19th century filmsby Thunderhornet6 | created - 06 Jan 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
A list of some interesting films/series' based in the 19th century. (I haven't seen all of them) (I also tried my best to put them in chronological order)
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1. Eroica (2003 TV Movie)
129 min | Drama, Music
On June 9, 1804, Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a group of musicians to give the first performance of his Third Symphony, 'Bonaparte', to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and ... See full summary »
A film about the first performance of the first *large scale* symphony ever written. Beethoven's 3rd symphony changed everything about western music.
PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.
Votes: 192,469 | Gross: $93.93M
A fascinating depiction of a British ship crew chasing a French vessel around South America during the Napoleonic Wars. If you see any film on this list, this should be first priority.
3. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)
60 min | Fantasy, History, Sci-Fi
In an alternate history, during the time of real life Napoleonic Wars, two men of destiny, the gifted recluse Mr. Norrell and daring spellcasting novice Jonathan Strange, use magic to help England.
4. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome his or her own pride and prejudice?
Votes: 236,131 | Gross: $38.41M
5. Immortal Beloved (1994)
R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »
Votes: 22,050 | Gross: $9.91M
Biopic on Beethoven's life.
7. Waterloo (I) (1970)
G | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.
Votes: 7,836 | Gross: $3.05M
8. Napoléon (2002)
380 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence ... See full summary »
9. The Revenant (2015)
R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
Votes: 645,477 | Gross: $183.64M
A tremendously dark revenge drama taking place in the northern Rockies.
10. Onegin (1999)
R | 106 min | Drama, Romance
In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally,... See full summary »
Votes: 7,188 | Gross: $0.21M
A Pushkin classic.
11. Les Misérables (2012)
PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
Votes: 291,885 | Gross: $148.81M
12. Chopin. Pragnienie milosci (2002)
R | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Music
The biography of world famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin.
A mediocre depiction of the life of Frédéric Chopin. I really hope someone makes a higher quality biopic of him at some point in the future.
13. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.
Votes: 11,008 | Gross: $1.59M
This film was surprisingly good. One of my favorite adaptations of a Dickens novel.
14. Oliver Twist (2005)
PG-13 | 130 min | Crime, Drama
An adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
Votes: 29,652 | Gross: $1.99M
15. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.
Votes: 10,056 | Gross: $5.68M
This film was alright, but didn't really grip me. It just sort of passed by and felt a bit superficial.
16. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)
PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.
Very good adaptation of the Christmas classic especially for a TV movie.
17. Great Expectations (2012)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance
A series of events change the orphaned Pip's life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.
Votes: 11,618 | Gross: $0.26M
18. The Invisible Woman (2013)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
Votes: 8,899 | Gross: $1.23M
20. The Young Victoria (2009)
PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
Votes: 54,932 | Gross: $11.00M
21. Ludwig II (2012)
130 min | Biography, Drama, History
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 ... See full summary »
22. Wagner (1981– )
300 min | Biography, Drama, History
A huge panorama of Richard Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria, to the final ... See full summary »
23. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 593,478 | Gross: $56.67M
Very well done film about the southern slave plantations.
24. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 270,263 | Gross: $198.68M
25. Gangs of New York (2002)
R | 167 min | Crime, Drama
In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
Votes: 381,004 | Gross: $77.81M
26. Glory (1989)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Votes: 114,953 | Gross: $26.83M
The quintessential Civil War film.
27. Lincoln (2012)
PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Votes: 233,009 | Gross: $182.21M
28. True Grit (2010)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Western
A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.
Votes: 291,110 | Gross: $171.24M
One of my favorite westerns. Jeff Bridges puts on a fantastic performance.
29. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.
Votes: 274,665 | Gross: $53.61M
A much more action-packed western.
R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
Votes: 159,905 | Gross: $3.90M
This film is pretty long, but is also well done.
32. The Four Feathers (2002)
PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.
Votes: 31,460 | Gross: $18.31M
33. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)
R | 129 min | Drama, Romance
In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.
Votes: 86,502 | Gross: $12.82M
34. Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
In ANTON CHEKHOV'S THE DUEL, escalating animosity between two men with opposing philosophies of life is played out against the backdrop of a decaying seaside resort along the Black Sea ... See full summary »
35. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.
Votes: 557,863 | Gross: $209.03M
36. The Illusionist (2006)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, History
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.
Votes: 341,531 | Gross: $39.87M
37. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.
Votes: 1,098,049 | Gross: $53.09M
38. Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Romance
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
Votes: 42,079 | Gross: $12.23M
39. The Alienist (2018)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery
Newspaper illustrator John Moore meets with criminal psychologist (alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.