List of book-based war films (wars before 1775)

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A list of films that are based on war books.

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Classical antiquity[edit]

Theban civil war (before 1200 BC)[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Notes
Hercules Unchained
Ercole e la regina di Lidia
1959 Pietro Francisci Italy, France, Spain Seven against Thebes[1] Aeschylus 467 BC Play The film freely adapts the play as a Hercules adventure.
Antigone
Αντιγόνη
1961 Yorgos Javellas Greece Antigone[2] Sophocles 442 BC Play Antigone (the play) was written as a sequel to Seven against Thebes.

Trojan War[edit]

  • Note: The 1997 film, Trojan War, is not related to the Trojan War; it is referred to the condom brand of the same name.

c. 1200 BC

Frequently filmed: The Iliad[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Helen of Troy 1956 Robert Wise USA, Italy, France Iliad Homer 8th century BC Epic poem
The Trojan Horse 1961 Giorgio Ferroni Italy & France Iliad Homer 8th century BC Epic poem
Troy 2004 Wolfgang Petersen USA, Malta, UK Iliad Homer 8th century BC Epic poem
  • Paris gives the sword of Troy to Aeneas whose story continues in The Aeneid.

Frequently filmed: The Aeneid[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Last Glory of Troy 1962 Giorgio Rivalta Yugoslavia, Italy, France Aeneid Virgil 29–19 BC Epic poem

Frequently filmed: The Trojan Women[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Las troyanas 1963 Sergio Véjar Mexico The Trojan Women Euripides 415 BC Play
The Trojan Women 1971 Michael Cacoyannis UK, USA, Greece The Trojan Women Euripides 415 BC Play

Wars of Israel with Philistia and Ammon[edit]

c. 1000 BC

Battle of the Valley of Elah[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
David and Bathsheba 1951 Henry King USA 1 Samuel The Bible  ? Scripture
King David 1985 Bruce Beresford UK & USA 1 Samuel The Bible  ? Scripture

Greco-Persian Wars[edit]

499 BC – 448 BC

Battle of Marathon[edit]

490 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
La battaglia di Maratona 1959 Jacques Tourneur & Mario Bava Italy The Histories (uncredited) Herodotus (uncredited) 440 BC Non-fiction

Battle of Thermopylae[edit]

August or September 480 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The 300 Spartans 1962 Rudolph Maté USA The Histories (uncredited) Herodotus (uncredited) 440 BC Non-fiction
300 2007 Zack Snyder USA 300 Frank Miller 1998 Graphic Novel
  • ♣ His boyhood viewing of this film inspired Frank Miller to create his own graphic novel.

Battle of Salamis[edit]

September 480 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Les Perses * 1961 Jean Prat France The Persians[3] Aeschylus 472 BC[4] Play
Die Perser * 2003 Martin Wuttke Germany The Persians Aeschylus 472 BC Play
  • * television film.

Chinese Warring States Period[edit]

476 BC – 221 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
A Battle of Wits 墨攻 2006 Jacob Cheung Hong Kong Bokko 墨攻 Ken'ichi Sakemi 1991 Novel

Peloponnesian War[edit]

431 BC – 404 BC

Home front[edit]

Protest[edit]
Frequently filmed: Lysistrata[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Lysistrata ou La grève des baisers 1910 Louis Feuillade France Lysistrata
[5]
Aristophanes 411 BC Play
Lysistrata 1976 Ludo Mich Belgium Lysistrata Aristophanes 411 BC Play
Lysistrate * 1982 Inger Åby & Göran Järvefelt Sweden Lysistrata Aristophanes 411 BC Play
Komediya o Lisistrate 1989 Valeri Rubinchik USSR, UK, Greece Lysistrata Aristophanes 411 BC Play
Lisístrata 2002 Francesc Bellmunt Spain Lysistrata Aristophanes 411 BC Play
  • ♠ The French title means Lysistrata, or The Kiss Strike.
  • ♦ This production was performed by a naked cast in order to emphasize the anarchism of Aristophanes.[6]
  • * television film.

Wars of Alexander[edit]

336 BC – 323 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Alexander 2004 Oliver Stone Germany, USA, Netherlands, France, UK, Italy Alexander the Great[7][8][9] (uncredited) Robin Lane Fox ♠ (uncredited) 1974 Non-fiction
  • ♠ Fox is credited as historical advisor, rather than author.[10]

Kalinga War[edit]

265 BC – 264 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Aŝoka 2001 Santosh Sivan India Edicts of Ashoka (uncredited) Ashoka the Great (uncredited) before 231 BC Edicts

Second Punic War[edit]

218 BC – 201 BC

Bulletin ... Film currently in development: Hannibal the Conqueror by director unknown[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Cabiria 1914 Giovanni Pastrone Kingdom of Italy Salammbô Gustave Flaubert 1862 Novel
Scipione l'africano[11] 1937 Carmine Gallone Kingdom of Italy The Histories (uncredited) Polybius (uncredited) before
120 BC
Non-fiction
Hannibal the Conqueror 201? ? ? Hannibal Ross Leckie 200? Novel

Campaigns of Xiang Yu[edit]

Battle of Gaixia[edit]

202 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Farewell My Concubine
霸王别姬
1993 Chen Kaige China Farewell My Concubine Lilian Lee 1993 Novel
  • ♠ The traditional opera which is performed by the characters in the film dramatizes this battle.

Third Servile War[edit]

73 BC – 71 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Spartaco 1913 Giovanni Enrico Vidali Italy Spartaco Raffaello Giovagnoli 1873 Novel
Spartacus 1960 Stanley Kubrick USA Spartacus Howard Fast[12] 1951 Novel
Spartacus 2004 Robert Dornhelm USA Spartacus Howard Fast 1951 Novel

Gallic Wars[edit]

58 BC – 51 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Giulio Cesare, il conquistatore delle Gallie 1962 Tanio Boccia Italy Commentarii de Bello Gallico (uncredited) Julius Caesar (uncredited) after
51 BC
Memoir
Vercingétorix
Druids
2001 Jacques Dorfmann France, Canada, Belgium Commentarii de Bello Gallico (uncredited) Julius Caesar (uncredited) after
51 BC
Memoir

Great Roman Civil War[edit]

49 BC – 44 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Caesar and Cleopatra 1945 Gabriel Pascal UK Caesar and Cleopatra George Bernard Shaw[13] 1898 Play
Cleopatra 1963 Joseph L. Mankiewicz UK, USA, Switzerland Cleopatra (?) Carlo Mario Franzero 19?? Novel
Cleopatra * 1999 Franc Roddam Germany & USA Memoirs of Cleopatra Margaret George 1998 Novel
  • ♠ The 1963 film is chiefly notable for its budget and for a performance by Elizabeth Taylor.
  • * television film.

