Historical character movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant historical character movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, political, captivating, epic and stylized films and TV shows about / with historical character, politics, state affairs, intrigue, betrayal, medieval, society, family relations, father son relationship and woman plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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historical character movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as historical character: Rome (2005), The Borgias (2011), The Tudors (2007), Marie Antoinette (2006), Reign (2013), The Queen (2006), A Dangerous Method (2011), Elizabeth (1998), Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), Borgia (2011).

List of historical character movies

 8.7
 172K
Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Style: exciting, epic, sexual, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: roman empire, ancient rome, ancient history, emperor, historical character, intrigue, power struggle, warrior, rivalry, betrayal, female nudity, incest ...
Time: 1st century b.c., 1st century, ancient times
Place: rome italy, italy, ancient greece, europe, alexandria egypt ...
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 7.9
 52K
The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth ...
Style: serious, clever, captivating, epic, realistic ...
Plot: intrigue, historical character, rivalry, siblings relations, sex scene, brother sister incest, ambition, lust, greed, clergy, sin, corruption ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
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 8.1
 75K
The Tudors (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Tudors is a history-based drama series following the young, vibrant King Henry VIII, a competitive and lustful monarch who navigates the intrigues of the English court and the human heart with equal vigor and justifiable suspicion.
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, realistic, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: intrigue, tudors, historical character, power struggle, royalty, king, love triangle, royal family, heir, queen, couple relations, sex scene ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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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: factual, colourful, melancholic, realistic, visually appealing ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: historical character, french revolution, queen, princess, royal court, french history, royal family, french, fashion, aristocracy, coming of age, art ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, victorian era, 1780s, 1770s
Place: france, versailles, europe, tokyo, austria ...
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 7.4
 50K
Reign (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.
Style: sexy, stylized, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: royal family, female protagonist, queen, intrigue, royal court, aristocracy, rivalry, state affairs, love triangle, power struggle, throne, ruler ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, scotland, europe
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 7.3
 112K
The Queen (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal ...
Style: political, factual, emotional, compassionate, thought provoking ...
Plot: british royal family, royal family, historical character, head of state, queen, royalty, queen of england, queen elizabeth ii, politics, monarchy, etiquette, british ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1997
Place: england, buckingham palace, scotland, london, britain ...
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A Dangerous Method (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s ...
Style: psychological, philosophical, sexy, thought provoking, sexual ...
Plot: psychiatrist, mental illness, psychology, historical character, introspection, psychoanalysis, psychologist, mentally unstable, infidelity, insanity, sexual perversion, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era, 1930s, 1910s, year 1912
Place: switzerland, europe, zurich switzerland, austria, vienna ...
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 7.4
 100K
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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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: True story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling, dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Armed ...
Style: touching, suspenseful, sincere, tense, emotional ...
Plot: nazism, world war two, resistance, politics, death sentence, nazi germany, historical character, nazi, gestapo, lawyer, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, berlin germany, east germany, munich germany ...
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 7.8
 7K
Borgia (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
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: family saga, realistic, captivating, rough, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: renaissance, european history, political intrigue, church, italian history, brother sister sex, historical character, leonardo da vinci, power struggle, ambition, politics, clergy ...
Time: middle ages, 16th century, 15th century
Place: rome italy, italy, vatican, naples italy, europe ...
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 8.5
 531K
Vikings (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless ...
Style: atmospheric, heroic, captivating, exciting, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: viking, battles, king, warrior, adventure, legends and myths, norse mythology, historical character, leader, sword and shield, war, adventurer ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century, 7th century, 8th century
Place: scandinavia, europe, iceland
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 7.1
 70K
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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Da Vinci's Demons (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, exciting, intellectual, witty, serious ...
Plot: leonardo da vinci, adventure, prodigy, renaissance, inventor, sex scene, talented, escapades, shrewd, unconventional method, lust, visionary ...
Time: 15th century, future
Place: italy, europe, florence, rome italy, ottoman empire ...
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Catherine the Great (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: This four-part historical drama follows the end of Catherine the Great's reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.
Style: realistic, captivating, stylized, disturbing, colourful
Plot: russian history, palace intrigue, historical character, imperial russia, empress, power struggle, state affairs, lovers, female protagonist, intrigue, politics, rise to the top ...
Time: 18th century
Place: ottoman empire, russia
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 218 min.
Story: The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological ...
Style: epic, visually appealing, factual, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, world war one, adventure, war, military, imperialism, historical character, british empire, politics, camel, islam, train ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, ottoman empire, arabia, africa ...
