Jeremy Thorpe is accused of murdering his ex-lover and is forced to stand trial in 1979.
Style: light, captivating, humorous, tense, queer cinema
Plot: british history, lgbt, closeted homosexual, ex lover, politics, gay, courtroom, witness, politician, secret life, friend, blackmail ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s
Place: london, california
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 8.1
 69K
The Tudors (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: captivating, stylized, serious, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: historical character, queen, royal court, king, royal family, intrigue, love triangle, couple relations, throne, betrayal, aristocracy, king of england ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: england, europe
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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, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: british history, tudors, ambition, infidelity, frame up, king, betrayal, romance, politics, intrigue, love and romance, tragic hero ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, 1930s, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, britain, london, scotland
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 7.5
 174K
The Favourite (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Style: factual, based on true events, emotional, melancholic, cynical ...
Plot: lesbian, rivalry, queen, ambitious woman, aristocracy, lgbt, british history, rise and fall, period piece, queen of england, duchess, royal court ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: britain, england
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 7.3
 210
Elizabeth I (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Elizabeth I may be remembered as the greatest monarch to rule England, but during her lifetime she was beset by enemies and hers was a life of constant battling.
Style: disturbing, exciting, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: british history, queen, queen elizabeth i, royal family, palace intrigue, rivalry, ambition, power, reenactment, war, throne, historian ...
Time: 16th century
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The English Game (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: UK
TV show
Story: Two 19th-century footballers on opposite sides of a class divide navigate professional and personal turmoil to change the game — and England — forever.
Style: realistic, uplifting, inspirational, stylized
Plot: british history, soccer, football player, sports history, football, sport team, society, love and romance, new school, culture clash, tournament, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: england
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 6.2
 4K
All Is True (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the final days in the life of playwright William Shakespeare.
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, touching, based on true events
Plot: british history, father daughter relationship, historical figure, family secrets, family secret, fictional biography, united kingdom, playwright, retirement, husband wife relationship, church, shakespeare ...
Time: 17th century
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 7.6
 3K
Upstart Crow (2016)
Genre: Comedy, History
Country: UK
Duration: 29 min.
TV show
Story: Comedy about the life and times of William Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London, whilst also trying to balance life as a husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Style: satirical, toilet humor, sitcom, light, entertaining ...
Plot: british history, satire, husband wife relationship, family relations, writers, british humour, poet, shakespeare, period piece, playwright, play
Time: 16th century
Place: england
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Henry IV Part I (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince of Wales, has thrown over life at court in ...
Plot: british history, king of england, shakespeare
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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, protestant, throne ...
Time: 16th century
Place: scotland, england, europe, scottish highlands
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Horrible Histories (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Family, History
Country: UK
Duration: 28 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the best-selling children's books and liberally splattered with guts, blood and poo, a group of British comedians offer an anarchic and unconventional take on some of history's most gruesome and funny moments, with topics ...
Style: educational, semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: british history, politics, world war two, society, state affairs, military, head of state, rivalry, crime and punishment, family, dishonesty, political intrigue ...
Time: prehistory, 15th century, 17th century, 16th century, 18th century ...
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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 which climaxed with the heroic, but near-disastrous calvary ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, factual, harsh ...
Plot: anti war, british army, politics, heroes, battles, british history, british empire, war, massacre, british soldier, rescue, against the odds ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1850s, 70s ...
Place: russia, england, europe, turkey, istanbul turkey ...
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Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Lee Remick stars as Jennie Jerome, born in the United States in 1845, who eventually became Lady Randolph Churchill, and gave birth to Sir Winston Churchill in this seven-part, seven-hour biographical mini-series.
Plot: british history, society, aristocracy, retiring
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 7.9
 6K
Elizabeth I (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 223 min.
TV show
Story: HBO miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: queen, queen elizabeth i, royal family, monarchy, royal court, palace intrigue, couple relations, family relations, queen of england, british history, political unrest, romance ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, london, portugal ...
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 6.6
 9K
Gunpowder (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: England, 1603. Elizabeth I is dead and King James of Scotland has taken the throne. With the country at war with catholic Spain, English catholics are persecuted and priests caught saying mass are punished with death. Several attempts have already ...
Style: factual, suspense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: king of england, british history, planned murder, activist, catholic priest, catholic, parliament, religion, treason, execution, british royal family, assassination plot ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: england, scotland, britain
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Gentleman Jack (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, 1832. Anne Lister attempts to revitalize her inherited home, Shibden Hall. Most notably for the time period, a part of her plan is to help the fate of her own family - by taking a wife.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, captivating, psychological
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, strongman, love and romance, british history, social relations, society, discrimination, private vs public, heroes, rivalry, protest ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england
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 8.7
 2K
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: serious, realistic, stylized, factual
Plot: palace intrigue, queen elizabeth i, queen, royal family, political conspiracy, throne, state affairs, betrayal, head of state, dishonesty, tragic hero, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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The Virgin Queen (2005)
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, sincere, factual, touching, realistic
Plot: queen elizabeth i, palace intrigue, forbidden love, throne, queen of england, royal family, british royal family, court intrigue, state affairs, head of state, love affair, political conspiracy ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, rome italy, europe, london
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The Black Adder (1982)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 195 min.
TV show
Story: Blackadder is the name that encompassed four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along with several one-off instalments. All television episodes starred Rowan Atkinson as anti-hero Edmund Blackadder and Tony Robinson as Blackadder's ...
Style: not serious, witty, humorous, sitcom, dark humor ...
Plot: satire, king, queen, prince, witch, state affairs, parents and children, heir heiress, inheritance, politics, royal family, british history ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 1400s
Place: england, europe, scotland, britain
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