My period drama to-watch list

by Basilesque | created - 21 Apr 2011 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

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1. The Abduction Club (2002)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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A group of Irish noblemen kidnap girls in order to marry into their fortune and avoid becoming priests or soldiers.

Director: Stefan Schwartz | Stars: Alice Evans, Daniel Lapaine, Sophia Myles, Matthew Rhys

Votes: 1,563

2. War and Peace (2007– )

394 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.3
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The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars of 1812

Stars: Clémence Poésy, Alessio Boni, Alexander Beyer, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 1,613

3. Anna and the King (1999)

PG-13 | 148 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.7
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56 Metascore

The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Jodie Foster, Yun-Fat Chow, Bai Ling, Tom Felton

Votes: 32,685 | Gross: $39.26M

4. Anna Karenina (1977– )

500 min

8.1
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Anna Karenina is the young wife of an older husband. She has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky. By following her desires, Anna complicates her life.

Stars: Nicola Pagett, Stuart Wilson, Eric Porter, Robert Swann

Votes: 204

5. Anna Karenina (1985 TV Movie)

PG | 135 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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Tragic Anna leaves her cold husband for dashing Count Vronsky in 19th-century Russia.

Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Christopher Reeve, Paul Scofield, Ian Ogilvy

Votes: 257

6. As You Like It (2006)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick (who is younger brother to Duke Senior and took over his dukedom), with her cousin Celia ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Takuya Shimada, Brian Blessed, Richard Clifford, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 2,643

7. Cold Mountain (2003)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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73 Metascore

In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 125,213 | Gross: $95.64M

8. David Copperfield (1999– )

Unrated | 185 min | Drama

7.8
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Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick, James Thornton

Votes: 3,547

9. David Copperfield (2000 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

7.3
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A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Michael Richards, Eileen Atkins, Anthony Andrews

Votes: 888

10. Doctor Zhivago (2002– )

226 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Young and beautiful Lara is loved by three men: a revolutionary, a mogul, and a doctor. Their lives become intertwined with the drama of Russian revolution. Doctor Zhivago is about to get ... See full summary »

Stars: Keira Knightley, Sam Neill, Hans Matheson, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 4,407

11. Emily of New Moon (1998– )

60 min | Drama

7.7
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An orphan is sent to live with relatives in picturesque turn-of-the-century Prince Edward Island.

Stars: Martha MacIsaac, Sheila McCarthy, Jessica Pellerin, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 342

12. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.7
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67 Metascore

The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 183,272 | Gross: $51.68M

13. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter, June Barry

Votes: 763

14. Garrow's Law (2009– )

Biography, Drama

8.3
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Garrow's Law is the true tale of William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.

Stars: Andrew Buchan, Lyndsey Marshal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 916

15. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 64,472 | Gross: $11.63M

16. The Golden Bowl (2000)

R | 130 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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62 Metascore

A man marries an heiress for her money even though he is actually in love with her friend.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Uma Thurman, Jeremy Northam, Kate Beckinsale, James Fox

Votes: 3,900 | Gross: $3.04M

17. Gone with the Wind (1939)

G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 238,250 | Gross: $198.68M

18. The Lost Prince (2003 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 180 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
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The true story of the British royal prince locked away because of having epilepsy.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Daniel Williams, Matthew James Thomas, Brock Everitt-Elwick, Rollo Weeks

Votes: 1,658

19. Hard Times (1994– )

100 min | Drama

6.7
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Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest ... See full summary »

Stars: Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, Alan Bates, Beatie Edney

Votes: 209

20. The House of Mirth (2000)

PG | 135 min | Romance, Drama

7.1
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78 Metascore

A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Dan Aykroyd, Eleanor Bron, Terry Kinney

Votes: 6,634 | Gross: $3.04M

21. Jude (1996)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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68 Metascore

A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 9,113 | Gross: $0.41M

22. The Magnificent Ambersons (2002 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama

6.0
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The spoiled rotten and utterly unlikable rich kid George Amberson becomes horrified when his recently widowed mother rekindles her relationship with the wealthy Eugene Morgan, who she left ... See full summary »

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Bruce Greenwood, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Gretchen Mol

Votes: 747

23. The Man in the Iron Mask (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure

6.5
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48 Metascore

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?

