Movies about the 18th century

Movies about the 18th century
List of the best movies about the 18th century, selected by visitors to our site: The Favourite, The Duchess, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Seventh Son, Roots, Casanova, Hamilton, Aladdin.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Genre
Country
The Favourite (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, USA
Duration01:55

England, early 18th century. The close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite.

The Duchess (2008)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Italy, France, USA
Duration01:45

A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration02:02

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, an artist is commissioned to paint a young woman's wedding portrait.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, drama, crime
CountryGermany, France, Spain, USA
Duration02:27

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, fantasy, melodrama, adventure
CountryTaiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
Duration02:21

A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.

Seventh Son (2014)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrefantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Canada, China
Duration01:42

John Gregory, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and also the local spook, has protected the country from witches, boggarts, ghouls and all manner of things that go bump in the night. However John is not young anymore, and has been seeking an apprentice to carry on his trade. Most have failed to survive. The last hope is a young farmer's son named Thomas Ward. Will he survive the training to become the spook that so many others couldn't?

Roots (2016)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:42

An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave, Kunta Kinte sold to America and his descendants.

Casanova (2015)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:28

Exiled from his beloved Venice, Giacomo Casanova flees to Paris at the dawn of the Enlightenment in hopes of putting his reputation as a playboy behind him. But old habits die hard, and temptation is everywhere as Casanova finds a wealth of new opportunity and trouble.

Hamilton (2020)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, musical, biography, history
CountryUSA

Presenting the tale of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, this filmed version of the original Broadway smash hit is the story of America then, told by America now.

Aladdin (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, melodrama, musical, adventure, family
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Australia
Duration02:24

A kindhearted street urchin named Aladdin embarks on a magical adventure after finding a lamp that releases a wisecracking genie while a power-hungry Grand Vizier vies for the same lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

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The Scarlet Empress (1934)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:44

During the 18th century, German noblewoman Sophia Frederica, who would later become Catherine the Great, travels to Moscow to marry the dimwitted Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Their arranged marriage proves to be loveless, and Catherine takes many lovers, including the handsome Count Alexei, and bears a son. When the unstable Peter eventually ascends to the throne, Catherine plots to oust him from power.

Immortal Beloved (1994)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:01

The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved and the movie tries to find out who this beloved was. Not easy as Beethoven has had many women in his life.

Longitude (2000)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA

Parallel stories: 18th century Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea; 20th century Gould is obsessed with restoring it.

I Sell the Dead (2008)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, short
CountryUSA
Duration01:25

18th century justice catches up with a pair of grave robbers. With only a few hours to go before his date with the guillotine, Arthur Blake (Monaghan) tells his life story to Father Francis Duffy (Ron Perlman). Before long, Arthur spills the beans on how he got started in the grim corpse peddling business with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, detective
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:45

New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.

Beyond the Mask (2015)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:25

A former assassin tries to redeem himself by becoming a masked highwayman in Colonial America.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:16

Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past, and he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

Unconquered (1947)
Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, western, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:26

England, 1763. After being convicted of a crime, the young and beautiful Abigail Hale agrees, to escape the gallows, to serve fourteen years as a slave in the colony of Virginia, whose inhabitants begin to hear and fear the sinister song of the threatening drums of war that resound in the wild Ohio valley.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:18

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship's thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

History of the World: Part I (1981)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:32

An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:16

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.

Catherine the Great (1996)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Austria
Duration01:40

Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to the immature future Czar, a young German Princess proves a skillful political infighter and rises to become Catherine the Great.

The Patriot (1928)
Mark
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUSA

In 18th-Century Russia, the Czar, Paul, is surrounded by murderous plots and trusts only Count Pahlen. Pahlen wishes to protect his friend, the mad king, but because of the horror of the king's acts, he feels that he must remove him from the throne.

Casanova (2005)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:52

With a reputation for seducing members of the opposite sex, regardless of their marital status, a notorious womanizer discovers a beauty who seems impervious to his charms. However, as he continues to pursue the indifferent lady, he finds himself falling in love.

Bedlam (1946)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryUSA

London, 1761. St. Mary's of Bethlehem, a sinister madhouse, is visited by wealthy people who enjoy watching the patients confined there as if they were caged animals. Nell Bowen, one of the visitors, is horrified by the deplorable living conditions of the unfortunate inhabitants of this godforsaken place, better known as Bedlam.

Amadeus (1984)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Romania

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri. Resenting Mozart for both his hedonistic lifestyle and his undeniable talent, the highly religious Salieri is gradually consumed by his jealousy and becomes obsessed with Mozart's downfall, leading to a devious scheme that has dire consequences for both men.

The Age of Innocence (1993)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:19

Tale of 19th century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, western, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:44

Albany, New York, 1776. After marrying, Gil and Lana travel north to settle on a small farm in the Mohawk River Valley, but soon their growing prosperity and happiness are threatened by the sinister sound of drums that announce dark times of revolution and war.

That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:00

The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantasy, adventure, family
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA

Doctor Gulliver is poor, so nothing - not even his charming fiancée Elisabeth - keeps him in the town he lives. He signs on to a ship to India, but in a storm he's washed off the ship and ends up on an island, which is inhibitated by very tiny people. After he managed to convince them he's harmless and is accepted as one of their citizens, their king wants to use him in war against a people of giants. Compared to them, even Gulliver is a gnome.




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