The Best Period Piece Movies/ Series

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1.
North & South (2004 Mini-Series)
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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. (58 mins.)
 
2.
Emma (2009 Mini-Series)
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Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home... (240 mins.)
 
3.
Cold Mountain (2003)
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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.)
 
4.
The Patriot (2000)
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Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. (165 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
5.
The Tudors (2007 TV Series)
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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII. (60 mins.)
 
6.
Persuasion (2007 TV Movie)
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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
 
7.
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
 
8.
Mansfield Park (1999)
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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
 
9.
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
 
10.
Jane Eyre (2011)
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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
 
11.
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
 
12.
The Duchess (2008)
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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
 
13.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
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Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII. (115 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
 
14.
Under the Greenwood Tree (2005 TV Movie)
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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.
Director: Nick Laughland
 
15.
Vanity Fair (2004)
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Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp (Witherspoon) defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia. (141 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
16.
Daniel Deronda (2002 Mini-Series)
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Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness. (210 mins.)
 
17.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
 
18.
Ride with the Devil (1999)
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Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights... (138 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
19.
The Conspirator (2010)
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Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. (122 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
20.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
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The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale. (121 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
21.
Walk the Line (2005)
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A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
22.
Gangs of New York (2002)
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In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
23.
Public Enemies (2009)
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The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. (140 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
24.
Amazing Grace (2006)
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The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
25.
Troy (2004)
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An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved. (163 mins.)
 
26.
Tristan + Isolde (2006)
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An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers. (125 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
27.
One Night with the King (2006)
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The young Jewish girl, Hadassah, goes on to become the Biblical Esther, the Queen of Persia, who saves... (123 mins.)
 
28.
Love Comes Softly (2003 TV Movie)
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A young woman on her way to a new life in the 1800's suddenly finds herself a widow. Now she must live with a recently widowed young man and his daughter. Can any of them find love again? (84 mins.)
 
29.
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
 
30.
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
 
31.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
 
32.
Middlemarch (1994 Mini-Series)
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This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life... (375 mins.)
Director: Anthony Page
 
33.
The Woodlanders (1997)
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The story is set in late 19th century rural corner of South England. The daughter of timber merchant Melbury... (98 mins.)
Director: Phil Agland
 
34.
The Wings of the Dove (1997)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
A Dinner of Herbs (2000 Mini-Series)
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(286 mins.)
 
37.
Wives and Daughters (1999 Mini-Series)
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The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend. (301 mins.)
 
38.
Songcatcher (2000)
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After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist... (109 mins.)
 
39.
St. Ives (1998)
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In 1813, Capitaine Jacques St. Ives, a Hussar in the Napoleonic wars, is captured and sent to a Scottish prison camp... (90 mins.)
Director: Harry Hook
 
40.
Les Misérables (2012)
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In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
41.
Lincoln (2012)
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As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
 
42.
Anna Karenina (2012)
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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
43.
Becoming Jane (2007)
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A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman. (120 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
44.
Public Enemies (2009)
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The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. (140 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
45.
The Man Who Cried (2000)
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A young refugee traveling from Russia to America in search of her lost father falls for a gypsy horseman. (100 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
46.
Bramwell (1995 Mini-Series)
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In 1895, women were not expected to work - or even know about - medicine. Women were expected to work as house-wives... (54 mins.)
 
47.
The Virgin Queen (2005 Mini-Series)
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim... (237 mins.)
 
48.
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.)
 
49.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
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Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
50.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
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Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, love and betrayal. (133 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
51.
The Paradise (2012 TV Series)
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The story of a young woman who works in a department store and gets caught up in the charms of the modern world. (60 mins.)
 
52.
When Calls the Heart (2013 TV Movie)
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Elizabeth Thatcher, a cultured young teacher in 1910, fears leaving her comfortable world in the city. But when she accepts a teaching position in a frontier town, she finds new purpose and love with a handsome Royal Canadian Mountie. (90 mins.)
 
53.
Outlander (2014 TV Series)
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Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743... (64 mins.)
 
54.
Gran Hotel (2011 TV Series)
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1905. Julio, a young man, arrives at the Grand Hotel, an idyllic place in the middle of the countryside... (60 mins.)
 
55.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
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The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles. (123 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
56.
A Royal Affair (2012)
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A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
 
57.
Vikings (2013 TV Series)
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The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history - a man on the edge of myth. (44 mins.)
 
58.
Tut (2015 Mini-Series)
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A miniseries concentrating on the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt. (88 mins.)
 
59.
Reign (2013 TV Series)
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Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court. (42 mins.)
 
60.
The White Queen (2013 Mini-Series)
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Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England. (60 mins.)
 
61.
Poldark (2015 TV Series)
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Ross Poldark returns home after American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it. (60 mins.)
 
62.
Indian Summers (2015 Mini-Series)
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Drama set in 1932 during the final years of British colonial rule in India.
 
63.
Belle (2013)
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The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. (104 mins.)
Director: Amma Asante
 
64.
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
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In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. (119 mins.)
 
65.
A Place to Call Home (2013 TV Series)
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A mysterious woman is perched between the harsh legacy of World War II and the hope of a new life in Australia. (60 mins.)
 
66.
TURN: Washington's Spies (2014 TV Series)
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Follows New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring... (60 mins.)
 
67.
Hatfields & McCoys (2012 Mini-Series)
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Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War. (290 mins.)
 
68.
Sons of Liberty (2015 Mini-Series)
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The story of a group of very different men fighting in the American Colonies for freedom, and how they will shape the future for the United States of America. Based on true stories.
 
69.
Mercy Street (2016 TV Series)
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Follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War - New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. (53 mins.)
 
70.
Mr Selfridge (2013 TV Series)
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Centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's department store. (45 mins.)
 
71.
When Calls the Heart (2014 TV Series)
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Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west. (43 mins.)
 
72.
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008 TV Series)
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An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress. (53 mins.)
 
73.
Great Expectations (2012)
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (128 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
74.
Underground (2016 TV Series)
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Underground centers on a group of slaves planning a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation... (43 mins.)
 
75.
Doctor Thorne (2016 TV Series)
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The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate. (48 mins.)