Period Dramas-The Baroque Era 1600-1750

This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in the 1600-1750

The Baroque era,1600-1750 describes a period in history or style, which brought monumental changes to the world of art, literature, music and architecture.

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1.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ Date set: 1665 (roughly dated)
This is an interesting film, based loosely the life of Dutch painter Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer. Please note this is not entirely historically accurate, no one knows how or when the masterpiece was created, but author Tracy Chevalier had a fair go at it. True the pacing is a bit slow for some, but other, like myself, would enjoy the slowness as the story unfolds. Scarlett Johansson is an interesting choice as the maid in the Vermeer household, but well casted. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
2.
The Crucible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
“ Date set:1692
This film is based on a play by Arthur Miller "The Crucible", which revolves around the Salem witchcraft trails of 1692 in the small township of Salem Massachusetts. Winona Ryder playes a scorned and complexed woman, is spurred by the rejection of her married lover Daniel Day Lewis. Her actions, almost psycotic at times, is taken beyond the extreme where the lives of the innocents are callously taken for granted. Remember this is a time where anything could be miscontrued as witchcraft and conversing with the devil. Understandably, but nevertheless noticably is the use of modern tongue being spoken, this is all forgiven by the solid performance by the leading cast of Ryder, Day Lewis and Joan Allen. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
3.
Black Robe (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter. (101 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
4.
Crusoe (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Based on the novel written in 1719, this is said to be an action-packed period drama set in the 18th century... (60 mins.)
 
5.
Restoration (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The exiled royal physician to King Charles II devotes himself to helping Londoners suffering from the plague, and in the process falls in love with an equally poor woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
6.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king? (132 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
“ It's so obvoius the hair for Leonardo is extensions. And not too well hidden. Not a bad movie, though I preferred the 1977 TV series with Richard Chamberlain, due to reason I saw that one first. Still not a bad effort ” - eliza_gaskell
 
7.
Rob Roy (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future,... (139 mins.)
“ Date set: 1713
Brian Cox villanous character is to be applauded, this man knows how to play a villan and play it good. The same goes to Tim Roth character Archibald Cunningham. The plot is simple the lowly noble cattle breeder/farmer sells cattle to leecherously aristrocat. Noble farmer goes a rampage for justice, evil lord gets is just desserts in the end. 3 things stand out here. (1) the music: echoing a scotlish influence (2) the scenery: love the cinematography, the open fields of the Scotish landscape (3) the acting: long time that I've seen Jessica Lange act a decent part. And Liam Nelson is wonderful too. ***SPOILER***the final scene of sword fight is exquisitely choreographed. I liked the difference between the 2 swords, one a broad sword, the other a rapier. Best sword fight since "The Princess Bride". ” - eliza_gaskell ” - eliza_gaskell
 
8.
The Canterville Ghost (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Adaption of the famous Oscar Wilde tale about a young American girl that helps a British ghost find rest and forgiveness. (92 mins.)
Director: Syd Macartney
 
9.
The Triumph of Love (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A princess is determined to restore her homeland's throne to its rightful heir, a young prince with whom she falls in love. (112 mins.)
Director: Clare Peploe
 
10.
The Libertine (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work. (114 mins.)
 
11.
Lorna Doone (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Against a backdrop of political and religious upheaval, a farmer falls in love with the "queen" of the notorious Doone clan --a family that he has sworn vengeance on. (180 mins.)
Director: Mike Barker
 
12.
The Lady and the Highwayman (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Swashbuckling tale of romance, betrayal, jealousy, banditry, murder and court intrigue set in the 1660s, during the Restoration to the English throne of King Charles II. (90 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
13.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
 
14.
The Last King (2003 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The chronicle of Charles II's time on the throne, his 10 year exile from Oliver Cromwell's England, and his triumphant return. (235 mins.)
 
15.
Don Quixote (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Adapted from the work of Miguel de Cervantes, this is the story of a hidalgo, fanatic for chivalry novels... (120 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
16.
Cutthroat Island (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A female pirate and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure. (124 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
17.
The Three Musketeers (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ had to put this one in, can't stand the 1993 movie ” - eliza_gaskell
 
18.
Catherine the Great (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to the immature future Czar, a young German Princess proves a skillful political infighter and rises to become Catherine the Great. (100 mins.)
 
19.
Cromwell (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies and the self-interest of the ruling class and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England. (139 mins.)
Director: Ken Hughes
 
20.
Peter the Great (1986 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy... (371 mins.)
 
21.
Rapa Nui (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Tenuously based on the legends of Easter Island, Chile, this story details a civil war between the two... (107 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
22.
Shogun (1980 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan. (60 mins.)
Director: Jerry London
 
23.
Children of the New Forest (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The 1640s, the time of the English Civil War. Colonel Beverley, a Royalist, squire of Arnwood and High Keeper of the New Forest... (168 mins.)
Director: Andrew Morgan
 
24.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (2002 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A look at the classic "Cinderella" story from the perspective of one of her 'ugly' stepsisters (90 mins.)
Director: Gavin Millar
 
25.
Inquisition (2002 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Set in the Spain of 1680, a time of torture and interrogation by the Grand Inquisitor. A young man appears... (50 mins.)
 
26.
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences. (135 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
27.
The Serpent's Kiss (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Young Dutch landscape architect Meneer Chrome comes to a remote English estate where Thomas Smithers lives with his wife... (104 mins.)
 
