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The Best Movies About British Royalty

Best British Royalty Movies

“What are the best movies about or featuring British Royalty?” We looked at 152 of the top Royal films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 36 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best British Royal” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 100+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

For more royal entertainment, check out our sister website, Book Scrolling, and their article of the Best British Monarchy & Royal Books Of All Time!



Top 36 British Royalty Movies



36 .) A Man for All Seasons

 A Man for All Seasons Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Movies By Farr
  • IMDB
  • We Are Movie Geeks

A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even though he knows he’s risking his own life. An award winning film from 1966.

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35 .) A Queen Is Crowned

 A Queen Is Crowned Lists It Appears On:

  • Anglotopia
  • IMDB 2
  • Wikipedia

A lavish documentary film of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953.

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34 .) Anastasia

 Anastasia Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Ranker
  • Ranker 2

This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia’s last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother, Empress Maria, get separated. After growing up in an orphanage, Anastasia encounters two Russian men seeking a reward offered by Empress Maria for the return of her granddaughter. The trio travels to Paris, where they find that the empress has grown skeptical of imposters.

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33 .) Becket (1964)

 Becket (1964) Lists It Appears On:

  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB
  • We Are Movie Geeks

King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.

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32 .) Fire over England (1937)

 Fire over England (1937) Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • Ranker

The film is a historical drama set during the reign of Elizabeth I (Flora Robson), focusing on the English defeat of the Spanish Armada, whence the title. In 1588, relations between Spain and England are at the breaking point. With the support of Queen Elizabeth I, British sea raiders such as Sir Francis Drake regularly capture Spanish merchantmen bringing gold from the New World.

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31 .) Lady Jane (1986)

 Lady Jane (1986) Lists It Appears On:

  • Apartment Therapy
  • Movie Critical
  • Ranker

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guildford to Lady Jane Grey, whom he places on the throne after Edward dies. At first hostile to each other, Guildford and Jane fall in love. But they cannot withstand the course of power which will lead to their ultimate downfall.

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30 .) Mary of Scotland (1936)

 Mary of Scotland (1936) Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • Ranker

The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.

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29 .) Shakespeare in Love (1998)

 Shakespeare in Love (1998) Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Ranker
  • Tech Times

Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, “Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter,” before it’s even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love — and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare’s comedy soon transforms into tragedy.

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28 .) The Duchess (2008)

 The Duchess (2008) Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Life Online
  • IMDB
  • Vogue

A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

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27 .) The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Ranker 2

This period drama frames the tumultuous affair between Queen Elizabeth I and the man who would be King of England.

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26 .) The Virgin Queen (1955)

 The Virgin Queen (1955) Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Movie Critical
  • Ranker

Sir Walter Raleigh overcomes court intrigue to win favor with the Queen in order to get financing for a proposed voyage to the New World.

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25 .) W.E. (2011)

 W.E. (2011) Lists It Appears On:

  • Apartment Therapy
  • Cosmopolitan
  • The Culture Trip

In 1998, an auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor causes great excitement. For one woman, Wally Winthrop, it has much more meaning. Wally becomes obsessed by their historic love story. As she learns more about the sacrifices involved, Wally gains her own courage to find happiness.

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24 .) Anne of the Thousand Days

 Anne of the Thousand Days Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Movie Critical
  • Ranker

Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

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23 .) Elizabeth I – The Virgin Queen

 Elizabeth I – The Virgin Queen Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • People
  • Quartzy
  • Time

The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth’s life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister’s terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her years of triumph over the Armada; and finally her old age and her last, enigmatic relationship with her young protégé, the Earl of Essex.

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22 .) Mary, Queen of Scots

 Mary, Queen of Scots Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Ranker
  • Refinery 29

Mary Stuart attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to find herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

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21 .) The Crown (2016)

 The Crown (2016) Lists It Appears On:

  • Apartment Therapy
  • Express
  • Quartzy
  • Refinery 29

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20 .) The Royals

 The Royals Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Dot
  • Express
  • Quartzy
  • Time

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary — all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father’s fault. “The Royal Tenenbaums” is the story of the family’s sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.

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19 .) Victoria (2016)

 Victoria (2016) Lists It Appears On:

  • British Period Dramas
  • Express
  • Quartzy
  • Time

Victoria Spick, a criminal lawyer who is single, turns up at a wedding and meets three men there: David, the father of her daughters; Vincent, a friend of hers; and Sam, a former drug dealer who she bailed out. The next day, Vincent is accused of attempted murder by his partner.