Frequently filmed: Julius Caesar[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Julius Caesar 1953 Joseph L. Mankiewicz USA Julius Caesar William Shakespeare 1599 Play
Julius Caesar 1970 Stuart Burge UK Julius Caesar William Shakespeare 1599 Play

Final Civil Wars of the Roman Republic[edit]

45 BC –

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Antony and Cleopatra 1972 Charlton Heston UK, Spain, Switzerland Antony and Cleopatra William Shakespeare 1606–1607 Play

Battle of Actium[edit]

2 September 31 BC

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Cleopatra 1963 Joseph L. Mankiewicz UK, USA, Switzerland Cleopatra (?) Carlo Mario Franzero 19?? Novel
  • ♠ The 1963 film includes an admirable account of the battle.
    The series Rome, for budgetary reasons, deals with the aftermath of Actium, not the battle directly.

Roman conquest of Britain[edit]

43–96

Bulletin ... film currently in production: Centurion by Neil Marshall[edit]

Bulletin ... film currently in production: Glastonbury: Isle of Light by David M. Evans[edit]

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Boudicca by director unknown[edit]

Bulletin ... film currently in development: I, Claudius by Jim Sheridan[edit]

Frequently filmed: I, Claudius and Claudius the God[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
I, Claudius * 1976 Herbert Wise UK I, Claudius[14][15] Robert Graves 1934 Novel
I, Claudius 2010 Jim Sheridan UK I, Claudius Robert Graves 1934 Novel
  • * TV miniseries.

Jewish War[edit]

66–73

Siege of Masada[edit]

72–73

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Masada ** 1981 Boris Sagal USA The Antagonists Ernest K. Gann 1971 Novel
God on Trial ♠ * 2008 Andy de Emmony UK & USA The Trial of God
Le procès de Shamgorod tel qu'il se déroula le 25 février 1649 (uncredited)
Elie Wiesel[16] (uncredited) 1979 Play
  • ♠ The trial of God conducted by inmates at Auschwitz includes Masada as evidence.
  • ** TV miniseries.
  • * television film.

End of the Han Dynasty[edit]

Frequently filmed: Romance of the Three Kingdoms[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon 2008 Daniel Lee China Romance of the Three Kingdoms Luo Guanzhong (attributed) c. 1400 Novel
Battle of Red Cliffs[edit]

(赤壁之戰)
208–209

Bulletin ... film now in release: Red Cliff by John Woo (shortened Western Edition)[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Red Cliff
赤壁
2008 John Woo China Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms Chen Shou before 297 Chronicle
Red Cliff,
Part 2
2009 John Woo China Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms Chen Shou before 297 Chronicle

Battle of Milvian Bridge[edit]

312 ♠

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Fabiola 1949 Alessandro Blasetti Italy Fabiola Cardinal Nicholas Patrick Wiseman 1854 Novel
Constantine and the Cross 1962 Lionello De Felice Yugoslavia & Italy De mortibus persecutorum (uncredited) Lactantius (uncredited) c. 320 Non-fiction

Hunnic Invasions[edit]

Campaigns of Attila[edit]

434–453

Razing of Aquileia[edit]

452

Frequently filmed: Attila[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Attila * 2001 Josée Dayan France Attila Temistocle Solera & Francesco Maria Piave 1846 Libretto
  • * TV performance.

Piracy[edit]

Roman Empire[edit]

Frequently filmed: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Ben-Hur[17] 1925 Fred Niblo USA Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Gen. Lew Wallace 1880 Novel
Ben-Hur[18] 1959 William Wyler USA Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Gen. Lew Wallace 1880 Novel

Dark Ages[edit]

c. 500 – c. 1000

Battle of Badon Hill[edit]

c. 500

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Last Legion 2007 Doug Lefler UK, Italy, France L'ultima legione Valerio Massimo Manfredi 2002 Novel

Gothic War[edit]

535–554

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Justinian and Theodora 1910 Otis Turner USA Justinian And Theodora: A Drama, Being A Chapter Of History And The One Gleam Of Light During The Dark Ages Elbert Hubbard & Alice Hubbard 1906 Play
Théodora 1912 Henri Pouctal France Théodora Victorien Sardou 1884 Play
Teodora 1919 Leopoldo Carlucci Italy Théodora Victorien Sardou 1884 Play
Kampf um Rom I 1968 Robert Siodmak &
Andrew Marton (uncredited) & Sergiu Nicolaescu (uncredited)
West Germany, Italy, Romania A Struggle for Rome Felix Dahn 1876 Novel
Kampf um Rom II - Der Verrat 1969 Robert Siodmak &
Andrew Marton (uncredited) & Sergiu Nicolaescu (uncredited)
West Germany, Italy, Romania A Struggle for Rome Felix Dahn 1876 Novel
  • ♠ The IMDb lists a story by Bulwer-Lytton as the source for this film. But there appears to be no such work.
    The 1906 play seems a more likely source.

Swedish-Geatish wars[edit]

Before 600

Frequently filmed: Beowulf[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Grendel Grendel Grendel α 1981 Alexander Stitt Australia Grendel John Gardner 1971 Novel
The 13th Warrior 1999 John McTiernan,
Michael Crichton (uncredited)
USA Eaters of the Dead Michael Crichton 1976 Novel
Beowulf & Grendel 2005 Sturla Gunnarsson Canada, UK, Iceland Beowulf Beowulf poet c. 700–
c. 1000
Epic poem
  • α Animated film.

Frequently filmed: Das Nibelungenlied[edit]

Before 600

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried 1924 Fritz Lang Germany Das Nibelungenlied (uncredited) Nibelungenlied poet (uncredited) c. 1200 Epic poem
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache 1924 Fritz Lang Germany Das Nibelungenlied (uncredited) Nibelungenlied poet (uncredited) c. 1200 Epic poem

Campaigns of Muhammad[edit]

Battle of Badr[edit]

17 March 624

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Mohammad, Messenger of God 1977 Moustapha Akkad Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait Sirah Rasul Allah Ibn Ishaq before 767 Non-fiction

Battle of Uhud[edit]

19 March 625

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Mohammad, Messenger of God 1977 Moustapha Akkad Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait Sirah Rasul Allah Ibn Ishaq before 767 Non-fiction
Muhammad: The Last Prophet 2004 Richard Rich USA Sirah Rasul Allah Ibn Ishaq before 767 Non-fiction

Battle of Roncesvalles[edit]

778

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Song of Roland 1978 Frank Cassenti France La Chanson de Roland Roland poet 1040–1115 Epic poem

War of Wessex with the Danes[edit]

868–878

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Alfred the Great 1969 Clive Donner UK Vita Ælfredi regis Angul Saxonum (uncredited) Asser (uncredited) 893 Non-fiction

Viking Raids[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Vikings 1958 Richard Fleischer USA The Viking Edison Marshall 1951[20] Novel
The War Lord 1965 Franklin Schaffner USA The Lovers: a play in three acts Leslie Stevens 1956[20] Play
  • ♠ Normans fend off Vikings in the Early Middle Ages.

