Period

Inspiring period dramas, romances, biographies
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1.
Impromptu (1991)
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In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand. (107 mins.)
Director: James Lapine
 
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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
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
Wilde (1997)
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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of... (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gilbert
 
5.
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
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Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn. (145 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
 
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A Man for All Seasons (1966)
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The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
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The Madness of King George (1994)
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A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced... (104 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
 
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Bright Star (2009)
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The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life. (119 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
9.
Becket (1964)
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King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
 
10.
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
 
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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
 
12.
Restoration (1995)
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The exiled royal physician to King Charles II devotes himself to helping Londoners suffering from the plague, and in the process falls in love with an equally poor woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Agora (2009)
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A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria. (127 mins.)
 
16.
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
 
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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.)
 
18.
The White Countess (2005)
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Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family. (135 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
19.
Sunshine (1999)
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The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century. (181 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
20.
Lady Jane (1986)
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The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward... (142 mins.)
Director: Trevor Nunn
 
21.
Mad Love (2001)
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The love story who transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "The mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a politic fight behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Vicente Aranda
 
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Quills (2000)
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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
 
23.
Pope Joan (2009)
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A woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks. (149 mins.)
Director: Sönke Wortmann
 
24.
Anna and the King (1999)
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The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s. (148 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
25.
Artemisia (1997)
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Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth... (98 mins.)
Director: Agnès Merlet
 
26.
Chéri (2009)
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The son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
27.
John Adams (2008 Mini-Series)
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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. (71 mins.)
 
28.
The Invisible Woman (2013)
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At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death. (111 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
 
29.
Parade's End (2012 Mini-Series)
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Revolves around a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean socialite wife and a young suffragette. (287 mins.)
 
30.
Anonymous (2011)
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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
 
31.
The Way We Live Now (2001 Mini-Series)
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At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings... (300 mins.)
 
32.
The House of Mirth (2000)
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A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved. (135 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
33.
Elizabeth I (2005 Mini-Series)
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Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I. (223 mins.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999)
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In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come... (147 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
37.
Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)
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A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Bolt
 
38.
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
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One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president... (139 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
39.
The Princess of Montpensier (2010)
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Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage... (139 mins.)
 
40.
The King's Speech (2010)
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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
 
41.
A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets (2005 TV Movie)
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A mystery in Shakespeare's sonnets is explored.
Director: John McKay
 
42.
Wolf Hall (2015 Mini-Series)
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After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger. (360 mins.)
 
43.
Effie Gray (2014)
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A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. (104 mins.)
Director: Richard Laxton
 
44.
Young Goethe in Love (2010)
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After aspiring poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fails his law exams, he's sent to a sleepy provincial court to reform. Instead, he falls for Lotte, a young woman who is promised to another man. (102 mins.)
Director: Philipp Stölzl
 
45.
A Little Chaos (2014)
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Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles. (117 mins.)
Director: Alan Rickman
 
46.
Ridicule (1996)
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To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles. (102 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
47.
War & Peace (2016 Mini-Series)
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As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.