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18 .) Victoria & Abdul (2017)

 Victoria & Abdul (2017) Lists It Appears On:

  • British Period Dramas
  • IMDB 2
  • Refinery 29
  • The Culture Trip

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

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17 .) Wolf Hall

 Wolf Hall Lists It Appears On:

  • Express
  • IMDB
  • Quartzy
  • Time

Following the fact-based historical book of the same name, this drama follows the rise of Cromwell as he becomes Henry the VIII’s closest advisor.

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16 .) A Royal Night Out (2015)

 A Royal Night Out (2015) Lists It Appears On:

  • Cosmopolitan
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • People
  • The Culture Trip

The re-imagining of VE Day in 1945, when Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret were allowed out from Buckingham Palace for the night to join in the celebrations, and encounter romance and danger.

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15 .) Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

 Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) Lists It Appears On:

  • Flush The Fashion
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Ranker 2
  • Refinery 29

When Queen Elizabeth’s reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain’s invading army, she and her shrewd adviser must act to safeguard to the lives of her people.

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14 .) Reign

 Reign Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Dot
  • IMDB
  • People
  • Tech Times
  • Time

Hidden between the lines of the history books is the story of Mary Stuart, the young woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. The teenage Mary is already a headstrong monarch – beautiful, passionate and poised at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power.

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13 .) The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

 The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Movies By Farr
  • BFI
  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB
  • We Are Movie Geeks

Renowned for his excess, King Henry VIII goes through a series of wives during his rule. With Anne Boleyn, his second wife, executed on charges of treason, King Henry weds maid Jane Seymour, but that marriage also ends in tragedy. Not one to be single for long, the king picks German-born Anne of Cleves as his bride, but their union lasts only months before an annulment is granted, and King Henry continues his string of spouses.

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12 .) The White Queen (2013)

 The White Queen (2013) Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Dot
  • Express
  • IMDB
  • Quartzy
  • Time

Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England.

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11 .) Diana (2013)

 Diana (2013) Lists It Appears On:

  • Apartment Therapy
  • Best Life Online
  • People
  • Tech Times
  • The Culture Trip
  • Vogue

During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana (Naomi Watts) campaigns against the use of land mines and has a secret love affair with a Pakistani heart surgeon (Naveen Andrews).

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10 .) Henry V (1989)

 Henry V (1989) Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Movies By Farr
  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Ranker 2
  • We Are Movie Geeks

Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare’s play about the English King’s bloody conquest of France.

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9 .) The Lion in Winter (1968)

 The Lion in Winter (1968) Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Movies By Farr
  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Movie Critical
  • Ranker

1183 AD: King Henry II’s three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won’t commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

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8 .) The Tudors (2007 – 2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Apartment Therapy
  • Daily Dot
  • People
  • Quartzy
  • Refinery 29
  • Tech Times
  • Time

This Showtime drama focuses on the early years of King Henry VIII’s nearly 40-year reign (1509-1547) of England. The series looks at Henry’s famous female companions like Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn and delves into his relationships with important figures

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7 .) Mrs. Brown (1997)

 Mrs. Brown (1997) Lists It Appears On:

  • British Period Dramas
  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB 2
  • Movie Critical
  • Quartzy
  • Refinery 29
  • Tech Times
  • The Culture Trip

Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis.

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6 .) The Madness of King George (1994)

 The Madness of King George (1994) Lists It Appears On:

  • Apartment Therapy
  • Flush The Fashion
  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Ranker 2
  • We Are Movie Geeks
  • Wikipedia

King George III’s erratic behaviour leads to a plot in Parliament to have him declared insane and removed from the throne.

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5 .) The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

 The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Life Online
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Flush The Fashion
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Movie Critical
  • Ranker
  • Ranker 2
  • Refinery 29

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family’s blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

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4 .) Elizabeth (1998)

 Elizabeth (1998) Lists It Appears On:

  • Apartment Therapy
  • Best Life Online
  • BFI
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB 2
  • Movie Critical
  • Ranker
  • Ranker 2
  • Refinery 29

The story of the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.

