French history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant french history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, atmospheric, rough and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with french history, politics, death, king, society, murder, state affairs, royal family, female nudity and family relations plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in France, Germany, Belgium and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as french history: Marie Antoinette (2006), The Princess of Montpensier (2010), One Nation, One King (2018), Queen Margot (1994), The Queen and the Cardinal (2009), An Officer and a Spy (2019), The Accursed Kings (1972), Night Terrors (1993), Louis, the Child King (1993), Francofonia (2015).

List of french history movies

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, France, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and ultimately the fall of Versailles.
Style: realistic, factual, colourful, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: queen, historical character, french history, royal family, princess, royal court, french revolution, french, palaces castles and temples, state affairs, siblings relations, politics ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
Place: france, versailles, paris france, vienna, austria ...
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The Princess of Montpensier (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the high courts of 16th Century France, where the wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants are raging. Marie de Mézières, a beautiful young aristocrat, is in love with Henri de Guise, but her hand in marriage is promised to the ...
Style: serious, emotional, stylized, captivating, touching ...
Plot: forbidden love, love affair, princess, royal court, unfaithful wife, aristocracy, french history, society, passion, royal family, love, forced marriage ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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One Nation, One King (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Un peuple et son roi crosses the destinies of the men and women of the population, and those of historical figures. Their meeting place is the newly founded National Assembly. At the heart of the story lie the fate of the king and the birth of the ...
Style: realistic, factual, tense, captivating
Plot: french revolution, king of france, french history, politics, execution, martial law, interrogation, arrest, poverty, feminism, newborn, childbirth ...
Time: 18th century
Place: paris france, france, versailles
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Queen Margot (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 159 min.
Story: The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the ...
Style: epic, bleak, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: politics, french history, forbidden love, royal family, incest, political intrigue, royalty, massacre, intrigue, romance, nudity (full frontal - brief), murder ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, renaissance
Place: france, paris france, europe, spain, england ...
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The Queen and the Cardinal (2009)
Genre: History
Country: France
Duration: 197 min.
Story: In the middle of the 17th century, forbidden lovers Queen Anne of Austria, the widow of King Louis XIII, and her Prime Minister, Cardinal Mazarin, face the opposition of a revengeful and power-seeking Court.
Plot: french history, royal family, female nudity, kingdom, royalty, louvre, secret love
Time: 17th century
Place: france, paris france
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An Officer and a Spy (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In 1894, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island.
Style: tense, captivating, disturbing, psychological
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, spy, arrest, manipulation, french history, dishonesty, police investigation, society, hopes, life is a bitch, frame up ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: france, paris france
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The Accursed Kings (1972)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 616 min.
Story: Set during the reigns of the last five kings of the Capetian dynasty and the first two kings of the House of Valois, the series begins as the French King Philip the Fair, already surrounded by scandal and intrigue, brings a curse upon his family ...
Plot: french history, royal family, medieval, execution, king, court intrigue, royalty, heir to the throne, murder
Time: 14th century
Place: france, paris france
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Night Terrors (1993)
Genre: Horror
Country: Israel, Canada, USA, Egypt
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young girl travels to Cairo to visit her father, and becomes unwillingly involved with a bizarre sadomasochistic cult led by the charismatic Paul Chevalier, who is a descendant of the Marquis de Sade.
Style: serious, realistic, offbeat, psychotronic
Plot: french history, deadly, danger, youth, supernatural, couples, prostitute, religions or cults, drug abuse, chaos and mayhem, dangerous animal, sexual relations ...
Time: 20th century, 18th century
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Louis, the Child King (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France
Duration: 160 min.
Story: History buffs will glory in the riches of Louis, Enfant Roi, others will perhaps find this complex story of intrigues and betrayals in the court of the young king tough sledding. When Louis the Fourteenth (1638-1715) was born, the power of ...
Style: baroque
Plot: french history, civil war, battlefield, political intrigue, ballet, duke, spaniard, spanking, corporal punishment, queen, king, family relations ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france
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Francofonia (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) transforms a portrait of the world-renowned museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relation between art, culture and power.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, enigmatic, semi documentary
Plot: nazi occupation, nazism, art, museum, painting, art museum, war, world, louvre, nazi occupied france, architecture, evacuation ...
Time: 1940s, year 1959, year 1967, year 1942, year 1940 ...
Place: paris france, russia, st. petersburg russia, vichy, germany ...
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The Royal Exchange (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Belgium, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1721, the Regent of France, wanting to seal the peace with Spain, offers to the Spanish King, a marriage between their respective heirs: Louis XV, age 11, and Maria Anna Victoria, the 4-year-old Spanish infanta. The Regent of France also offers ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, scenic, thought provoking
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: king of france, child bride, princess, gay, monarchy, union, intrigue, engagement, reconciliation, marriage engagement, french history, palace intrigue ...
Time: 18th century
Place: versailles, spain, france
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The Visitors: Bastille Day (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Czech Republic
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Stuck in the corridors of time, Godefroy de Montmirail and his faithful servant Jacquouille are projected to a time of profound political and social upheavals: the French Revolution... specifically, The Terror, time of great dangers, during which ...
Style: entertaining, light, feel good, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: time travel, french revolution, prison, escape, castle, adventure, escapades, love and romance, violence, hit on the head, clothed female naked male, male bondage ...
Time: 1790s, 1940s, 18th century, 12th century
Place: france, paris france
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A Walk with Love and Death (1969)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A noblewoman's daughter and a young Frenchman embark on an ill-fated romance during the Hundred Years' War.
Style: tragic ending
Plot: idealist, opposites attract, french history, lynch mob, on the run, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, battle, young couple, love, medieval, class struggle, rebellion ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: france, paris france
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The Last Mitterrand (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, thought provoking, talky ...