28.
Vatel (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly... (103 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
29.
Treasure Island (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
An adaptation of the Robert Lewis Stevenson adventure classic, in which a young boy sets off on a voyage armed with a map to buried treasure. (94 mins.)
Director: Peter Rowe
 
30.
The Return of the Musketeers (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
It's 1649: Mazarin hires the impoverished D'Artagnan to find the other musketeers: Cromwell has overthrown the English king... (102 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
31.
Stage Beauty (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A female theatre dresser creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century London theatre by playing Desdemona in Othello. But what will become of the male actor she once worked for and eventually replaced? (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
“ It's set in an interesting time where young men played women on the stage. Clare Dane's character, Maria, has ambitious goals. Rupert Everett is wonderful in a small role as King Charles II***SPOILER*** the actual death scene on stage, of Shakespeare's "Othello" actually looked really realistic. Even I was astounded. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
32.
Young Catherine (1991 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her. (150 mins.)
 
33.
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast. (142 mins.)
Director: Christophe Gans
“ set in 1765. Not quite Regency, but closer to Georgian era ” - eliza_gaskell
 
34.
To Kill a King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I. (102 mins.)
Director: Mike Barker
 
35.
The King Is Dancing (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Corbiau repeats the Farinelli formula, artistic rivalry and social private drama expressed in dazzling... (115 mins.)
Director: Gérard Corbiau
 
36.
The Rise of Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule... (90 mins.)
 
37.
Queen Christina (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves. (99 mins.)
 
38.
The Devil's Whore (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Set between the years 1642 and 1660, "The Devil's Whore" charts the progress of the English Civil War through the eyes of the a 17 year old girl, the fictional Angelica Fanshawe.
“ I didn't mind this, but each to their own taste ” - eliza_gaskell
 
39.
1612: Khroniki smutnogo vremeni (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The czar of Russia has died and a power vacuum has developed. This period in the late 16th and early... (144 mins.)
 
40.
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress... (104 mins.)
 
41.
Farinelli (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice... (111 mins.)
Director: Gérard Corbiau
 
42.
On Guard (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates... (128 mins.)
 
43.
The New World (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Date set: 1607-1617
Era-King James I
There are 2 things I like about this production (1) the film is, at last, a decent production/recount of the life of the American Indian princess Pocahontas (2) Q'orianka Kilcher who played the role of Pocahontas. She is a naturally beautiful and talented woman. AND there are 2 things I disliked about the production (1) Pacing:it really lagged in some areas, to the point of numbness (2)Colin Farrell as Captain John Smith. He's not to everyone's taste and I, personally believe casting was wrong in this area. But watch it and make up your own minds
***Trivia***Q'orianka Kilcher was only 14 years old when she accepted the lead role Pocahontas. Which probably is whythere are not sex scenes or kissing scenes in this production, but there is a plenty of longful gazes, touching and caressing. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
44.
“ This one is added to my private list of "must see before death visits me" ” - eliza_gaskell
 
45.
“ pity there isn't an image loaded in IMDB for this production. to see it you will need to goolge it ” - eliza_gaskell
 
46.
Caravaggio (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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.
By the Sword Divided (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Story of the English Civil War as seen through the eyes of two families; the Laceys, loyal to King Charles I... (50 mins.)
 
48.
To Kill a King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I. (102 mins.)
Director: Mike Barker
 
49.
Winstanley (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Kevin Brownlow
 
50.
Artemisia (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth... (98 mins.)
Director: Agnès Merlet
“ date set: 1593-1653 ” - eliza_gaskell
 
51.
Shadow of the Sword (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director Simon Aeby's epic film chronicles the time-tested loyalty of two friends during Europe's 16th-century Inquisition... (115 mins.)
Director: Simon Aeby
“ A film with actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, prior to his casting as Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones ” - eliza_gaskell
 
52.
Dark Relic (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
The Holy Land, 1099AD. The end of the first Crusade. When the conflict began, Christian knight Sir Gregory lead over a hundred men... (88 mins.)
Director: Lorenzo Sena
 
53.
The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Mr. Neville, a cocksure young artist is contracted by Mrs. Herbert, the wife of a wealthy landowner... (108 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
“ Date set:1694 ” - eliza_gaskell
 
54.
Nightwatching (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting 'The Night Watch'. (134 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
“ Date set:1642 ” - eliza_gaskell
 
55.
England, My England (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(153 mins.)
Director: Tony Palmer
 
56.
Tristan and Isolde (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(95 mins.)
 
57.
Moll Flanders (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother... (123 mins.)
Director: Pen Densham
 
58.
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In her filthy cell in Newgate prison Moll Flanders, dubbed 'the wickedest woman in England' tells her story... (54 mins.)
Director: David Attwood
“ Have always thought Moll Flanders belonged in in the late 17th Century. But since the novel was first published in 1721, it seems Moll Flanders (and all other productions of Moll Flanders be in this era.

This movie is not for everyone's taste and there are scenes which are near pornagraphic. That being stated, it's a worthy production. Alex Kingston is fabulous. Robin Wright portrayal of Moll Flanders does not come anywhere close to Kingstons's Moll Flanders. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
59.
Moll Flanders (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
All kinds of misfortune befall Moll Flanders in 18th-century England; but she's a great survivor. (90 mins.)
 
60.
The Deluge (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz. (315 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Hoffman
“ Date set 1655 to 1657 ” - eliza_gaskell
 
61.
Tom Jones (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside... (128 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ Tom Jones just made the list. Since the book was published in 1749, it has been placed in this era. ” - eliza_gaskell