10 very beautiful films about kings and queens

1. Henry V: Battle of Agincourt

Henry V

  • UK, 1989
  • Action, drama, melodrama, military, biography, history.
  • Duration: 137 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.5.
Frame from the film “Henry V: The Battle of Agincourt”

The young king of England, Henry V, invades France to take the throne and marry Princess Catherine de Valois. As the conquest of foreign lands, Henry’s army thins out. But the determination of the king helps him lead people to a bloody battle – the battle of Agincourt.

This film is an adaptation of William Shakespeare ‘s play “Henry V”, directed by Kenneth Branagh. He is also involved as the lead actor. It is noteworthy that even after Henry V, Branagh created film versions of the works of the great playwright. His filmography includes the comedy Much Ado About Nothing and the tragedy Hamlet.

2. Elizabeth

Elizabeth

  • UK, 1998
  • Drama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 124 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.4.
Shot from the film “Elizabeth”

Protestant Elizabeth Tudor becomes Queen of England in 1558. Some of the advisers around her support the ruler, while others are plotting to strengthen Catholicism in the country. Young and inexperienced, she must deal with the unrest in her native country and protect it from the threat from Spain and France.

The lead role was played by Australian Cate Blanchett . Her game was noted by the Golden Globe and BAFTA, giving the actress an award in the Best Actress nomination. The film has a sequel – the picture “Golden Age”.

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3. Queen

The Queen

  • UK, USA, France, Italy, 2006.
  • Drama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 103 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.
Shot from the film “Queen”

The Queen and her family decide not to publicly mourn the death of Princess Diana. However, neither the public nor the media agree with this decision. Prime Minister Tony Blair understands that this will adversely affect the image of the Queen. And he’s trying to get her to give a public speech about Diana’s death.

The Queen in this film was played by Helen Mirren. She did it so amazingly that Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA awarded her as best actress. The last film award also marked the tape as the best film of the year.

4. Duchess

The Duchess

  • UK, Italy, France, USA, 2008.
  • Drama, melodrama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 105 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.9.
Shot from the film “The Duchess”

Georgiana Spencer married the Duke of Devonshire. However, her marriage turned out to be torture, because the duke is a traitor and a cynic. The only thing he needs from his wife is the birth of an heir. The Duke starts a relationship with Georgiana’s best friend and does not put her wife in anything. But even this does not prevent her from becoming an influential and prominent person in society.

The picture is distinguished not only by excellent acting work (the main characters were played by Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes), but also by the artistic design. The Duchess won Best Costume Design from the Oscars and BAFTAs.

The film is based on the events described by Amanda Foreman in her biography Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. It is noteworthy that the writer created a work based on her doctoral dissertation.

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5. King

  • Russia, 2009
  • Drama, history.
  • Duration: 119 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.8.
Shot from the film “Tsar”

Russia, XVI century. At the head of a country engulfed in chaos is Ivan the Terrible. Metropolitan Philip, a close friend of the king, is trying to speak out against the cruelty of the ruler. And for this he is ready to sacrifice even his life.

A heavy and deep picture was taken by Pavel Lungin. Oleg Yankovsky and Pyotr Mamonov are involved in the main roles. With the latter, Lungin has already worked on the poignant film “The Island”. As the director himself admits, just at that time he got the idea to make a film about Ivan the Terrible – and it was with Mamonov in the role of the sovereign.

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6. Young Victoria

The Young Victoria

  • UK, USA, 2009.
  • Drama, melodrama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 105 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

Princess Victoria is the young heir to the throne. Pursuing their own interests, the mother and uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium, put pressure on the future queen. He sends his younger nephew Prince Albert to the princess to win her favor. However, real feelings flare up between Victoria and Albert. Thanks to the support of her lover, Victoria paves her way to undivided power and personal freedom.

The costumes corresponding to the era deserve special attention in this film. Each dress of the princess, played by the beautiful Emily Blunt, was insured for 10 thousand pounds. And one outfit was an exact copy of its prototype at all – this is Victoria’s dress, worn by her during her first meeting with the council.

7. Royal romance

En kongelig affare

  • Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, 2012.
  • Drama, melodrama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 137 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.5.
Frame from the film “Royal Romance”

British Princess Caroline is engaged to King Christian VII of Denmark. She is unhappy in this marriage, as her husband is a madman. Soon Christian has a friend – Dr. Johann Struensee. He is the only one who can influence the king and provoke the introduction of reforms. Carolina falls in love with Johann, and he reciprocates her love.

The film was directed by Danish director Nikolai Arcel, based on the novel by the writer Bodile Stensen-Leth “Princess of the Blood”. The picture was noticed in the film community: at the Berlin Film Festival, she received two honorary prizes, and the Golden Globe and Oscar nominated The Royal Affair in the Best Foreign Film nomination.

The decoration of this beautiful and interesting film is the creative tandem of two talented Scandinavian actors – Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander.

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8. Victoria and Abdul

Victoria & Abdul

  • UK, USA, 2017.
  • Drama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 111 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.8.

Abdul Karim arrives from India in the UK to serve on the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The young servant unexpectedly arouses deep sympathy with the tough ruler, and warm friendships develop between such different people. Victoria helps Abdul and promotes him, despite the discontent of the environment.

This picture is the work of the great British director Stephen Frears. Previously, he made a film on a similar theme – the drama “Queen” about Elizabeth II. It is noteworthy that Frears’ colleague, the magnificent Judi Dench, also played Victoria in the movie (Her Majesty Mrs. Brown) before appearing in the film. In the film “Victoria and Abdul”, the actress, despite her age, showed the top of acting skills.

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9. Favorite

The Favorite

  • Ireland, UK, USA, 2018.
  • Drama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 119 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.5.

Early 18th century. Queen Anne is the head of England. With her hands, the favorite Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough, skillfully rules the country. Sarah’s cousin, Abigail, comes to the palace hoping to get a job. The girl gets a job as a maid, but her ambitions are much higher than that. Abigail dodges to induce the queen’s favor and enter aristocratic circles.

The Favorite was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The handwriting of the Greek, known for the unusual films “Fang” and “Lobster”, is clearly visible in this work. The film, which combines features of comedy and drama, turned out to be absurd, bizarre and tense. The work of Lanthimos was appreciated: he was nominated for an Oscar in 10 nominations, and also won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

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10. King

The King

  • UK, Hungary, USA, Australia, 2019.
  • Biography, drama, military, history.
  • Duration: 140 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

Hal, the wayward heir to the English throne, lives among commoners. But the ruler dies, and the young man is forced to take his place. The young king deals with the chaos left by his predecessor. And at the same time, he tries to maintain a relationship with his old friend from a past life – the aging knight John Falstaff.

The King is based on the plays of William Shakespeare, but loosely retells them rather than film them line by line. Accordingly, the film does not pull on a documentary about the Middle Ages, but you can still learn something useful from it about that era. It is also notable for its strong cast: Timothée Chalamet , Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton and others starred in the film.

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