Films about War in the 17th and 18th Centuries

This collection provides information on selected movies, TV productions and documentaries on the themes of gender, military and war in the period covered by the Oxford Handbook. The most important wars included for this period are:

The most important wars included for this period are:

  • Thirty Years War (1618–48)
  • English Civil War (1642–51)
  • Habsburg-Ottoman Wars (1683–18)
  • American Colonial Wars (1689–63)
  • War of Spanish Succession (1701–13)
  • Seven Years War (1756–63)

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Director(s): Giles, David
Year of Publication: 1969

This television miniseries, produced by the BBC, follows the ambition and political opportunism of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough (1650–1722), as well as his life with his wife Sarah (1660-1744).

Director(s): Mann, Michael
Year of Publication: 1992

Based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel, a love story serves to investigate the complicated politics and alliances during the Seven Years War on the North American continent. The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans -- Uncas...

Director(s): Clavell, James
Year of Publication: 1971

Conflicts and debates about religion, morality, and philosophy infuse this film about the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), based upon the 1959 novel of the same title by J. B. Pick. Vogel, a teacher (Omar Sharif) fleeing a gang of mercenaries,...

Director(s): MacDonald, David
Year of Publication: 1958

This swashbuckling adventure portrays a fictionalized account of the escape of Charles II in 1651 during English Civil War (1642–1651). The escape is arranged by a foppish royalist nobleman, the Earl of Dawlish, who leads a double life as a ...

Director(s): Lester, Richard
Year of Publication: 1989

The Return of the Musketeers is a 1989 film adaptation loosely based on the novel Twenty Years After (1845) by Alexandre Dumas. Twenty years after their original adventures, the Three Musketeers band together again during the...

Director(s): Gilling, John
Year of Publication: 1964

A high-ranking military official questions his loyalties during the English Civil War (1642–1651). When King Charles I (1600–1649) is captured by Roundhead forces, led by the Colonel Judd (Lionel Jeffries) and his right-hand man Captain Sylvester...

Director(s): Walter, John W.
Year of Publication: 2008

This documentary interweaves the development of the 2006 Public Theater production of "Mother Courage and Her Children" with the life of its playwright Bertolt Brecht. It emphasizes the play's anti-war theme for a modern day audience living...

Director(s): Barker, Mike
Year of Publication: 2003

1645 England: After years of civil war, King Charles I is overthrown and two heroes have emerged--Lord General Thomas Fairfax and his best friend and deputy, General Oliver Cromwell. Their friendship is threatened when Fairfax and his wife...

Director(s): Franz Peter Wirth
Year of Publication: 1978

A four-part television series on commander and politician Albrecht von Wallenstein (1583-1634) emphasizing his efforts to bring about German peace during the Thirty Years' War as a central theme. The screenplay is based on the 1971 biography of...

Director(s): Films Media Group
Year of Publication: 2006

A fascinating documentary on the early military education of George Washington from the French and Indian War to the American Revolutionary War. Early failures reveal how Washington learned military strategies and became  one of the foremost...

Director(s): Brownlow, Kevin
Year of Publication: 1975

Based on a true story during the English Civil War (1642-1651), this film explores the boundaries of religious, economic, and political freedoms previously liberated during the Protestant Reformation. Social reformer and writer Gerard Winstanley...