Renaissance movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant renaissance movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, stylized, atmospheric and sexy films and TV shows about / with betrayal, medieval, pope, politics, female nudity, love and romance, heroes, nudity (full frontal - brief), rivalry and murder plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in Italy, France, USA and other countries.
renaissance movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as renaissance: Medici: Masters of Florence (2016), Da Vinci's Demons (2013), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971), The Profession of Arms (2001), The Conclave (2006), The Borgias (1981), The Other Boleyn Girl (2003), Tales of Canterbury (1973), Nothing Left to Do but Cry (1984).

List of renaissance movies

Medici: Masters of Florence (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The story of the Medici family of Florence, their ascent from simple merchants to power brokers sparking an economic and cultural revolution. Along the way, they also accrue a long list of powerful enemies.
Style: exciting, atmospheric, suspense, realistic, enigmatic
Plot: aristocracy, political thriller, wealth, politics, secret, rise to power, bank, ambition, betrayal, banker, murder mystery, political unrest ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance, 1400s
Place: florence, florence italy, venice, italy, tuscany
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Da Vinci's Demons (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: The series follows the "untold" story of Leonardo Da Vinci: the genius during his early years in Renaissance Florence. As a 25-year old artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist, he struggles to live within the confines of ...
Style: captivating, intellectual, exciting, witty, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, inventor, adventure, leonardo da vinci, escapades, talented, a vision, historical character, magical, visionary, unconventional method, outsmarting ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance, 1400s
Place: italy, florence, europe, florence italy, ottoman empire ...
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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel ...
Style: uplifting, serious, epic, atmospheric, inspirational ...
Plot: painter, genius, architect, sculpture, painting, infidelity, historical figure, life & death, pope, hard labor, standoff, based on a novel ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1960s, 60s, quarry ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
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The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Italy, France, Spain
Duration: 300 min.
Story: La Vita di Leonardo Da Vinci — in English, The Life of Leonardo da Vinci — is a 1971 Italian television miniseries dramatizing the life of the Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci. The Golden Globe-winning miniseries was directed by ...
Plot: leonardo da vinci, art, artist, medieval
Time: renaissance, 16th century, 15th century
Place: milan italy, france, italy
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The Profession of Arms (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Bulgaria
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In autumn of 1526, the Emperor, Charles V, sends his German landsknechts led by Georg von Frundsberg to march towards Rome. The inferior papal armies, commanded by Giovanni de'Medici, try to chase them in the midst of a harsh winter. ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, epic
Plot: soldier, military life, leadership, military, battles, betrayal, life is a bitch, danger, war, winter, heroes, shot to death ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: italy
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Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2012)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, History
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, Croatia, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Goltzius and the Pelican Company tells the story of Hendrik Goltzius, a late 16th century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints. A contemporary of Rembrandt and, indeed, more celebrated during his life, Goltzius seduces the Margrave of Alsace ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Plot: obsession, sexuality, human nature, actor's life, artists and showbiz, performer's life, religions or cults, rabbi, voyeurism, prostitution, theater, sex scene ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: europe
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The Conclave (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1458, five years after the fall of Constantinople to the Moslems, eighteen cardinals meet to elect a new pope. Rodrigo Borgia, a 27 year old cardinal learns to play a very dangerous game.
Style: suspense, stylized, captivating, disturbing
Plot: pope, vatican, politics, rivalry, brutality, war, violence, film starts with sex, female nudity, sex scene, cardinal the priest
Time: 1400s, renaissance
Place: rome italy, italy
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The Borgias (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Historical story of the ruthless Rodrigo Borgia a man who intends to become Pope and who will not let anything stand in his way.
Plot: leonardo da vinci, pope, family relations, priest, murder, brother sister relationship, rise to power, italian history, religion
Time: renaissance, 15th century, 16th century, 1500s
Place: italy, rome italy
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The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Mary Boleyn (Natascha McElhone) who becomes mistress to England's king, Henry VIII (Jared Harris), before ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized, sexy
Plot: mistress, infidelity, sister, intrigue, uninhibited rivalry, blind ambition, love and romance, royal court, betrayal, royal family, romance, rise to the top ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe
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Tales of Canterbury (1973)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An omnibus movie with several erotic episodes.