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu

Votes: 136,263 | Gross: $56.97M

24. Middlemarch (1994)

375 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted ... See full summary »

Stars: Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge, Robert Hardy, Peter Jeffrey

Votes: 1,831

25. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.2
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71 Metascore

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 10,051 | Gross: $1.59M

26. The Old Curiosity Shop (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

6.6
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A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Sophie Vavasseur, Gina McKee

Votes: 585

27. Poldark (1975– )

60 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.5
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In 1783, Ross Poldark returns from the American wars to his native Cornwall to right wrongs and reunite with the love of his life.

Stars: Robin Ellis, Angharad Rees, Clive Francis, Jill Townsend

Votes: 785

28. The Remains of the Day (1993)

PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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84 Metascore

A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft, Christopher Reeve

Votes: 50,509 | Gross: $22.95M

29. Avonlea (1990–1996)

PG | 60 min | Drama, Adventure, Family

8.6
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A young rich girl is sent to live with relatives on Prince Edward Island in the early 1900s.

Stars: Zachary Bennett, Lally Cadeau, Mag Ruffman, Cedric Smith

Votes: 3,224

30. A Room with a View (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

6.1
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It's the Edwardian era. The Honeychurches - Marian Honeychurch and her two just of age children Lucy Honeychurch and Freddy Honeychurch - are a carefree and fun-loving family that live in ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Renton | Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Laurence Fox, Rafe Spall, Sophie Thompson

Votes: 1,056

31. Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991 TV Movie)

G | 98 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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A single New England woman responds to an advertisement by a Midwestern widower in which he asks for a bride to help him raise his two children.

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Lexi Randall, Malgorzata Zajaczkowska

Votes: 1,707

32. A Tale of Two Cities (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.6
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An ex-aristocrat from France and an alcoholic English lawyer find themselves crossing paths and in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.

Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing, Kenneth More, Barry Morse

Votes: 535

33. A Tale of Two Cities (1989– )

188 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.3
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Two men, one an aristocrat and one a drunken lawyer, fall in love with the same woman during the early stages of the French Revolution.

Stars: James Wilby, Xavier Deluc, Serena Gordon, John Mills

Votes: 287

34. Titanic (1996)

PG-13 | 173 min | Action, Drama, History

5.9
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The story of the 1912 sinking of the largest luxury liner ever built, the tragedy that befell over two thousand of the rich and famous as well as of the poor and unknown passengers aboard the doomed ship.

Stars: Peter Gallagher, George C. Scott, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Marie Saint

Votes: 3,725

35. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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74 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 871,745 | Gross: $0.66M

36. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley

Votes: 2,198

37. Vanity Fair (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

6.2
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53 Metascore

Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Romola Garai, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Votes: 18,265 | Gross: $16.14M

38. Victoria & Albert (2001 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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The passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837, the year of King William IV's death and 18-year-old Victoria's ascension to the ... See full summary »

Director: John Erman | Stars: Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth, James Callis, Diana Rigg

Votes: 867

39. Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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After a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a handsome but poor Tuscan dentist and dies in childbirth, her English in-laws try to gain custody of the baby.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves, Helen Mirren

Votes: 1,696 | Gross: $1.40M

40. The Wings of the Dove (1997)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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73 Metascore

An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alex Jennings, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 9,352 | Gross: $13.72M

41. Ballet Shoes (1975– )

120 min | Family

8.0
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Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance ... See full summary »

Stars: Angela Thorne, Jane Slaughter, Elizabeth Morgan, Sarah Prince

Votes: 96

42. Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006 TV Movie)

78 min | Drama, History

7.2
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George 'Beau' Brummel, a penniless but witty London gentleman, maintains a refined lifestyle with his loyal servant, cook Robinson. Only the friendship of the unpopular Hanoverian heir and ... See full summary »

Director: Philippa Lowthorpe | Stars: James Purefoy, Hugh Bonneville, Phil Davis, Elliot Levey

