Period Movies That I Enjoyed

These are my favorite historical setting movies. They range from early AD to the early/mid 20th century. Some of these are fantasy, but they show historical elements (hopefully, but not necessarily accurate) in a strong, appealing fashion.
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1.
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
 
2.
Firelight (1997)
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In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt... (103 mins.)
 
3.
Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)
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A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property... (98 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
 
4.
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
 
5.
Flirting (1991)
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Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop... (99 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
 
6.
The New World (2005)
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The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ I mainly liked the part with Christian Bale. ” - gatadelafuente
 
7.
Queen (1993 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A plantation owner's son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a Mixed race daughter named Queen... (282 mins.)
 
8.
North & South (2004 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. (235 mins.)
 
9.
North and South (1985 Mini-Series)
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Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War. (561 mins.)
 
10.
Roots (1977 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation. (570 mins.)
 
11.
Under the Greenwood Tree (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar. (93 mins.)
Director: Nick Laughland
 
12.
True Women (1997 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
True Women is a sweeping saga of love, war and adventure. Spanning five decades from the Texas Revolution through the Civil War... (183 mins.)
Director: Karen Arthur
 
13.
The 39 Steps (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull... (90 mins.)
Director: James Hawes
 
14.
Persuasion (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne... (93 mins.)
Director: Adrian Shergold
 
15.
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
 
16.
Sense & Sensibility (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, inherit only a tiny allowance... (59 mins.)
 
17.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. (327 mins.)
 
18.
Little Dorrit (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father... (30 mins.)
 
19.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. (230 mins.)
 
20.
Jane Eyre (1943)
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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. (97 mins.)
 
21.
Iron Jawed Angels (2004 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. (123 mins.)
 
22.
The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005 TV Movie)
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Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII. (120 mins.)
Director: Brent Shields
 
23.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
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A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
24.
Amistad (1997)
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In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (155 mins.)
 
25.
The Color Purple (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. (154 mins.)
 
26.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
 
27.
King Kong (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a movie crew travel to a mysterious island to shoot their picture, they encounter a giant and furious gorilla who takes their leading actress and form a special relationship with her, protecting the beautiful lady at all costs. (187 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
28.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
29.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
30.
Helen of Troy (2003 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war. (175 mins.)
 
31.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
 
32.
Emma (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
 
33.
Cold Comfort Farm (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In England in the early 1930's, 20 year old Flora Poste, recently orphaned and left with only 100 pounds a year... (95 mins.)
 
34.
Amazing Grace (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
35.
King Arthur (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. (126 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
36.
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people. (99 mins.)
 
37.
Attila (2001 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A romanced story of Attila the Hun, from when he lost his parents in childhood until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader... (177 mins.)
Director: Dick Lowry
 
38.
Gosford Park (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
39.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
40.
Valmont (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman... (137 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
41.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 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
 
42.
Little Women (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy -- struggle to make ends meet in their New England household... (122 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
43.
Krakatoa: Volcano of Destruction (2006 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A documentary on the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia, bringing tsunamis, rains of pumice and ash, and a deadly flow of hot steam, sulfuric acid, and ash. More than 36,000 died; survivors had bad burns. (87 mins.)
Director: Sam Miller
“ This is a dramatization of the Krakatoa eruption, with Rupert Penry-Jones and Olivia Williams. It was pretty good. ” - gatadelafuente
 
44.
The Thorn Birds (1983 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch... (460 mins.)
 
45.
Mansfield Park (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
46.
Swept from the Sea (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The film tells the story of Russian emigree and the only survivor from ship crash Yanko Goorall and servant Amy Foster in the end of 19th century... (115 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
 
47.
Sommersby (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A farmer's wife begins to suspect that the man in her bed is an impostor after he returns home from the Civil War. (114 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
48.
Far and Away (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they... (140 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
49.
A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A married soldier returning from WW2 poses as a pregnant woman's husband to save her from her father's anger and honor. (102 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Arau
 
50.
Glory (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Pretty sad, but very good. ” - gatadelafuente
 
51.
Original Sin (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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.)
 
52.
Quigley Down Under (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Wyoming by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems. (119 mins.)
Director: Simon Wincer
 
53.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. (138 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
54.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
55.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
56.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
57.
The Wolfman (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American man is bitten, and subsequently cursed by, a werewolf. (103 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
58.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
59.
Rough Magic (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Set in the 1950s, Rough Magic tells the story of what happens when a pretty apprentice magician goes to Mexico to escape her fiancé... (104 mins.)
Director: Clare Peploe
 
60.
Men of Honor (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of Carl Brashear, the first African American, then also the first amputee, US Navy Diver and the man who trained him. (129 mins.)
 
61.
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
62.
Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Will Plunkett and Captain James Macleane, two men from different ends of the social spectrum in 18th-century England... (99 mins.)
Director: Jake Scott
 
63.
Nate and Hayes (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day. (99 mins.)
 
64.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
65.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle. (169 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
66.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war. (133 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
67.
The Last Legion (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters. (102 mins.)
Director: Doug Lefler
 
68.
The Mummy (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a mummy. (125 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
69.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror. (130 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
70.
Van Helsing (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The notorious monster hunter is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula who is using Dr. Frankenstein's research and a werewolf for some sinister purpose. (131 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
71.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission. (110 mins.)
 
72.
From Hell (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper. (122 mins.)
 
73.
Dracula (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
 
74.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
 
75.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
 
76.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace. (118 mins.)
 
77.
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
 
78.
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron