Films set in the 18th centuryby ferreiracarlos1504 | created - 22 Aug 2011 | updated - 21 Oct 2012 | Public
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1. Sluga Gosudarev (2007)
131 min | Action, Adventure, History
Europe, 1709. Russia and Sweden are at war. Two French duelists are exiled by King Louis XIV of France: one to the side of Czar Peter the Great of Russia, the other to the side of King ... See full summary »
Battle of Poltava
2. Rob Roy (1995)
R | 139 min | Adventure, Biography, History
In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.
Votes: 36,628 | Gross: $31.60M
Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor
3. Blackbeard (2006– )
170 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In the Golden Age of Piracy, at the dawn of the 18th century, Blackbeard stood out among the lawless rogues as the most fearsome and notorious seafarer of them all. He killed for the ... See full summary »
The infamous pirate Edward Teach
4. King of the Wind (1990)
PG | 103 min | Adventure
In 1727, an Arab colt is born with the signs of the wheat ear and the white spot on his heel: evil and good. And thus begins the life of Sham. He is a gift to the King of France, through a ... See full summary »
5. Catherine the Great (1996 TV Movie)
100 min | Biography, Drama, History
Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to the immature future Czar, a young German Princess proves a skillful political infighter and rises to become Catherine the Great.
Catherine II of Russia
6. Young Catherine (1991 TV Movie)
Unrated | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.
Early years of Catherine II of Russia
7. The Amazing Grace (2006)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, History
The story of British slave trader John Newton's voyage to West Africa and the events that inspired him to write the world's most popular hymn, Amazing Grace.
Tells the story of John Newton's transformation from slave trader to Anglican priest; story is set in Calabar, Nigeria
8. Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Will Plunkett and Captain James Macleane, two men from different ends of the social spectrum in 18th-century England, enter a gentlemen's agreement: They decide to rid the aristocrats of ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,973 | Gross: $0.47M
Loosely based on The Gentlemen Highwaymen Will Plunkett & Captain James MacLaine
9. Treasure Island (1990 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.
Adaptation of the famous pirate story by Robert Louis Stevenson
10. Treasure Island (1972)
G | 94 min | Adventure, Family
Young Jim Hawkins has an unforgettable encounter with pirate Captain Long John Silver and his murderous mates.
Adaptation of the famous pirate story by Robert Louis Stevenson
11. Roots (1977)
TV-14 | 570 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.
The slave trade
12. Casanova (2005)
R | 112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
The fabled romantic Giacomo Casanova, after failing to win the affection of the Venetian woman Francesca Bruni, strives to discover the real meaning of love.
Votes: 47,191 | Gross: $11.29M
13. A Tale of Two Cities (1989– )
188 min | Drama, History, Romance
Two men, one an aristocrat and one a drunken lawyer, fall in love with the same woman during the early stages of the French Revolution.
England and France during the French Revolution
14. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 305,650 | Gross: $51.97M
Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
15. A Tale of Two Cities (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance
An ex-aristocrat from France and an alcoholic English lawyer find themselves crossing paths and in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.
England and France during the French Revolution
16. Barry Lyndon (1975)
PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.
The Seven Years' War
17. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.
Votes: 125,481 | Gross: $75.51M
French and Indian War
18. The Mission (1986)
PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.
Votes: 48,368 | Gross: $17.22M
Jesuit missionaries in South America
19. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.
Votes: 55,728 | Gross: $11.26M
Based on a real-life series of killings that took place in France in the 18th century and on the famous legend around the Beast of Gévaudan
20. The Duchess (2008)
PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.
Votes: 67,655 | Gross: $13.82M
The life of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
21. Marie Antoinette (2006)
PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.
Votes: 87,439 | Gross: $15.96M
French queen Marie Antoinette
22. The Crossing (2000 TV Movie)
89 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the British forces at Trenton.
The crossing of the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton
23. Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (2003 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, History
On the glorious battlefields of the American Revolution, two great generals distinguished themselves; George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Washington is remembered as America's founding ... See full summary »
Benedict Arnold, both an early hero of the American Revolution and a notorious traitor
24. The Patriot (2000)
R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History
Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.
Votes: 224,826 | Gross: $113.33M
Based on Continental Army officer Francis Marion during the American War of Independence
25. The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
R | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance
In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.