Middle Ages[edit]

Norman Conquest[edit]

1066

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1066 and All That * 1939 ? UK 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England, comprising all the parts you can remember, including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 Genuine Dates W. C. Sellar &
R. J. Yeatman
before 1930 Chronicle
Wilhelm Cuceritorul aka William the Conqueror 1982 Sergiu Nicolaescu Romania & France Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (uncredited) Chronicle compilers before 1154 Chronicle
1066: The Battle for Middle Earth ** May 2009 Justin Hardy UK Carmen de Hastingae Proelio[21] Guy of Amiens 1067 Epic poem
  • * TV musical.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Reconquista[edit]

Bulletin ... upcoming film: King Conqueror by director unknown[edit]

Conquest of Valencia[edit]

1094–1102

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
El Cid 1961 Anthony Mann Italy, USA, UK Cantar de Mio Cid Cid poet before 1207 Epic poem

First Crusade[edit]

1096–1099

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Rytsarskiy roman *
Рыцарский роман
2000 Aleksandr Inshakov Russia Count Robert of Paris Sir Walter Scott 1832 Novel
  • * television film.

Frequently filmed: Gerusalemme liberata[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Le tyran de Jérusalem 1910 Camille de Morlhon France La Jérusalem délivrée Torquato Tasso 1581 Epic poem
Gerusalemme liberata 1910 Enrico Guazzoni Italy Gerusalemme liberata Torquato Tasso 1581 Epic poem
La Gerusalemme liberata 1958 Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia Italy & France Gerusalemme liberata Torquato Tasso 1581 Epic poem
  • ♠ Guazzoni released a version in 1913, and another in 1918. The 1918 version was reissued with sound in 1935.

11th century Scotland[edit]

1000–1099

Frequently filmed: Macbeth[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Macbeth 1908 J. Stuart Blackton USA Macbeth William Shakespeare 1605? Play
Macbeth 1909 Mario Caserini Italy Macbeth William Shakespeare 1605? Play
Macbeth 1948 Orson Welles USA Macbeth William Shakespeare 1605? Play
Throne of Blood 1957 Akira Kurosawa Japan Macbeth William Shakespeare 1605? Play
The Tragedy of Macbeth 1971 Roman Polanski UK & USA Macbeth William Shakespeare 1605? Play
Macbeth horror suite di Carmelo Bene da William Shakespeare * 1997 Carmelo Bene Italy Macbeth William Shakespeare 1605? Play
  • ♠ Feudal Japan is the setting in Kurosawa's version.
  • * television film.

The Anarchy[edit]

1135–1154

Bulletin ... film currently in development: The Pillars of the Earth[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Pillars of the Earth * 2010 In Development Germany & Canada The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett 1989 Novel
  • * television film.

Siege of Shrewsbury Castle[edit]

1138

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
One Corpse Too Many * 1994 ? UK One Corpse Too Many "Ellis Peters" 1979 Novel
  • * television film.

Wars of the Guelphs and Ghibellines[edit]

Campaigns of Frederick Barbarossa[edit]

1155–1177

Battle of Legnano[edit]

29 May 1176

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
La battaglia di Legnano
aka Barbarossa
1910 Mario Caserini Italy La battaglia di Legnano ♠ (unconfirmed) Salvatore Cammarano (unconfirmed) 1849 Libretto - - -

Genpei War[edit]

1180–1185

Battle of Dan-no-ura[edit]

25 April 1185

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Kwaidan 1964 Masaki Kobayashi Japan Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things Lafcadio Hearn 1904 Folk tales - - -
  • ♠ One segment of this anthology film concerns the battle.

Rus–Cuman War[edit]

c. 1185

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Prince Igor
Князь Игорь
1970 Roman Tikhomirov USSR Prince Igor Alexander Borodin before 1887 Libretto - - -

Third Crusade[edit]

1187–1192

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Al Nasser Salah Ad-Din
الناصر صلاح الدين
1963 Youssef Chahine Egypt Al Nasser Salah Ad-Din
An-Nāṣir Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn
Naguib Mahfouz[22] 195? Novel

Frequently filmed: The Talisman[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Il talismano 1911 Cinès Italy The Talisman Sir Walter Scott 1825 Novel
Richard the Lion-Hearted 1923 Chester Withey USA The Talisman Sir Walter Scott 1825 Novel
King Richard and the Crusaders 1954 David Butler USA The Talisman Sir Walter Scott 1825 Novel
Richard lvinoye serdtse
Ричард Львиное Сердце
1992 Yevgeni Gerasimov Russia The Talisman Sir Walter Scott 1825 Novel
Rytsar Kennet
Рыцарь Кеннет
1993 Yevgeni Gerasimov Russia The Talisman Sir Walter Scott 1825 Novel

Frequently filmed: Nathan the Wise[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

Battle of Montgisard[edit]

25 November 1177

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Arn - Tempelriddaren Arn: The Knight Templar 2007 Peter Flinth Sweden, Denmark, Norway Arn: The Knight Templar Jan Guillou 195? Novel

Mongol Invasions[edit]

1206–c. 1300

Campaigns of Genghis Khan[edit]

1206–1227

Bulletin ... film currently in production: The Great Khan by Sergei Bodrov[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea 2007 Shinichirō Sawai Japan & Mongolia Chi hate umi tsukiru made: shōsetsu Chingisu Hān Seiichi Morimura 198? Novel
Mongol Монгол 2007 Sergei Bodrov Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, Germany The Secret History of the Mongols (uncredited) Mongol chronicler (uncredited) after 1227 Non-fiction

Children's Crusade[edit]

1212

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Gates to Paradise 1968 Andrzej Wajda United Kingdom The Gates of Paradise Jerzy Andrzejewski 1960 Novel
Crusade in Jeans 2006 Ben Sombogaart Netherlands Crusade in Jeans Thea Beckman 1973 Novel

First Barons' War[edit]

1215–1217

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
King John 1899 Walter Pfeffer Dando &
William K.L. Dickson
UK King John William Shakespeare c. 1598 Play

Northern Crusades[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Seventh Seal
Det sjunde inseglet
1957 Ingmar Bergman Sweden Wood Painting Trämålning Ingmar Bergman 1954 Play
Malev 2005 Kaaren Kaer Estonia Chronicle of Henry of Livonia Henry of Livonia c. 1224 Chronicle

Battle of the Ice[edit]

5 April 1242

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Alexander Nevsky
Александр Невский
1938 Sergei Eisenstein &
Dmitri Vasilyev[23]
USSR ? ?  ? Non-fiction

Second Barons' War[edit]

1264–1267

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Black Rose 1950 Henry Hathaway USA The Black Rose Thomas B. Costain 1945 Novel

