1850s movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant 1850s movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, epic, dramatic and interesting films and TV shows about / with society, rivalry, betrayal, vengeance, brutality, culture clash, rescue, friendship, heroes and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
1850s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1850s: The Sisters Brothers (2018), The Piano (1993), Wagner (1981), Florence Nightingale (1985), Before the Frost (2018), The Riot Club (2014), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), The Invisible Woman (2013), The Mountain of the Lord (1993), Assassination (1964).

List of 1850s movies

The Sisters Brothers (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: France, Spain, Romania, Belgium, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The colourfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm is being pursued across 1,000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt ...
Style: captivating, exciting, feel good, light
Plot: brother brother relationship, hitman, gold, gold rush, one last job, murder, cowboys and outlaws, escapades, alcohol, male friendship, scout, brother brother conflict ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1950s
Place: oregon, california
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The Piano (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: New Zealand, Australia, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man ...
Style: psychological, serious, stylized, sexual, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, love affair, infidelity, couples, pianist, human nature, love and romance, couple relations, piano, sexual relations, desire, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 18th century
Place: new zealand, scotland
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Wagner (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: UK, Austria, Hungary
Duration: 469 min.
Story: A huge panorama of Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 Revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria to the final triumph at Bayreuth.
Style: epic, serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic
Plot: anti semitism, musician's life, music, performer's life, prodigy, social differences, tragic love, celebrity culture, ambition, society, artists and showbiz, rise and fall ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: europe, germany, switzerland
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The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Set several years after the first film, Ariel and Prince Eric are happily married with a daughter, Melody. In order to protect Melody from the Sea Witch, Morgana, they have not told her about her mermaid heritage. Melody is curious and ventures into ...
Style: fairy tale, semi serious, humorous, touching, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids, teens, chick flick
Plot: mermaid, imaginary kingdom, young heroes, good versus evil, coming of age, danger, adventure, wish come true, ocean or sea, family, parents and children, dream ...
Time: 1830s, 19th century, 1850s
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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, realistic, exciting, serious, harsh ...
Plot: anti war, politics, british history, honor, british army, british empire, british soldier, massacre, equestrian, queen victoria, discipline, russian soldier ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1850s, 1960s
Place: istanbul turkey, england, russia, europe, canada ...
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Florence Nightingale (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: This is the fact-based story of an aristocratic woman who defies Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today. After volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers, who ...
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, captivating
Plot: hospital, soldier, nursing, idealism, war, doctors and patients, wartime life, heroes, hopes, human spirit, heroic mission, fighting the system ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1850s, victorian era, 1840s ...
Place: england, europe
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Musical, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Style: gothic, gloomy, offbeat, dark humor, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, insanity, vengeance, murderous pair, violence, shaving, social injustice, villain, haunted by the past, razor, cannibalism, oven ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1850s, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe
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Before the Frost (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The film takes place somewhere in the Danish countryside in the middle of the 19th century. Here within a small Danish peasant family, harsh circumstances reign. With the prospect of yet another tough winter, the farmer Jens faces an unbearable ...
Plot: fire, marriage, hunger, farmer, arranged marriage, farm, greed, cow, harvest, saying grace, broken engagement, class society ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
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The Riot Club (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.
Style: serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: university, debauchery, initiation, college life, society, youth, power relations, social relations, friends, social differences, rivalry, young adult ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1850s, year 1976, 1700s ...
Place: england, oxford university, europe, campus, london ...
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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The Charles Dickens story of Nicholas Nickleby, a young boy in search of a better life for his recently torn-apart family. A young compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his coldheartedly grasping ...
Style: captivating, semi serious, clever, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school, rescue, haunted by the past, arranged marriage, butler, danger, vengeance, love and romance, rivalry, youth, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 1830s, victorian england ...
Place: london, europe, yorkshire, liverpool, england
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The Invisible Woman (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1857, at the height of his fame and fortune, novelist and social critic Charles Dickens meets and falls in love with teenage stage actress Nelly Ternan. As she becomes the focus of his heart and mind, as well as his muse, painful secrecy is the ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, captivating
Plot: writer's life, romance, love and romance, introspection, couple relations, forbidden love, infidelity, love affair, unfulfilled love, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1850s
Place: england, london, europe
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Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: James Mink is a black man in Canada who has built a very successful livery business, and enjoys a white wife and a beautiful daughter, Mary. An excellent match is arranged with an American businessman, but when he takes his new wife Mary across the ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, uplifting
Plot: racism, slavery, rescue, human spirit, parents and children, chases and races, society, hidden identity, track down, interracial relations, missing person, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1800s
Place: usa, virginia
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Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The adventures and misadventures of Tom and Huck on the Mississippi River in Missouri with their involvement when they fall in with a gang of con artists, take up with a ragtag circus, help a freed slave buy his sister's freedom, and then see a ...
Plot: criminal, false accusation, robbery, carnival, children, child's point of view, scheme, friendship, chase
Time: 1850s
Place: mississippi river, missouri
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The Mountain of the Lord (1993)
Genre: History
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Recounts the 40-year history of building the Salt Lake Temple, shown as if recounted by Wilford Woodruff to a young reporter. It portrays the pioneers' dedication to temple worship.
Plot: mormon, diary, latter day saints, construction, temple, mormonism, reporter, interview, prayer, religion, architect, building
Time: 1870s, 19th century, 1860s, 1850s, 1880s ...
