Sex, Death, And War: Real Life Royalty On Streaming

Written By kom nampuldu on Minggu, 15 Maret 2015 | 20.49

E! is due to debut its very first original scripted drama, The Royals, tonight at 10/9 PM C. The show stars Elizabeth Hurley as a bombshell queen of England who must not only rule Britannia, but find a way to keep her wild and rebellious kids in line. All the while, the king is considering dissolving the monarchy.

It's meant to be a fun, trashy late night soap opera, and that's probably because real life royalty has been delivering high drama since the dawn of civilization. While you could watch E!'s completely fictive take on royal drama, there is also a plethora of amazing movies and sumptuous television shows on streaming that focus on the stories of the monarchs who lived, loved, ruled, and died in real life.

1

'The White Queen'

The War of the Roses gets a surprising lack of love from TV and film, which is surprising if only because it's pretty much just Game of Thrones with more death and fewer dragons. The White Queen tells the story of that conflict from the perspectives of the women who were pulling the strings from behind the scenes. This series is romantic, dramatic, and yes, there are some super hot sex scenes. [Watch The White Queen]

2

'The Tudors'

Henry VIII married, divorced, beheaded, lost, and left a total of six wives. When The Tudors debuted on Showtime, it promised to give us a new, fresh, sexy take on that very well-tread era in British history. How? By focusing on the often ignored fact that young Henry VIII was hot. The show may or may not have succeeded in telling a compelling and deep version of historical events, but it did give us Henry Cavill's bare butt and our stateside introduction to the bewitching Natalie Dormer. [Watch The Tudors]

3

'Reign'

You can't get in deep with the Tudors and Queen Elizabeth without hearing the name, Mary, Queen of Scots. Because most films and shows focus on Elizabeth and her parents, the charismatic queen is usually an off-screen threat. This is a shame because unlike Eilzabeth, who never married, Mary was married thrice. Each marriage was seeped in scandal and all of her romances weighed down by the stress of politics. For whatever reason, the CW was one of the first networks to realize that her life, and not the "Virgin Queen's," might make a good soap.  [Watch Reign]

4

'The Madness of King George'

Royalty + Helen Mirren + Dimensia? Talk about an Oscar-bait trifecta! The film was nominated for a number of awards in 1995 and gave us one of our first glances stateside at Rupert Everett. It's beautifully filmed and features magnificent performances. If that's not enough to convince you to watch this great drama, it's from the director of Center Stage. [Watch The Madness of King George]

5

'Marco Polo'

Feeling like there's a bit too much of the British Isles on this list? Go back in time to the opulent court of Kublai Kahn with Netflix's Marco Polo. The series is supposed to be about the tensions between East and West, father and son, and the journey of one plucky Italian. However, the real stand out of the show is Joan Chen as the subtly manipulative and devastatingly beautiful Empress Chabi. [Watch Marco Polo]

6

'A Royal Affair'

I will shamelessly take any opportunity I can to tell people that they should watch A Royal Affair, and so you'll have to just accept its inclusion on this list. It's about a real-life love affair between a Danish queen and a royal physician. It's smart, tragic, and romantic. Oh, and it features a great subplot about the importance of vaccinating your children. You can't get that from every movie out there. [Watch A Royal Affair]

7

'Anne of The Thousand Days'

For whatever reason, Hollywood can't let go of the Tudors. They are constantly retelling the story of Henry VIII, his six wives, the beguiling Anne Boleyn, and their daughter, Elizabeth I. For my money, the best version of this tale isn't from premium cable. Anne Of The Thousand Days tells Anne Boleyn's story with wit and restraint. It also features the radiant Genevieve Bujold as a passionate, articulate, and incredibly intelligent Anne. [Where to Watch Anne Of The Thousand Days]

8

'House of Saddam'

Not into European monarchs in massive corsets? There is a new, more vicious kind of monarch today: the dictator. House of Saddam looks at the life and career of one of the most infamous despots in recent history and tries to paint the man as, well, a man. [Where to Watch House of Saddam]

9

'Marie Antoinette'

Sofia Coppola injected some much needed rock & roll into the story of one of history's most beguiling figures in Marie Antoinette. Kirsten Dunst stars as the young, naive Austrian royal who is sent to rule France during one of the most turbulent times in history. She eats cake, collects shoes, and wins you over despite the fact that she's not the cleverest or most strong-willed queen to ever wear a crown. [Where to Watch Marie Antoinette]

10

'Elizabeth I'

Oh, look! It's Helen Mirren again! The celebrated British actress is one of countless women to portray one of history's most powerful women, Queen Elizabeth I, on screen. This HBO miniseries focuses on the monarch during her turbulent later years. Can the aging, unmarried queen maintain her control over the court just as she's losing her heart to a younger man (Hugh Dancy)? [Watch Elizabeth I]

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