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): Bassett, Michael J.
Year of Publication: 2012

Captain Solomon Kane is a brutally efficient 16th century English privateer. When Kane decides to attack a mysterious nearby castle to plunder its rumored riches, his men are picked off by demonic creatures until he alone is left to face the...

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

A high-ranking military official questions his loyalties during the English Civil War. Colonel Judd, a fierce Cromwell supporter, discovers his daughter and her lover, the famed sword fighter "Crimson Blade," are active royalist supporters. He...

Director(s): Martinelli, Renzo
Year of Publication: 2012

This film depicts the decisive Battle of Vienna during the Ottoman-Hapsburg. 300,000 Ottoman soldiers march toward the city to expand their empire's reach across the continent. King Jan III Sobieski of Poland led forces that successfully defended...

Director(s): Murphy, Carol
Year of Publication: 1993

This documentary explores religious dissenters and others who challenged Catholicism from the 14th to the 16th centuries, culminating in the Thirty Years War. Dramatic re-enactments showcase the lives and thoughts of Jan Hus, John Wycliffe, and...

Director(s): Ucicky, Gustav
Year of Publication: 1931

One of the more popular films of the Prussian Film genre, which celebrated Prussian history and military strength in the 18th and 19th centuries in the wake of Germany's devastating loss in World War I. This film celebrates King Frederick II (aka...

Director(s): Medi-Cine Medienproduktions GmbH
Year of Publication: 2004

This three-part documentary explores the history of Holy Wars and the relationship between militarism and religious orthodoxy. The episodes focus on the spread of Islam across Europe in the Medieval Age, the Crusades, and the Thirty Years War to...

Director(s): Lloyd, Frank
Year of Publication: 1940

A young man from colonial Virginia fulfills his father's dream of moving West at the dawn of the American Revolutionary War. On his way west, Matt Howard meets Tom, who passes him off as a member of the landed gentry to the Peyton family. Howard...

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

Based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel, a love story between an American frontiersman and the daughter of a British colonel serve to investigate the complicated politics and alliances during the Seven Years War on the North American continent....

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

Conflicts and debates about religion, morality, and philosophy infuse this film about the Thirty Years War. A teacher fleeing a gang of mercenaries stumbles upon an isolated valley in southern Germany untouched by war. Once the mercenaries find...

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

This swashbuckling adventure portrays the escape of Charles II during the Second English Civil War. A moonraker, those who rake lakes for hidden treasures under the moonlight, escorts the would-be king to France under the nose of Oliver Cromwell'...

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

Twenty years after their original adventures, the Three Musketeers band together again during the English Civil War. Their adventures lead them to fight off a daughter's quest for revenge and rescue Charles I before his execution.

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): Gerasimov, Sergey
Year of Publication: 1980

An in-depth look at Peter the Great's diplomacy and military excursion with the Ottoman Empire in the late 17th century. Peter launches war over declining trade and quells the Streltsy rebellion at home. 

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: 1979

Based on a true story during the English Civil War, this film explores the boundaries of religious, economic, and political freedoms previously liberated during the Protestant Reformation. Gerard Winstanley leads a religious sect of farmers using...

Director(s): Reeves, Michael
Year of Publication: 1968

This cult-classic horror film, loosely based on real events, explores power and torture during the English Civil War. Matthew Hopkins, a self-appointed witch hunter, roams the countryside of East Anglia in search of religious heretics and...