Movies about Emperors

List of the best movies about emperors, selected by visitors to our site: Conquest 1453, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Marie Antoinette, The Last Emperor, Drifters, Gold, The Last Princess, Quackerz, Legend of the Demon Cat, Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield.

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Conquest 1453 (2012)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CharactersProphets, Emperors, Military, Sultans
PlotWar, Political, Death
PlaceTurkey, The Ottoman Empire
StyleExciting, Fascinating, For men, Action, Serious

After the death of his father Murat II, Mehmet II ascends to the Ottoman throne. After braving internal and external enemies, he decides to complete what he was destined to do: Conquer Constantinople.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, China, Germany, Canada
CharactersWizards, Yeti, Emperors, Archaeologists, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Supernatural, Chase, Superpowers, Witchcraft
PlaceChina, Asia, Pyramid, Tomb
StyleExciting, For men, Atmospheric

Archaeologist Rick O'Connell travels to China, pitting him against an emperor from the 2,000-year-old Han dynasty who's returned from the dead to pursue a quest for world domination. This time, O'Connell enlists the help of his wife and son to quash the so-called 'Dragon Emperor' and his abuse of supernatural power.

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, France, Japan
CharactersKings, Emperors
PlotDeath, Youth
PlaceFrance, Paris

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.

The Last Emperor (1987)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryChina, Italy, United Kingdom, France
CharactersTeachers, Emperors, Heroes
PlotOn real events, Political, Divorce, Buddhism
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Serious, Epic

A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.

Drifters (2016)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, cartoon, history, anime
CharactersSamurai, Emperors, Heroes
PlotWar, Fight
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleExciting, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating

Shimazu Toyohisa is a real-life samurai who fought in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. In his dying moments, Shimazu is transported to a world of magic with other famous warriors throughout history. These warriors are forced to fight each other in an endless battle.

Gold (2017)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genredrama, adventure, history
CharactersSoldier, Emperors
PlotWedding, Confrontation, Friendship, Love
PlaceJungle, Spain
StyleAction, Exciting, Fascinating, For men

Spanish soldiers battle indigenous tribes and their own brutal natures as they search for a legendary city built of gold.

The Last Princess (2016)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersSpy, Emperors, Terminally ill
PlotLost memory
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, School, Japan, Korea
StyleSad ones, Psychological problems, Heartbreaking

Under the oppressive Japanese colonial rule, Deok-hye, the last Princess of the declining Joseon Dynasty, is forced to move to Japan. She spends her days missing home, while struggling to maintain dignity as a princess. After a series of failed tries, Deok-hye makes her final attempt to return home with help of her childhood sweetheart, Jang-han.

Quackerz (2016)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genrecomedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CharactersFriends, Emperors
PlaceChina, Islands

Many years ago, on a faraway island, there lived a Sun Duck who protected his flock from evil powers. The Sun Duck had his loyal guardians who made sure the Sun evenly spread its energy on their flourishing land. The bliss continued until an Evil Witch learned of the Sun Duck's superpowers. She seized the guardians and stole the Sun Duck away for the only sake every living woman would understand: eternal youth and mesmerizing beauty. Today, nobody believes in old legends. Mandarin ducks peacefully reside on their island and abide by the law that prescribes "no flying on the island" and "never leave the island". The Emperor is the only one who knows that the legend is true and that the next generation Sun Duck has been born. He keeps it in strict secrecy, but the Witch also knows that the legend is true and she is coming back for her next victim.

Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, melodrama, detective, biography, history
CountryChina, Japan
CharactersDemons, Poets, Emperors, Cats, Lovers
PlotSupernatural, Death, Mystery, Investigation, Mystery
StyleAction, Tense, Fascinating

During the Late Tang Dynasty, a manor is invaded by a demon cat and a sense of unrest befalls the capital of Changan. A poet is charged with investigating the case and meets up with a monk. The two work together and pull apart the thread of clues to reveal a history of truths leading to the events.

Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, history
CharactersSoldier, Emperors
PlotDeath, The escape

An imperial guard searches for the truth behind a conspiracy that framed him and his partners. The proof of his innocence lies with a wanted woman named Bei Zhai... but will she reveal what she knows? In this intense prequel to BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES, the only thing he can truly trust is his sword.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (2018)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, cartoon, military, history, anime
CharactersSoldier, Emperors, Heroes
PlotPower, Rivalry, Slavery
PlaceJapan, Islands
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Serious, Fascinating, Epic

The story follows a group of samurai attempting to defend Japan from the first Mongol invasion in 1274.

League of Gods (2016)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genreaction, fantasy
CountryHong Kong
CharactersSuperhero, Emperors, Heroes, Warriors
PlotMystery, Rivalry, Martial Arts, Magic, Saving the World

During the reign of King Zhou (Tony Leung Ka-fai), an official enters his bedchamber, and is devoured by the monstrous tails of Daji (Fan Bingbing), his concubine. Outside their city, several warriors within a metal wagon discuss their strategies to free the Invisible People and their Chief, when Jiang Ziya (Jet Li) appears to them. He tells them that when King Zhou was younger, he let himself become possessed by the Black Dragon for his quest for power.

Last Knights (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, South Korea
CharactersKnights, Killers, Friends, Emperors, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Revenge, Rivalry, Justice, Fidelity
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, For men, Depressive, Tense, Serious

When an evil emperor executes their leader, his band of knights – bound by duty and honour – embarks on a journey of vengeance that will not come to an end until they've destroyed their mortal foe.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Markimdb: 8
Genrecartoon, anime
PlotMagic, Superpowers, Friendship, Dreams
PlaceJapan, Forest, Asia
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleLight, Touching, Atmospheric, Serious

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Emperor (2012)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, history
CountryJapan, USA
CharactersSoldier, Emperors, Military
PlotOn real events, War, Political, Investigation, Missing people
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleFascinating, Touching, Makes me think, Soulful, Serious

As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

Shaolin (2011)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, drama
CountryHong Kong, China
PlotMartial Arts, Rivalry, Kung Fu
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleExciting, Depressive, Serious, Epic

China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. But the pride comes before a fall. When his own family is wiped out by a rival warlord, Hao is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer, Hao and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlords. They launch a daring plan or rescue and escape.

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (2010)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, comedy, cartoon
CharactersEmperors, Hunters
StyleStar Wars

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, directed by Chris McKay, combines the satirical sensibilities of Green and Matthew Senreich's Robot Chicken with characters of the Star Wars universe.

14 Blades (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryHong Kong, China, Singapore
CharactersEmperors, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Uprising, Rivalry
PlaceChina, Asia, Village
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing, Serious, Epic

Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades; eight being for torture, five for killing, and the last blade reserved for suicide when a mission failed. An elite force of secret agents with a license to kill, the Jinyiwei devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is taken over by evil eunuch Jia (Law Kar Ying), the best of the Jinyiwei, Qinglong (Donnie Yen) is assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. However unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission Qinglong is betrayed and barely escapes with his life. Now as the most wanted man in the land, Qinglong must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to power. In his way are the deadliest assassins in the land, his former brethren, the Jinyiwei.

Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, military
CountryUSA, China
CharactersSoldier, Emperors, Heroes, Military
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleExciting, Serious, Epic

When barbarian hordes threaten her homeland, the brave and cunning Mulan disguises herself as a male soldier to swell the ranks in her aging father's stead. The warrior's remarkable courage drives her through powerful battle scenes and brutal wartime startegy. Mulan loses dear friends to the enemy's blade as she rises to become one of her country's most valuable leaders - but can she win the war before her secret is exposed?

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II (2008)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, comedy, cartoon, short
CharactersAliens, Emperors, Hunters
PlotMartial Arts
StyleStar Wars

Seth Green and Matthew Senreich serve up more hilarious Star Wars-inspired satire in this second compilation of sketches featuring the zany stop-motion animation of Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken." Gary the stormtrooper deals with irascible boss Darth Vader on Take Your Daughter to Work Day, while Anakin babysits a certain up-and-coming Jedi. Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Conan O'Brien and other stars provide voices.