Movies about the 18th century

List of the best movies about the 18th century, selected by visitors to our site: The Favourite, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Belle, The Royal Exchange, Roots, Frontier, The Death of Louis XIV, Love & Friendship, Bajirao Mastani, Casanova.

In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The Favourite (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom, USA
CharactersKings, Lesbians, Maids
PlotPolitical, Jealousy, Love triangle, Rivalry, Cheating
Time18th century

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.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Markimdb: 8.1
CharactersArtists, Lesbians
PlotRelationship, Love
PlaceIslands, Beach
Time18th century
StyleTouching, Depressive, Tense

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.

Belle (2013)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersParents, Slaves
PlotOn real events, Uprising, Slavery
PlaceEngland, Estate, Court
Time18th century
StyleFascinating, Serious

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England

The Royal Exchange (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersDogs, Kings, Princesses, Cats, Gay
PlotWar, Political, Death, Intrigue, Confrontation
PlaceFrance, Spain
Time18th century
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Serious

After many years of confrontation, the treasures of Spain and France are empty. In 1721, the regent of France draws up an ambitious plan to inaugurate an era of peace and prosperity that will heal the economies of both nations: his intention is to build a solid network of marriage alliances that will involve four children of very different ages who know nothing of betrayals and power games…

Roots (2016)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, history
CharactersFamily, Slaves
PlotSlavery, Fear
Time18th century
StyleHeavy, Soulful, Tense, Fascinating, By books

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

Frontier (2016)
Markimdb: 7.2
CharactersIndians, Indians
PlotRivalry, Intrigue
Time18th century
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Tense

The chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in late 18th century Canada. Told from multiple perspectives, Frontier takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.

The Death of Louis XIV (2016)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryFrance, Spain, Portugal
CharactersDogs, Kings, Disabled people, Terminally ill, Old man
PlotDeath, On real events
Time18th century
StyleAction, Touching, Exciting, Disturbing

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 start of the slow agony of the greatest king of France, surrounded by his relatives and doctors.

Love & Friendship (2016)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryRepublic of Ireland, France, Netherlands
PlotDancing, Love, Obsession, Intrigue, Friendship
PlaceEngland, London, Mansions
Time18th century
StyleLight, Cute, Jane Austen Novels, Romantic

From Jane Austen’s novella, the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors of her dalliances and to find husbands for herself and her daughter. Two young men, handsome Reginald DeCourcy and wealthy Sir James Martin, severely complicate her plans.

Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, history
CharactersTigers, Babies, Warriors
PlotOn real events, Love, Friendship
Time18th century
StyleEpic, Touching, Fascinating, Romantic

Peshwa Bajirao married to Kashibai, falls in love with Mastani, a warrior princess in distress. They struggle to make their love triumph amid opposition from his conservative family.

Casanova (2015)
Markimdb: 7.1
Time18th century
StyleTouching, Atmospheric, Serious

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.

Beyond the Mask (2015)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CharactersKillers, Priests
PlotAdventure, War, Freedom, Rivalry, Friendship
PlaceEngland, Village
Time18th century
StyleAction, Exciting, Light, Fascinating

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

A Little Chaos (2014)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotJealousy, Intrigue, Flooding, Friendship
Time18th century
StyleLight, Fascinating, Serious, Beautiful landscapes

A landscape gardener is hired by famous architect Le Nôtre to construct the grand gardens at the palace of Versailles. As the two work on the palace, they find themselves drawn to each other and are thrown into rivalries within the court of King Louis XIV.

The Liberator (2013)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryVenezuela, Spain
CharactersHorses, Heroes, Military
PlotOn real events, War, Uprising, Revolution, Weapon
Time18th century
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Serious, Epic, Action

Bolívar was instrumental in Latin America’s struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians and emancipators in American history. Libertador is told from the viewpoint of Bolívar, portrayed by Ramírez, about his quests and epic military campaigns, which covered twice the territory Alexander the Great conquered, and his vision to unify South America.

The Nun (2013)
Markimdb: 6.4
CountryFrance, Germany, Belgium
CharactersLawyers, Priests, Nuns, Lesbians
Time18th century
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Soulful, Serious, By books

Suzanne Simonin describes her life of suffering in letters. As a young woman she is sent to a convent against her will. Since her parents cannot afford the dowry required for a marriage befitting her rank they decide she must instead become a nun. Although a kind and understanding Mother Superior helps her to learn the convent’s daily routine, Suzanne’s desire for freedom remains unabated. When the Mother Superior dies, Suzanne finds herself faced with reprisals, humiliation and harassment at the hands of the new Abbess and the other Sisters. For many years, Suzanne is subjected to bigotry and religious fanaticism. (

A Royal Affair (2012)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryDenmark, Sweden, Czech Republic
PlotOn real events, Political, Uprising, Revolution, Mental disorders
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.

Farewell, My Queen (2012)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, history
CountryFrance, Spain
CharactersHorses, Kings, Friends, Strong women, Lesbians
PlotDancing, On real events, Love, Revolution, Betrayal
Time18th century

A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the final days of the French Revolution.

The Guillotines (2012)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genreaction, drama
CountryChina, Hong Kong
CharactersSoldier, Hired assassins, Heroes, Military
PlaceChina, Asia
Time18th century
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing, Serious, Fascinating

In the time of the Qing Dynasty, the Emperor Yongzheng created a secret army known as the Guillotines. It was the job of the Guillotines to protect the Emperor by killing anyone who posed a threat to him or his rule. After 348 successful missions to eliminate their target, the 349th assignment proves to be their last.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersPirates, Mermaids, Kings, Priests, Soldier
PlotAdventure, Treasures, Love, Revenge, Expeditions
PlaceUninhabited island, Sea, Ships, Spain, London
Time18th century
StyleDisney, Exciting

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.

Case départ (2011)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure
CharactersFriends, Losers, Partners, Heroes
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Uprising
Time18th century

Two contempo Frenchmen of Antillean descent visit their ancestor's time as well as their land in the slavery-themed French era.

Mozart's Sister (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CharactersTeens, Nuns, Artists
PlotUprising, Life, Family life
Time18th century
StyleTouching, Gloomy, Serious

A re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right.