Movies about the 19th century

Movies about the 19th century
List of the best movies about the 19th century, selected by visitors to our site: Ludwig II, Serf, Ammonite, The Current War, Les Misérables, Measuring the World, Victor Frankenstein, Cezanne and I, Burke & Hare, Aferim!.

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Ludwig II (2012)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryGermany, Austria
CharactersKings, Gay, Psychologists, Princesses
PlotOn real events
Time19th century
StyleFascinating, Serious

A dramatic retelling of the life of Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times. From his accession to the throne at the age of 18 to his passionate support of Richard Wagner and his music. From his ingenuous political commitment to his obsessive construction of extravagant palaces and to his gradual withdrawal into a lonely dream world, an epic narrative of breathtaking grandeur.

Serf (2019)
Markimdb: 6.7
CharactersRich guys and poor girls, Rich, Psychologists, Fathers, Majors
PlaceRussia, Russian Empire
Time19th century
StylePsychological problems

Young major Grisha played in a beautiful life and decided that everything was permissible for him. He has done a lot of things, and now he faces a prison. To correct his son, a desperate oligarch-father goes to extreme measures. Together with his old friend, a psychologist, he comes up with a unique project: the atmosphere of the nineteenth century is being created on the basis of an abandoned village. Grisha gets into a custom-made accident and is allegedly transferred to the past. In fact, a sophisticated psychological experiment is being conducted on him - a spoiled major is turned into the usual servant Grishka, who lives in a stable in the territory of a manor’s estate. He is surrounded by actors whose goal is to change his life and personality. Each of his movements is closely monitored by a team of psychologists using a variety of cameras. Grisha will have to re-learn how to communicate with people, appreciate simple pleasures, work, and also find true love.

Ammonite (2020)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, USA
CharactersLesbians, Scientists
PlotOn real events
Time19th century

In 1840s England, palaeontologist Mary Anning and a young woman sent by her husband to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship. Despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realisation that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

The Current War (2019)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Russia, United Kingdom
CharactersGeniuses, Inventors
PlotFate, Technology, Competitions, Rivalry
TimeFuture, 19th century
StyleInspirational, Smart, Tense, Intellectual, Serious

Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.

Les Misérables (2012)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, musical, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersPolice, Students, Orphans, Poor
PlotLove, Investigation, Revolution, Uprising
Time19th century
StyleFascinating, Tense, Epic, Serious

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.

Measuring the World (2012)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, adventure
CountryGermany, Austria
CharactersMathematicians, Scientists, Inventors
PlotFriendship, Rivalry
Time19th century
StylePsychological problems, By books, Fascinating, Fancy

Germany in the early 19th century. "Die Vermessung der Welt" follows the two brilliant and eccentric scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss on their life paths.

Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Markimdb: 6
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Canada
CharactersMonsters, Mutant, Giants, Police, Scientists
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Obsession, Friendship, Experiments
PlaceEngland, Scotland, Laboratory
Time19th century
StyleSteampunk, Touching, Gothic, Serious, Disturbing

Eccentric scientist Victor Von Frankenstein creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

Cezanne and I (2016)
Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, biography
CountryBelgium, France
CharactersArtists, Friends, Artists
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Art, Success
PlaceParis, France
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fascinating

They loved each other with the ardor of thirteen-year-old boys. Rebellion and curiosity, hopes and doubts, girls and dreams of glory – they shared it all. Paul was rich, Emile poor. They went skinny-dipping, drank absinthe, starved, only to overeat. Sketched models by day, caressed them by night... Now, Paul is a painter and Emile a writer. Glory has passed Paul by. But Emile has it all: fame, money, the perfect wife, whom Paul once loved. They judge each other, admire each other, confront each other. They lose touch, meet up again, like a couple who cannot stop loving each other.

Burke & Hare (2010)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, comedy, crime, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersSerial killers, Friends, Criminals, Partners
PlotOn real events, Death
Time19th century
StyleFancy, Black humor

Two 19th-century opportunists (Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis) become serial killers so that they can maintain their profitable business supplying cadavers to an anatomist (Tom Wilkinson).

Aferim! (2015)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, western, history
CountryRomania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic
CharactersHorses, Gypsies, Slaves
PlotSlavery, Pursuit
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating

Set in early 19th century Wallachia, Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.

Dawn Rider (2012)
Markimdb: 4.9
CharactersHorses, Gangsters, Killers, Cowboys, Thieves
PlotLove, Gambling, Revenge, Fight, Money
PlacePrison, Wild West, USA
Time19th century
StyleHeavy, Serious, Disturbing

A gripping story of vengeance and passion set in the American West. When the father of gunslinger John Mason (Slater) is shot to death by masked bandits, Mason sets out with guns blazing to track down those who killed him. During his quest, he finds himself involved in a grim love triangle when he falls for Alice, the determined and beautiful woman also adored by John’s best friend. Based on the timeless John Wayne adventure, Dawn Rider is a riveting saga of retribution, duty and valor in the American West.

The Devil's Violinist (2013)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryGermany, Italy
CharactersGeniuses, Musicians, Womanizers
PlotPassion, Music, Success
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

The life story of Italian violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century.

Hawaizaada (2015)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genredrama, biography
CharactersInventors, Pilots
PlotLove, On real events
Time19th century
StyleFascinating, Serious

In 1895, Shivkar Bapuji Talpade constructs and flies India's first unmanned plane, despite having the odds stacked against him.

Samurai Marathon (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, history
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
CharactersSamurai, Spy, Archers
PlotChase, Missing people, Rivalry
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

When feudal lord Itakura Katsuakira decides to prepare his samurai troops for the onslaught of modernization by having them compete in a marathon, his independent-minded daughter Yuki secretly joins the race.

Dracula 3D (2012)
Markimdb: 3.6
Genrehorror, thriller, melodrama, drama
CountryItaly, France, Spain
CharactersVampire, Wolves, Dracula, Owls
Time19th century
StyleBy books, Atmospheric, Serious, Disturbing

When Englishman Jonathan Harker visits the exotic castle of Count Dracula, he is entranced by the mysterious aristocrat. But upon learning that the count has sinister designs on his wife, Mina, Harker seeks help from vampire slayer Van Helsing.

The Furnace (2020)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, western, history
Time19th century

To escape the outback, a young Afghan cameleer falls in with a mysterious bushman on the run with stolen Crown gold.

Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends (2014)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, melodrama, drama
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlaceJapan, Asia
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense, For men, By manga

Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.

Hysteria (2011)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
PlotOn real events
PlaceCourt, England, Hospitals, London
Time19th century

Two doctors in Victorian England use manual stimulation of female genitalia to cure their patients' ills, leading to the invention of the vibrator.

10 Days in a Madhouse (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
PlotOn real events, Undercover
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, USA, New York
Time19th century
StyleAction, By books, Depressive, Serious

Nellie Bly, a 23 year-old reporter for Joseph Pulitzer, goes undercover in the notorious Blackwell's Island women's insane asylum in order to expose corruption, abuse and murder.

The Lone Ranger (2013)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, western
CharactersHorses, Indians, Gangsters, Cowboys, Cannibals
PlotAdventure, Revenge, Chase
PlaceWild West, Trains, Mountains, Texas, USA
Time19th century

The Texas Rangers chase down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish, but the gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.