Votes: 567

43. Black Beauty (1994)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.7
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The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Director: Caroline Thompson | Stars: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Docs Keepin Time, Alan Cumming

Votes: 7,884 | Gross: $4.63M

44. Brideshead Revisited (1981)

659 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 5,120

45. Bright Star (2009)

PG | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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81 Metascore

The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox

Votes: 22,760 | Gross: $4.44M

46. David Copperfield (1974– )

300 min | Drama

7.4
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A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Ian Hogg, David Troughton, Patience Collier, David Yelland

Votes: 69

47. Dickens of London (1976– )

60 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Mini-series on the life of Charles Dickens, the great English author. Charles grew up in a family where his father was larger than life. The elder Dickens is a teller of tales and always ... See full summary »

Stars: Roy Dotrice, John F. Landry, Diana Coupland, Adrienne Burgess

Votes: 53

48. Effie Gray (2014)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.9
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54 Metascore

A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

Director: Richard Laxton | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson

Votes: 2,967 | Gross: $0.34M

49. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 80,753 | Gross: $30.08M

50. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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45 Metascore

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 58,505 | Gross: $16.29M

51. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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In 1917, two children take a photograph, which is soon believed by some to be the first scientific evidence of the existence of fairies.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Paul McGann, Florence Hoath, Elizabeth Earl, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 4,970 | Gross: $14.04M

52. From Time to Time (2009)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.

Director: Julian Fellowes | Stars: Alex Etel, Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith, Christopher Villiers

Votes: 3,756

53. Glorious 39 (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.5
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The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, Toby Regbo

Votes: 4,622

54. Gosford Park (2001)

R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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90 Metascore

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 69,154 | Gross: $41.31M

55. Great Expectations (1989– )

303 min | Drama

7.6
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Stars: Jean Simmons, John Rhys-Davies, Ray McAnally, Anthony Calf

Votes: 316

56. Hamlet (1990)

PG | 135 min | Drama

6.8
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53 Metascore

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield

Votes: 18,928 | Gross: $20.71M

57. Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale (2003 TV Movie)

174 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.0
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A fictionalized account of the young life of Hans Christian Andersen, a young man with a penchant for storytelling but struggles to find his place in the world and gain the affection of the... See full summary »

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Kieran Bew, Emily Hamilton, Flora Montgomery, James Fox

Votes: 442

58. Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)

193 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Ray Winstone, Joss Ackland, Sid Mitchell, Charles Dance

Votes: 1,935

59. Howards End (1992)

PG | 142 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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89 Metascore

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 23,315 | Gross: $25.97M

60. Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

7.0
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In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 4,099 | Gross: $4.08M

61. In a Savage Land (1999)

Not Rated | 115 min | Adventure, Drama

6.3
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Two anthropologists married to each other go to an island off of Papua New Guinea for field research in pre-World War II.

Director: Bill Bennett | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Martin Donovan, Maya Stange, Max Cullen

Votes: 402

62. Island at War (2004)

540 min | Drama, War

7.7
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Period: Second World War. A quiet channel island community is thrown into turmoil by the invasion forces of Nazi Germany.

Stars: Saskia Reeves, Owen Teale, Julia Ford, Clare Holman

Votes: 921

63. Ivanhoe (1997– )

270 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Ivanhoe returning from crusading in the Holy Land to England which is ruled by corrupt Prince John.

Stars: David Barrass, Ralph Brown, Jimmy Chisholm, Trevor Cooper

Votes: 864

64. Jane Eyre (1973– )

275 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Stars: Sorcha Cusack, Michael Jayston, Hazel Clyne, Megs Jenkins

Votes: 391

65. Les Misérables (1998)

PG-13 | 134 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.5
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Valjean, a former criminal, has atoned for his past and now finds himself in the midst of the French Revolution, avoiding a law-obsessed policeman hell-bent on capturing him.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Christopher Adamson

Votes: 34,051 | Gross: $14.10M

66. Lorna Doone (1990 TV Movie)

PG | 87 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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John Ridd was just a boy when the villainous Carver Doone callously murdered his father. Now a young man, John has two driving passions: his thirst for revenge against the outlaw Doones, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Michael MacKenzie, Andrew Ferguson, Sean Bean, Claire Madden

Votes: 248

Admittedly, only because it has Sean Bean and Clive Owen in it. I've heard bad things about this adaptation.

