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The 25 Best Royal Movies for Maximum Palace Intrigue

It's good to be king and/or queen. 👑

the princess diaries anne hathaway and julie andrews playing royals
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We all love films about messy families who live for drama—and what kind of family is messier than a royal family? Whether they're based on real-life historical monarchs or they're totally imaginary, movies about royals are fun to watch, even if only to indulge in that privileged lifestyle. Let me muster up my best Sandra Oh in The Princess Diaries impression and say "The Queen is coming" ...to your movie night. Or the king, or prince, princess, duchess, duke, empress, or emperor...you get it.

Royal movies are not a traditional "genre" per se, but that kind of makes picking a movie to watch all the more fun! Stories about monarchs and courts span both film categories and centuries. So pause your rewatch of The Crown, put on a pot of tea, and let's get into the 25 best royal movies.

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1 'Marie Antoinette'

I know it's not the point, but I would 100 percent live in this vibe forever. Sofia Coppola's comedy gives the historically mocked queen a second chance. Much deserved, if you ask me!

WATCH ON HULU

2 'The Favourite'

It's shocking, sexy, rude, and about a queen you probably don't know that much about... The Favorite RULES, it SLAPS, it RIPS, etc.

WATCH ON DISNEY+

3 'The Prince & Me'

Before The Princess Switch, A Christmas Prince, and even Red White and Royal Blue, there was this modern royalty rom-com.

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4 'The Princess Bride'

Royalty is the obstacle in this comedy, which is kind of rare. Buttercup is trying to get away from the palace, thank you very much.

WATCH ON DISNEY+

5 'The Last Emperor'

Based on the autobiography of Puyi, the last Chinese Emperor, this movie won Best Picture and like eight other Oscars including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. It's good!

WATCH ON HBO MAX

6 'The Princess Diaries'

As a curly-haired person, this movie gave me bad self-esteem, but I understand that a lot of y'all like it. Just don't watch it with me unless you want to hear about my trauma.

WATCH ON DISNEY+

7 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'

For those who like their King Arthur's a little silly and their knights who say "Ni!"

WATCH ON NETFLIX

8 'Elizabeth'

This sexy historical drama was like the definitive take on Elizabeth I in the '90s.

WATCH ON APPLE TV+

9 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'

Americans, at least, could probably tell you more about fictional royal families than real ones. The royal family of Gondor in Lord of the Rings and the birthright that Aragorn claimed is absolutely one of them.

WATCH ON HBO MAX

10 'Richard III'

Obviously, a lot of Shakespeare plays are about royalty, but I want to shout out this adaptation with Ian McKellen and a young Robert Downey Jr. — you're welcome!

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11 'Cleopatra'

It doesn't get much more epic than Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra. With this film, Elizabeth became the first actress to make $1 million for a single motion picture. There's also a lot of BTS drama that would make real-life royals gossip, but I'll leave that for you to find out.

WATCH ON DISNEY+

12 'Coming to America'

The classic comedy got a sequel in 2021, but you can't beat the original.

WATCH ON HBO MAX

13 'The King's Speech'

When The Crown first premiered, most of us were already familiar with Elizabeth's father because of The King's Speech. The Academy Award-winning film features a killer performance from Colin Firth and gets into what it's like to learn on the job as a royal.

WATCH ON DISNEY+

14 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'

Guy Ritchie's fast-paced adaptation of the iconic tale isn't everyone's favorite, but does everyone's favorite have Charlie Hunnam? The defense rests, your honor.

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15 'Roman Holiday'

It's a classic film, a classic Audrey Hepburn performance, and a classic royal trope: princess sneaks out and falls in love. It's like Aladdin with vespas instead of magic carpets.

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16 'Troy'

This iconic '00s "too hot for English class" version of The Iliad deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame. (Or maybe you're more of a Tristan & Isolde girlie. I respect it.)

WATCH ON NETFLIX

17 'The Madness of King George'

You might be more familiar with King George as depicted in Hamilton, or even Bridgerton. But the adaptation Alan Bennett's play is a comedic classic.

WATCH ON TUBI

18 'Black Panther'

There are a handful of royal families in the Marvel Cinematic UniverseThor and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings both dabble with regal themes.But the way Black Panther introduced a detailed and complex monarchy is unmatched. Plus, only one MCU royal family has the Dora Milaje.

WATCH ON DISNEY+

19 'Anastasia'

Grandma, it's me. 😭

WATCH ON DISNEY+

20 'Dune'

Space Prince Chalamet tooooootally counts. The movie is about dueling royal families! Just, you know, in space and with worms.

WATCH ON HBO MAX

21 'The Man in the Iron Mask'

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this film, which is low-key a sequel to The Three Musketeers, as twin brothers separated at birth who couldn't be less alike. Imagine if the prince in The Prince and the Pauper was a f*ckboy... because this is worse.

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22 'Mary Queen of Scots'

Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, and Joe Alwyn all in one movie with double the royalty and rivalry? Don't mind if I do. Soon enough, we'll be able to have a double feature with this and Barbie.

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23 'The Young Victoria'

You know about the Victorian age, but how much do you know about Victoria the Queen? The Love Actually needle drop in the trailer is more than just a jump scare. The romance between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is one for the ages, and how can you resist Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend?!

WATCH ON HULU

24 'Jupiter Ascending'

Lana and Lilly Wachowski were wild for this one—but I kind of love it?? The royal family in question may be far away in space, but they're dramatic AF. You haven't lived until you've watched Eddie Redmayne's petty prince throw a tantrum. Even Joffrey from Game of Thrones would be shook.

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25 'A Little Chaos'

Fun fact: this Versailles-set royal movie was directed by Alan Rickman, who also stars as King Louis XIV. His court was famously full of gossip, party, and scandal. It's the perfect setting for a love story like this one.

WATCH ON PRIME VIDEO

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