Since the beginning of the entertainment industry, war has been a popular topic. Numerous documentaries have documented the devastation caused by war over the years. Despite the fact that Hollywood has made movies about every major war, there is something unique about those set during the Napoleonic Wars. During this time period, France and other parts of Europe were involved in a number of wars, many of which were commanded by Napoleon I. It’s hard to believe that more than two centuries have passed since the Napoleonic Wars, but many of these films continue to be popular today because of their timeless appeal. Check out this list of the top 10 Napoleonic War films of all time.
10. A Girl Against Napoleon
A Girl Against Napoleon, sometimes known as The Devil Made a Woman, is a 1959 Spanish film. This is a love story as much as it is a war story. During the course of the film, Carmen falls in love with two men at once. The men end up fighting on opposing sides during the conflict.
9. Lines of Wellington
Lines of Wellington was never well-known in the United States because it was a Portuguese film. Then then, it was well deserved. The film was released in 2012 and depicts the toll that conflict can exact on the participants as well as the general public. This year, Lines of Wellington was nominated for an Academy Award, but it didn’t win.
8. Bruc, The Manhunt
When the Napoleonic Army loses a battle to a lone drummer kid who uses the sound of his drum to generate an echo that throws the warriors into a rage, The Manhunt is set in Bruc, France in 1808. On hearing of the setback, Napoleon orders his forces to track down the youngster, behead him, and bring back the head.
7. War and Peace
Since its publication in 1869, War and Peace has been made into a number of films. Taking place during the Napoleonic era, the tale revolves around three people. War and Peace features a love triangle, like A Girl Against Napoleon. The novel revolves around a variety of themes, including those related to family and pain.
The Battle of Austerlitz, which took place in the winter of 1805, is the subject of this film, which also includes Napoleon’s crowning. The film, which came out in 1960, was made in France but dubbed into English. There are certain scenes that weren’t included in the dub of the French version of the film.
Despite the fact that Napoleon is a miniseries, it warrants a place on this list. A 2002 two-part film on Napoleon I’s ascent through the ranks of the French army, Napoleon follows his every move. The project was well-executed and had a compelling plot, as well as excellent aesthetics. An Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes in a Miniseries, Movie or Special was given to the show, which had been nominated for seven awards in the Primetime Emmys competition.
4. The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo, a 2002 film adaptation of the 1844 novel, is a timeless tale. In contrast to many of the other films on this list, the story does not center on conflict. To put it another way, the conflict — and Napoleon in particular — serve as a kind of backdrop to the key characters’ personal lives and relationships. Edmond Dantès (played by Jim Caviezel in the film) is a guy who is falsely accused of a crime he did not commit by a jealous buddy.
3. The Duellists
In 1977, The Duellists premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and received the Best Debut Film award.. In the film, a misunderstanding between two military personnel leads to a duel in which both men feel insulted. Afterwards, the situation develops into a long-term conflict that continues to this day.
Inspired by the historic Battle of Waterloo, this film offers a rare look into the past. In the film, Napoleon is on the verge of losing his empire, and he’s ready to take on the British army head-to-head in order to preserve all he’s worked so hard to achieve. Even though the film is based on a fictional story, it was based on real events.
1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World
In terms of Napoleonic Wars films, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is probably the most widely recognized. As a British military captain determined to track down a strong French ship off the coast of South America, Russell Crowe takes on the role.