The Best Period Dramas

From TV shows to Films, these are the best depictions of all eras throughout history.
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1.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 Mini-Series)
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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. (327 mins.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
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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. (230 mins.)
 
6.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)
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During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower)... (142 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
A Room with a View (1985)
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When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Gosford Park (2001)
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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
 
12.
The Abduction Club (2002)
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A group of Irish noblemen kidnap girls in order to marry into their fortune and avoid becoming priests or soldiers. (96 mins.)
Director: Stefan Schwartz
 
13.
Charlotte Gray (2001)
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A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France. (121 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
Northanger Abbey (2007 TV Movie)
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A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. (84 mins.)
Director: Jon Jones
 
16.
A Hazard of Hearts (1987 TV Movie)
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When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley has lost his estate and all his money playing dice, he realises... (90 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
17.
Duel of Hearts (1991 TV Movie)
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Lady Caroline Faye meets Lord Vane Brecon and is attracted to him. When she finds out that he is being accused of a murder he did not commit... (95 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
18.
Enigma (2001)
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A young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
 
21.
Miss Potter (2006)
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The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success. (88 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
 
22.
Our Mutual Friend (1998 Mini-Series)
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Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London. (350 mins.)
 
23.
The Illusionist (2006)
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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.
Cranford (2007 TV Series)
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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. (60 mins.)
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
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
 
27.
Mansfield Park (2007 TV Movie)
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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.)
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008 Mini-Series)
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The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections. (240 mins.)
 
30.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (127 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
31.
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
 
32.
Firelight (1997)
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In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt... (103 mins.)
 
33.
Little Dorrit (2008 Mini-Series)
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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... (30 mins.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
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
 
37.
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
 
38.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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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
 
39.
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
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In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues. (97 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
 
40.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
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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
 
41.
Bleak House (2005 Mini-Series)
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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system (510 mins.)
 
42.
Highlander (1986)
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An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize". (116 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
43.
An Ideal Husband (1999)
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Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is... (97 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
 
44.
King Arthur (2004)
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A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. (126 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
45.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
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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
 
46.
Lost in Austen (2008 Mini-Series)
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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.)
 
47.
Ballet Shoes (2007 TV Movie)
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The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, in 1930s London. (85 mins.)