Highest-Rated Movies about '1850s', Sort by Popularity


Barbary Coast (1975), The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000), The Song of Bernadette (1943), The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005), Django Unchained (2012), Madeleine (1950), Santa Fe Trail (1940), The Emigrants (1971) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best 1850s movies.


Barbary Coast (1975)

A special agent tracks criminals in 1870s San Francisco.

saloon owner, gambler, henchman, journalist, vigilante, brash, engaging

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The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000)

A soldier's (Daniel Auteuil) wife (Juliette Binoche) takes in a man (Emir Kusturica) found guilty of murder and turns him into a respected citizen, while awaiting the arrival of a guillotine.

prisoner, femme fatale, fisherman, military officer, dark, emotional, island

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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Based on the true story of a 19th-century peasant woman who claimed to see the Virgin Mary near her home in Lourdes.

saint, nun, priest, father, mother, emotional, melodramatic

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The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)

In 1857 India, a native soldier (Aamir Khan) in the British infantry leads a mutiny against the contemptuous colonialists.

indian, captain, british government official, british soldier, freedom fighter, officer, brash

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Django Unchained (2012)

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

slave, bounty hunter, criminal, plantation owner, wife, servant, gritty

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Madeleine (1950)

Upper-class Madeleine Smith (Ann Todd) stands trial for killing her French lover (Ivan Desny) in Victorian Scotland.

suspect, lover, father, wealthy man, lawyer, judge, melodramatic

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Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Dashing Jeb Stuart (Errol Flynn) and his West Point classmates go to Kansas to stop abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey).

abolitionist, soldier, woman, melodramatic, rousing, kansas, violence

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The Emigrants (1971)

Småland, Sweden, mid-19th century. A farming family struggle with their rocky, unyielding land, and decide to embark on the arduous journey to new hope in America.

farmer, husband, wife, son, daughter, somber, touching

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Westward the Women (1951)

A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently begun settling there.

prostitute, trail guide, mail-order bride, pregnant woman, native american, cook, amusing

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Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by the Crow tribe, and proves to be a match for their warriors in single combat on the early frontier.

mountain man, native american, chief, settler, soldier, wife, intense

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

woman, brother, mountain man, townsperson, father, love interest, heartwarming

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Camille (1936)

A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail.

courtesan, young man, love interest, father, baron, maid, melodramatic

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Burn! (1969)

During a slave revolt in 1844, a British mercenary helps an Antilles island colony gain its independence from Portugal, but years later he returns to manhunt a local rebel army leader and former friend.

secret agent, general, plantation owner, dockworker, slave, engaging, powerful

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Pale Rider (1985)

A mysterious preacher (Clint Eastwood) protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

hero, land owner, miner, marshal, dark, tense, gritty

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The Iron Horse (1924)

After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway.

surveyor, contractor, engineer, renegade, landowner, fiancée, gritty

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Madame Bovary (1949)

A provincial doctor's wife's romantic illusions about life and social status lead her to betray her naive husband, take on lovers and run up ruinous debts.

wife, husband, doctor, lawyer, wealthy man, disheartening, emotional

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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.

military officer, brother, fiancée, rajah, soldier, emotional, patriotic

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Peter Ibbetson (1935)

A Victorian-era architect, commissioned by the Duke of Towers to design his stables, falls in love with the Duchess.

architect, duchess, duke, employee, best friend, love interest, dreamy

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The Hanging Tree (1959)

Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realizing that he can exploit his secret.

doctor, immigrant, townsperson, partner, criminal, servant, dark

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Third Man on the Mountain (1959)

A boy attempts to realize his father's dream of climbing an alpine peak known as the Citadel.

mountain climber, mother, father, son, captain, teammate, inspiring

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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

captain, crew member, whale, wife, family member, child, bleak

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The Great Train Robbery (1978)

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

safecracker, thief, femme fatale, strong man, mastermind, criminal, witty

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The World in His Arms (1952)

In San Francisco in 1850, a Russian Countess runs away from an arranged marriage to a Russian Prince and falls into the arms of an American sea captain who occasionally poaches seals in Russian Alaska.

captain, first mate, pilot, countess, merchant, prince, gripping

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Canyon Passage (1946)

Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line.

shop owner, fiancée, banker, gambler, best friend, love interest, spirited

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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

In 1854, during the Crimean War, poor planning leads to the British Light Brigade openly charging a Russian artillery position with tragic consequences.

lord, captain, british soldier, wife, spirited, brutal, gutsy

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Dimples (1936)

Dimples Appleby lives with the pick-pocket grandfather in 19th century New York City. She entertains the crowds while he works his racket. A rich lady makes it possible for the girl to go legit. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is performed.

street performer, grandfather, wealthy woman, nephew, fiancée, actor, cheery

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Shipwrecked (1990)

A young Norwegian boy in 1850s England goes to work as a cabin boy and discovers some of his shipmates are actually pirates.

cabin boy, father, pirate, girl, native, amusing, lighthearted

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Mountains of the Moon (1990)

British explorers Richard Burton (Patrick Bergin) and John Hanning Speke (Iain Glen) search Africa for the source of the Nile.

explorer, wife, tribal leader, publisher, doctor, manservant, tense

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Paint Your Wagon (1969)

Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

prospector, wife, husband, mormon, amusing, madcap, california

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The Homesman (2014)

Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.

pioneer, frontier woman, escort, coward, criminal, husband, emotional

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