War of the Sicilian Vespers[edit]

1282–1302

Sicilian Vespers[edit]

30 March 1282
Films based on this rebellion tend to be performances of Verdi's opera I vespri siciliani.

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Vespro siciliano 1949 Giorgio Pàstina Italy Cronica di lu rebellamentu di Sichilia contra re Carlu Atanasiu di Iaci (attributed) c. 1290 Chronicle

Battle of the Field of Blackbirds[edit]

15 June 1389

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Battle of Kosovo
Бој на Косову
1989 Zdravko Šotra Yugoslavia Boj na Kosovu Ljubomir Simović 19?? Play

Polish–Teutonic War[edit]

1409–1411

Battle of Grunwald[edit]

15 July 1410

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Krzyżacy 1960 Aleksander Ford Poland The Teutonic Knights Henryk Sienkiewicz[24] 1900 Novel

Hundred Years' War[edit]

1337–1453

Battle of Poitiers[edit]

19 September 1356

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
A Knight's Tale 2001 Brian Helgeland USA The Canterbury Tales (uncredited) Geoffrey Chaucer (uncredited) before 1400 Poem

Battle of Shrewsbury[edit]

21 July 1403

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Chimes at Midnight 1965 Orson Welles France, Spain, Switzerland Five Kings Orson Welles 1939 Play
  • ♠ An Orson Welles film that is very highly regarded by those who have succeeded in seeing it.

Battle of Agincourt[edit]

25 October 1415

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Azincourt by director unknown[edit]
Frequently filmed: Henry V[edit]

Also, Siege of Harfleur
1415

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France 1944 Laurence Olivier UK Henry V William Shakespeare 1599 Play
Henry V 1989 Kenneth Branagh UK Henry V William Shakespeare 1599 Play

Siege of Orléans[edit]

1428–1429

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Joan of Arc 1948 Victor Fleming UK Joan of Lorraine Maxwell Anderson 1946 Play
Jeanne oder Die Lerche * 1956 Franz Peter Wirth West Germany L'Alouette Jean Anouilh 1953 Play
Saint Joan 1957 Otto Preminger USA Saint Joan[25] George Bernard Shaw[13] 1923 Play
  • * television film.

What if ...[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The High Crusade Δ
High Crusade – Frikassee im Weltraum
1994 Klaus Knoesel &
Holger Neuhäuser
Germany The High Crusade Poul Anderson 1960 Novel
Timeline 2003 Richard Donner USA Timeline Michael Crichton 1999 Novel
  • Δ The film preserves the story's date but shifts the context to (a period resembling) the Third Crusade.

Ottoman–Hungarian Wars[edit]

1366–15??

Siege of Eger[edit]

1552

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Egri csillagok 1923 Paul Fejos
Fejős Pál
Hungary Eclipse of the Crescent Moon
Egri csillagok
Géza Gárdonyi 1899 Novel
Egri csillagok 1968 Zoltán Várkonyi Hungary Eclipse of the Crescent Moon
Egri csillagok
Géza Gárdonyi 1899 Novel

What if ...[edit]

Frequently filmed: János Vitéz[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
János vitéz 1924 Alfréd Deésy Hungary János Vitéz Sándor Petőfi 1845 Poem

Ox War of 1421[edit]

1421–1422 (not to be confused with the Ox War of 1611)

Frequently filmed: Der Ochsenkrieg[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Der Ochsenkrieg 1920 Franz Osten Germany Der Ochsenkrieg Ludwig Ganghofer 1914 Novel
Der Ochsenkrieg 1943 Hans Deppe Nazi Germany Der Ochsenkrieg Ludwig Ganghofer 1914 Novel
Der Ochsenkrieg ** 1987 Sigi Rothemund West Germany & Czechoslovakia Der Ochsenkrieg Ludwig Ganghofer 1914 Novel
  • ** TV miniseries.

Ottoman-Albanian War[edit]

1443–14??

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Great Warrior Skanderbeg aka Великий воин Албании Скандербег 1953 Sergei Yutkevich USSR & Albania Historia de vita et gestis Scanderbegi, Epirotarum Principis Marin Barleti c. 1510 Non-fiction

Wars of the Roses[edit]

1453–1487

Frequently filmed: The Black Arrow[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Black Arrow 1948 Gordon Douglas USA The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses Robert Louis Stevenson 1888 Novel The Black Arrow 1958 UK
Chyornaya strela
Чёрная стрела
1985 Sergei Tarasov USSR The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses Robert Louis Stevenson 1888 Novel
Black Arrow * 1985 John Hough USA & Spain The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses Robert Louis Stevenson 1888 Novel
La freccia nera ♠ * 2006 Fabrizio Costa Italy The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses Robert Louis Stevenson 1888 Novel La freccia nera 1968–1969 Italy
  • ♠ Inspired by Stevenson, this Italian version is set in the Tyrol, rather than England.
  • * television film.

Battle of Bosworth Field[edit]

22 August 1485

Frequently filmed: Richard III[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Richard III 1912 André Calmettes &
James Keane
France & USA Richard III William Shakespeare 1591 Play
Richard III 1955 Laurence Olivier UK Richard III William Shakespeare 1591 Play
Richard III 1995 Richard Loncraine UK & USA Richard III William Shakespeare 1591 Play
  • ♠ This version is set in a Fascist Britain.

Burgundian Wars[edit]

1474–1477

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Charles the Bold
La fin de Charles le Téméraire
1910 Georges Denola France Anne of Geierstein,
or The Maiden of the Mist
Sir Walter Scott 1829 Novel

16th century[edit]

Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire[edit]

1519–1521

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Fall of Montezuma 1912 Harry McRae Webster USA Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España (uncredited) Bernal Díaz del Castillo ♠ (uncredited) 1576 Memoir
Captain from Castile 1947 Henry King USA Captain From Castile Samuel Shellabarger 1945 Novel
La Controverse de Valladolid ♦ * 1992 Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe France La Controverse de Valladolid Jean-Claude Carrière 1992 Novel
Fray Bartolomé de las Casas 1993 Sergio Olhovich Mexico Bonfire at Dawn: an historical tableau in four acts based on the life and passion of Fray Bartolomé de las Casas
Las Casas, una hoguera en el amanecer
Jaime Salom 1986[20] Play

Conquest of New Galicia[edit]

Battle of Mactan[edit]

27 April 1521
(This skirmish resulted in the death of Magellan before he had completed his circumnavigation of the globe.)

German Peasants' War[edit]

1524–1525

Frequently filmed: Luther[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Luther 1973 Guy Green USA Luther[26][27] John Osborne 1961 Play

Russo-Kazan Wars[edit]

1467–1552

Bulletin ... Film recently released: Ivan the Terrible by Andrei Eshpai[edit]

Fall of Kazan[edit]

1552

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Boris Godunov 1954 Vera Stroyeva USSR Boris Godunov Modest Mussorgsky 1874 Libretto - - -
  • ♠ A song about Ivan the Terrible and the Fall of Kazan is sung by Varlaam, a drunken vagabond monk, at an inn on the Lithuanian border.

Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire[edit]

1526–1572

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Royal Hunt of the Sun 1969 Irving Lerner UK The Royal Hunt of the Sun Peter Shaffer 1964 Play

Inca Civil War[edit]

1525–1527

Spanish conquest of Chile[edit]

1541–1598

Bulletin ... film currently in production: Finis Terrae: La voluntad de ser by director unknown[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
La Araucana 1971 Julio Coll Chile, Italy, Spain, Peru La Araucana
La Araucana
Alonso de Ercilla 1569/
1578/
1589
Epic poem

Arauco War[edit]

1536–1883

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Cautiverio Feliz
Cautiverio Feliz
1998 Cristián Sánchez Chile Cautiverio feliz
Cautiverio feliz
Francisco Núñez de Pineda
y Bascuñán
1673/
1863
Memoir

Great Italian Wars[edit]

1494–1559

Italian War of 1551–59[edit]

1551–1559

Battle of St. Quentin[edit]

1557

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Return of Martin Guerre 1982 Daniel Vigne France Arrest Memorable (uncredited) Jean de Coras (uncredited) 1565 Memoir
  • ♠ Davis was a consultant on the film.

Russo-Swedish War of 1554[edit]

1554–1557 (followed by the Livonian War [q.v.])

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Gustav Vasa * 1965 Henrik Dyfverman Sweden Gustav Vasa August Strindberg 1899 Play
Kustaa Vaasa * 1969 Mirjam Himberg Finland Gustav Vasa August Strindberg 1899 Play
  • * television film.

Livonian War[edit]

1558–1582 (coincident with the Northern Seven Years' War [q.v.])

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Erik XIV * 1965 Mirjam Himberg Finland Erik XIV August Strindberg 1899 Play
Viimne reliikvia 1969 Grigori Kromanov USSR (Estonian SSR) Furst Gabriel or Last Days of the Pirita Monastery Eduard Bornhöhe 1893 Novel
Kolme katku vahel * 1970 Virve Aruoja USSR (Estonian SSR) Kolme katku vahel Jaan Kross 1970 Novel
Erik XIV * 1974 Kurt-Olof Sundström Sweden Erik XIV August Strindberg 1899 Play
  • * television film.

Takeda campaigns[edit]

Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima[edit]

1561

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Samurai Banners
Fūrin Kazan
1969 Hiroshi Inagaki Japan The Samurai Banner of Furin Kazan
Fūrin Kazan 風林火山
Yasushi Inoue 1955 Novel
Fūrin Kazan ***
Fūrin Kazan
2007 Kazuhiko Shimizu Japan The Samurai Banner of Furin Kazan
Fūrin Kazan 風林火山
Yasushi Inoue 1955 Novel
  • ♠ In addition, Japanese Wikipedia lists 3 radio adaptations of Inoue's novel between 1969 and 2006.
  • *** TV series.

French Wars of Religion[edit]

1562–1598

St. Bartholomew's Day massacre[edit]

1572

Frequently filmed: La Reine Margot[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Queen Margot 1994 Patrice Chéreau France La Reine Margot Alexandre Dumas, père 1845 Novel

Northern Seven Years' War[edit]

1563–1570

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Erik XIV * 1965 Mirjam Himberg Finland Erik XIV August Strindberg 1899 Play
Erik XIV * 1974 Kurt-Olof Sundström Sweden Erik XIV August Strindberg 1899 Play
  • * television film.

Japanese Warring States Period[edit]

1467–1600

Battle of Nagashino[edit]

1575

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Kagemusha 1980 Akira Kurosawa Japan Kōyō Gunkan (uncredited) Kōsaka Masanobu (attributed) 1616 Non-fiction

Eighty Years' War[edit]

1568–1648
(The Dutch Revolt merges into the Thirty Years' War.)

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Alatriste 2006 Agustín Díaz Yanes Spain The Adventures of Captain Alatriste Arturo Pérez-Reverte 1996 Novels - - -

Occupation of the Spanish Netherlands[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Carnival in Flanders[28]
La Kermesse héroïque
1935 Jacques Feyder France &
Nazi Germany
"La Kermesse héroïque" (?) Charles Spaak 1929 Story

Anglo–Spanish War of 1585[edit]

1585–1604

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Sea Hawk 1924 Frank Lloyd USA The Sea Hawk Rafael Sabatini 1915 Novel
Young Bess 1953 George Sidney USA Young Bess Margaret Irwin 1944 Novel

Battle of Gravelines[edit]

1588

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Fire Over England 1937 William K. Howard UK Fire Over England A. E. W. Mason 1936 Novel

17th century[edit]

The Time of Troubles[edit]

1598–1613

Polish–Muscovite War (1605–1618)[edit]

1605–1618

Polish Invasion of 1605[edit]

1605

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Boris Godunov 1954 Vera Stroyeva USSR Boris Godunov Modest Mussorgsky 1874 Libretto - - -
Retaking of Moscow[edit]

1612

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Minin and Pozharsky
Минин и Пожарский
1939 Vsevolod Pudovkin & Mikhail Doller USSR Russians at the Beginning of the XVII Century
Русские в начале XVII века
Viktor Shklovsky 193? Novel

Thirty Years' War[edit]

1618–1648

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Last Valley 1971 James Clavell UK & USA The Fat Valley J.B. Pick 1959 Novel

Frequently filmed: Wallenstein[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Wallenstein, 1. Teil - Wallensteins Macht 1925 Rolf Randolf Germany Wallenstein Part 1 Friedrich Schiller (uncredited)(unconfirmed) 1799 Play
Wallenstein, 2. Teil - Wallensteins Tod 1925 Rolf Randolf Germany Wallenstein Part 2 Friedrich Schiller (uncredited)(unconfirmed) 1799 Play
  • * television film.

Frequently filmed: Simplicius Simplicissimus[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Simplicius Simplicissimus * 1961 Hans Hartleb West Germany Simplicius Simplicissimus Christoffel von Grimmelshausen 1668 Novel
Abenteuerlicher Simplizissimus * 1975 Fritz Umgelter West Germany & France Simplicius Simplicissimus Christoffel von Grimmelshausen 1668 Novel
Simplicius * 1999 Thomas Grimm Switzerland Simplicius Simplicissimus Christoffel von Grimmelshausen 1668 Novel
  • * television film.