Votes: 4,680 | Gross: $0.43M
'Courtesan takes revenge by scamming Marie Antoinette, Cardinal de Rohan, and others, kindling flames of the French Revolution
26. The Madness of King George (1994)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
When King George III goes mad, his lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.
Votes: 13,198 | Gross: $15.24M
The deteriorating mental health of George III of the United Kingdom, King of Great Britain and Ireland
27. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Not Rated | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.
Votes: 12,632 | Gross: $13.68M
The mutiny on the Bounty
28. The Bounty (1984)
PG | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Fed up with their captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship crew decides to take action.
Votes: 20,016 | Gross: $8.60M
The mutiny on the Bounty
29. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Romance
During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while ... See full summary »
30. Battle of the Brave (2004)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, History, Romance
In the mid-18th Century, as England and France battle over control of Canada, an epic romance between a peasant woman and a trapper unfurls.
Seven Years' War (1756–1763) and French and Indian War (1754–1763)
31. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
PG | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.
Votes: 44,497 | Gross: $8.08M
Russo-Turkish War of 1768
32. Revolution (1985)
PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History
New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find... See full summary »
Votes: 5,481 | Gross: $0.36M
American Independence war
33. Ridicule (1996)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.
Votes: 6,426 | Gross: $2.50M
18th century at the decadent court of Versailles
34. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.
Votes: 206,344 | Gross: $2.22M
A murder in 18th century France
35. Jefferson in Paris (1995)
PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,560 | Gross: $2.47M
Thomas Jefferson's tenure as the Ambassador of the United States to France
36. La nuit de Varennes (1982)
R | 150 min | Drama, History
In June of 1791, a group of passengers in a stagecoach find themselves caught up in the events of the French Revolution, when they find themselves in the city of Varennes when ... See full summary »
37. La révolution française (1989)
360 min | Drama, History, Thriller
When Louis XVI summoned the Etats-Generaux he unleashes a revolution that would change his country and cost his life. This is the story of one of the crucial points in the history of France, and Europe, divided into two parts.
38. Farinelli (1994)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,509 | Gross: $2.12M
Biographical film about the life and career of the Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time
39. Goya's Ghosts (2006)
R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History
Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.
Votes: 26,655 | Gross: $1.00M
French Revolution and Inquisition in Spain
40. The Lady and the Duke (2001)
PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, History, Romance
During the French Revolution, a Scottish aristocrat and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
Votes: 2,292 | Gross: $0.33M
41. Danton (1983)
PG | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History
Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a ... See full summary »
42. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.
Votes: 289,695 | Gross: $101.07M
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
45. Barbara (1997)
143 min | Drama
Young vicar Mr. Paul arrives at the Faroe Islands to take up a benefice, and meets the young Barbara, twice married to vicars, and with both husbands laid cold in the grave. Despite the ... See full summary »
46. Valmont (1989)
R | 137 min | Drama, Romance
Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an... See full summary »
Votes: 10,952 | Gross: $1.13M
48. Kidnapped (1971)
G | 100 min | Adventure, Drama
In 18th century Scotland, during the Jacobite Rebellion, David Balfour claims his inheritance from his uncle who has him shanghaied on a ship where David meets fugitive Jacobite rebel Alan Breck.
49. Goya in Bordeaux (1999)
R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War
Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,488 | Gross: $0.72M
50. Esquilache (1989)
100 min | Drama
In the 18th century in Madrid, the Marquess of Esquilache, King Charles III of Spain's former minister, bans on wearing the popular wide collar with a long coat and brimmed hat. Along with other measures provoke a massive riot in the city.
52. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.
Votes: 230,342 | Gross: $128.08M
53. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Romance
In 1714 Peru, a friar is tried by the Inquisition for questioning God's intentions when five die in the collapse of an Andean rope bridge.
Votes: 3,071 | Gross: $0.04M
54. Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996)
116 min | Adventure, Comedy, History
The life story of the titular Beaumarchais (Fabrice Luchini), playwright and adventurer, who gets himself into numerous different scrapes and romantic encounters in 18th Century France.
Votes: 1,054 | Gross: $0.63M
Theatre Night (1985– )
The Devil's Disciple
Comedy, Drama, Romance
The black sheep of a family (Dick Dudgeon) and the local minister (Anthony Anderson) discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.
