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Movies Set in the 16th & 17th Centuries

The Crucible (1996) Rating: PG-13

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.

A 17th-century Salem woman accuses an ex-lover’s wife of witchery in an adaptation of the Arthur Miller play. 124 minutes.

Elizabeth (1998) Rating: R

Starring Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush.

A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. 124 minutes.

The Libertine (2004) Rating: R

Starring Johnny Depp and Samantha Morton.

The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life’s work. 114 minutes.

The Man In The Iron Mask (1998) Rating: PG-13

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and John Malkovich.

The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?
132 minutes.

The New World (2005) Rating: PG-13

Starring Colin Farrell and Q’orianka Kilcher.

A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century. 135 minutes.

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Rating: PG-13

Starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johannson.

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII. 115 minutes.

Shakespeare In Love (1998) Rating: R

Starring Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow.

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. 123 minutes.

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