Frequently filmed: I Promessi Sposi[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

Frequently filmed: Mother Courage and Her Children[edit]

Brecht's principal character was inspired by the Landstörtzerin Courasche from Grimmelshausen (see above). [29]
[30]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

Siege of Arras[edit]

1640

Frequently filmed: Cyrano de Bergerac[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Cyrano de Bergerac 1950 Michael Gordon USA Cyrano de Bergerac[31] Edmond Rostand 1897 Play
Cyrano de Bergerac 1990 Jean-Paul Rappeneau France Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand 1897 Play

Battle of Rocroi[edit]

19 May 1643

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Alatriste 2006 Agustín Díaz Yanes Spain The Adventures of Captain Alatriste Arturo Pérez-Reverte 1996 Novels - - -

Pictorials[edit]

# Artist Work Date Type Country
Jacques Callot Les Grandes Misères de la guerre 1633 Etchings Lorraine

Siege of La Rochelle[edit]

1627–1628[32]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Under the Red Robe 1923 Alan Crosland USA Under the Red Robe Stanley J. Weyman 1894 Novel
Under the Red Robe 1937 Victor Sjöström UK & USA Under the Red Robe Stanley J. Weyman 1894 Novel

Frequently filmed: The Three Musketeers[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Four Musketeers 1974 Richard Lester Spain & Panama The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas, père 1844 Novel
  • ♠ These versions of the story mention La Rochelle.

Shimabara Rebellion[edit]

1637–1638

Bulletin ... film now in production: Silence by Martin Scorsese[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Silence 2015 Martin Scorsese USA? Silence
沈黙[33]
Shusaku Endo 1966 Novel

Battle of Mbororé[edit]

11 March 1641

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Mission 1986 Roland Joffé UK "1 Corinthians 13"
from 1 Corinthians
St. Paul c. 55 Scripture/
Epistle
  • ♠ The film, in general, depicts the Guarani War of 1756, but it also incorporates this earlier battle.[34]

English Civil War[edit]

1642–1651 (followed by the Commonwealth, the Protectorate and the Restoration)

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Witchfinder General 1968 Michael Reeves UK Witchfinder General Ronald Bassett 1966 Novel
Winstanley 1975 Kevin Brownlow UK Comrade Jacob David Caute 1962 Novel
The Devil's Whore * 2008 Marc Munden UK Wicked Women in the 17th Century Martine Brant 200? Thesis - - -
  • * television film.

Battle of Naseby[edit]

14 June 1645

Frequently filmed: The Children of the New Forest[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Children of the New Forest 1998 Andrew Morgan UK The Children of the New Forest Captain Marryat 1847 Novel

Third English Civil War[edit]

1649–1651

Battle of Worcester[edit]

3 September 1651

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Royal Oak 1923 Maurice Elvey UK The Royal Oak Henry Hamilton & Augustus Harris 188? Play
The Moonraker 1958 David MacDonald UK The Moonraker Arthur Watkyn 19?? Play
Frequently filmed: The Children of the New Forest[edit]
(See above)

English Restoration[edit]

1660

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Forever Amber 1947 Otto Preminger USA Forever Amber Kathleen Winsor 1944 Novel
The First Churchills ** 1969 David Giles UK Marlborough: His Life and Times Winston Churchill[35] 1933–1938 Biography - - -
Restoration 1995 Michael Hoffman USA & UK Restoration Rose Tremain 1989 Novel
Charles II: The Power and the Passion ** 2003 Joe Wright UK King Charles II (uncredited) Lady
Antonia Fraser (uncredited)
1979 Biography - - -
Stage Beauty 2004 Sir Richard Eyre UK & USA Compleat Female Stage Beauty Jeffrey Hatcher 200? Play
The Libertine 2004 Laurence Dunmore UK The Libertine Stephen Jeffreys 1994 Play
  • ** TV miniseries.

Masaniello's Revolt[edit]

1647[36]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Dumb Girl of Portici 1916 Lois Weber &
Phillips Smalley
USA La muette de Portici Germain Delavigne & Eugène Scribe 1828 Libretto - - -
  • ♠ A silent film based on the libretto to Auber's opera.

Khmelnytsky Uprising[edit]

1648–1654

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Le procès de Shamgorod * 1982 Yves-André Hubert France The Trial of God
Le procès de Shamgorod tel qu'il se déroula le 25 février 1649
Elie Wiesel[16] 1979 Play
With Fire and Sword 1999 Jerzy Hoffman Poland With Fire and Sword Henryk Sienkiewicz[24] 1884 Novel
  • * television film.

Frequently filmed: Taras Bulba[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Taras Bulba 1938 Vladimir Strizhevsky & Joseph N. Ermolieff Nazi Germany Taras Bulba Nikolai Gogol 1835 Novel
Tarass Boulba 1936 Alexis Granowsky France & UK Taras Bulba Nikolai Gogol 1835 Novel
The Rebel Son 1938 Adrian Brunel, Albert de Courville, Alexis Granowsky UK Taras Bulba Nikolai Gogol 1835 Novel
Taras Bulba 1962 J. Lee Thompson Yugoslavia & USA Taras Bulba Nikolai Gogol 1835 Novel

The Deluge[edit]

1655–1660

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Colonel Wolodyjowski 1969 Jerzy Hoffman Poland Fire in the Steppe Henryk Sienkiewicz[24] 1888 Novel
The Deluge 1974 Jerzy Hoffman Poland The Deluge Henryk Sienkiewicz[24] 1886 Novel

Ottoman-Habsburg War of 1663[edit]

1663–1664 (Türkenkrieg 1663–1664)

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Der Cornet - Die Weise von Liebe und Tod 1955 Walter Reisch West Germany "The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke"
"Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke"
Rainer Maria Rilke 1906 Story

Second Dutch War[edit]

1665–1667

Capture of New Amsterdam[edit]

(now New York City)
27 August 1664

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Peter Stuyvesant 1924 Frank Tuttle USA Dutch and English on the Hudson: a chronicle of colonial New York Maud W. Goodwin 1919 Non-fiction
  • ♠ Under Dutch governor Stuyvesant's harsh rule, Englishman George Baxter revolts. He fails, but appeals to King Charles. The smuggling of goods duty-free into New England is an issue. English ships arrive in harbour. Townsfolk petition for surrender. Stuyvesant complies.[37]

Third Dutch War[edit]

1672–1674

Frequently filmed: The Black Tulip[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Das Fest der schwarzen Tulpe 1920 Marie Luise Droop & Muhsin Ertuğrul Germany La Tulipe noire Alexandre Dumas, père 1850 Novel
The Black Tulip
De Zwarte Tulp
1921 Maurits Binger &
Frank Richardson
Netherlands & UK La Tulipe noire Alexandre Dumas, père 1850 Novel

Franco-Dutch War[edit]

1672–1678

Scanian War[edit]

1675–1679

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Snapphanar aka Scanian Guerrilla 1941 Åke Ohberg Sweden Snapphanar Karl Ragnar Gierow 194? Novel

Palmares War[edit]

(Guerra dos escravos)
1675–1677
1679–1695

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Ganga Zumba 1963 Cacá Diegues Brazil Ganga Zumba João Felício dos Santos 196? Non-fiction? - - -
Quilombo 1984 Cacá Diegues Brazil & France Ganga Zumba João Felício dos Santos 196? Non-fiction?

