Royals and Oscar Winning and Nominated Films

The subject of monarchies and/or a particular royal has always fascinated those in Hollywood.  Many writers, including Oscar winners and nominees, have written about monarchies and a specific royal for many years nows, and since the Academy Awards are less than a month and a half away, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to list some of the most well-known films about royalty, royals, and/or monarchies.

So, here is my list of the best films regarding monarchies and/or a certain royal in history:

1.) The Madness of King George

I love, love this film.  Why?  Well, besides, Edward VIII, I’ve always had a soft spot for HM King George III.   Any way, Nigel Hawthorne is absolutely brilliant as the King with Porphyria and his performance is simply breathtaking (yeah, I may be being over dramatic, but whatever.)

This film doesn’t get any better in regards to films about monarchies and/or a particular royal.  So, yeah,  see this film!!  Or, better yet, buy it!! It is a must have to add to your royal collection.  True and classic quotes from the film, “George! SMILE!! You lazy hound!  It’s what you are paid for!  Smile and wave.  Come on… Smile and wave!  Everyone!!  Smile and wave!!!  ” and  “We must be a model family for the nation to look to…smile at the people… wave to them, let them see we are happy!  That is why we are here.” How true it is to this day.  The Madness of King George (Part One) and The Madness of King George (Ending Scene)

2.) The Last Emperor

A truly epic film… visually stunning.  It’s about the tragic life of Pu-Yi, the last Emperor of China.  Directed by the Italian filmmaker, Bernardo Bertolucci. The Last Emperor (trailer)

3.) Nicolas and Alexandra

This 1971 film won the Oscar for Best Costume design and Best Art Direction.  And, yes, my Mother named me after the last Tsarina of Russia, Alexandra.  She, Tsarina Alexandra, was a bit of a idiotic twit.  But, thankfully, I’m not.   🙂  LOL  Nevertheless, this film is a classic.  Every once and a while this film is shown on AMC; see it if you can. Nicholas and Alexandra: Part One

4.) Mrs. Brown

Absolutely brilliant performance, once again, by Dame Judi Dench.  The chemistry between her and Billy Connolly is nothing less short of amazing. Mrs. Brown (John Brown Waits and annoys Queen Victoria) and Fun Times with the Happy Royal Family

5.) Ivan the Terrible

A fantastic film by the legendary filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein.  Ivan the Terrible, released in 1944, is epic on all levels; this film is a must see for all film and royal buffs.   This movie is extremely hard to find, but if you happen to run across this film whether on American Movie Classics (AMC) or on… watch it or buy it.  Ivan the Terrible is a true masterpiece. Ivan the Terrible (Part One)

6. ) Queen Christina

Garbo.  Greta Garbo.  Enough said. Queen Christina is not exactly historically accurate, but it will do.  Queen Christina (Scene)

7.) Elizabeth

Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of HM Queen Elizabeth I was truly magical, and in my opinion, was robbed of the Oscar in 1999 for Best Actress (it went to Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love).   Like the movie, Queen Christina, Elizabeth is not exactly historically accurate, but it is a good film if you don’t mind the several faux-pas. Elizabeth (trailer)

8.) Queen Margot

I must admit that I haven’t seen this film, Queen Margot, in years.  However, what I do remember is that it is a pretty good flick based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Queen Margot (trailer)

9.) Lady Jane

A film about Lady Jane Grey the poor woman who was Queen of England for nine days before she was executed.  Lady Jane stars Helen Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes.  It’s a nice movie.  Lady Jane (Part One)

10.) The Lion in the Winter

This 1968 film is another classic which won several Oscars including Best Actress for Katherine Hepburn and Best Adapted Screenplay.  The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Peter O’Toole), and Best Costume Design.  The Lion in the Winter is a lovely film… see it if you can.  The Lion in the Winter (Katherine Hepburn scene)

11.) Marie Antoinette

Starring Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power, this 1938 film about Marie Antoinette is epic on all levels.  Why?  I’m a sucker for old classic Hollywood films.  Marie Antoinette (1938)

12.) The Fall of Eagles

A BBC television miniseries from 1974 that is available on DVD.  I must have for all royal watchers.  The series is about the “… events from 1848-1918, dealing with the ruling monarchies in Europe…” the Habsburgs, Hohenzollerns, and the Romanovs.  Fall of Eagles

13.) Anne of the Thousand Days

Overall this movie is okay; worth seeing if it’s ever on AMC.  The movie was released in 1969 starring Geneviève Bujold as Anne Boleyn and Richard Burton as King Henry VIII.  Anne and King Henry VIII

14.) Mary, Queen of Scots

Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson.  It’s a good movie that is now available on DVD.

15.) Henry V

Starring Kenneth Branagh as Henry V.  Ah-mazing. Henry V (Pissed off about Tennis Balls)

16.) Marie Antoinette

(Sofia Coppola movie)  Visually this movie is lovely.  Crappy acting, but did I mention that the scenery is amazing?  Oh and the costumes plus the epic music?  Yeah, I recommend it. Marie Antoinette (trailer)

17.) The King’s Speech

Brilliant.  Enough said.  And, Colin Firth... swoon.  The King\’s Speech (trailer)The Real King George VI Giving a SpeechThe Real Story of George VI, The King\’s Speech

18.) The Queen

This Oscar winning film (Best Actress) is great movie and with excellent actors.  A bit soap operaish, but nonetheless a fantastic film starring Helen Mirren. The Queen (trailer)

19.) The Duchess

Yeah, not exactly royalty per se, but nonetheless a fantastic film thanks to the costume designer.

20.) The Princess Bride

Yeah, I know this movie is not about a real life royal, past or present, but still… this film is a classic… I mean, come on, there are some classic lines in this movie.  For example, “Mawhwrigge” “Have Fun Storming the Castle!!” “Inconceivable!” and “My name is Inigo Montoya, prepare to die!” is simply classic! The Princess Bride (trailer) The WeddingInigo Montoya, and Where\’s the Poison?

21.) Ever After

A super crappy yet sweet flick for we sappy mellow dramatic royal heads.    A great film to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Ever After (trailer)

So, there you have it!  A long list of films that tackles the subject of monarchies and/or a particular royal!

6 thoughts on “Royals and Oscar Winning and Nominated Films”

  1. you have to include:
    “becket”: henry II and becket
    if you liked peter o’toole as an elderly henry II in “lion in winter”, you have to see the charisma and energy he brings to a young henry II in “becket”.

    “a man for all seasons”: thomas more and henry viii
    triumph of the rule of law over unchecked royal/govt power

    brilliant movies about complex issues of royalty/power/loyalty to king vs. personal convictions about rule of law and checks on royalty/power. brilliant writing, great acting which will make even people who hate costume dramas forget the costumes and focus on the dialogue. excellent, inspiring selections even for non-royal lovers!

  2. Ah! Yes! Thank you, Alpa! 🙂 Excellent suggestions.

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t seen the film Becket, but I’m definitely going to see if this film is available via Borders Books or Amazon.

    A Man for All Seasons… again, I haven’t seen that movie in ages. Great movie. 🙂

    Thank you for your comments, and if you can think of any other films that readers may enjoy please let us know.


  3. Well, since you have included Ever After, how can you -possibly- (wink wink) forget The Princess Diaries – cough-

  4. This is why I love this blog…not a word in this entire post I don’t agree with. Classic Hollywood love…check. Colin Firth swooning…check.

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