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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!

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Waterloo Orson Welles, Christopher Plummer, Rod Steiger

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Joseph Morgan

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The Duellists Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Pete Postlethwaite

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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. Christopher Lee, Stanley Baker, Virginia Mayo

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Napoléon Danielle Darrieux, Jean Marais, Jean-Pierre Aumont

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War and Peace Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Anita Ekberg

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Countermoon added Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Hardy Krüger

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Austerlitz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Napoleonic War Movies Ever Made
Austerlitz Orson Welles, Claudia Cardinale, Jack Palance

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Napoléon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Napoleonic War Movies Ever Made
valeriu-popa added Napoléon John Malkovich Christian Clavier Isabella Rossellini Gérard Depardieu Alexandra Maria Lara

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Napoléon Antonin Artaud, Albert Dieudonné, Gina Manès

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kerthialfad added Pan Tadeusz Daniel Olbrychski, Michał Żebrowski, Andrzej Seweryn

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Le Souper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Napoleonic War Movies Ever Made
DGiiii added Le Souper Claude Brasseur Claude Rich

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Monsieur N. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Napoleonic War Movies Ever Made
DGiiii added Monsieur N. Philippe Torreton

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DGiiii added Colonel Chabert Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Fabrice Luchini

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bojanthebest added Love and Death Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Jessica Harper

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The Brothers Grimm Monica Bellucci, Matt Damon, Lena Headey