Plot: terminal illness, head of state, political intrigue, state affairs, elderly, betrayal, journalism, ambition, politics, obsession, rise and fall, aging ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, 1990s
Place: paris france, france
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The Good and the Bad (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: From 1935 to 1945, the happiness of a couple turns to sadness when their Traction Avant auto is used by the gang des Tractions Avant.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, gestapo, resistance, police officer, wartime life, crimes, heist, politics, dishonesty, on the run, criminal heroes, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, year 1945, 1930s, 1940s, year 1944 ...
Place: paris france
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La chambre des dames (1983)
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
Story: French TV mini series
Plot: death, hanging, medieval, birth, french history, marriage, guest
Time: middle ages, 13th century
Place: paris france, france
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The King Is Dancing (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Louis XIV, the French sun-king has two passions, establishing absolute rule over the realm -after decades of religious/civil wars- by divine right and artistic brilliancy as a dancer
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, captivating, baroque ...
Plot: intrigue, royal family, rise and fall, musician's life, state affairs, love affair, king, dancing, ballet, king of france, infidelity, love triangle ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, europe, versailles
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The Round Up (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sown on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, nazism, concentration camp, injustice, against humanity, genocide, survival, confined, wartime life, anti semitism, danger, family in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: france, paris france, europe, vichy, germany
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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Czech Republic, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In 1429 a teenage girl from a remote French village stood before her King with a message she claimed came from God; that she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country from its political and religious turmoil. Following her ...
Style: epic, captivating, factual, rough, realistic ...
Plot: battles, joan of arc, politics, religion, war, heroic mission, siege, courage, rise and fall, betrayal, god, rape ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: france, england, europe, new orleans
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Intimate Enemies (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence
Style: realistic, rough, serious, disturbing, bleak
Plot: military, soldier, atrocity, politics, anti war, basic training, racism, against humanity, state affairs, imperialism, moral dilemma, military life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: algeria, france, europe
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The Tiger Brigades (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The film, set in 1912, is about the exploits of France's first motorized police brigade.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough ...
Plot: anarchist, heist, revolution, opera, politics, gang, terrorism, police officer killed, russian, international relations, police, chases and races ...
Time: 1910s, 70s
Place: france, england, paris france, russia
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The Marquise of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Marie Madeleine Dreux, Marquise of Brinvilliers, was executed in 1676 for poisoning. Manipulated by her lover and having kept the aftereffects of her childhood, she does not hesitate to poison her father and two brothers to recover their inheritance.
Plot: murder, french history, family relations, poison, execution, assassin, trial
Time: 1600s, 17th century
Place: france
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The Death of Louis XIV (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Spain, Portugal
Duration: 115 min.
Story: August 1715. After going for a walk, Louis XIV feels a pain in his leg. The next days, the king keeps fulfilling his duties and obligations, but his sleep is troubled and he has a serious fever. He barely eats and weakens increasingly. This is the ...
Plot: old man, king, old age, king of france, autopsy, french history, death of title character, evisceration, physical disability, deathbed, illness, diet ...
Time: 18th century
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Versailles: The Dream of a King (2008)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Docudrama about the life of Louis XIV nicknamed "the Sun King", the King of France who ran a glamorous court, expanded the borders of France, loved women and parties and built an incredible palace for himself - the Versailles.
Plot: french history, womanizer, king, construction, palace, affair, king of france, reenactment, royal court
Place: versailles
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The French Revolution (1989)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: France, Italy, West Germany, Canada, UK
Duration: 335 min.
Story: A history of the French Revolution from the decision of the king to convene the Etats-Generaux in 1789 in order to deal with France's debt problem. The first part of the movie tells the story from 1789 until August 10, 1792 (when the King Louis ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: french revolution, revolution, war, militant, rebellion, rebelliousness, against the odds, death row, hopes, life is a bitch, state affairs, fight for supremacy ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s
Place: france, europe, versailles, paris france
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The Rise of Louis XIV (1966)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Cardinal Mazarin dies, leaving a power vacuum in which the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, the Superintendant who has been systematically looting the ...
Plot: king of france, king, reading, medicine, money, eating, political prisoner, rise to power, fashion, french history, hunting, police arrest ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: versailles
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Safe Conduct (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Spain
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The film is about the French film industry from 1942 to 1944 during the Nazi occupation. The film focuses on assistant director and resistance fighter Jean Devaivre and screenwriter Jean Aurenche. Aurenche is on the move so that he doesn't have ...
Style: sincere, suspenseful, emotional, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: politics, espionage, survival, human spirit, couples, society, lifestyle, love and romance, escapades, writer's life, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: paris france, france, europe, vichy
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Outside the Law (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: France, Algeria, Belgium, Tunisia, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: After losing their family home in Algeria in the 1920s, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: police brutality, war crime, revenge, political unrest, family relations, military, society, eviction, injustice, politics, battles, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: algeria, france, africa, europe, north africa
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Henri 4 (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, France, Austria, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is a classically entertaining adventure, albeit one ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: royal family, political unrest, leadership, battles, betrayal, military, head of state, monarchy, war, love and romance, rivalry, couples ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, europe
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Danton (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Danton and Robespierre were close friends and fought together in the French Revolution, but by 1793 Robespierre was France's ruler, determined to wipe out opposition with a series of mass executions that became known as the Reign of Terror. ...
Style: talky, epic, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: french revolution, revolution, political unrest, politics, idealism, rebellion, death row, intrigue, workplace intrigue, life is a bitch, holocaust, allies ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1790s, 1930s
Place: france, paris france, poland, europe, spain ...
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