56. Passion in the Desert (1997)
PG-13 | 91 min | Adventure, Drama
Young French officer Augustin Robert escorts artist Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis to Egypt during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. Napoleon sent de Paradis to record Egypt's great monuments ... See full summary »
Votes: 762 | Gross: $0.25M
57. April Morning (1988 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, History, War
The "April Morning" here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution. Faithful to author Howard ... See full summary »
58. Chouans! (1988)
143 min | Adventure, History, War
In 1793 when terror is widespread in France, peasants known as Chouans fight the revolutionaries in attempt to restore the monarchy.
61. Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999 TV Movie)
93 min | Adventure, Drama, War
Lt. Hornblower and his crew are captured by the enemy while escorting a Duchess who has secrets of her own.
62. Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (1998 TV Movie)
93 min | Adventure, Drama, War
While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew.
64. Quills (2000)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama
In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.
Votes: 47,215 | Gross: $7.06M
65. Moll Flanders (1996)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance
The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,615 | Gross: $3.36M
66. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999– )
540 min | Adventure, Drama
During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.
67. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996 TV Movie)
Unrated | 54 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In her filthy cell in Newgate prison Moll Flanders, dubbed 'the wickedest woman in England' tells her story. Born in the gaol, after her mother is transported Moll is raised by the kindly ... See full summary »
69. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
R | 123 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
When the brilliant, but unorthodox scientist, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes, and later swears revenge.
Votes: 45,565 | Gross: $22.01M
70. Ferdinando e Carolina (1999)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, History
On his death bed in the 1820s, King Ferdinando I of Naples tries to escape the ghosts of his bloody kingship by remembering his younger days, when he was allowed to go hunting and have fun,... See full summary »
71. Mesmer (1994)
Not Rated | 107 min | Biography, Drama
A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."
73. Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000 TV Movie)
Unrated | 251 min | Biography, Drama, History
Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy.
74. Kidnapped (1995 TV Movie)
155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When Scottish young gentleman David Balfour's father dies, he leaves school to collect his inheritance from uncle Ebenezer, who in turn sells the boy as a future slave to a pirate ship. ... See full summary »
76. The Red Violin (1998)
R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery
A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.
Votes: 28,497 | Gross: $9.47M
77. The Bastard (1978 TV Movie)
240 min | Drama, History, Romance
Phillipe Charboneau is the illegitimate son of an English duke. When he travels from France to England to claim his inheritance, he incurs the wrath of his father's family, and is forced to... See full summary »
78. Marquise (1997)
120 min | Drama, Comedy
The rise and fall of a beauteous actress. She rises from an impoverished background to become a favorite of the Sun King, Louis XIV.
Votes: 884 | Gross: $0.07M
79. Silas Marner (1985 TV Movie)
92 min | Drama
When a respectable weaver is wrongfully accused of theft, he becomes a virtual hermit until his own fortune is stolen and an orphaned child is found on his doorstep.
81. Billy Budd (1962)
Approved | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, War
Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.
82. Fanny Hill (2007– )
60 min | Drama, Romance
Orphaned by smallpox, young Lancashire country lady Fanny Hill cheerfully accepts her friend Esther Davies's offer to join the London 'working girls' with Mrs. Brown, a madam who recruits ... See full summary »
83. Sade (2000)
100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man prepares himself to be transferred to a detention center and rest home where he will relive one more time the highlights of his youth.
Votes: 1,567 | Gross: $0.03M
84. Bangrajan (2000)
R | 71 min | Action, Drama, History
Set right before the fall of Thailand's old capital, Ayuttaya, Bang Rajan draws on the legend of a village of fighters who bravely fended off the Burmese armies. With no support from the ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,829 | Gross: $0.02M
86. Janosik. Prawdziwa historia (2009)
140 min | Drama, Romance, Adventure
The script by Eva Borusevicova describes the true story of Janosik, the XVIII centuries outlaw, who was prowling through Slovak-Polish border. The story of Janosik, a legendary "Central ... See full summary »
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
Votes: 900,581 | Gross: $305.41M
88. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.
Votes: 576,421 | Gross: $423.32M
89. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
PG-13 | 169 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.
Votes: 522,418 | Gross: $309.42M
90. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.
Votes: 416,919 | Gross: $241.07M
91. A Royal Affair (2012)
R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
Votes: 38,158 | Gross: $1.55M
92. Farewell, My Queen (2012)
R | 100 min | Drama, History, Romance
A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.
Votes: 6,901 | Gross: $0.07M