The Best Costume Dramas

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1.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
2.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
3.
Jezebel (1938)
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In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back. (104 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
4.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
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A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
5.
Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
6.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
7.
Elizabeth (1998)
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A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (124 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
8.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
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A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. (114 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
9.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
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When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
 
10.
My Fair Lady (1964)
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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
11.
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
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An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare. (144 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
12.
Cleopatra (1963)
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Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. (192 mins.)
 
13.
The Age of Innocence (1993)
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A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin. (139 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
14.
Wuthering Heights (1939)
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A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. (104 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
15.
Quills (2000)
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In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor. (124 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
16.
Madame Bovary (1991)
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In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary)... (143 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
17.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
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Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
18.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
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A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
 
19.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
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Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII. (115 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
 
20.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
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A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. (143 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
21.
Howards End (1992)
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A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
22.
A Room with a View (1985)
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When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
23.
Anna Karenina (1997)
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Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy. (108 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
 
24.
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
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Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina. (122 mins.)
 
25.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
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The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (197 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
26.
Jane Eyre (1996)
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Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls... (112 mins.)
 
27.
The Duchess (2008)
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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. (110 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
 
28.
Becoming Jane (2007)
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A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman. (120 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
29.
Angélique, marquise des anges (1964)
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In the first of the Angélique series, the beautiful feisty teenage heroine becomes entangled in a political assassination plot and is betrothed to a stranger who is twelve years her senior and a reputed sorcerer. (115 mins.)
 
30.
Orlando (1992)
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Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that... (94 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
31.
Henry V (1989)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
32.
Hamlet (1996)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing. (242 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
33.
The Madness of King George (1994)
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A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced... (104 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
 
34.
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
 
35.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites. (136 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
36.
Emma (1996)
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In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
 
37.
Vanity Fair (2004)
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Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp (Witherspoon) defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia. (141 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
38.
Mad Love (2001)
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The love story who transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "The mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a politic fight behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Vicente Aranda
 
39.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
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The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles. (123 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
40.
Oliver Twist (2005)
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An adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
41.
Mansfield Park (1999)
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At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband... (112 mins.)
Director: Patricia Rozema
 
42.
Screen Two (1985 TV Series)
Episode: Persuasion (1995)
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Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded...
 
43.
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
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A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle. (132 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
 
44.
Original Sin (2001)
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A woman along with her lover, plan to con a rich man by marrying him and on earning his trust running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she actually begins to fall in love with him. (116 mins.)
 
45.
Little Women (1933)
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Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War... (115 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
46.
Caravaggio (1986)
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A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. (93 mins.)
Director: Derek Jarman
 
47.
Othello (1995)
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The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic. (123 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
 
48.
In Secret (2013)
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Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman... (107 mins.)
 
49.
Belle (2013)
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The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. (104 mins.)
Director: Amma Asante
 
50.
Jane Eyre (2011)
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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
 
51.
Brideshead Revisited (2008)
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A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War. (133 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
52.
Bright Star (2009)
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The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life. (119 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
53.
Wuthering Heights (2011)
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A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte. (129 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
54.
Wuthering Heights (1992)
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A man becomes obsessed with vengeance when his soul mate marries another man. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Kosminsky