Style: anthology, erotic, decamerotic
Plot: sex, erotica, female nudity, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief)
Time: renaissance, 14th century
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Nothing Left to Do but Cry (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A teacher (Saverio) and a schoolkeeper (Mario) get lost in the Italian countryside. They find themselves in the late 15th century, they met Leonardo da Vinci and try to teach him how to play cards, they try to stop Columbus, they sing beatles's ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, humorous, buddy movie
Plot: time travel, leonardo da vinci, changing the past or future, escapades, fish out of water, misfit, buddies, disorder, imaginary, goofy hero, district attorney, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 15th century, 80s, middle ages, renaissance
Place: europe, italy, florence, florence italy
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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: exciting, serious, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: adventurer, ocean or sea, adventure, heroic mission, against the odds, rebelliousness, dishonesty, betrayal, intrigue, royal family, sword duel, storm ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance
Place: spain, portugal, europe, latin america, caribbean ...
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El Greco (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Greece, Spain, Hungary
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The story of the uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as "El Greco".
Style: serious, emotional, stylized, captivating, non-linear ...
Plot: idealism, prodigy, tragic hero, politics, ambition, bohemian life, lifestyle, tragic love, society, vengeance, lovers apart, self destructing ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, renaissance
Place: venice, italy, greece, spain, europe
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Stars of Eger (1968)
Genre: Adventure, History, Romance, War
Country: Hungary, Bulgaria
Duration: 157 min.
Story: This romantic and grandiose historical film depicts the era of the constant incursions and heroic battles fought by the defenders of the castle of Eger, led by captain István Dobó, against the heavy odds of superior numbers through the lives and ...
Style: biblical, cult film, romanticism
Plot: swordswoman, female soldier, queen, fortress, chariot, knight, german, abduction, travel, mountain, village, sword ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: hungary, istanbul turkey, ottoman empire, bulgaria, vienna ...
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Easter (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, War
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Easter is a five story-arc opera about the coming-of-age of juking. The first of its tales aptly deals with contemporary civil unrest with foci on the interrelationships between law enforcement in communities it serves, and corruption within the ...
Style: intense, suspense, based on true events, slang, allegory
Plot: secret, airplane, agent, psychiatrist, rage, hallucination, conspiracy, military, father son relationship, economics, genius, opera ...
Time: 2010s, 70s, renaissance, 80s
Place: chile, philadelphia, panama, new jersey, pennsylvania ...
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The Merchant of Venice (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Italy, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
Style: tense, talky, melancholic, sexy, intense ...
Plot: loan, friends, love and romance, jewish, prejudice, life is a bitch, social decay, friendship, trial, religious intolerance, uninhibited rivalry, shakespeare play ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1930s, 18th century
Place: venice, europe, italy, england
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The Hunchback (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Canada, Czech Republic
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Based on the novel, a young gypsy becomes a Minister's obsession in 1483. Only the bell ringer and her husband and the court of miracles can save her.
Style: serious, emotional, gothic, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: hunchback, forbidden love, fall in love, obsession, clergy, self discovery, society, misfit, betrayal, unfulfillment, destructive relationship, social misfits ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 1400s, renaissance
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Henry VIII (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, 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, serious, captivating
Plot: king of england, ambition, royal family, romance, head of state, dishonesty, rivalry, infidelity, betrayal, intrigue, state affairs, love and romance ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: england, europe
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Room in Rome (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.
Style: sexual, sexy, atmospheric, erotic, stylized ...
Plot: lesbian sex, sexual relations, lesbian, gays and lesbians, lesbianism, love and romance, fall in love, couples, hotel, lesbian love, lesbian romance, sex scene ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, renaissance
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 154 min.