Monmouth Rebellion[edit]

1685

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The First Churchills * 1969 David Giles UK Marlborough: His Life and Times Winston Churchill[35] 1933–1938 Biography
  • * TV miniseries.

Frequently filmed: Lorna Doone[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Lorna Doone 1922 Maurice Tourneur USA Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor R.D. Blackmore 1869 Novel
Lorna Doone 1934 Basil Dean UK Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor R.D. Blackmore 1869 Novel
Lorna Doone 2001 Mike Barker UK Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor R.D. Blackmore 1869 Novel

Frequently filmed: Captain Blood[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Captain Blood 1935 Michael Curtiz USA Captain Blood: His Odyssey Rafael Sabatini 1922 Novel

Glorious Revolution[edit]

1688–1689

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The First Churchills * 1969 David Giles UK Marlborough: His Life and Times Winston Churchill[35] 1933–1938 Biography - - -
  • * TV miniseries.

Frequently filmed: The Man Who Laughs[edit]

The novel concerns the cruelties of King James II.

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Man Who Laughs 1928 Paul Leni USA The Man Who Laughs
L'Homme qui rit
Victor Hugo 1869 Novel

Nine Years' War[edit]

1688–1697

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The First Churchills ** 1969 David Giles UK Marlborough: His Life and Times Winston Churchill[35] 1933–1938 Biography - - -
The King's Whore
La putain du roi
1990 Axel Corti UK, Austria,
France, Italy
Jeanne de Luynes, comtesse de Verue Jacques Tournier 19?? Novel
  • ** TV miniseries.

Piracy and privateering[edit]

17th century

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Frenchman's Creek 1944 Mitchell Leisen USA Frenchman's Creek Daphne du Maurier 1942 Novel
Frenchman's Creek * 1998 Ferdinand Fairfax UK Frenchman's Creek Daphne du Maurier 1942 Novel
  • * television film.

Blockade of Callao[edit]

May 1624

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Pirates in Callao α 2005 Eduardo Schuldt Peru Piratas en el Callao Hernán Garrido Lecca 199? Children's book - - -
  • α Animated film.

18th century[edit]

Great Northern War[edit]

1700–1721

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Peter the First, Part Two 1938 Vladimir Petrov USSR Peter the First[38] Alexei Tolstoy 1929–1934 Novel
Hrabina Cosel 1968 Jerzy Antczak Poland Hrabina Cosel Józef Ignacy Kraszewski 1873 Novel
Epitaph für einen König * 1969 Fritz Umgelter West Germany Carl XII August Strindberg 1901 Play
Karl XII * 1974 Keve Hjelm Sweden Carl XII August Strindberg 1901 Play
Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria: Gräfin Cosel * 1985 Hans-Joachim Kasprzik East Germany Hrabina Cosel Józef Ignacy Kraszewski 1873 Novel
Peter the Great * 1986 Marvin J. Chomsky & Lawrence Schiller USA Peter the Great: His Life and World[39] Robert K. Massie 1980 Non-fiction

War of the Spanish Succession[edit]

1701–1714

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The First Churchills * 1969 David Giles UK Marlborough: His Life and Times Winston Churchill[35] 1933–1938 Biography - - -
  • * TV miniseries.

War of the Austrian Succession[edit]

1740–1748

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria: Brühl * 1985 Hans-Joachim Kasprzik East Germany Bruehl Józef Ignacy Kraszewski 1874 Novel

Second Jacobite Rebellion[edit]

(aka The '45)
1745–1746
The rebellion broke out as Great Britain was heavily involved in the War of the Austrian Succession,
just as the Easter Rebellion broke out as Britain was heavily involved in World War I.

Frequently filmed: Redgauntlet[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Battle of Culloden[edit]

1746

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Culloden[40] * 1964 Peter Watkins UK Culloden John Prebble 1962 Non-fiction
  • * television film.
Justice and Retribution[edit]
Frequently filmed: Kidnapped[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

Seven Years' War[edit]

1754–1763

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Fridericus 1937 Johannes Meyer Nazi Germany Fridericus Walter von Molo 1918 Novel
Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick UK The Luck of Barry Lyndon William Makepeace Thackeray 1844 Novel
Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria: Brühl * 1985 Hans-Joachim Kasprzik East Germany Bruehl Józef Ignacy Kraszewski 1874 Novel
Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria - Aus dem siebenjährigen Krieg * 1987 Hans-Joachim Kasprzik East Germany Z siedmioletniej wojny Józef Ignacy Kraszewski 1875 Novel

French and Indian War[edit]

(Known in the USA as the French and Indian War. Known in Canada as the Seven Years' War.)

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Northwest Passage 1940 King Vidor USA Northwest Passage Kenneth Roberts[41] 1937 Novel
Northwest Passage 1958–1959 Otto Lang USA Northwest Passage Kenneth Roberts[41] 1937 Novel
Frequently filmed: The Pathfinder[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Pathfinder 1952 Sidney Salkow USA The Pathfinder James Fenimore Cooper 1840 Novel
Battle of Fort Necessity[edit]

3 July 1754

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
George Washington * 1984 Buzz Kulik USA George Washington: The Forge of Experience James Thomas Flexner 1965 Biography
  • * television film.
Battle of the Monongahela[edit]

9 July 1755

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
George Washington * 1984 Buzz Kulik USA George Washington: The Forge of Experience James Thomas Flexner 1965 Biography
  • * television film.
Siege of Fort William Henry[edit]

3–9 August 1757

Frequently filmed: The Last of the Mohicans[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Last of the Mohicans[42] 1920 Clarence Brown & Maurice Tourneur USA The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 1826 Novel
The Last of the Mohicans 1932 Ford Beebe & B. Reeves Eason USA The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 1826 Novel
The Last of the Mohicans 1936 George B. Seitz USA The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 1826 Novel
Der letzte Mohikaner 1965 Harald Reinl West Germany, Italy, Spain The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 1826 Novel
Uncas, el fin de una raza 1965 Mateo Cano Spain, Italy The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 1826 Novel
Ultimul Mohican 1968 Sergiu Nicolaescu,
Jean Dréville,
Pierre Gaspard-Huit
Romania & France The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 1826 Novel
The Last of the Mohicans 1992 Michael Mann USA The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 1826 Novel
The Last of the Mohicans ** 1971 David Maloney UK The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 1826 Novel
  • ** TV miniseries.
Battle of Fort Duquesne[edit]