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3 .) The Young Victoria (2009)

 The Young Victoria (2009) Lists It Appears On:

  • Apartment Therapy
  • British Period Dramas
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Movie Critical
  • People
  • Quartzy
  • Ranker
  • Ranker 2
  • Refinery 29
  • The Culture Trip
  • Vogue
  • We Are Movie Geeks

From Academy Award® winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese, along with the makers of Gosford Park and The Departed, comes the story of Queen Victoria’s early rise to power. From an object of a royal power-struggle to her romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert, Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) gives a stunning performance as the young Victoria. Packed with drama, romance, breath-taking cinematography, lavish costumes and featuring an outstanding British cast including Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, and Rupert Friend, The Young Victoria has captivated British audiences, and is the film that Company magazine called “an epic British film, which will sweep you up in her remarkable story.”

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2 .) The King’s Speech (2010)

 The King's Speech (2010) Lists It Appears On:

  • Apartment Therapy
  • Best Life Online
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Flush The Fashion
  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Movie Critical
  • People
  • Ranker 2
  • Refinery 29
  • Tech Times
  • The Culture Trip
  • Vogue
  • We Are Movie Geeks
  • Wikipedia

The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

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1 .) The Queen (2006)

 The Queen (2006) Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Life Online
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Flush The Fashion
  • Greatest Movies
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Movie Critical
  • People
  • Quartzy
  • Ranker
  • Ranker 2
  • Refinery 29
  • The Culture Trip
  • Vogue
  • We Are Movie Geeks
  • Wikipedia

The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public’s demand for an overt display of mourning.

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The 100+ Additional Best Movies About Monarchies



 

#MoviesLists
(Films Appear On 2 List Each)
37BlackadderDaily Dot
Refinery 29
38Braveheart (1995)Apartment Therapy
IMDB
39Cromwell (1970)Apartment Therapy
IMDB
40Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and LegacyCosmopolitan
Wikipedia
41Downton AbbeyPeople
Time
42Edward the King (1975)Apartment Therapy
IMDB
43Elizabeth at 90: A Family PortraitCosmopolitan
Wikipedia
44Ever AfterRanker
Ranker 2
45Farewell, My QueenRanker
Ranker 2
46Her Majesty, Mrs. BrownBest Life Online
Best Movies By Farr
47Hyde Park on Hudson (2013)Flush The Fashion
Wikipedia
48Marie Antoinette (2006)Ranker
Vogue
49Mary Queen of Scots (1971)BFI
We Are Movie Geeks
50Mary Queen of Scots (2018)Apartment Therapy
Wikipedia
51MonarchIMDB
Wikipedia
52One Night with the KingRanker
Ranker 2
53Orlando (1992)BFI
Ranker
54Outlander (2014)Apartment Therapy
Time
55Prince Harry: Frontline AfghanistanAnglotopia
Quartzy
56Royal JourneyAnglotopia
Wikipedia
57The Lost PrinceIMDB
IMDB 2
58The Pillars of the Earth (2010)Apartment Therapy
IMDB
59The Princess DiariesRanker
Ranker 2
60The Sea Hawk (1940)BFI
Ranker
61The Virgin QueenIMDB
IMDB 2
62Versailles (2015)Time
Vogue
63Victoria & Albert (2001)British Period Dramas
IMDB 2
64Wallis & EdwardIMDB
IMDB 2
651944 productionBest Movies By Farr
66A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of WalesAnglotopia
67A King’s StoryWikipedia
68A Prince Among IslandsWikipedia
69A Royal AffairRanker 2
70Alfred the GreatIMDB
71Anna Boleyn (1920)BFI
72AnonymousIMDB
73Aristocrats (1999)Apartment Therapy
74Bertie and ElizabethWikipedia
75Black Mirror,Quartzy
76Bonnie Prince CharlieIMDB
77Born to RoyaltyAnglotopia
78BRAVEHEARTWe Are Movie Geeks
79Britain’s Real MonarchWikipedia
80Call the MidwifeTime
81Cameraman to the QueenAnglotopia
82Carry On Henry (1971)BFI
83Charles & CamillaCosmopolitan
84Charles IIIExpress
85CinderellaRanker
86CleopatraRanker 2
87Das Herz der KöniginRanker
88Diana, 7 DaysWikipedia
89Edward & Mrs. SimpsonQuartzy
90Edward IIIMDB
91ELIZABETHWe Are Movie Geeks
92Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the QueenWikipedia
93Elle: A Modern Cinderella TaleRanker
94EnchantedRanker 2
95First KnightRanker 2
96FrozenRanker
97Gentlemen, the QueenAnglotopia
98GunpowderTime
99Gunpowder, Treason & PlotIMDB
100Henri 4IMDB
101Henry VIMDB
102Henry VIIIIMDB
103IroncladIMDB
104IvanhoeIMDB
105King Solomon’s MinesRanker 2
106KingsQuartzy
107Lifetime’s William & KateCosmopolitan
108Looking for VictoriaAnglotopia
109Mad LoveRanker
110Mayerling (1968 film)Wikipedia
111Monarchy (TV series)Wikipedia
112Monarchy with David StarkeyIMDB
113Monarchy: The Royal Family at WorkWikipedia
114Mr SelfridgeTime
115Our QueenAnglotopia
116Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimeRanker 2
117Princess CarabooRanker 2
118Richard IIIIMDB
119Royal Family (documentary)Wikipedia
120Sixty Glorious Years (1938)British Period Dramas
121Sleeping BeautyRanker 2
122Steel MagnoliasRanker 2
123The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeRanker 2
124The Coronation (documentary)Wikipedia
125The Coronation of Edward VIIWikipedia
126The Devil’s WhoreIMDB
127The First Churchills (1969)Apartment Therapy
128The Hollow CrownIMDB
129The King James Bible: The Book That Changed the World (2011)Apartment Therapy
130The Last KingIMDB
131The LibertineIMDB
132The Little MermaidRanker 2
133The Man in the Iron MaskRanker 2
134The PlantagenetsIMDB
135The Princess Diaries 2: Royal EngagementRanker
136The Queen in AustraliaWikipedia
137The Queen’s SisterWikipedia
138The Queen’s PalacesAnglotopia
139The Royal House of WindsorTime
140The Royal Tour of the CaribbeanWikipedia
141The Story of MankindRanker
142The Sword and the RoseIMDB
143The White PrincessRefinery 29
144The WindsorsExpress
145To Kill a KingIMDB 2
146Victoria Regina (1964)British Period Dramas
147Victoria the Great (1937)British Period Dramas
148Whatever Love MeansWikipedia
149William & Catherine: A Royal RomanceIMDB 2
150With Our King and Queen Through IndiaWikipedia
151Young BessRanker
152Young VictoriaBest Life Online