67. Lost in Austen

Drama | Announced

A modern day New Yorker and ardent Jane Austen fan somehow swaps places with Austen's fictional creation, Elizabeth Bennett.

68. Austenland (2013)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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42 Metascore

Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice (1995), a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.

Director: Jerusha Hess | Stars: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie

Votes: 16,575 | Gross: $2.15M

69. Love in a Cold Climate (1980– )

420 min | Drama

8.0
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Stars: Judi Dench, Michael Aldridge, Michael Williams, Lucy Gutteridge

Votes: 116

70. Luther (2003)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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47 Metascore

During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov, Alfred Molina

Votes: 13,533 | Gross: $5.79M

71. Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)

385 min | Drama

8.2
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Some very greedy and selfish relatives are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewit's money. He is surrounded by all these sycophantic relatives that he truly despises whilst ill, each ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Chambers, Julia Sawalha, Keith Allen, Philip Franks

Votes: 661

72. My Brilliant Career (1979)

G | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb

Votes: 2,824

73. Mrs Dalloway (1997)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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In 1923 London, socialite Clarissa Dalloway's well-planned party is overshadowed by the return of an old suitor she had known 33 years earlier.

Director: Marleen Gorris | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Michael Kitchen, Alan Cox

Votes: 3,090 | Gross: $3.26M

74. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001 TV Movie)

200 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director: Stephen Whittaker | Stars: John Dallimore, James D'Arcy, Sophia Myles, Diana Kent

Votes: 877

75. Persuasion (1971– )

300 min | History, Romance

6.6
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Jane Austen's last novel provides the plot for this earlier Granada miniseries. Set in pre-Victorian England, this movie tells the story of Anne Elliot, who now having lost her "bloom" is ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Firbank, Bryan Marshall, Marian Spencer, Richard Vernon

Votes: 388

76. Rebecca (1997– )

95 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.4
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A British gentleman's innocent bride grapples with intrusive reminders of his deceased wife.

Stars: Charles Dance, Diana Rigg, Geraldine James, Jonathan Cake

Votes: 1,005

77. Sense and Sensibility (1971– )

178 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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Mrs. Dashwood and her two daughters, Elinor and Marianne, are faced with the prospect of Mrs. Dashwood's stepson and his wife moving into their home at Norland.

Stars: Michael Aldridge, Sheila Ballantine, Esme Church, Joanna David

Votes: 101

78. Tess (1979)

PG | 186 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin

Votes: 12,301

79. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A free-spirited yet naive country girl is caught between her wealthy, manipulative "cousin" Alec and the handsome, educated farmer Angel Clare in this Victorian tragedy from novelist Thomas Hardy.

Director: Ian Sharp | Stars: Justine Waddell, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Milburn, John McEnery

Votes: 1,715

80. The Barchester Chronicles (1982– )

385 min | Drama

8.3
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When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Janet Maw, Nigel Hawthorne, Angela Pleasence

Votes: 900

81. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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61 Metascore

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain

Votes: 112,497 | Gross: $54.23M

82. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997– )

314 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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A new adaptation of the classic novel by Henry Fielding of the life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones. A foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up ... See full summary »

Stars: John Sessions, Benjamin Whitrow, Ron Cook, Christopher Fulford

Votes: 653

83. The Impressionists (2006– )

Drama

8.2
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"Three hour mini-series tells the intimate history of a most illustrious brotherhood of Impressionist artists - Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Manet. Entirely based on documentary ... See full summary »

Stars: Sebastian Armesto, Richard Armitage, Charlie Condou, Aden Gillett

Votes: 918

84. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig

Votes: 124,434 | Gross: $75.51M

85. The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003 TV Movie)

196 min | Drama

7.9
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At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day,... See full summary »

Director: David Thacker | Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Juliet Aubrey, Jodhi May, James Purefoy

