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The Best Movies About Royalty 

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Updated May 12, 2020 7.9k votes 1.2k voters 70.5k views 38 items

List Rules Films about kings, queens, and all things royal. Vote up the best, most royal movies.

Most of us are fascinated with the life of royalty. We love to know all the little details of what living in a palace would be like, what it would be like to go from being a common person to marrying a royal, and we absolutely love the true stories of how royalty has affected the world around us in history. There are a ton of great films about royalty (and greatly inaccurate films about royalty)! What are the best movies about royalty? Vote up the best below and see where your favorites rank!

The movies on this list all have a royalty theme in them, whether completely fictional in nature, a rags to riches story, a true historic and biographical approach, or a story of how actual kings or queens impacted their countries. No matter what aspect of royalty you're interested in, there is sure to be a movie to satisfy your curiosity below.

This list features the best royalty movies including, The Lion King, The King’s Speech, The Queen, Cinderella, Elizabeth, Ever After, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and The Princess Diaries. Vote up the best royalty movies below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom Hooper

The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an ...more

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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Stephen Frears

The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by ...more

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Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Shekhar Kapur

Elizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England, alongside Geoffrey Rush, ...more

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Elizabeth: The Golden Ag... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Eddie Redmayne

Released: 2007

Directed by: Shekhar Kapur

Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a 2007 sequel to the 1998 film Elizabeth, directed by Shekhar Kapur and produced by Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. It stars Cate Blanchett in the title ...more

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The Young Victoria is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
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Released: 2009

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

The Young Victoria is a 2009 British-American period drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes, based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria, and her ...more

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Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch

Released: 2008

Directed by: Justin Chadwick

The Other Boleyn Girl is a 2008 historical romantic drama film directed by Justin Chadwick, based on the 2001 novel by Philippa Gregory. 16th-century aristocrats Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) ...more

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The Man in the Iron Mask... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Laurie, John Malkovich

Released: 1998

Directed by: Randall Wallace

The Man in the Iron Mask is a 1998 adventure film directed, produced, and written by Randall Wallace, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role as the title character and villain, Jeremy ...more

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Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

Released: 1998

Directed by: Andy Tennant

Ever After is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, and Dougray Scott. The ...more

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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

Released: 2001

Directed by: Garry Marshall

The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Victoria & Abdul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Victoria & Abdul is a 2017 British-American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. Based on the book by Shrabani Basu, the movie centers on the real-life relationship ...more
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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

Released: 1997

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Susan Beak, Geoff Beak

Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by former Disney animation directors Don Bluth ...more

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The Madness of King Geor... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett

Released: 1994

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

The Madness of King George is a 1994 British biographical historical comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner and adapted by Alan Bennett from his own play, The Madness of George III. It ...more

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The Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Adamson

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published ...more

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Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant

Released: 2018

Directed by: Josie Rourke

Mary Queen of Scots is a 2018 British-American historical drama film directed by Josie Rourke, based on John Guy's biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. After failing to ...more

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau

Released: 1963

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more

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The Favourite is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Released: 2018

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

The Favourite is a 2018 biographical historical film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The close relationship between Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) is threatened by ...more

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Henry V is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench

Released: 1989

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Henry V is a 1989 British drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name about King Henry V of England. The film stars ...more

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton

Released: 1959

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kevin Lima

Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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First Knight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

First Knight is a 1995 medieval film based on Arthurian legend, directed by Jerry Zucker. It stars Richard Gere as Lancelot, Julia Ormond as Guinevere, Sean Connery as King Arthur and Ben Cross ...more

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Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more

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A Royal Affair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
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Released: 2012

Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel

A Royal Affair is a 2012 Danish romantic drama film directed by Nikolaj Arcel. A young queen (Alicia Vikander), who is married to an insane king (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard), falls secretly in love ...more
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Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Rose Byrne

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sofia Coppola

Marie Antoinette is a 2006 historical drama film directed by Sofia Coppola. The retelling of Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst), from her marriage to her reign and to her eventual downfall.

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Royalty
Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Engler

Downton Abbey is a 2019 British historical period drama film directed by Michael Engler, and a continuation of the TV series. The Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English ...more