The Best Napoleonic War Movies Ever Made Films
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The Best Napoleonic War Movies Ever Made

List Criteria: Movies must take place during the Napoleon Wars

A list of the best films depicting the era of Napoleon in Europe. The Napoleonic Era is technically the fourth stage of the French Revolution, the chaotic series of events that started in the summer of 1789 with the Tennis Court Oath and the Storming of the Bastille prison. It begins in 1799 with General Napoleon Bonaparte's coup of 18 Brumaire, replacing the French Government with a Consulate and ends with Bonaparte's defeat at Waterloo in 1815.

Napoleon's various invasions and occupations across Europe during this time - including Germany, Russia, Austria, Spain and Italy - inspired many of these films, creating a general air of unpredictability and anxiety across the continent. Some of the likewise directly deal with the military side of Napoleon's Empire, such as "The Duellists" (which follows two French officers in Napoleon's army) and "Master and Commander" (about the crew of a British warship following an ambush by a French privateer.)

What are the best Napoleon movies? This is an Open List, so if you notice any great Napoleonic Era movies missing, add them at the bottom of the page. And be sure to vote for your favorite films to push them to the top of the list!

[Click here for the Complete Guide to All Napoleonic War Films.]
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    Orson Welles, Christopher Plummer, Rod Steiger

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    Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Joseph Morgan

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    Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Christopher Lee, Gregory Peck, Stanley Baker

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    Danielle Darrieux, Jean Marais, Jean-Pierre Aumont

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    Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Anita Ekberg

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    new! & added by Countermoon Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Marisa Berenson

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    Orson Welles, Claudia Cardinale, Jack Palance

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    Antonin Artaud, Albert Dieudonné, Gina Manès

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    added by bojanthebest Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Harold Gould

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    Monica Bellucci, Matt Damon, Lena Headey

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