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TUDORS IN THE MOVIES AND ON TELEVISON

 

Anna Boleyn - 1920
German made silent film about the second Queen of Henry VIII.

Anne de Boleyn - 1913
French silent film

Anne of the Thousand Days - 1969
Genevieve Bujold stars as Anne Boleyn in the story of her marriage to Henry VIII

Anonymous - 2011
Drama about who wrote the plays of William Shakespeare

Blackadder Part II - 1985
Miranda Richardson plays a delightfully demented Queen Elizabeth I in this comedy series.

Carry On Henry (VIII) - 1971
Historical comedy about Henry and gang.

Crossed Swords - 1978
(Also known as "The Prince and the Pauper")
In this version of Mark Twain's novel, Edward, the only son of Henry VIII trades places with a boy from the London slums.

Drake of England - 1935
(Also known as "Drake the Pirate" and "Elizabeth of England")
Story of the famous seaman from the reign of Elizabeth I

Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall - 1924
Mary Pickford stars and directs in this early film set in Elizabeth's reign.

Elizabeth - 1998
Cate Blanchett stars as Elizabeth, Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley, Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham. [more on this movie]

Elizabeth: The Golden Age - 2007
Cate Blanchett reprises her roles as Elizabeth I. Clive Owen stars as Sir Walter Raleigh.

Elizabeth I (TV mini series) - 2005
Helen Mirren wears the crown in this production. With Jeremy Irons as the Earl of Leicester in this production.

Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor - 2000
From "The Royal Diaries" series made for television, based on the Scholastic books.

Elizabeth R (TV series) - 1971
Glenda Jackson stars as Elizabeth I in this excellent BBC costume drama.

Elizabeth the Queen - 1968
Television play from 1968 based on the Maxwell Anderson play. Judith Anderson is Elizabeth I, and Charlton Heston is Essex.

Execution of Mary Stuart, The - 1895
Directed by Thomas A. Edison, this is one of the first movies ever made.

Fire Over England - 1937
Set during the time of the Armada. Stars Flora Robson as Elizabeth I, Raymond Massey as Philip II of Spain. Also starring Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

God's Outlaw - 1986
The story of William Tyndale, who translated the Bible into English in the reign of Henry VIII.

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot - 2004
TV mini series covering the stories of Mary Queen of Scots and her son James and the Gunpowder Plot of 1604.

Heart of Queen, The - 1940
(also known as "Mary Queen of Scots" and "Das Herz der Königin")
German film about the life and loves of Mary Queen of Scots.

Henry VIII - 1911
Silent film based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Henry VIII - 1979
BBC production, based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Henry VIII - 2003
A two-part made for television show starring Ray Winstone as Henry VIII and Helena Bonham Carter as Anne Boleyn.

Henry VIII and His Six Wives - 1973
A film version of the BBC television series. Keith Michell stars again as Henry, but the wives' actresses are different from the television series.

Lady Jane - 1986
Helena Bonham Carter stars as the tragic Queen of Nine Days.

Looking For Richard - 1996
Documentary with scenes from the play Richard III, starring and directed by Al Pacino

Loves of Mary Queen of Scots, The - 1923
Silent film about the ill-fated Queen.

Man for All Seasons, A - 1966
Based on the play by Robert Bolt about the refusal of Sir Thomas More to support the break with the Catholic Church by Henry VIII. Paul Scofield delivers an excellent performance as More.

Man for All Seasons, A - 1988
Television version of Bolt's play, starring Charelton Heston as Sir Thomas More.

Mary, Queen of Scots - 1971
Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth and Vanessa Redgrave as Mary in this tale of rival monarchs.

Mary, Queen of Scots - 2013
Camille Rutherford stars as Mary.

Mary of Scotland - 1936
Katherine Hepburn plays Mary Queen of Scots.

Monarch - 2000
Henry VIII is the focus of this BAFTA-nominated film

Nine Days A Queen - 1936
(Also known as "Tudor Rose" and "Lady Jane Grey")
An early telling of the tale of Jane Grey, that begins with the death of Henry VIII.

