Historical figure movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant historical figure movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, serious, realistic, touching, inspirational and factual films and TV shows about / with historical figure, society, politics, husband wife relationship, political unrest, intrigue, historical character, love, greed and runaway plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as historical figure: Empress Ki (2013), Domina (2021), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Mr. Queen (2020), Isabel (2011), Ekaterina (2014), Confucius (2010), Elizabeth (1998), Churchill's Secret (2016), Jang Yeong Sil (2016).

List of historical figure movies

Empress Ki (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: The story of the woman that would become Empress Ki, and her struggles as she worked her way through war, political conspiracies, and the imperial palace to become Empress of China. This Korean Drama re-imagines the historical figure as a fierce, ...
Style: suspenseful, harsh, romantic, multicultural, semi serious ...
Plot: love triangle, empress, palace intrigue, chinese emperor, historical figure, love, crown prince, female warrior, betrayal, sword fight, battles, female protagonist ...
Time: 14th century
Place: korea, china
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Domina (2021)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Domina follows Livia’s journey from a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress, driven by a deep desire to avenge her father and secure power for her ...
Style: social documentary
Plot: roman empire, ancient rome, palace intrigue, historical figure, historical character, intrigue, husband wife relationship, power struggle, wife, family relations, sexual abuse, political intrigue ...
Time: ancient times
Place: rome italy
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My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, factual, melancholic, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: historical figure, love, hollywood, actress, actor's life, movie star, ambition, cultural icon, fame, women, depression, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1956
Place: england, london, california, europe
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Mr. Queen (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: In the present day, Jang Bong Hwan works as a chef at the President's Blue House. She has a free spirit, but her spirit somehow finds its way into the body of Queen Kim So Yong in the Joseon period. King Cheol Jong has secrets. He seems like a ...
Style: touching, captivating, romantic, sweet, entertaining ...
Plot: time travel, joseon dynasty, husband wife relationship, gender bending, sent to the past, body swapping, king, queen, historical figure, chef, romance, romantic relationship ...
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Isabel (2011)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
Story: Charting the life of Isabella I of Castile, one of the most important women in Spain’s history, Isabel follows her passionate story from childhood to being crowned Queen. From her political struggles within King Henry IV's court to her ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized, romantic ...
Plot: queen, royal family, royalty, spanish history, unfaithful husband, conquering, historical figure, aristocracy, throne, heir, rise to the top, religions or cults ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: spain, portugal, europe
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Ekaterina (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The life of the Russian Empress Ekaterina II (Catherine the Great), a German born princess who came to Russia as bride for the young Peter III, chosen by his aunt Elisabeth, and who, once she came into power, transformed the Russian empire.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, sentimental, touching, lyrical ...
Plot: royal family, russian empire, palace intrigue, russian history, empress, coup d'etat, imperial russia, royal court, nobility, political conspiracy, nobleman, royalty ...
Time: 18th century
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Confucius (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In 500 B.C., during Chinas famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, epic, captivating ...
Plot: ancient history, philosopher, chinese history, human spirit, human nature, battles, politics, historical figure, society, political unrest, hopes, heroes ...
Time: ancient times
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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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: factual, realistic, stylized, political, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: queen, british history, queen elizabeth i, historical character, politics, british royal family, royal family, head of state, royal court, throne, political intrigue, medieval ...
Time: 16th century, victorian era, middle ages, 18th century
Place: england, london, scotland, spain, europe ...
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Churchill's Secret (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill suffers from a stroke in the summer of 1953 that's kept a secret from the rest of the world.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, captivating, emotional
Plot: winston churchill, stroke, nurse, husband wife relationship, secret, historical figure, rehabilitation, politician, family problems, parents and children, british politics, world war one ...
Time: year 1953, 50s
Place: united kingdom, london
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Jang Yeong Sil (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: Drama series follows the life Jang Yeong-Sil: a scientist, technician and inventor during the Joseon period. Jang Yeong-Sil was born in the lower class nobi. King Sejong notices his abilities and brings him to the palace. King Sejong grants him a ...
Style: intellectual, uplifting, philosophical, inspirational
Plot: scientist, historical figure, royalty, joseon dynasty, inventor, korean history, court, talent, greed, friends, life changing experience, buddies ...
Place: korea
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Blonde (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, Canada, USA
Duration: 165 min.
TV show
Story: A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, contemplative
Plot: hollywood, starlet, actor's life, historical figure, showbiz, ambition, desire for fame, rising to stardom, lifestyle, love and romance, filmmaking, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 1930s
Place: venice beach california, usa, maine
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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chicago February 14th 1929. Al Capone finally establishes himself as the city's boss of organised crime. In a north-side garage his hoods, dressed as policemen, surprise and mow down with machine-guns the key members of Bugs Moran's rival ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, death, valentine's day, true crime, hitman, gunfight, historical figure, mafia, crimes, gang, criminal heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 1920s, 60s, year 1929, 1930s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Irena Sendler is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, suspense, tense ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: holocaust, world war two, nazi germany, ghetto, jewish, social worker, rescue, wartime life, life is a bitch, against humanity, historical figure, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
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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, sad
Audience: date night
Plot: british history, playwright, shakespeare, father daughter relationship, historical figure, husband wife relationship, family secret, retirement, church, society, writers, courtroom ...