26 Best British Monarchy Film Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Anglotopia Telly Steaming: Top 10 Royal Documentaries To Watch On BritBox
Apartment Therapy British Royal Family – Chronological History Movies Shows …
Best Life Online The 8 Best Movies About the British Royal Family – Best Life
Best Movies By Farr 5 Royal Movies For Your British Monarchy Obsession | Best Movies by …
BFI 10 great films set in the Tudor period | BFI
British Period Dramas 8 of the best movies and TV series about Queen Victoria – British …
Cheat Sheet The Best Movies About British Royalty – The Cheat Sheet
Cosmopolitan 11 Best Movies About Royal Family – Films Like The Crown
Daily Dot 5 Shows About Royalty to Binge After ‘The Crown’ – The Daily Dot
Express The best royal dramas – Why are we so obsessed with the monarchy …
Flush The Fashion Top 7 Movies about British Royalty | Flush the Fashion
Greatest Movies 10 Greatest Films about British Monarchs – The Greatest Movies …
IMDB British Royalty movies – IMDb
IMDB 2 Movies about British monarchy – IMDb
Movie Critical Movie Critical: Top 10 Films Featuring British Royalty
People Royal Shows and Movies to Binge Watch | PEOPLE.com
Quartzy CONTENT IS KING TV shows and movies about British royals to …
Ranker Best Movies About Queens | List of Queen Movies – Ranker
Ranker 2 The Best Movies About Royalty – Ranker
Refinery 29 Royal Family Movies, Shows With British Monarch, Queens – Refinery29
Tech Times Netflix: 6 Movies And TV Shows About The British Monarchy To …
The Culture Trip The Best Films About The British Royals – Culture Trip
Time 14 TV Shows Like The Crown | Time
Vogue Royal Shows and Movies With Amazing Sets to Binge-Watch This …
We Are Movie Geeks 10 Best Royal Films – We Are Movie Geeks
Wikipedia Category:Biographical films about British royalty – Wikipedia

 

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