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The Best Napoleonic War Movies Ever Made

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Here is a list of the best films depicting the era of Napoleon in Europe include films about the Napoleonic war and the battle of waterloo. 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!

You can also click here for the Complete Guide to All Napoleonic War Films, or for The Best Actors Who Played Napoleon Bonaparte.

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