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 serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, tense and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with french history, politics, king, female nudity, society, murder, death, royal family, nudity (full frontal - brief) and state affairs plots mostly in History, Drama and War genres shot in France, Belgium, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as french history: The Queen and the Cardinal (2009), Marie Antoinette (2006), The Princess of Montpensier (2010), Queen Margot (1994), The Death of Louis XIV (2016), One Nation, One King (2018), De Gaulle (2020), The Emperor of Paris (2018), Versailles (2015), An Officer and a Spy (2019).

List of french history movies

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, secret love, kingdom, royalty, louvre, female nudity
Time: 17th century
Place: france, paris france
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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, princess, royal family, palaces castles and temples, royal court, french revolution, female protagonist, state affairs, french, siblings relations ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
Place: france, versailles, paris france, vienna, europe ...
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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, stylized, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: forbidden love, unfaithful wife, royal court, love affair, french history, princess, aristocracy, society, jealous husband, passion, forced marriage, royal family ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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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, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: politics, french history, forbidden love, nudity (full frontal - brief), royal family, incest, political intrigue, royalty, massacre, intrigue, romance, murder ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, renaissance
Place: france, paris france, europe, spain, england ...
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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 ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, touching, exciting, tense
Plot: king of france, french history, old man, death of king, disability, terminal illness, medicine, death of title character, dying, king, old age, diet ...
Time: 18th century
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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, martial law, arrest, execution, interrogation, poverty, feminism, female nudity, tree ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, paris france, versailles
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De Gaulle (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Paris, June 1940. The de Gaulle couple is confronted with the military and political collapse of France. Charles de Gaulle joins London while Yvonne, his wife, finds herself with her three children on the road of the exodus.
Style: captivating, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: french history, husband wife relationship, world war two, telephone conversation, mentally challenged, politician, politics, political unrest, political leader, world politics, reading a letter, playing piano ...
Time: 1940s
Place: france, paris france, london
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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: king of france, french history, reenactment, construction, king, womanizer, palace, affair, royal court
Place: versailles
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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: captivating, atmospheric, based on true events, witty, serious ...
Plot: napoleonic wars, criminal underworld, historical figure, master criminal, criminal gang, prison escape, police, french history, criminal, baroness, prison, chief of police ...
Time: 19th century
Place: paris france, france
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Versailles (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a young Louis XIV on his journey to become the most powerful monarch in Europe, from his battles with the fronde through his development into the Sun King. Historical and fictional characters guide us in a world of betrayal and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, stylized, intellectual ...
Plot: royal court, king, royal family, intrigue, betrayal, rivalry, ambition, palaces castles and temples, state affairs, political intrigue, graphic violence, rise to the top ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, versailles
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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, psychological, disturbing, captivating
Plot: lawyer, duel, spy, arrest, manipulation, courtroom, police investigation, dishonesty, society, frame up, french history, trial ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: france, paris france
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The Accursed Kings (1972)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 616 min.
TV show
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, king, court intrigue, murder, heir to the throne, royal family, execution, royalty, medieval, palace intrigue
Time: 14th century
Place: paris france, 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: realistic, serious, offbeat, psychotronic
Plot: descendant, french history, prostitute, dangerous animal, supernatural, deadly, gays and lesbians, danger, imaginary, couples, religions or cults, chaos and mayhem ...
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, court, teenage boy, irreverence, prime minister, betrayal, battle, male nudity, female nudity, politics, talking to the camera, corporal punishment ...
Time: 17th century
Place: 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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: king of france, ballet, intrigue, love triangle, tragic love, infidelity, love and romance, rise and fall, prodigy, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, performer's life ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, europe, versailles
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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, suspense, enigmatic, suspenseful, semi documentary
Plot: nazi occupation, nazism, louvre, museum, art, painting, art museum, architecture, world war two, fear, portrait painting, evacuation ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1914, year 1918, year 1939 ...
Place: paris france, st. petersburg russia, russia, germany, vichy ...
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The Advocate (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: France, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Bizarre black comedy about 15th-century Paris lawyer Richard Courtois (Firth) who decides to ply his trade in the country, only to find things stranger than he can imagine. His first case turns out to be defending a pig that's accused of ...
Style: tense, realistic, enigmatic, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: courtroom drama, murder, investigation, crime, legal action, french countryside, disorder, legal, society, murder mystery, crimes, pig ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: france, europe, paris france, london, england
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Good King Dagobert (1963)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Mr. Pelletan's rascal son Bébert son got another F for playing in class. His punishment is an essay on the Merovingian king Dagobert. All they know is he had eight wives and reunited Francia. The ignorant knave's irreverent imagination ...
Plot: polygamy, anachronism, female spy, french history, parody, sword fight, punishment, brother vs brother, middle aged, kingdom, pope, disciple ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: france
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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, captivating, serious, scenic, thought provoking
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: king of france, child bride, princess, gay, union, intrigue, engagement, reconciliation, marriage engagement, monarchy, arranged marriage, palace intrigue ...
Time: 18th century
Place: versailles, spain, france
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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: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: french revolution, revolution, militant, rebellion, downfall, against the odds, royal family, rebelliousness, political unrest, death row, injustice, fight for supremacy ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s
Place: europe, france, versailles, paris france
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15 Minutes of War (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: February 1976. Somalian rebels hijack a school bus carrying 21 French children and their teacher in Djibouti City. When the terrorists drive it to a no-man’s-land on the border between Somalia and French territory, the French Government sends out ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: sniper, hostage, french foreign legion, terrorist group, hostages, kids in trouble, danger, border, shooting, terrorist, school bus, terrorism ...
Time: year 1976, 70s
Place: somalia
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The Favourite (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Style: factual, based on true events, emotional, melancholic, cynical ...
Plot: lesbian, rivalry, queen, ambitious woman, aristocracy, lgbt, british history, rise and fall, period piece, queen of england, duchess, royal court ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: britain, england
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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, feel good, humorous, light
Audience: family outing
Plot: time travel, french revolution, escape, prison, castle, adventure, escapades, love and romance, marquis, cheating wife, girl, racism ...
Time: 1940s, 1790s, 18th century, 12th century
Place: france, paris 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: serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, gestapo, police officer, resistance, crimes, dishonesty, crime, obsessive quest, wartime life, on the run, criminal heroes, politics ...
Time: 20th century, year 1940, year 1944, 1940s, year 1945 ...
Place: paris france
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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, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, nazism, concentration camp, nazi germany, against humanity, genocide, injustice, occupation, society, danger, confined, survival ...
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: captivating, epic, rough, factual, realistic ...
Plot: battles, joan of arc, politics, religion, siege, war, heroic mission, courage, rise and fall, betrayal, god, rape ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: france, england, europe, paris france, 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, disturbing, serious, bleak
Plot: military, soldier, atrocity, politics, anti war, racism, basic training, moral dilemma, political unrest, military life, imperialism, danger ...
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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Plot: anarchist, revolution, heist, opera, politics, gang, terrorism, russian, police officer killed, international relations, police, love affair ...
Time: 1910s, 70s
Place: france, england, russia, paris france
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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, soldier, politics, eviction, battles, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: algeria, france, europe, africa, north africa
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The Assault (2010)
Genre: Action, History, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Saturday 24th December 1994. Four GIA terrorists hijack an Air France A300 Airbus at the Algiers airport. The Airbus, bound for Paris, has 227 passengers on board. No one knows exactly what the terrorists’ intentions are, just that they are armed ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorist, swat team, hostage, hijacking, airplane, danger, law enforcement, military, confined, deadly, negotiation, hijacker ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1994, 1990s
Place: algeria, france, europe
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