Time: 17th century
Place: united kingdom
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Nixon (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon, a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. Spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking ...
Style: political, factual, compassionate, talky, intense ...
Plot: politics, vietnam war, government, political corruption, conspiracy, manipulation, greed, historical figure, campaign, rise and fall, presidential election, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century ...
Place: washington d.c., california, texas, china, usa
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Miles Ahead (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.
Style: touching, captivating, psychological, tense
Plot: jazz, musician, historical figure, nightclub, trumpet player, husband wife relationship, chase, party, music history, recluse, love and romance, talent ...
Place: manhattan new york city, usa, new york
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, South Africa
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, inspirational, political ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, civil rights, human spirit, prison life, oppression, politics, courage, brutality, family, racism, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s, 90s, 70s ...
Place: south africa, africa
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Chanel Solitaire (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story about the life and loves of an amazing woman-Coco Chanel- who rose from the bottom with no family or financial support and became one of the most legendary of all our creative icons.
Style: inspirational, factual, melancholic, touching, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: fashion, businesswoman, dressmaker, fashion designer, historical figure, fashion show, illegitimate child, mistress, fashion model, transformation, high society, creativity ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Voltaire in Love (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France
TV show
Story: Explore the early life and evolution of the philosopher and visionary Voltaire, from his love stories, his father's issues to the discovery of his vocation, his commitments against religious fanaticism and the arbitrary misuse of justice and ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: high society, historical figure, family relations, social problems, historical character, family problems, father son relationship, religious fanatic, politics, society, philosopher, philosophy ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france
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King Sejong the Great (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: "The Great King, Sejong" is a full-scale political drama describing how King Sejong and his loyal retainers cooperate and contrive to make his dynasty a better place. While King Sejong was on the throne, the Joseon Dynasty enjoyed ...
Style: serious, political, atmospheric, stylized, realistic
Plot: palace intrigue, historical figure, king, royalty, faithfulness, crown prince, political intrigue, government, ruler, political unrest, korean history, historical character ...
Time: 15th century
Place: korea
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The Emperor of Paris (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, History, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Crime thriller about Francois Vidocq, a real-life ex-convict who became a police detective during Napoleon’s reign.
Style: witty, atmospheric, captivating, serious, suspense
Plot: french history, napoleonic wars, baroness, prison, criminal underworld, historical figure, master criminal, criminal gang, national security, police, prison escape, criminal ...
Time: 19th century
Place: paris france, france
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King Naresuan (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 163 min.
Story: The film concerns the life of King Naresuan, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma. Born in 1555, he was taken to Burma as a child hostage; there he became acquainted with sword fighting and became a threat to the Burmese empire.
Style: serious, emotional, epic, captivating, realistic
Plot: rivalry, ambition, friendship, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world, rise to the top, heroes, historical figure, politics, political intrigue, youth, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century
Place: burma, thailand, asia
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Clone High (2002)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
TV show
Story: Clone High is a Canadian-American adult animated television series that aired for one season on MTV and Teletoon. The series had run in its entirety in Canada on Teletoon before premiering in the United States on MTV. The last five episodes were ...
Style: adult animation, semi serious, humorous, parody, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: high school, clones, cloning, leader, teenage life, satire, historical figure, experiment, genetic engineering, fictional reality, youth, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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Princess Ka'iulani (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American ...
Style: emotional, sincere, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, historical figure, save the kingdom, downfall, youth, life is a bitch, politics, destiny, political unrest, fall in love, leadership, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 9th century, 1890s
Place: hawaii, usa, honolulu hawaii, england
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Eight Men Out (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennent. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players $ to ...
Style: realistic, factual, atmospheric, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: baseball, sport, friendship, major league, gambling, scandal, historical figure, ambition, contests and competitions, society, sport team, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, california, boston, cincinnati ohio
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Race (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, Germany, France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf ...
Style: inspirational, factual, political, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: kids
Plot: track and field, racism, olympics, sport, nazi, racial prejudice, african american, running, nazi germany, hitler, world war two, politics ...
Time: 1930s, year 1933, year 1936, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, germany, cleveland ohio, usa
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The Apocalypse (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It is 90 AD, and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God and ruler over heaven and earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his divinity, are a thorn in his side and he is having them cruelly ...
Style: serious, sincere, epic, futuristic, christian film
Plot: apostle, bible, apocalypse, christianity, revelation, heroic mission, historical figure, redemption, society, hopes, religions or cults, oppression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1st century, 90s
Place: rome italy
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Agora (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain, Malta, Bulgaria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her relationship with her slave Davus, who is torn between his love for her and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity.
Style: philosophical, epic, emotional, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: ancient history, impossible love, mathematics, roman empire, political unrest, atheism, medieval, historical character, religions or cults, ancient egypt, master and servant, unrequited love ...
Time: 5th century, middle ages
Place: egypt, alexandria egypt, rome italy, ancient greece, spain ...
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Me and Orson Welles (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: New York, 1937. A teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant.
Style: sincere, touching, talky, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, ambition, art, historical figure, actor's life, youth, teenage life, blind ambition, artists and showbiz, romance, fall in love, boss and employee ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1937, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: political, suspense, thought provoking, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, investigation, president, kennedy assassination, legal, gay slur, assassination, politics, cia, corruption, assassination of president, lawyer ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 20th century
Place: new orleans, washington d.c., austin texas, dallas texas, cuba ...
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