Best movies about the English Civil Wars?

Dec 2009
5,615
Canada
#1
Kind of interesting that a Brit asked about the best US civil war movies, so following from Earl of Rochester's thread, I as a North American would like to ask the question; what are the best movies about the English Civil Wars?

The ones which I have seen and for the most part enjoyed was Cromwell, To Kill a King, and then the miniseries The Devil's Whore (or Mistress as it was shown in the US).

I'd say the only one I didn't enjoy as much was Cromwell, but that's because it felt somewhat dated. It was still a good film though.

I've also seen Witchfinder General, but I don't really consider that to be an ECW movie, even if it's set in the time period, given that it's more of a horror flick.

Are there any that have a more favourable position of the Royalist cause?
 

BenSt

Ad Honorem
Aug 2013
4,565
Canada, originally Clwyd, N.Wales
#2
I really enjoyed The Devil's Whore. I thought Peter Capaldi really captured Charles II.

There's also, although indirectly, a surreal thriller called: [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Field_in_England]A Field in England - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
 

Nemowork

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Jan 2011
8,232
South of the barcodes
#3
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moonraker]The Moonraker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

Its a bit of dumb swashbuckler but its great fun, trying to smuggle Chuck the 2nd out of England as assorted roundheads pursue him to a coastal inn.
 
Oct 2013
3,463
Montreal, QC
#6
A Field in England is probably the strangest movie I've ever viewed. Some deserters after an ECW battle run off to find a pub, but get high on mushrooms. There was probably some really pretentious deeper meaning behind it, but I didn't understand it. The cinematography was amazing, though, and the outfits were impressive. I realise it was supposed to be a thriller, but I was in tears from laughing for quite a bit of it. It wasn't funny, per se, but it was weird.

The ending was absolute madness. Listen to TE: Your brain will melt.
 
Mar 2014
6,532
Beneath a cold sun, a grey sun, a Heretic sun...
#7
A Field in England is probably the strangest movie I've ever viewed. Some deserters after an ECW battle run off to find a pub, but get high on mushrooms. There was probably some really pretentious deeper meaning behind it, but I didn't understand it. The cinematography was amazing, though, and the outfits were impressive. I realise it was supposed to be a thriller, but I was in tears from laughing for quite a bit of it. It wasn't funny, per se, but it was weird.

The ending was absolute madness. Listen to TE: Your brain will melt.
I haven't actually seen it yet. It was playing at my local repertory theatre last year. When it comes back I'll catch it. I'm saving that one for the big screen.
 

BenSt

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Aug 2013
4,565
Canada, originally Clwyd, N.Wales
#8
My brain melted a long time ago. Good thing I'm a Changeling and my natural state is liquid :)

This is really dredging the bottom of the barrel, but there's also the classical mini-special episode of Black-Adder: The Cavalier Years

[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackadder:_The_Cavalier_Years]Blackadder: The Cavalier Years - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

which is, freely available on Youtube...
 

BenSt

Ad Honorem
Aug 2013
4,565
Canada, originally Clwyd, N.Wales
#10
There seems to be a lot more about the Restoration. I can think off the top of my head half a dozen movies to do with that, some examples:

Charles II: The Power and the Passion
The First Churchills
The Libertine
 

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