Movies about the 16th century

Movies about the 16th century
List of the best movies about the 16th century, selected by visitors to our site: Mary Queen of Scots, The Other Boleyn Girl, Jane Eyre, Dangerous Beauty, Tale of Tales, A Tale of Two Coreys, Gold, The Adventures of Philibert, Captain Virgin, The King, Henri 4.

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Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:04
CharactersKings, Gay, Strong women, Sisters
PlotPolitical, Betrayal, Intrigue, Rivalry
PlaceEngland, Scotland
TimeMiddle Ages, 16th century
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Depressive, Serious, Womens in main roles

In 1561, Mary Stuart, widow of the King of France, returns to Scotland, reclaims her rightful throne and menaces the future of Queen Elizabeth I as ruler of England, because she has a legitimate claim to the English throne. Betrayals, rebellions, conspiracies and their own life choices imperil both Queens. They experience the bitter cost of power, until their tragic fate is finally fulfilled.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:50
CharactersKings, Family, Sisters, Lovers
PlotLove, Passion, Death, Mental disorders, Love triangle
PlaceEngland
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:00
CharactersOrphans
PlotLove, Relationship, Love triangle, Mystery
PlaceEngland, Estate
StyleRomantic, By books, Jane Austen Novels, Atmospheric, Fascinating

After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever?

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersCourtesans
PlotUprising, False accusations
PlaceItaly, Venice
Time16th century
StyleSmart, Serious

Veronica is brilliant, gifted and beautiful, but the handsome aristocrat she loves, Marco Venier, cannot marry her because she is penniless and of questionable family. So Veronica's mother, Paola, teaches her to become a courtesan, one of the exotic companions favored by the richest and most powerful Venetian men. Veronica courageously uses her charms to change destiny -- and to give herself a chance at true love.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrehorror, fantasy, drama
CountryItaly, France, United Kingdom
Duration02:17
CharactersWitch, Kings, Monsters, Dragons, Bears
PlotLove, Adventure, Magic, Passion, Obsession
PlaceFantastic worlds, Italy, Castle
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Creepy, Beautiful landscapes

From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersKings, Celebrities
PlotOn real events
PlaceEngland
Time16th century

The story of teen heartthrobs Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, whose lives were forever changed by the glitz, glamour, and the darker side of show business.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, history
CountryRussia, Italy
Duration01:31
CharactersKillers, Artists
PlotWar, On real events, Abduction
PlaceItaly
StyleFascinating, Serious

When gold is discovered in a remote location, a variety of different groups descend on the spot to stake their claims, resulting in a spate of brutal violence.

Markimdb: 5
Genrecomedy, adventure
CountryFrance, Czech Republic
Duration01:42
CharactersHeroes, Losers
PlotAdventure, Revenge, Rivalry
PlaceFrance
Time16th century
StyleTo cry, Fancy

Philibert, a robust lad and eldest son of an artichoke farmer, stands out from the other boys in the village. Idealistic and ingenuous, he foresees for himself a glorious future in artichokes and is saving his virginity for an as-yet-unknown woman chosen for him by God. Before he dies, his father tells him that he isn't his real parent. Philibert's real father was a gentleman murdered in the most cowardly way by a man from Burgundy who is recognisable by a rose-shaped strawberry birthmark on his neck. With a pouch full of ideals and artichokes, Philibert leaves his village and gallops towards Burgundy, accompanied by Martin, his rather deceitful manservant. Philibert's courage, kindness, physical and moral purity will thus be severely tested when faced with the baseness and venality of villains and the temptation of women each more lustful than the last.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Hungary, USA, Australia
Duration01:59
CharactersKings, Horses, Knights, Friends, Princesses
PlotLove, War, On real events, Political, Power
PlaceEngland, France
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleUnexpected ending, Heavy, Tense, Depressive

England, 15th century. Hal, a capricious prince who lives among the populace far from court, is forced by circumstances to reluctantly accept the throne and become Henry V.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, history
CountryGermany, France, Austria, Spain
Duration01:30
CharactersHeroes, Military
PlotPolitical
PlaceFrance
TimeMiddle Ages, 16th century
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

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 with more than a little bloodshed and frequent bawdy sexual interludes. In late 16th-century France, Catholics and Protestant Huguenots were at war. Seemingly seeking peace, the French dowager queen, Catherine de Medici summons Henry to her court to have him marry her daughter, uniting the two warring factions. However, the Catholics slaughter the Protestant wedding guests in what became known as the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre and Henry-now married-must use all his guile to both stay alive and maneuver for the throne. [Written by Palm Springs International Film Festival]

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, adventure, history
CountryGermany
Duration02:30
CharactersKnights, Doctors, Surgeons, Orphans
PlotSurvival, Adventure
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Heavy, Intellectual, Serious

The story of Rob Cole, a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study medicine under the great Ibn Sina. Through countless ordeals and challenges, and making many sacrifices along the way, he struggles on unwaveringly. His unflagging quest for knowledge leads to the blossoming of friendship and true love.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, history
CountryUSA, Malta, United Kingdom
Duration02:43
CharactersKings, Heroes, Warriors
PlotWar, Jealousy, Mythology, Sword Battles
PlaceGreece, Sparta
StyleExciting, Heavy, Epic

In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was taken by the Trojans, he asks his brother Agamemnom to help him get her back. Agamemnon sees this as an opportunity for power. So they set off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. With the help of Achilles, the Greeks are able to fight the never before defeated Trojans.

