The Best Period Films/Series

In my humble opinion, the best TV or Movie Period pieces -- in no particular order!
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1.
Upstairs Downstairs (2010 TV Series)
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A new family and their servants live at the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in 1936. (60 mins.)
 
2.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
Emma (1996)
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In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
 
5.
Emma (1996 TV Movie)
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While matchmaking for friends and neighbors, a young 19th-century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love. (107 mins.)
 
6.
Emma (2009 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home... (240 mins.)
 
7.
Pride and Prejudice (1980 Mini-Series)
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While the arrival of wealthy gentleman sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy. (265 mins.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
Sense and Sensibility (1981 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two sisters of opposing temperaments find love and some heartbreak in Jane Austen's 18th century classic. (174 mins.)
 
10.
Screen Two (1985 TV Series)
Episode: Persuasion (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded...
 
11.
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
 
12.
Persuasion (1971 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jane Austen's last novel provides the plot for this earlier Granada miniseries. Set in pre-Victorian England... (300 mins.)
 
13.
Emma (1972 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
This BBC production, set in the small town of Highbury depicts the often hilarious attempts of Miss... (240 mins.)
 
14.
Northanger Abbey (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. (84 mins.)
Director: Jon Jones
 
15.
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
 
16.
Mansfield Park (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
At age 10, Fanny Price is sent by her destitute mother to live with her aunt and uncle, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram... (120 mins.)
 
17.
Mansfield Park (1983 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Impoverished Fanny Price is sent to live with her more affluent uncle and aunt. The arrival of new neighbors brings a chance for romance to Fanny and her cousins. (261 mins.)
 
18.
The Duchess (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. (110 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
 
19.
Vanity Fair (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia. (141 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
20.
Atonement (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. (123 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
Camelot (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
King Uther dies suddenly. Britain is facing chaos. The sorcerer Merlin appoints the not so known son... (45 mins.)
 
23.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros; A forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years. (56 mins.)
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
Mildred Pierce (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda. (336 mins.)
 
26.
An Education (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
27.
Any Human Heart (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.
 
28.
The Hours (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
29.
Jane Eyre (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
Jane Eyre (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls... (112 mins.)
 
32.
The Young Victoria (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
 
33.
Victoria & Albert (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837... (200 mins.)
Director: John Erman
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
36.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account... (90 mins.)
 
37.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII. (115 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
 
38.
Little Women (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
 
39.
Anne of Green Gables (1985 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination. (199 mins.)
 
40.
Anne of Avonlea (1987 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Anne Shirley accepts a teaching position at a girls boarding school in a town dominated by a rich and belligerant family determined to make her life miserable. (230 mins.)
Director: Kevin Sullivan
 
41.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge. (131 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
42.
A Knight's Tale (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight. (132 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
 
43.
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
 
44.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale. (121 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
45.
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
 
46.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (134 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
47.
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
 
48.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. (114 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
49.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
50.
Seabiscuit (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. (140 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
 
51.
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
 
52.
Doubt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. (104 mins.)
 
53.
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
 
54.
Quills (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
55.
Mrs Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown... (101 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
56.
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
 
57.
Phar Lap (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The true story of a Australian racehorse that becomes a champion with the help of a local stableboy. (107 mins.)
Director: Simon Wincer
 
58.
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
 
59.
Cold Mountain (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (154 mins.)
 
60.
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences. (135 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ The movie wasn't that great actually, but I did like the book. ” - maeve3313
 
61.
An Ideal Husband (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is... (97 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
 
62.
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues. (97 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
 
63.
Elizabeth I (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I. (223 mins.)
 
64.
The Virgin Queen (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim... (237 mins.)
 
65.
The Pillars of the Earth (2010 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. (60 mins.)