Good Dark Period Movies

A list of dark period movies that Goths would love. Some of these movies are darker than others.

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1.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
“ A dark and brilliant film - like no other movie. ” - WingedCreature
 
2.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004 TV Movie)
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A serial killer stalking the teen-aged daughters of the aristocracy brings Sherlock Holmes out of his drug-filled semi-retirement. (99 mins.)
“ The best Sherlock Holmes I have seen. ” - WingedCreature
 
3.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
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A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. (230 mins.)
“ The best Jane Eyre adaptation - dark and wonderful. ” - WingedCreature
 
4.
Jack the Ripper (1988 TV Series)
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A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the queen. (190 mins.)
 
5.
The Ripper (1997 TV Movie)
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This telling of the story of Jack the Ripper focuses not on the killings as much as on the aristocratic... (96 mins.)
Director: Janet Meyers
 
6.
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
“ The prequel to Jane Eyre which is nothing like Jane Eyre. Dark and sensual and in Jamaica. ” - WingedCreature
 
7.
Elizabeth (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ The true story of the Virgin Queen. ” - WingedCreature
 
8.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ The true story of two inseparable New Zealand girls and murder. Surreal and not what you would expect. ” - WingedCreature
 
9.
The Crimson Petal and the White (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch. (274 mins.)
“ A very dark and in your face Gothic tale of a Victorian prostitute who meets a wealthy man who may save her from her life poverty and prostitution or than again he may not... ” - WingedCreature
 
10.
Great Expectations (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Modernization of Charles Dickens classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love. (111 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ A modern adaptation of this classic film. Yes, it has Gwenyth Paltrow in it - but don't let that scare you away - it is still the best adaptation I have seen. ” - WingedCreature
 
11.
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
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In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene. (104 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
12.
Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
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In this sequel to The Blue Lagoon, two children are stranded on a beautiful island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together and eventually become suntanned teenagers in love. (102 mins.)
 
13.
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
“ The true story of the Marquis de Sade. ” - WingedCreature
 
14.
The Red Violin (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner. (130 mins.)
 
15.
Cracks (2009)
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A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school. (104 mins.)
Director: Jordan Scott
“ A foreign noble girl joins a remote girls school and an idyllic life is shattered when reality comes crashing in. Obsession and Jealousy are aroused. ” - WingedCreature
 
16.
Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her. (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Cohn
“ The story told the way the Brothers Grimm meant it to be. ” - WingedCreature
 
17.
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
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When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate. (109 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Dark and twisted ” - WingedCreature
 
18.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
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A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
19.
Catherine the Great (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Drama documentary reconstructing the life and times of Catherine the Great of Russia. (120 mins.)
 
20.
Napoléon (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story... (380 mins.)
 
21.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections. (240 mins.)
 
22.
The Secret Garden (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's estate... (101 mins.)
 
23.
The Secret Garden (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 19th-century India, little Mary Lennox is suddenly orphaned by cholera. Her only living relative is her crook-backed uncle... (210 mins.)
 
24.
Surviving Picasso (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The passionate Merchant-Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty and move on with her life. (125 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
25.
Fingersmith (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Susan "Sue" Trinder is a fingersmith (British slang for thief) who lives in the slums of London with... (181 mins.)
Director: Aisling Walsh
 
26.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
27.
The Forsyte Saga (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920. (276 mins.)
 
28.
Berkeley Square (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Three young women from very different backgrounds meet, become friends and share experiences when they all gain positions as nannies in the wealthy households of London's exclusive Berkeley Square. (50 mins.)
 
29.
The Woman in Black (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate... (100 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wise
 
30.
The Innocents (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
31.
Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII. (193 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
 
32.
Capturing Mary (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man ushers an older woman into a dark exploration of her past - back to the time when, as a young girl, she met a stranger who affected her life forever. (105 mins.)
“ This even has a good special feature film that goes along with the film. ” - WingedCreature
 
33.
The Tudors (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII. (60 mins.)
 
34.
Lady Jane (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward... (136 mins.)
Director: Trevor Nunn
 
35.
The Lost Prince (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The true story of the British royal prince locked away because of having epilepsy. (180 mins.)
 
36.
Chaplin (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charlie Chaplin. (143 mins.)
 
37.
To the Ends of the Earth (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for. (267 mins.)
 
38.
The Awakening (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves. (102 mins.)
Director: Nick Murphy
 
39.
Haunted (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Professor David Ash is invited to Edbrook to calm the fears of the elderly nanny of the Mariell family... (108 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
40.
Byron (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Following the success of his poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", Byron becomes the toast of London. (147 mins.)
Director: Julian Farino
 
41.
Lolita (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter. (137 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Sick and twisted ” - WingedCreature
 
42.
Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Drama-documentary series which describes some of the key technological achievements of the industrial age. (50 mins.)
 
43.
Lust for Life (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
 
44.
Lady Audley's Secret (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Wealthy estate owner sir Michael Audley willingly marries a gold-digger, his only daughter Alicia's governess Lucy née Gray... (108 mins.)
 
45.
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Based on true events. Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Jack Whicher is sent to rural Wiltshire to investigate the horrific murder of a three-year-old boy. (95 mins.)
Director: James Hawes
 
46.
The Countess (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty. (98 mins.)
Director: Julie Delpy
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic. (90 mins.)
 
49.
Chéri (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ The is a tragic love story set in France. It is also the most "Art Nouveau" film I have seen. A good movie. ” - WingedCreature
 
50.
The Monk (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars... (101 mins.)
Director: Dominik Moll
 
51.
The Name of the Rose (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey. (130 mins.)
 
52.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An exploration of Charles Dicken's unfinished work in which the mystery of the murder of Edwin Drood is examined. (120 mins.)
 
53.
Mad Love (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
54.
Crooked House (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A ghost story about a cursed house. The cursed house - Geap Manor - weaves together three ghost stories set during Georgian times, the 1920s and the present day. (90 mins.)
 
55.
The Cater Street Hangman (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
With the help of a feisty aristocratic woman, a working-class Scotland Yard inspector hunts for a serial killer of young women in Victorian London.
Director: Sarah Hellings
 
56.
From Time to Time (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
Director: Julian Fellowes
 
57.
Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Certain events which had an impact on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, while he was still a medical student under the supervision of Dr. Bell, his teacher and mentor, on whom the character of Sherlock Holmes is partly drawn from.
 
58.
Dandelion Dead (1994 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Drama based on the true story of a solicitor who in 1922 found himself at the center of one of Britain's most notorious murder trials. (60 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
 
59.
The Borgias (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The saga of a crime family in 15th century Italy. (50 mins.)
 
60.
Mrs Biggs (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The true story of Charmian Brent (née Powell), the rebellious product of a strict 1950s upbringing, and her whirlwind romance with Ronald Biggs leading to a descent into crime, most infamously 1963's Great Train Robbery. (90 mins.)
 
61.
The Making of a Lady (2012 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After losing her employment, Emily accepts a proposal that will give her a secure future. But she soon finds trapped in her new family's deception. (95 mins.)
 
62.
Effie Gray (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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. (104 mins.)
Director: Richard Laxton
“ This film shows the solitude and suffering of the poor Effie Gray. At least she had a better life in the end. Good period costumes. ” - WingedCreature
 
63.
The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788. (480 mins.)