To put it in simpler words, many people love watching movies about kings and queens, with all the drama, romance, and excitement they bring. While not all of these films are great, there are some that stand out as the best ones based on real-life royals. And just to clarify, we’re focusing on real historical figures, so no fictional characters like King Arthur.
01. “The Queen” (2006)
For many years, Elizabeth II has been the Queen of England, witnessing significant events throughout her life, including the tragic death of Diana Spencer, who was once her daughter-in-law.
“The Queen” is a movie that delves into British royalty, and it is one of the works by writer Peter Morgan that focuses on this subject. In this particular film, Helen Mirren takes on the role of Elizabeth, and her performance was highly acclaimed, earning her the Best Actress award.
02. “The King’s Speech” (2010)
In the movie “The King’s Speech,” a younger version of Elizabeth II appears as the film primarily focuses on her father, George VI. After the death of his father and the abdication of his brother, George VI reluctantly assumed the throne of the United Kingdom during the beginning of World War II.
However, George VI faced a significant challenge as he struggled with a speech impediment. The film depicts his journey to overcome his stutter. “The King’s Speech” became a topic of debate when it won the Best Picture award, with some arguing that “The Social Network” should have been the rightful winner.
03. “The Young Victoria” (2009)
Queen Victoria, one of the renowned monarchs of England, is often portrayed briefly in films, such as in various Sherlock Holmes stories. However, in the film “The Young Victoria,” she takes center stage with Emily Blunt portraying her character. The screenplay for the film was written by Julian Fellowes, the creator of “Downton Abbey.”
04. “The Madness of King George” (1994)
King George III, who reigned during the time of the American Revolution, is well-known in America. There has been a long-held belief that he suffered from mental illness. “The Madness of King George” explores this aspect of his life. Although the film may not be entirely accurate, it was well-received in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Despite the historical conflicts, the movie shows that common ground can still be found.
05. “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007)
Director Shekhar Kapur and actress Cate Blanchett teamed up once again for a film about the later period of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign. This movie serves as a sequel to their previous collaboration, “Elizabeth.” Blanchett reprised her role as Elizabeth, and Geoffrey Rush also returned to the film. Surprisingly, Blanchett received another Best Actress nomination for her portrayal, making her part of a select group of actors who have been nominated multiple times for playing the same character or historical figure.