British empire movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant british empire movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, epic, captivating, exciting and dramatic films and TV shows about / with british empire, battles, soldier, politics, colonialism, battle, society, military, gun and british army plots mostly in Drama, History and War genres shot in UK, USA, Australia and other countries.
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british empire movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as british empire: Taboo (2017), Darkest Hour (2017), Gallipoli (1981), The Four Feathers (2002), Victoria & Albert (2001), Zulu (1964), The Opium War (1997), Vanity Fair (2004), Queen of the Desert (2015), Mountains of the Moon (1990).

List of british empire movies

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Jack Sparrow, a freewheeling 17th-century pirate, quarrels with a rival pirate bent on pillaging Port Royal. When the governor's daughter is kidnapped, Sparrow decides to help the girl's love save her.
Style: exciting, humorous, colourful, semi serious, whimsical ...
Audience: teens, family outing, date night, boys' night, kids
Plot: ship, adventure, pirate, curses spells and rituals, pirate ship, british empire, treasure, sea battle, weirdo, gold, ocean or sea, captain ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: caribbean, jamaica
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 8.4
 116K
Taboo (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London from Africa in 1814 along with fourteen stolen diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: brother sister incest, witchcraft, british empire, family business, adventurer, incest overtones, dark secret, murder, investigation, conspiracy, inheritance, homecoming ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s, georgian era
Place: england, africa, europe, united states, usa ...
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 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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 7.4
 37K
Gallipoli (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank, both agile runners, become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, serious, captivating, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti war, military, world war one, friendship, british empire, idealism, human spirit, military life, battle zone, desert, soldier, running ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 18th century
Place: australia, turkey, egypt, middle east, africa ...
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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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The Four Feathers (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story, set in 1875, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which ...
Style: serious, touching, atmospheric, captivating, epic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: military, imperialism, soldier, redemption, rescue, desert, colonialism, islam, slavery, pow, loyalty, bravery ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1890s, 1880s
Place: sudan, england, africa, europe, britain ...
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Victoria & Albert (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 200 min.
TV show
Story: The passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837, the year of King William IV's death and 18-year-old Victoria's ascension to the throne, the series charts the tumultuous period ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: queen victoria, royal family, husband wife relationship, love and romance, head of state, monarch, british empire, state affairs, royal court, romance, political unrest, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, victorian england
Place: england, europe
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 7.7
 36K
Zulu (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man of the people Lt. John Chard (Stanley Baker) and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine) were in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an ...
Style: realistic, psychological, exciting, serious, epic ...
Plot: british army, siege, military, human spirit, battles, native, soldier, war, british empire, survival, danger, against the odds ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era, 1960s, 60s
Place: south africa, africa, england
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 6.5
 496
The Opium War (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 153 min.
Story: The story of the Opium War between China, in the waning days of the Qing Dynasty, and the British Empire, in the 1830s, and the subsequent takeover of Hong Kong by Britain; through the eyes of the key figures, fiercely nationalistic Lin Zexu, and ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: battles, british empire, political intrigue, wartime life, international crisis, revolution, military, rebellion, society, leadership, state affairs, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 1830s, victorian era
Place: asia, china, hong kong, east asia, england
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in ...
Style: bleak, captivating, brutal, factual, bloody ...
Plot: civil war, ira, resistance, rebellion, politics, freedom, irish, torture, occupation, debate, injustice, execution ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1910s, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, britain, boston ...
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 6.2
 21K
Vanity Fair (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, India
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Beautiful, funny, passionate, and calculating, Becky is the orphaned daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl. She yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises and resolves to conquer English society by any ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: aristocrat, high society, ambition, rise to the top, social climbing, rich and poor, couple relations, blind ambition, romance, society, life turned upside down, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1820s, 1810s ...
Place: england, europe, london, bombay india, britain ...
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Queen of the Desert (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Morocco
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: adventurer, bedouin, unfulfilled love, political intrigue, head of state, state affairs, escapades, love and romance, politics, desert, queen, spy ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 1890s, year 1914 ...
Place: persia, middle east, arabia, jordan, ottoman empire ...
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Mountains of the Moon (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, epic ...
Plot: expedition, survival, wilderness, river, friendship, betrayal, adventure, heroic mission, escapades, danger, exploration, mountain ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s
Place: africa, cairo egypt, crimea, london, brazil ...
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Michael Collins (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Style: serious, captivating, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: politics, civil war, fighting the system, fight, irish, secret service, treason, war, ira, leadership, political unrest, state affairs ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, liverpool ...
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55 Days at Peking (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, realistic, tense ...
Plot: imperialism, battles, siege, military, politics, political unrest, state affairs, rivalry, against the odds, human spirit, political conspiracy, culture clash ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, turn of the century, victorian era, year 1900
Place: england, china, france, beijing china, asia ...