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Genreaction, military, biography, history
CountryIndia
CharactersWarriors
PlaceIndia

‘Marakkar Lion of the Arabian Sea’ portrays the courageous life-events of a rebellious naval chief, Kunjali Marakkar the fourth, who fought against the Portuguese in the ancient times. He was the fourth naval chief of the Calicut Zamorin. The film revolves around him who was also the first Indian Naval Commander and Indian freedom fighter for the war against the Portuguese. He is said to have won 16 such battles with his impeccable strategies and fighting skills.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryWest Germany, Mexico, Peru
Duration01:33
CharactersMilitary, Amazons, Soldier
PlotAdventure, Travel, Slavery, Obsession, Expeditions
PlaceJungle
TimeMiddle Ages, 16th century
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Depressive, Serious

A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirre, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction?

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, drama, military
CountryJapan

In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro and Tobei sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage's warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro's pursuit of both riches and the mysterious Lady Wakasa, as well as Tobei's desire to become a samurai, run the risk of destroying both themselves and their wives, Miyagi and Ohama.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, USA
Duration02:10
CharactersWriters, Poets
PlotPolitical, Intrigue, Inheritance, Conspiracies, Uprising
PlaceEngland
Time16th century
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, the story advances the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrecomedy, drama, military, history
CountryLuxembourg, Spain
Duration01:57
CharactersKings, Knights, Thieves, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Friendship, Double life
PlaceEngland
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

The culmination of Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero, Sir John Falstaff; the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, history
CountryFrance, Germany
Duration02:02
CharactersHorses, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Revenge, Revolution, Justice, Uprising
PlaceFrance
Time16th century
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Serious

In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy and prosperous family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, this pious, upstanding man raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:03
CharactersGeniuses, Writers, Psychiatrists, Actors
PlotJealousy, Cheating
PlaceEngland
Time16th century

Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryFrance, Germany
Duration02:19
PlotLove, Passion, Love triangle
PlaceFrance
TimeMiddle Ages, 16th century
StyleSerious

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 Prince of Montpensier.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:57
CharactersKings, Horses, Knights
PlotWar, On real events, Conspiracies, Uprising
PlaceEngland, Castle, Scotland
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Tense

Forced into exile by the English after being crowned King of Scotland, legendary warrior Robert the Bruce fights to reclaim the throne.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, fantasy, drama, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Australia
Duration02:34
CharactersWitch, Kings, Knights, Warriors, Wizards
PlotMagic, Fate, Uprising
PlaceForest, England
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleTense, Epic

When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern, Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword Excalibur from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy... whether he likes it or not.

Markimdb: 8.8
Genrecomedy, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFamily, Military, Inventors
PlotPolitical, Rivalry
TimeMiddle Ages, World War II, 18th century, 16th century
StyleFancy

Based on the best-selling children's books and liberally splattered with guts, blood and poo, a group of British comedians offer an anarchic and unconventional take on some of history's most gruesome and funny moments, with topics including the Stone Age, the Middle Ages, the Egyptians and the Romans, among others.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, musical, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:38
CharactersPolice, Students, Orphans, Poor
PlotLove, Investigation, Revolution, Uprising
PlaceFrance
Time19th century
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense, Epic

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

Duration03:22
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Martial Arts, Fear
PlaceVillage, Japan
Time16th century
StyleEpic, Serious

A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, USA
Duration02:04
PlotPolitical, Betrayal, Uprising
PlaceEngland
Time16th century
StyleEpic

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.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersKings, Friends, Mothers, Nephews
PlotLove, Revenge, Passion, Relationship, Betrayal
PlaceNature, Castle
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Inspirational

Ophelia comes of age as lady-in-waiting for Queen Gertrude, and her singular spirit captures Hamlet's affections. As lust and betrayal threaten the kingdom, Ophelia finds herself trapped between true love and controlling her own destiny.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Italy
Duration02:13
PlotLove, Friendship, True love
PlaceItaly

Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young lovers defy their destiny and elope, only to suffer the ultimate tragedy.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryDenmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany
Duration02:17
CharactersKings
PlotOn real events, Revolution, Mental disorders, Love triangle, Political
Time18th century
StyleFascinating, For single girls

A young queen falls in love with her physician, and they start a revolution that changes their nation forever.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
Duration01:40
CharactersWitch, Kings, Knights
PlotRivalry
PlaceEngland, Scotland
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Tense, Touching, Depressive

Feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.





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