Votes: 1,158

86. The Moonstone (1997 TV Movie)

112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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When the fabulous Moonstone diamond is stolen, all the suspects appear to have alibis. Even the young girl who owns the diamond won't say whom she saw took it. A dear family friend calls in... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bierman | Stars: Greg Wise, Keeley Hawes, Terrence Hardiman, Mellan Mitchell

Votes: 395

87. The Pallisers (1974– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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Follows the novels of Anthony Trollope. Beginning with the forced Marriage of Susan Hampshire's character, Glencora, the lives of the friends and children of this couple are the subject of ... See full summary »

Stars: Susan Hampshire, Philip Latham, Barbara Murray, Moray Watson

Votes: 329

88. The Queen's Sister (2005 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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Following the death of her father George VI princess Margaret hopes to marry the war hero Peter Townsend but is told that if she does she will be cut out of the Civil List and receive no ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Lucy Cohu, Meredith MacNeill, Al Barclay, Edward Tudor-Pole

Votes: 249

89. The Return of the Native (1994 TV Movie)

PG | 101 min | Drama

6.4
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Reddleman Diggory Venn drives slowly across the heath, carrying a hidden passenger in the back of his van. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the hills, emphasizing the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Clive Owen, Ray Stevenson, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 540

90. The Ruby in the Smoke (2006 TV Movie)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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In Victorian England, a young woman searches for a priceless ruby and uncovers even greater mysteries.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Billie Piper, Matt Smith, Sian Thomas, Kay Lyon

Votes: 572

91. The Virgin Queen (2005– )

237 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Sienna Guillory, Ian Hart, Tom Hardy

Votes: 2,328

92. The Winslow Boy (1999)

G | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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79 Metascore

Early 20th century England: while toasting his daughter Catherine's engagement, Arthur Winslow learns the royal naval academy expelled his 14-year-old son, Ronnie, for stealing five ... See full summary »

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam, Nigel Hawthorne, Matthew Pidgeon

Votes: 6,693 | Gross: $3.96M

93. The Woodlanders (1997)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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The story is set in late 19th century rural corner of South England. The daughter of timber merchant Melbury, Grace, returns to the town after finishing school. Her father now believes she ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Agland | Stars: Emily Woof, Rufus Sewell, Cal MacAninch, Tony Haygarth

Votes: 558

94. Treasure Island (2012 TV Movie)

87 min | Adventure

6.3
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Young Jim Hawkins is the only one who can sucessfully get a schooner to a legendary Island known for buried Treasure. But aboard the ship is a mysterious cook named John Silver, whose true ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Eddie Izzard, Toby Regbo, Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Mays

Votes: 5,287

95. Young Catherine (1991 TV Movie)

Unrated | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Plummer, Franco Nero, Marthe Keller

Votes: 793

96. Lover's Prayer (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Romance, War

5.2
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A younger boy falls in love with a tragic girl who flirts with, and manipulates, her older suitors in 1800's Russia.

Director: Reverge Anselmo | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Julie Walters, Geraldine James, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 595

97. Mary Reilly (1996)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

5.8
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44 Metascore

A housemaid falls in love with Dr. Jekyll and his darkly mysterious counterpart, Mr. Hyde.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, George Cole, Michael Gambon

Votes: 12,566 | Gross: $5.60M

98. The Claim (2000)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.5
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62 Metascore

A prospector who sold his wife and infant daughter in exchange for a mining claim, tries desperately to win them back as he helps to build the Pacific Railroad with a group of pioneer friends.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Wes Bentley, Peter Mullan, Ron Anderson, Marty Antonini

Votes: 5,499 | Gross: $0.67M

99. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Oliver Twist (1997)

Unrated | 91 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.3
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An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Elijah Wood, David O'Hara, Alex Trench

Votes: 1,590

100. Lady Audley's Secret (2000 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama

6.0
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Wealthy estate owner sir Michael Audley willingly marries a gold-digger, his only daughter Alicia's governess Lucy née Gray. Sir Michael's dashing, in-living orphaned nephew Robert 'Bob' ... See full summary »

Director: Betsan Morris Evans | Stars: Neve McIntosh, Juliette Caton, Melanie Clark Pullen, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 181