The 5 best historical romance movies ever made deal with English aristocrats, former queens, scandalous mistresses and an ill-fated luxury ocean liner. Some movies are based on fictional accounts of "what probably happened" during various historical eras. Many of these best historical romance movies use more of the facts in their story-telling, instead of embellished fiction.
- "Elizabeth" (1998). Starring Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I of England, this historical romance movie tells the tale of a young Elizabeth and her romance with her lover, Lord Robert Dudley. Elizabeth the I was the daughter of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. Elizabeth's life was a tumultuous one: she lost her mother at a young age and then was declared illegitimate by her own father. At age 21 she was tried for treason by her own half-sister Mary. Elizabeth was crowned the reigning Queen of England at the tender age of 25. The Catholics despised her for being a Protestant and the royal council wouldn't allow her to marry the love of her life for he wasn't deemed worthy.
- "Titanic" (1997). Based on actual events and a bit of fictional storytelling, this five best historical romance movie made the world fall in love with its characters and weep for the tragic loss that occurred in April of 1912. "Titanic" allows movie-goers to see what the sinking of this ocean liner may have been like. No one will ever really know for sure except those that were there. But James Cameron (Director) did his best to bring this epic tale to life and add romantic depth to it. It's an exceptional story of young love and also one where fate stepped in and dealt a shattering blow. For years, "Titanic" was the highest grossing movie ever made. It was finally beaten in box-office numbers by Cameron's other movie "Avatar" in 2009.
- "The Young Victoria" (2009). Emily Blunt plays a young Queen Victoria in this historical romance movie. It explains her initial years of rule and her budding romance with Prince Albert. Victoria must deal with pushy mother and consort who do not agree with her ideas of reform. Prince Albert assists her only politically at first, but soon finds himself falling in love as does she. Victoria proposed marriage to her future spouse and together they restore order with her trusted alliance's approval.
- "The Duchess" (2008). This five best historical romance movie tells the story of Georgiana Spencer, the 18th century Duchess of Devonshire. She married the Duke in 1774 and soon found marriage to be quite disappointing. The Duke was a philanderer yet ordered her to produce a male heir. Georgiana makes a trusted friend in Lady Bess of Devonshire, but her husband disapproves. The duchess was a spirited woman who didn't care what people thought of her actions. She lived extravagantly, had an affair of her own with a man she loved and once her husband discovered this, gave her an ultimatum: her affair or her children.
- "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008). A powerful romance and historic drama, "The Other Boleyn Girl" showcases both Boleyn sisters – Mary and Anne – and each of their relationships with King Henry VIII. Unless you're avid study of The Tudor's history, not many people knew about Mary's relationship with King Henry. This gripping tale of greed, misfortune, family betrayal and blinding love stars Natalie Portman (Anne), Scarlett Johansson (Mary) and Eric Bana (King Henry VIII).