Best Period Pieces [Copperncherrio]

by copperncherrio | created - 20 Dec 2012 | updated - 20 Dec 2012 | Public

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1. Little Dorrit (2008– )

30 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.3
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The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Emma Pierson

Votes: 6,937

2. Casanova (2005– )

TV-MA | 174 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.0
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After a life spent seeking pleasure and decadence, Casanova seeks his one true love, Henriette.

Stars: Rose Byrne, David Tennant, Peter O'Toole, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 4,163

3. Our Mutual Friend (1998– )

350 min | Drama

8.2
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Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.

Stars: Paul McGann, Keeley Hawes, Dominic Mafham, David Bradley

Votes: 1,937

4. Wives and Daughters (1999– )

TV-PG | 301 min | Drama

8.2
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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.

Stars: Francesca Annis, Justine Waddell, Bill Paterson, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 5,875

5. The Paradise (2012–2013)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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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.

Stars: Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy

Votes: 8,673

6. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Our female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.

Stars: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings

Votes: 9,008

7. Cranford (2007– )

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

8.3
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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.

Stars: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Lisa Dillon

Votes: 7,299

8. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 129,119

9. Jane Eyre (2006– )

TV-PG | 230 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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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.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 16,702

10. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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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.

Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 24,514

11. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008– )

240 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections.

Stars: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne, Ruth Jones, Hans Matheson

Votes: 4,958

12. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

TV-PG | 327 min | Drama, Romance

9.0
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Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart.

Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 60,914

13. Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.1
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71 Metascore

Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest, Will Young

Votes: 14,176 | Gross: $11.03M

14. John Adams (2008– )

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 22,656

15. The Secret Garden (1993)

G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott

Votes: 31,458 | Gross: $31.18M

16. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 205,773 | Gross: $44.67M

17. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, David Alexander

Votes: 23,738 | Gross: $12.29M

18. Toast (2010 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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57 Metascore

The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain.

Director: S.J. Clarkson | Stars: Oscar Kennedy, Victoria Hamilton, Colin Prockter, Ken Stott

Votes: 7,954

19. The Painted Veil (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Catherine An

Votes: 82,507 | Gross: $8.06M

20. Secondhand Lions (2003)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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52 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

Director: Tim McCanlies | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 46,270 | Gross: $41.41M

21. The Best of Men (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography

8.1
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Towards the end of the second world war Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire and is appalled to find the partially ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whitby | Stars: George MacKay, Bebe Sanders, Leigh Quinn, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 879

22. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.8
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 211,588 | Gross: $50.93M

23. A Very Long Engagement (2004)

R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.7
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76 Metascore

Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 65,949 | Gross: $6.17M

24. Emma (2009– )

240 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit - matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her... See full summary »

Stars: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller, Jodhi May

Votes: 12,114

25. Quills (2000)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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70 Metascore

In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine

Votes: 47,209 | Gross: $7.06M

26. Gosford Park (2001)

R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 69,473 | Gross: $41.31M

27. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 201,208 | Gross: $119.52M

28. 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: 345,689 | Gross: $111.11M

29. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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74 Metascore

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 56,602 | Gross: $34.70M

30. Hysteria (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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53 Metascore

The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.

Director: Tanya Wexler | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones

Votes: 27,608 | Gross: $1.80M

31. American Horror Story (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

8.1
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An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, and a cult.

Stars: Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 224,784

32. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 268,529 | Gross: $73.86M

33. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

8.6
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A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 162,733

34. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 333,855 | Gross: $56.82M

35. Albert Nobbs (2011)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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57 Metascore

Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Votes: 21,145 | Gross: $3.01M

36. Mansfield Park (1999)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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71 Metascore

At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola, Hannah Taylor Gordon

Votes: 18,492 | Gross: $4.76M

37. The Remains of the Day (1993)

PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft, Christopher Reeve

Votes: 50,954 | Gross: $22.95M

38. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 85,746 | Gross: $43.18M

39. Howards End (1992)

PG | 142 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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89 Metascore

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 23,488 | Gross: $25.97M

40. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

8.8
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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 129,011

41. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.7
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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 74,629

42. An Education (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

7.3
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams

Votes: 118,292 | Gross: $12.57M

43. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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66 Metascore

The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey

Votes: 61,772 | Gross: $65.71M

44. The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

Votes: 77,955 | Gross: $43.98M