Story: 1492: Conquest of Paradise depicts Christopher Columbus’ discovery of The New World and his effect on the indigenous people.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventurer, adventure, military, against the odds, state affairs, danger, rebelliousness, native americans, royal family, obsessive quest, father son relationship, tribe ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century, 1500s, year 1941, renaissance
Place: spain, europe, haiti, bahamas, west indies ...
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Borgia (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic
Duration: 52 min.
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: captivating, rough, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: political intrigue, clergy, church, political corruption, power struggle, politics, historical character, political unrest, ambition, rivalry, european history, crime ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1400s ...
Place: italy, rome italy, florence italy, europe, spain ...
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Una vita scellerata (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Benvenuto Cellinin (1500 - 1571), a soldier and one of the most important craftsmen and artists of Renaissance Italy whose life was marked by many achievements and adventures, but also crimes.
Plot: sculpture, pope, autobiography, judge, artist, cardinal the priest, italian history
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: florence, italy, rome italy
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The Magnificent Adventurer (1963)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Italy, France, Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Benvenuto Cellini knows no obstacles when it comes to creating a work of art or conquering the heart of a woman.
Plot: italian history, european history
Time: renaissance, 16th century
Place: italy, rome italy, florence
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Billy Shakespeare (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: What if William Shakespeare never existed... until now. Our Modern Bard is caught in a love triangle of confused sexuality, cross dressing, mistaken identity, and bedroom trysts. Does Shakespeare love his lusty best friend, Wilma Hartford, ...
Plot: gay, gay love, hollywood, transsexual, poet, shakespearean quotation, parody, love triangle, bisexual
Time: renaissance
Place: los angeles
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All's Faire in Love (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two rival Medieval shows vie for supremacy in the world of Renaissance Faires.
Style: realistic, not serious, humorous, offbeat
Audience: date night
Plot: fish out of water, farce, artists and showbiz, goofy hero, workplace situations, uninhibited rivalry, love and romance, romance, college, workplace, workplace romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary, middle ages, 21st century, renaissance
Place: michigan, usa
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Eddie Izzard: Circle (2002)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Town Hall, New York City, 26 June 2000. An evening with Eddie Izzard in which he moves back and forth in time, with religion as the loose but constant theme.
Style: offbeat, not serious, humorous, witty, talky ...
Plot: transvestism, gender bending, theater, physical appearance, gender, society, performer's life, artists and showbiz, cross dressing, islam, banana, tiger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, renaissance
Place: new york, spain, amsterdam, persia, greece ...
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Assassin's Creed: Lineage (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 36 min.
Story: Giovanni is an assassin living during the Renaissance in 15th century Italy. At this dawn of a new era, a conspiracy is being plotted by one corrupt family to overthrow the powerful Medici family and destroy a unified Italy. As an assassin, Giovanni ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: assassination, assassin, secret identity, video game, secret life, injustice, danger, adventure, deadly, undercover, family secrets, family secret ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance
Place: italy, venice, rome italy, florence
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The Executioner of Venice (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in medieval Venice, this swashbuckler chronicles the courage of an executioner and his godson as they attempt to show that the Grand Inquisitor is in league with murderous pirates.
Plot: torture, executioner, medieval, pantyhose, inquisition, canal, gondola, mask, sword, duel, adopted son, castle ...
Time: renaissance
Place: italy
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The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio, a student and the son of a wealthy Pisan merchant, has fallen in love with ...
Style: witty, clever, humorous, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: opposites attract, battle of the sexes, farce, family relations, merchant, suitor, unlikely couple, love and romance, couple relations, fall in love, romance, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century, 20th century, renaissance, 1930s, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, new york, london
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The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The kingdom of Takicardie quakes under the rule of the tyrannical King Charles V-et-III-font-VIII-et-VIII-font-XIV, whose favourite pastime is shooting birds. His archenemy is a cheeky mockingbird, whose favourite pastime is thwarting the king’s ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, offbeat, surreal, semi serious ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: imaginary kingdom, woman in danger, forbidden love, good versus evil, lovers apart, youth, rivalry, love and romance, state affairs, corrupted ruler, lovers on the run, family ...
Time: renaissance
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