A Brief History
On January 15, 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London, England. In honor of that momentous event, this article presents a list of movies related to the history of England. This list also contains movies and TV series about her relationship with other countries because, as Rudyard Kipling asserts, “what do they know of England who only England know?”.1
England and France
The Tudors: Henry VIII’s Times
- A Man for All Seasons
- The Other Boleyn Girl (2003 film)
- The Other Boleyn Girl (2008 film)
- The Prince and the Pauper
- The Tudors (TV series)
- Wolf Hall (TV miniseries)
The Tudors: Elizabeth I’s Times
England and Scotland
England and the USA
Britain and France
- The Elusive Pimpernel (1919; silent)
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
- Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)
- “Pimpernel” Smith (1941), aka Mister V in the US
- The Elusive Pimpernel (1950), aka The Fighting Pimpernel in the US, starring David Niven as Sir Percy
- Don’t Lose Your Head (1966) aka Carry On Pimpernel—US
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
England and India
England and Scotland
England and Ireland
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1 As cited by G. K. Chesterton in Chapter 2 of his book, A Short History of England.
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