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, uplifting, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: british royal family, world war two, british history, stuttering, royal family, disability, unlikely friendships, historical character, king of england, politics, husband wife relationship, british monarchy ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 50s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, london, europe, buckingham palace ...
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 7.1
 4K
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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Dirilis: Ertugrul (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Ertuğrul Bey and the Knights Templar in the 13th century Alba and step and step with the struggle against brutal Mongols depicts the process of establishing the Ottoman principality.
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, brutal, stylized ...
Plot: historical character, betrayal, rivalry, adventure, military coup, life & death, heroes, father son relationship, war, vengeance, turkish history, culture clash ...
Time: 14th century, 13th century
Place: turkey
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The Empress of China (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Based on events in 7th and 8th-century Tang dynasty and starring producer Fan Bingbing as the titular character Wu Zetian, The Empress of China is the story of the only woman in Chinese history to rule as an emperor.
Style: cynical, romantic, captivating, touching, sentimental
Plot: chinese emperor, palace intrigue, empress, intrigue, betrayal, historical character, palace, historical figure, harem, female protagonist, strong female lead, heir to the throne ...
Time: 7th century, prehistoric times
Place: ancient china, china
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 7.2
 116K
The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: touching, emotional, bad ending, political, inspirational ...
Audience: date night
Plot: civil rights, racism, butler, u.s. president, black history, prejudice, president, injustice, white house, father son relationship, justice, civil rights movement ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, year 1957 ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, cuba, south africa, tennessee ...
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The Great Battle (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Kingdom of Goguryeo, ancient Korea, 645. The ruthless Emperor Taizong of Tang invades the country and leads his armies towards the capital, achieving one victory after another, but on his way is the stronghold of Ansi, protected by General Yang ...
Style: exciting, tense, intense, epic
Plot: siege, conquering, fortress, tang dynasty, historical character, ancient korea, korean history, medieval, battles, tactics, army general, courage ...
Time: 7th century
Place: south korea, korea
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The Conspirator (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Style: factual, political, emotional, suspense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, civil war, lawyer, court, historical character, president, assassination, politics, death sentence, american civil war, courtroom, tragedy ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, year 1865, 1860s
Place: usa, england, washington d.c., california
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House of Saddam (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 232 min.
TV show
Story: A mini-series that explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his closest advisers.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, clever, political ...
Plot: saddam hussein, politics, dictatorship, execution, megalomaniac, historical character, treason, political unrest, rivalry, totalitarianism, ruler, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: middle east, iraq, iran
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 8.1
 2K
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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 8.5
 33K
John Adams (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
TV show
Story: The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
Style: atmospheric, political, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: american history, politics, president, lawyer, colonial america, american revolution, historical character, true love, first lady, father son relationship, head of state, state affairs ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, 1770s
Place: usa, massachusetts, paris france, france, pennsylvania ...
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 7.3
 161K
Invictus (2009)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: inspirational, uplifting, political, touching, feel good ...
Plot: racism, human spirit, sport, president, apartheid, leadership, politics, rugby, idealism, life philosophy, historical character, underdog ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, new jersey, johannesburg south africa, cape town south africa ...
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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire is a 2006 BBC One docudrama series, with each episode looking at a different key turning point in the history of the Roman Empire.
Style: captivating, realistic, epic, serious, educational
Plot: roman empire, ancient rome, emperor, historical character, politics, religions or cults, roma, dishonesty, rise and fall, head of state, political unrest, state affairs ...
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
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The World Wars (2014)
Genre: Documentary, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: The World Wars tells the story of three decades of war told through the eyes of various men who were its key players: Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, Mussolini, Churchill, Tojo, DeGaulle and MacArthur. The documentary examines the two wars as one ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, disturbing
Plot: soldier, world war two, world war one, war, infantrymen, historical character, politics, military, state affairs, leadership, nazism, totalitarianism ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: europe, usa
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 6.3
 169K
King Arthur (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the Roman-British military commander, ...
Style: epic, exciting, entertaining, intense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: king arthur, medieval, knight, battles, sword fight, arthurian legend, swords and armor, king, adventure, folk hero, freedom, military ...
Time: middle ages, 5th century, 18th century
Place: scotland, england, rome italy, london, britain ...
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Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 130 min.
TV show
Story: A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: hitler, world war two, nazism, against humanity, racism, political unrest, nazi, fascism, dictatorship, politics, historical character, ruler ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: germany, europe, austria
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