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The Best Royalty Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Royalty movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Royalty movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Throne of Blood

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8.1/10
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82/100
Released: 1957
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Returning to their lord's castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit's prophecy comes true, Washizu's scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit's prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa's resetting of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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2. The Fountain

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7.2/10
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77/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax & The Criterion Channel), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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3. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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8.1/10
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77/100
Released: 1943
Drama, Romance

What it's about: General Candy, who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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4. The Private Life of Henry VIII

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7.1/10
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69/100
Released: 1933
Biography, Comedy

What it's about: Renowned for his excess, King Henry VIII goes through a series of wives during his rule. With Anne Boleyn, his second wife, executed on charges of treason, King Henry weds maid Jane Seymour, but that marriage also ends in tragedy. Not one to be single for long, the king picks German-born Anne of Cleves as his bride, but their union lasts only months before an annulment is granted, and King Henry continues his string of spouses.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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5. The Four Feathers

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7.5/10
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69/100
Released: 1939
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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6. Richard III

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7.4/10
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68/100
Released: 1955
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Having helped his brother King Edward IV take the throne of England, the jealous hunchback Richard, Duke of York, plots to seize power for himself. Masterfully deceiving and plotting against nearly everyone in the royal court, including his eventual wife, Lady Anne, and his brother George, Duke of Clarence, Richard orchestrates a bloody rise to power before finding all his gains jeopardized by those he betrayed.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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7. A King in New York

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7.1/10
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61/100
Released: 1957Rated: G
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Due to a revolution in his country, King Shahdov comes to New York—almost broke. To get some money he goes to TV, making commercials and meets the child from communist parents. Due to this he is suddenly a suspected as a communist himself and has to face one of McCarthy's hearings.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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8. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

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61/100
Released: 1964
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: The 5th film in the original Godzilla franchise marked a turning point in the series. Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra must put aside their quarrelsome ways to become allies and defend earth from 3 headed Dragon King Ghidorah.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & FandangoNOW).

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9. The Pearls of the Crown

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60/100
Released: 1937
Comedy, History

What it's about: The story of the seven pearls of the English Crown, from Henry VIII to 1937; three of them missing.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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10. The Rise of Catherine the Great

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44/100
Released: 1934
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The woman who will become Catherine the Great marries into the Russian royal family when she weds Grand Duke Peter, the nephew of Empress Elizabeth. Although the couple has moments of contentment, Peter's cruel and erratic behavior causes a rift between him and Catherine. Mere months after Peter succeeds his aunt as the ruler of Russia, a revolt is brewing, and Catherine is poised to ascend to the throne as the country's new empress.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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11. Princess Yang Kwei Fei

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7.2/10
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44/100
Released: 1955
Drama, History

What it's about: In eighth century China, the Emperor is grieving over the death of his wife. The Yang family wants to provide the Emperor with a consort so that they may consolidate their influence over the court. General An Lushan finds a distant relative working in their kitchen whom they groom to present to the Emperor. The Emperor falls in love with her and she becomes the Princess Yang Kwei-fei. The Yangs are then appointed important ministers, though An Lushan is not given the court position he covets. The ministers misuse their power so much that there is a popular revolt against all the Yangs, fueled by An Lushan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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12. The Drum

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43/100
Released: 1938
Action & Adventure

What it's about: Set in the India of the British Raj, the evil and untrustworthy Prince Guhl (Raymond Massey) plans to wipe out the British troops as they enjoy the hospitality of Guhl's spacious palace. It's up to the loyal young Prince Azim (Sabu) to warn the troops of Guhl's treachery by tapping out a message on his drum.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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13. Fire Over England

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40/100
Released: 1937
Action & Adventure, History

What it's about: The film is a historical drama set during the reign of Elizabeth I (Flora Robson), focusing on the English defeat of the Spanish Armada, whence the title. In 1588, relations between Spain and England are at the breaking point. With the support of Queen Elizabeth I, British sea raiders such as Sir Francis Drake regularly capture Spanish merchantmen bringing gold from the New World.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Vudu & PlayStation Store).

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14. His Royal Slyness

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6.3/10
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39/100
Released: 1920
Comedy

What it's about: A young adventurer trades places with a European prince and falls in love above his station.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & The Criterion Channel).

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15. Death Drums Along the River

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4.8/10
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30/100
Released: 1963
Action & Adventure

What it's about: A British colonial policeman in Africa investigates a murder in a hospital up river.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).