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The Four Feathers (1978)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: They made him a hero by branding him a coward . . . the story of a man who conquered fear.
Plot: british colonial, british empire, disguise, cowardice, arab, historical event
Time: 19th century
Place: sudan
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 6.7
 6K
Zulu Dawn (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership. Cy Endfield co-wrote the epic prequel Zulu Dawn 15 years after his enormously popular Zulu. Set in 1879, this film depicts the catastrophic Battle of ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: battles, imperialism, heroes, soldier, military, victory, mortar, surrounded, colonialism, army life, spear throwing, death ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: africa
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Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khybar pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you would think they were safe. But the Khazi of Kalabar has other ideas. He wants all the British dead! But his ...
Style: not serious, realistic, humorous, cult film, surreal ...
Plot: battles, soldier, british raj, parody, rebellion, british empire, kilt, palace, dinner, battle, photograph, princess ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1890s
Place: india, asia, afghanistan
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The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Genre: Adventure, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A robust adventure about two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as "godlike" rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl. Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling.
Style: epic, witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: gold, soldier, treasure, friends, friendship, ambition, adventurer, dishonesty, mercenary, imperialism, newspaper, king ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1800s
Place: india, himalaya, asia, afghanistan, england
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 187 min.
Story: The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological ...
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: desert, adventure, historical character, battles, british colonial, world war one, imperialism, rebel, politics, bedouin, war, horse ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: middle east, ottoman empire, saudi arabia, lebanon, cairo egypt ...
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 6.8
 7K
Khartoum (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, factual, talky ...
Plot: siege, desert, islam, politics, culture clash, imperialism, military, heroes, battles, negotiation, british empire, wartime ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, victorian england, 1880s ...
Place: africa, sudan, egypt, england, london ...
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 218K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India
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: emotional, realistic, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, freedom, idealism, protest, muslim, religious intolerance, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, life philosophy ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, europe, asia ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 3K
Shaka Zulu (1986)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, South Africa, West Germany, Australia, USA
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, ...
Style: epic, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: tribe, rise and fall, camp, chief, imperialism, head of state, leadership, society, ambition, military, settlement, politics ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1910s, 1700s
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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Guns at Batasi (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An anachronistic martinet RSM on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care.
Style: suspenseful, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: british colonial, politics, adventure, battles, superior officer, un, revolution, disobey, power relations, introspection, idealism, state affairs ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 15K
Project A (1983)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In late 19th Century Hong Kong the British may rule the land, but the pirates rule the waters. One Coast Guard officer is Dragon Ma, who is determined that his beloved Coast Guard will not be made a fool of.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, pirate, heroes, chase, smuggling, sea, police, ambition, tough law enforcer, partners, corrupt officer, against the odds ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: hong kong, asia
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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, War
Country: UK
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around ...
Style: dark humor, cynical, humorous, satirical, thought provoking ...
Plot: anti war, world war one, satire, soldier, military, family relations, wartime life, military life, superior officer, infantrymen, siblings relations, state affairs ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, france
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 6.2
 2K
Water (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Michael Caine stars as Baxter Thwaites, the laid-back Governor of the sleepy British colony of Cascara. But when American oil drillers accidentally strike a gusher of ultra-delicious mineral water, the forgotten Caribbean out-post becomes a global ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, surreal, entertaining, light ...
Plot: politics, farce, disorder, dishonesty, satire, island, fish out of water, destiny, political corruption, leadership, society, political satire ...
Time: 80s
Place: caribbean, atlantic ocean, west indies
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The Book of Iyob (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Set in the backdrop of the picturesque Munnar, it tells the story of Iyob, a slave-turned-master.
Plot: master, slave, deception, communist, world war two, british empire, writing, parent child relationship, witch, business, witches, malayalam ...
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 7.4
 3K
Banished (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: At its heart, Banished is a story of survival. Though it is set in the stark historical reality of the founding of the penal colony in Australia in 1788 after the arrival of the First Fleet, it is not the story of Australia and how it came to be. ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, captivating, epic
Plot: survival, confined, colonialism, life is a bitch, colony, danger, community, prison, moral dilemma, governor, control, brutality ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, georgian era
Place: australia, england, new south wales
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Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the wake of Jamaican emancipation, French colonist Annette Cosway falls into poverty and marries racist Englishman Paul Mason. But when Annette's young son dies in a fire started by former slaves, Mason flees to England, leaving his ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexual, atmospheric, sexy
Audience: girls' night
Plot: voodoo, infidelity, family relations, deception, lust, fear, betrayal, wedding, liar, promise, arson, slave ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1840s
Place: jamaica, england, europe, britain, caribbean
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