The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars have formed the backdrop for many colourful modern movies. As we can see with novels written about this period, movies set in this period are characterised by a sense of the grand international drama – the clash of empires, the struggle for national survival and the emergence of modern Europe. The visual nature of movies enables the makers to wallow in the visual experience – panoramic camera sweeps over epic land battle scenes, the romance of sailing ships and the pageantry of Napoleonic-era uniforms and contemporary fashions.
Historical novels provide the narrative basis for the greatest movies set in this era. In selecting novels, moviemakers are able to exploit well written stories and engaging characters to juxtaposition against the visual feast offered by landscapes, ships and contemporary clothing fashions.
|Captain Horatio Hornblower||Type||Movie|
|Overview||Film adaptation of three novels from the Horatio Hornblower novel series (specifically, the novels The Happy Return, A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours) set during the Napoleonic Wars.|
|The Pride and the Passion||Type||Movie|
|Overview||(Loose) film adaptation of The Gun, a historical novel set during the Napoleonic Wars.The adaptation retains from the actual novel the cannon and its use by Spanish guerrillas struggling against invading French forces during the Peninsula Campaign, while otherwise changing most of the narrative. A British Naval officer has orders to seize the cannon and transport it by sea. Instead, Spanish guerrillas wish to use in an attack on the city of French controlled city of Avila.|
|Overview||Film adaptation of the Battle of Waterloo (1815) which ended the Napoleonic Wars.|
|Hornblower (TV movies)||Type||Movie|
|Overview||TV movie series adaptation of the Horatio Hornblower novel series set during the Napoleonic Wars.The eight movies cover the events of three Hornblower novels: Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, Lieutenant Hornblower, and Hornblower and the Hotspur.|
|Sharpe (TV movies)||Type||Movie|
|Overview||TV movie series adaptation of the Richard Sharpe novel series.|
|Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World||Type||Movie|
|Overview||Film adaptation of the Aubrey–Maturin novel series, taking the names of two of the novels (Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World).|