15 September 1758

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Gateway to the West 1924 Webster Campbell USA The Conquest of New France George M. Wrong 1910 Non-fiction
Battle of the Plains of Abraham[edit]

13 September 1759

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Wolfe and Montcalm 1924 Kenneth S. Webb USA The Conquest of New France George M. Wrong 1910 Non-fiction

Guarani War[edit]

1756

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Mission 1986 Roland Joffé UK "1 Corinthians 13"
from 1 Corinthians
St. Paul c. 55 Scripture/
Epistle
- - -

Pontiac's War[edit]

1763–1766

Siege of Fort Pitt[edit]

June – August 1763

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Unconquered 1947 Cecil B. DeMille USA Unconquered, a Novel of the Pontiac Conspiracy[47] Neil H. Swanson 1947[20]¤ Novel

Black Boys Uprising[edit]

1769

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Allegheny Uprising 1939 William A. Seiter USA The First Rebel: Being a lost chapter of our history and a true narrative of America's first uprising against English military authority Neil H. Swanson 1937 Novel

Mysore Wars[edit]

1766–1799[48]

Third Mysore War[edit]

1789–1792

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Sword of Tipu Sultan * 1990 Akbar Khan &
Sanjay Khan
India The Sword of Tipu Sultan Bhagwan Gidwani 198? Novel
  • * television film.

Russo-Turkish War of 1768[edit]

1768–1774

What if ...[edit]

Frequently filmed: Baron Munchausen[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Münchhausen 1943 Josef von Báky Nazi Germany The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen Rudolf Erich Raspe 1785 Stories
Baron Prášil 1961 Karel Zeman Czechoslovakia The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen Rudolf Erich Raspe 1785 Stories
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1988 Terry Gilliam UK & West Germany The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen Rudolf Erich Raspe 1785 Stories
  • ♠ The Munchausen stories were published in English by Raspe, then translated back into German by Bürger. The historical Baron Münchhausen († 1797), a German in Russian service at a somewhat earlier period, had been a notable teller of tall tales.

Pugachev's Rebellion[edit]

1774–1775

Frequently filmed: The Captain's Daughter[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
La figlia del capitano
La figlia del capitano
1947 Mario Camerini Italy The Captain's Daughter
Капитанская дочка
Alexander Pushkin 1836 Novel
Kapitanskaya Dochka
Капитанская дочка
1959 Vladimir Kaplunovsky USSR The Captain's Daughter
Капитанская дочка
Alexander Pushkin 1836 Novel
Russkiy Bunt
Русский бунт
1999 Aleksandr Proshkin Russia The Captain's Daughter
Капитанская дочка
Alexander Pushkin 1836 Novel

For later conflicts, see the List of films based on war books — 1775–1898.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Recipient of the ivy wreath for best tragedy at the Athenian Dionysia in 467 BC.
  2. ^ Recipient of the ivy wreath for best tragedy at the Athenian Dionysia in 442 BC.
  3. ^ Recipient of the ivy wreath for best tragedy at the Athenian Dionysia in 472 BC.
  4. ^ Πέρσαι is the oldest surviving play in the history of theatre.
  5. ^ A similar comic theme was used in the Korean War series M*A*S*H, specifically, the Season 1 episode entitled "Edwina".
  6. ^ Source: IMDb main section.
  7. ^ Recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1973. Note: This date has the book winning an award prior to its publication.
  8. ^ Source: Lavington (q.v.), p. 269–270.
  9. ^ Source: DVD documentary. Oliver Stone refers to "Fox" and his "book".
  10. ^ On the other hand, Fox is credited by the DVD documentary as "historical consultant / author".
  11. ^ Recipient of the highly coveted Mussolini Cup for Best Italian Film of 1937 at the Venice Film Festival.
  12. ^ Fast was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1953.
  13. ^ a b Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.
  14. ^ Joint recipients of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1934. Note: This date has the sequel winning an award prior to its publication.
  15. ^ Recipient of the Hawthornden Prize in 1935.
  16. ^ a b Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
  17. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1997.
  18. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2004.
  19. ^ Ben-Hur, Book Third, Chapter 1.
  20. ^ a b c d Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the US Library of Congress.
    Source: Library of Congress Online Catalog.
  21. ^ Source: 1066: Behind the Story, researcher Greg Jenner, 17 April 2009.
  22. ^ Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1988.
  23. ^ Dmitri Ivanovich Vasilyev, Дмитрий Иванович Васильев, († 1984) has no page (as of June 2009) at Russian Wikipedia. He appears only on a disambiguation page, described as a советский кинорежиссёр or Soviet film director. Linguists may note that the Russian word for film director is a combination of the German Kino (cinema) and the French régisseur (manager, director).
  24. ^ a b c d Sienkiewicz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905.
  25. ^ Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival in 1993.
  26. ^ Recipient of the Tony Award in 1964.
  27. ^ Recipient of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play in 1964.
  28. ^ According to French Wikipédia, the film is discussed by Tuesday Weld and Steve McQueen in Le Kid de Cincinnati (The Cincinnati Kid).
  29. ^ Nominated for the Tony Award in 1963.
  30. ^ Brecht was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1954.
  31. ^ Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival in 1985.
  32. ^ The final Nazi war epic, Kolberg, premiered at the besieged naval base in La Rochelle in 1945.
  33. ^ Recipient of the Tanizaki Prize in 1966.
  34. ^ Source: Historical basis for The Mission.
  35. ^ a b c d e Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.
  36. ^ Does this event have a conventional name in English? (The editor has coined "Masaniello's Revolt".) Italian Wikipedia does not give it a name either, calling it "la rivolta popolare animata da Masaniello e Giulio Genoino contro il regime vicereale spagnolo". Accurate, but not helpful.
  37. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 78. The information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete.
  38. ^ The novel was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1941.
  39. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1981.
  40. ^ Recipient of the BAFTA Award for Specialised Programmes in 1965.
  41. ^ a b Roberts was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation in 1957 for his historical novels.
  42. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1995.
  43. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 160. The information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete and incorrect.
  44. ^ At the time, Newcastle was nominally in charge, but only with the understanding that Pitt would be running the war.
    Source: Encyclopædia Britannica, Micropedia, Vol. 9, p. 478. 2007.
  45. ^ "The battle [shows] gruesome scenes of agony as Wolfe and Montcalm die. [...] There is a real question [...] as to the appropriateness of the [final] reel to classroom use. There is a definite and gory glorification of war. The long scenes of the death agonies of Wolfe and Montcalm seem unnecessary." (Hartley)
  46. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 161. The information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete.
  47. ^ The IMDb lists The Judas Tree (1933, 360 pp.) as the title of the source novel. Unconquered, the novel (1947, 440 pp.), appeared in the same year as the film. Could that be a retitled reprint? The 1948 edition of Unconquered had only 376 pages.
  48. ^ The traditional name Mysore Wars is still in use.

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