5. Restoration (1995)
We re-watched this for a podcast a few years back and the consensus was that it was way better than any of us remembered.
4. Stage Beauty (2004)
One of my favorites. I wrote at length about it already, so go click on the link if you want to read the whole deal, but I’ll just say here that Rupert Everett should always and forever play Charles II.
3. The Last King/The Power & the Passion of Charles II (2003)
We’ve mentioned this series a handful of times on the site in various posts on things like full bottomed wigs, a guide to movie portrayals of Nell Gwyn, and two Man Candy Mondays featuring Rufus Sewell and Rupert Graves, a post celebrating Helen McCrory, and now this one. And yet, so far we’ve managed to avoid doing an entire post dedicated to the film itself. Bad Frock Flicks! No cocktail!
2. The Three Musketeers/Four Musketeers (1973-1974)
The gold standard, the adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ famous novel to which all modern film adaptations are invariably compared, the only version you ever need to watch (all others are merely optional, but this one is mandatory). Yes, Raquel Welch sticks out like a sore thumb, but even she has kind of a weird charm. And then she dies in the second movie so problem solved.
1. Le Roi Danse (2000)
Do you want to see Sarah evaporate into a wet spot? Put on Le Roi Danse and flip to any scene with Benoît Magimel in it. HE IS SO DREAMY I CANNOT EVEN.
What are your favorite movies and TV series set in the seventeenth century?