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The Bad Lord Byron (1949)

While Lord Byron was alive his scandalous life was "really the only topic of almost every conversation - the men jealous of him, the women of each other," as the Duchess of Devonshire put it. The fascination lives on after his death, with movies and books delving into the (real and imagined) particulars of his life. This 1949 biopic tells the poet's life from his perspective.

Byron (2003)

Few lives were as drama-filled as that of George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, also known as Lord Byron. This made-for-television biopic sums up the sexual escapades, literary triumphs and shady dealings of this curious creature.

Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)

Lady Caroline Lamb's assessment that Byron was "Mad, bad and dangerous to know" could just have easily applied to the lady herself. Lady Caroline was fiery and a little unstable when it came to Byron, once threatening to shoot herself if he ever married. This film covering the period of her affair with Byron includes serious acting heavyweights like Richard Chamberlain as Lord Byron and Laurence Olivier as the Duke of Wellington.

Conceiving Ada (1997)

Augusta Ada Byron King, the daughter of Lord and Lady Byron and the poet's sole legitimate child, is something of a cult figure herself. She was a mathematician who contributed important research to the early precursor of the computer. She also inherited some of her father's flamboyant and destructive tendencies. This film starring Tilda Swinton imagines Ada's life.

The Romantics (2006)

This British TV miniseries looks at the lives of the Romantic writers, a group that includes Lord Byron. It also includes people he admired, like Percy and Mary Shelley, and those he mocked mercilessly, like John Keats and William Wordsworth.

Haunted Summer (1988)

This movie is about the fateful summer that Byron, his lover and the Shelleys spent together in Geneva. Though we don't know for sure how the summer of 1816 went down, it's possible that a house full of attractive young practitioners of free love did get a little weird at times. All we know is that by the end of the summer, residents of the house had created both Frankenstein and the basic plot of every vampire movie written since.

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