Place: utah, salt lake city utah
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Assassination (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Assassination begins with the events of 1853 when "four black ships" anchored at Edo Bay, sparking civil unrest and the major political manoeuvring that saw the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. At a time when assassination had become a ...
Plot: japanese new wave, hara kiri, seppuku, assassination, isolation, ronin, scheming, rebel army, emperor, diary, flashback, torture ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan
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Francisca (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Portugal
Duration: 166 min.
Story: The life of a young man, son of an English officer who lets himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace.
Plot: officer, doomed love, philosophy, historical event, coffee shop, farm, letter, fever, mirror
Time: 1850s
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Sidekicks (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: This 1974 made-for-TV sequel to Skin Game (1971) brings back Lou Gossett, Jr. as Jason, with Larry Hagman taking over the role of Quince, played by James Garner in the first film. On the lam from their most recent scam, Quince and Jason find ...
Plot: scam, bound and gagged, slavery, bounty hunter, dynamite
Time: 1850s
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Wild Heart (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Story: Corazon Salvaje - Maria del Rosario and Juan de Dios are profoundly in love and are to be married. But Rodrigo Montes de Oca and Leonarda are able to stop the wedding, separate them and fake Juans death. From their love Juan del Diablo is born, then ...
Plot: jealousy, love triangle, secret, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, gypsy, sister sister relationship, infidelity, unrequited love, revenge, lust, betrayal ...
Time: 1850s
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Handcart (2002)
Genre: History
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This is a fictional love story with the 1856 Handcart Pioneers as the backdrop. Sam Hunter, falls for a Mormon Pioneer woman, Abigail, as she is moving west. As the pioneers stop in his town of Iowa City, he pretends to desire joining the Mormon ...
Plot: journey, pioneer, religious persecution, latter day saints, prejudice, faith, christian, mormon
Time: 1850s, 19th century
Place: utah
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The Life of Aleksis Kivi (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Aleksis Kivi (1834-1872) was a Finnish author who wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish language, "Seven Brothers/Seitsemän veljestä". Although Kivi was among the very earliest authors of prose and lyrics in Finnish language, ...
Plot: stage play, poet, finnish, mental breakdown, peasant, cottage, dispute, insomnia, death of father, politics, artist, friend ...
Time: 1870s, 1800s, 19th century, 1860s, 1850s
Place: finland
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The Sower (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Violette is old enough to marry in 1852 when her mountain village is brutally deprived of all its men following the repression of the Republicans ordered by Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte. The women spend months in total isolation. Desperate to one day ...
Plot: provence, owl, isolation, menstruation, illegitimate child, political prisoner, return home, political repression, farming, sheep, scythe, poetry reading ...
Time: 1850s
Place: southern france, france
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The Chess Players (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: It is the year 1856. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah is the king of Awadh, one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British colonialists, intent on controlling this rich land, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: chess, tragic hero, social differences, political intrigue, political unrest, politics, society, state affairs, betrayal, obsession, couple relations, political corruption ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: india, asia
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Skin Game (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Quincy Drew (Garner) and Jason O'Rourke (Gossett) travel from town to town in the south of the United States during the slavery era. Drew claims to be a down-on-his-luck slave owner who is selling O'Rourke as a slave. Quincy gets the ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: slave, rescue, criminal heroes, fish out of water, buddies, fugitives, unlikely partners, on the run, vengeance, interracial relations, cons and scams, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: kansas, missouri, usa, texas
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Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: dark humor, rough, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, bounty hunter, slavery, old west, vengeance, society, rescue, friendship, one against many, african american, odd couple, gory ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: mississippi, usa, tennessee, texas
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17 Miracles (2011)
Genre: Adventure, History
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he came to find out is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles. Based on unbelievable ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: immigrants, destiny, adventure, miraculous event, religions or cults, hopes, misfit, society, wolf, emigrant, hardship, latter day saints ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
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Edge of Madness (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: 1851, Manitoba's Red River Valley. As winter sets in, a young woman on the edge of madness arrives exhausted at the fort, a wilderness station, claiming she murdered her husband. She's placed in a cell; for the next several months, she ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: sexual abuse, mysterious character, wilderness, betrayal, mystery, crumbling marriage, investigation, manipulations, couple relations, dangerous attraction, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
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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, serious, emotional, captivating, realistic
Plot: rebellion, betrayal, soldier, war, unlikely partners, gory, rebelliousness, culture clash, military life, political unrest, revolution, battles ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1800s
Place: india, asia
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The Emigrants (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Sweden
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and ...
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: journey, sailing ship, ship, immigrants, human spirit, redemption, couple relations, family in crisis, ambition, hopes, couples, obsessive quest ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: sweden, europe, minnesota
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The New Land (1972)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Sweden
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Continuation from Utvandrarna (1971): The Swedes arrive in the USA. They still have a long journey to Minnesota where they expect to find other Swedes. When they arrive there, each family searches a place to build a home. Kristina and Karl-Oskar ...
Style: captivating, epic, serious, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: immigrants, self discovery, countryside, culture clash, society, family relations, human nature, americana, hopes, misfit, lifestyle, construction ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: minnesota, usa
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The Water Babies (1978)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Poland, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: lobster, orphan, pirate, young heroes, boy, fish, polar bear, walrus, daring rescue, ocean or sea, adventure, family ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1850s, victorian era
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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