Orlando - 1992
Quentin Crisp plays Elizabeth I in this bizarre tale based on Virginia Woolf's novel.

Other Boleyn Girl, The - 2003
Adapted for television from the novel by Philippa Gregory.

Other Boleyn Girl, The - 2007
Big-screen adaptation of the Philippa Gregory novel, with Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn, Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn and Eric Bana as Henry VIII

Pearls of the Crown - 1937
(Also known as "Les Perles de la couronne")
French movie about seven pearls and their adventures through history, including some Tudor figures.

Prince and the Pauper, The - 1937
One version of Mark Twain's novel where Edward, the only son of Henry VIII, trades places with a boy from the London slums.

Prince and the Pauper, The - 1962
Another version of Twain's novel.

Private Life of Henry VIII, The - 1933
Charles Laughton plays Henry in the story of the monarch and his six wives. Laughton's real-life wife Elsa Lanchester plays Anne of Cleves.

Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The - 1939
Bette Davis plays Elizabeth I and Errol Flynn is the dashing Earl of Essex.
Also known as "Elizabeth and Essex" and "Elizabeth the Queen"

Queen Elizabeth - 1912
Sarah Bernhardt stars as the Queen in this silent movie. Also known by the French title Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth

Reign (TV series) - 2013
Adelaide Kane stars as a young Mary Queen of Scots, set during her time in France

Richard III - 1954
Laurence Olivier plays the last of the Plantagenet Kings

Richard III - 1995
Recent version of the Shakespeare play set in an alternative fascist England. Sir Ian McKellen as Richard.

(There have been several film versions of Richard III. I've included the best known. Henry VII makes an appearance, so I guess it counts as a Tudor movie! See also "Looking for Richard, above")

Sea Hawk - 1940
Flora Robson plays Elizabeth I and Errol Flynn plays a buccaneer during the time of the Armda.

Seven Seas to Calais - 1962
Italian film with the full cast of Elizabethan characters. Rod Taylor as Sir Francis Drake, Irene Worth as Elizabeth I.

Shadow of the Tower, The (TV series) - 1972
James Maxwell plays Henry VII in a TV series similar to "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and "Elizabeth R".

Shakespeare in Love - 1998
Joseph Fiennes stars as the Bard himself. Dame Judi Dench plays the older Queen Elizabeth I.

Six Wives of Henry VIII, The (TV series) - 1971
Keith Michell stars as Henry VIII in this excellent 6-part BBC series.

Sword and the Rose, The - 1953
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Also known as "When Knighthood was in Flower", but not to be confused with the 1908 and 1922 versions with that title)
Starring Glynis Johns. The tale of Mary Tudor (sister of Henry VIII) and Charles Brandon.

Tower of London, The - 1939
Basil Rathbone as Richard III. (Actually, this is sort of outside of the time period, but the character of Henry Tudor is included)

Tudors, The - (2007 - 2009?)
Showtime series on Henry VIII, wives and family

Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary, The - 2008
Independent film on the life of Mary Tudor (more information)

Virgin Queen, The - 1923
Black and white silent film. Diana Manners stars as Elizabeth I

Virgin Queen, The - 1955
Bette Davis stars again as Elizabeth I.

Virigin Queen, The (TV mini-series) - 2005
BBC drama with Anne-Marie Duff as Elizabeth I.

When Knighthood Was in Flower - 1908
The first version of the tale of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon. A silent, black and white short film.

When Knighthood Was in Flower - 1922
The second film version of the story of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon. Silent and in black and white.

White Queen, The - 2013
Series about the women of the Wars of the Roses (featuring Margaret Beaufort and Elizabeth Woodville, among others) based on Philippa Gregory's novel.

Wolf Hall (TV mini-series) - 2014
BBC mini series based on the book by Hilary Mantel

Young Bess - 1953
Jean Simmons plays the teenage Princess Elizabeth. Stewart Grainger is Thomas Seymour and Deborah Kerr as Queen Katherine Parr.




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