1. The King’s Speech Momentum Theatrical
After his brother abdicates, Bertie (Colin Firth) must assume his new position as king. Just one problem: a paralyzing stammer, which gives the impression of a weak and insecure wartime leader. With the help of an unlikely Aussie speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush), Bertie gains a friend, and manages to find his voice.
2. The Other Boleyn Girl Columbia Pictures
Motivated by their family’s relentless hunger for power, Anne and Mary Boleyn inadvertently end up vying for King Henry VIII’s (Eric Bana) attention, love and royal endowment. Complete with romance and betrayal, a family is torn apart as love fades, hatred simmers and heads roll!
3. Elizabeth Universal Pictures
From her rise to the throne to her early reign as Queen, Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) captured our hearts from the very beginning. As she refutes the notion of marriage for security—and a little thing like producing an heir—she entangles herself in a heated regal romance with Lord Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes).
4. The Princess Bride Lionsgate
A bedtime story turns into a tale of true love and adventure when Westley (Cary Elwes) tries to rescue buttercup (Robin Wright), his childhood love, from a forced wedding to Prince Humperdink. Including close encounters with a giant, an archrival from the past, and a slew of other unusual characters, the journey is anything but dull.
5. Coming to America Paramount Pictures
Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) flees the pampered surroundings of his native Zamunda for the good ol’ U.S. of A. in search of a woman who can arouse his intellect and loins. His quest for a queen affords Murphy and costar Arsenio Hall ample opportunities to flex their comedic muscles in a host of over-the-top characters.
6. Shakespeare in Love Miramax Films
Queen Elizabeth (Dame Judy Dench) may not be onscreen for long, but her performance packs such a punch in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet’s theatrical debut that we just couldn’t leave it off the list. This famous Will finds his true love dressed not in a sheer mini, but in drag, on stage in 16th-century London. The only problem: She’s already engaged to nobility. The cross-dressing, star-crossed-lovers’ affair offers equal parts humor and ardor before the curtain falls on their romance.
7. The Young Victoria Apparition
A newly crowned Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) stands up against the constant manipulation within her court and follows her heart into the arms of her true love, Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). The film features a masterful, Golden Globe-nominated performance by Blunt as the courageous young queen.
8. Marie Antoinette Columbia Pictures
Writer-director Sofia Coppola serves up a rockin’ royal portrait for the MTV generation. This fast-paced retelling of Marie Antoinette’s (Kirsten Dunst) scandalous, ill-fated reign as Queen of France plays like a music video but ends like a Shakespearean tragedy.
9. The Queen Miramax Films
Prince William’s granny takes to the big screen in a behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Family in the wake of Princess Diana’s tragic death. Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II is a must-see for royal watchers, though it’s been reported that the actual Queen refuses to view it, as she does not wish to relive “one of the worst weeks of her life.”
10. Monty Python and the Holy Grail Cinema 5 Distributing
Easily the funniest royal movie ever made, this farcical look at Camelot is sure to have even the most proper of princes rolling off his throne with laughter. King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his bumbling Knights of the Round Table set out to find the Holy Grail, facing off against a killer rabbit, a three-headed giant and John Cleese’s farts along the way.
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