Top Five Crowns in Historical Film and TV


Everyone loves a good tiara, right? Well, here’s five of my favorites in no particular order!


The Princess Bride (1987)

Buttercup wears a number of tiaras in the film, but the crown she wears in the dream sequence is 100% fire.


Hamlet (1990)

I’ve already talked about how much I love the costumes in Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, and Glenn Close wears a number of really choice crowns, but this one is pure medieval fantasy badass.


Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

Yes, it’s probably cardboard spray painted in gold, but Genevieve Bujold makes this crown one that you’re unlikely to forget. Proof that a great actress can make you believe anything.


The Crown (2016-)

If you’re a fan of tiaras, Netflix’s The Crown is the show for you. There are high quality replicas of famous British royal crowns and tiaras in nearly every episode, including one of my favorites, the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara.


Cleopatra (1963)

You really can’t top Liz Taylor in this epic monstrosity.



Do you have a favorite crown or tiara from historical film and TV? Share it with us in the comments!


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

15 Responses

    • Roxana

      Yes, I was thinking that too. Anne’s is nice but the crown of the Queen of England should have crosses and Fleur de lys around the rim not just points. Buttercup’s crown is just insane, appropriately so. Believe it or not Queen’s of Egypt actually wore structures like Elizabeth Taylor’s. How they kept them on is anybody’s guess!

  1. Roxana

    And Elizabeth Taylor managed a deep bow without that thing falling off!

      • Roxana

        It was. I got Cleopatra on video tape back in ancient times just for her amazing outfits. There’s a blow by blow, gown by gown review right here on Frock Flicks.

  2. Frannie Germeshausen

    I think I need a Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara. Help me, Mr. Amazon.

  3. Susan Pola Staples

    There are a couple of tiara replicas in Nicholas and Alexandra. I want her iconic pearl one.

  4. Nicolassa

    I might be Team Queen Bavmorda from Willow. I know it is pure fantasy and not historical, but her crown is just so pointy and villainy and fabulous. Plus: bonus wimple!

  5. Shashwat

    I liked Claire Foy’s coroation crown in Wolf Hall more😊(the crown on Genevieve looks cheap as you said,but Genevieve IS Anne).Poor Claire,must be tired of playing those crowned queens.

  6. Aleko

    Except a tiara isn’t a crown. It isn’t even a coronet. It’s a piece of jewellery, which any woman is entitled to wear provided either (a) it’s after 6 pm, she’s in a full-length evening gown, and she is or has been married, or (b) she’s a bride on her wedding day, in which case it’s OK at any time of day – but she still needs a full-length gown!

    • JessB

      You don’t have to be married or any of that to wear a tiara.
      If you own a tiara and want to wear it to breakfast in your pajamas, do it!
      The guideline you’ve listed are societal expectations that might have been followed many years ago, when tiaras were more commonly worn.
      There might still be guidelines for wearing jewellery to certain events, say a formal event where members of the British Royal family will be present, but otherwise… Go for it!

  7. Lily Lotus Rose

    Gotta go with The Crown and Victoria. I loved all of Sophie Marceau’s crown/tiara/whimple combos in Braveheart. (I know it’s dangerous around these parts to praise Braveheart, but one of you ladies did a post on how at least they got the whimples right in that film.)

  8. Amy

    Glinda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz! No brainer. Duh! ;)