IMO Period dramas worth watching

Not in order...Will be adding more to the list as I watch more period dramas
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
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
“ One of my all time favorite period movies. ” - cacosta6
 
2.
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.)
“ I love this Mini-Series. ” - cacosta6
 
3.
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
 
4.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.
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
“ Not sure if it counts as a period drama but its worth watching ” - cacosta6
 
6.
Lost in Austen (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she's swapped places with Austen's fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet. (180 mins.)
 
7.
Becoming Jane (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman. (120 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
“ Love James McAvoy ! ” - cacosta6
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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.)
“ Another one of my favorites even though its a really sad story ” - cacosta6
 
11.
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
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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
“ The transformation of the King is really worth watching. Even though its doesn't have that Romance story line that most period dramas have ” - cacosta6
 
14.
The Iron Lady (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. (105 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
Great Expectations (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor. (60 mins.)
 
17.
The Painted Veil (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife. (125 mins.)
Director: John Curran
 
18.
The Princess of Montpensier (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage... (139 mins.)
 
19.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
20.
Washington Square (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father... (115 mins.)
 
21.
Clarissa (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A virtuous young woman is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who's becomes obsessed with her. (156 mins.)
Director: Robert Bierman
 
22.
Anonymous (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her. (130 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
23.
The Illusionist (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
24.
The Flowers of War (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. (146 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
25.
The Reader (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial. (124 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
26.
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
 
27.
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Florentino, rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart. (139 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
28.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse. (92 mins.)
Director: Bharat Nalluri
 
29.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower)... (142 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
“ A good movie to watch even though its old. ” - cacosta6
 
30.
Vera Drake (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family. (125 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
31.
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.)
 
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.)
“ If you don't fall in love with Prince Alfred there might be a problem. ” - cacosta6
 
33.
Wives and Daughters (1999 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
Cranford (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town. (60 mins.)
 
36.
Cranford (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
It's August 1844 and Miss Matty knows only too well that faces will always come and go in Cranford, but for now she is happy that her dear brother... (60 mins.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. (105 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
 
39.
We'll Take Manhattan (2012 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A look at the love affair between 1960s supermodel Jean Shrimpton and photographer David Bailey. (90 mins.)
Director: John McKay
“ Aneurin Barnard just steals your heart in this movie as the photographer that falls in love with a supermodel. ” - cacosta6
 
40.
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
 
41.
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...
 
42.
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
“ The 1995 version is probably better but its still a good movie to watch ” - cacosta6
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
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
 
45.
The Making of a Lady (2012 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 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.)
 
46.
A Room with a View (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory