This expression of popular unrest that toppled the monarchy and ultimately led to a bloody era of repression (and the rise of Napoleon) has, naturally enough, proven to be fertile ground for movies. RELATED: 10 Best Period Dramas To Stream On Netflix The French Revolution; Search for: Voltaire.
It began on July 14, 1789 when revolutionaries stormed a prison called the Bastille. The revolution came to an end 1799 when a general named Napoleon overthrew the revolutionary government and established the French Consulate (with Napoleon as leader). The National Constituent Assembly completed the abolition of feudalism, suppressed the old "orders," established civil equality among men (at least in metropolitan France, since slavery was retained in the colonies), and made more than half the adult male population eligible to vote, although only a small minority met the requirement for becoming a deputy. The French Revolution is one of the most significant and famous events of world history.