Best Period Piece Movies

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1. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 979,943 | Gross: $96.07M

2. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,104,337 | Gross: $187.71M

3. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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82 Metascore

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?

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 213,426 | Gross: $38.41M

4. The Patriot (2000)

R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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63 Metascore

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs

Votes: 224,864 | Gross: $113.33M

5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
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90 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,002,601 | Gross: $216.54M

6. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 155,365 | Gross: $78.65M

7. A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | 123 min | Drama

7.3
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68 Metascore

The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 45,647 | Gross: $43.44M

8. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 346,740 | Gross: $77.81M

9. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Votes: 236,413 | Gross: $47.40M

10. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, History

7.7
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55 Metascore

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

Votes: 345,878 | Gross: $111.11M

11. The Four Feathers (2002)

PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.5
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49 Metascore

A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Mohamed Bouich

Votes: 29,826 | Gross: $18.31M

12. 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: 125,511 | Gross: $75.51M

13. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

6.1
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44 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 276,929 | Gross: $198.54M

14. Gettysburg (1993)

PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Richard Jordan

Votes: 23,195 | Gross: $10.77M

15. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 204,877 | Gross: $184.21M

16. Glory (1989)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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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.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 108,444 | Gross: $26.83M

17. Far and Away (1992)

PG-13 | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.5
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49 Metascore

A young Irish couple flee to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky

Votes: 51,609 | Gross: $58.88M

18. Out of Africa (1985)

PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.2
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In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 58,788 | Gross: $87.10M

19. Zulu (1964)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth

Votes: 31,390

20. 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: 58,843 | Gross: $16.29M