By now, you should have binge-watched The Crown. If you haven’t, you should probably check yourself before you wreck yourself – because you’re doing yourself and your planet a disservice. True story. If you’re one of the awesome peeps who has watched The Crown, you’ll already know a fair bit about King George VI. As Queen Lizzie’s father, George was kinda thrown into the deep end without a life jacket. After his brother abdicated the throne to marry a divorced woman (thank goodness the times have changed, ey Meghan?), George had to step into his shoes and take over the kingdom. There was only one problem; George VI suffered from a speech impediment, and making the King’s speech was never going to easy. The King’s Speech follows his journey to become one of the greatest rulers in the world, and we guarantee that you’ll love these movies like The King’s Speech.
Movies Like The King’s Speech
You might look at the synopsis of The King’s Speech and think, “nah, that’s not for me.” Want to know a secret? That’s exactly how we felt. But when we actually settled down with our bowl of popcorn to watch Colin Firth do his thing, we actually realized that it’s one of the most powerful movies of all time. There’s history, there’s drama, there’s comedy, and there’s a whole heap of feelings floating around. If you’re looking for movies similar to The King’s Speech, these ones will have your back.
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
The fact that Dame Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria in this movie should be enough to get you whipping out the popcorn, because who doesn’t want to watch the queen play the Queen? We certainly do. Although this film largely follows the life and ruling of Queen Vicky, it also follows her relationship to an Indian prison clerk who is brought across the pond to present her with a golden coin to celebrate her ruling in India. In a move that literally nobody could have guessed, Victoria and Abdul soon become best friends, and he soon becomes one of her closest confidantes. Of course, her royal court aren’t too happy with that…
The Darkest Hour (2017)
If you loved The King’s Speech, you’ll love The Darkest Hour. Starring the legend that is Gary Oldman, this movie follows the life of Winston Churchill as he makes his way into office. As he makes his mark as the Prime Minister, Churchill is immediately faced with a dilemma that is plaguing the whole world: World War II. The Darkest Hour will teach you things, it will make you cry, and it might even inspire you. But more than anything, it will prove to you just why it’s won so many awards, and why Gary Oldman won a Golden Globe for his performance. He’s kinda epic.
Les Miserables (2012)
If you wanted to watch a movie like The King’s Speech but didn’t really fancy learning anything more about English history, you just HAVE to watch Les Miserables. You might have heard of it before. Oh, it’s only one of the biggest musicals of all time. After the Broadway show basically sold every ticket in existence, Hollywood geniuses decided to create a movie to bring the French Revolution onto our television screens. With an all-star cast and an incredible storyline, this movie also features epic songs that you can sing along to. I mean, does it really get much better than that?
The Danish Girl (2015)
Eddie Redmayne has a real talent for bringing drama to life, and that’s exactly what he does in The Danish Girl. This 2015 stars Redmayne, Amber Heard, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, and a whole host of other actors and actresses who bring the story of Lili Elbe to the big screen. Known historically as one of the first transgender people to have a complete reassignment surgery, this movie follows the story of Lili’s transition. From her interactions with art to the secrets that she tries to keep hidden, this movie will make you feel so many emotions you won’t know whether to laugh or cry. In a good way.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
If you’re about as obsessed with the Royal Family as we are (which is a lot), you’re probably up to date with the modern royals. But what about those who are no longer around? Elizabeth: The Golden Age stars Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I as she dons her regalia, she whips on her armor, and she jumps on her horse to save her country from an invasion. It’s the kind of history that you probably wouldn’t know without watching this movie, and Hollywood has turned it into a delight for the senses. And as if the movie itself wasn’t cool enough, Eddie Redmayne also makes an appearance! That man can smell a historical drama from a mile away, we swear.
If you’ve watched The King’s Speech, you’ll know that it’s one of the greatest movies ever created. More than anything, it’ll make you realize that there really isn’t anything holding you back. You’re all shining stars, and you should all be proud of your shimmer. Okay, that’s emotion for now. The big question is: Which one of these movies like The King’s Speech will you watch first?