Period Pieces (pre-twentieth century)by thethinkingtankblog | created - 16 Feb 2014 | updated - 16 Feb 2014 | Public
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1. Marie Antoinette (2006)
PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 88,359 | Gross: $15.96M
2. Orlando (1992)
PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,298 | Gross: $5.29M
5. The Governess (1998)
R | 115 min | Drama, Romance
When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,685 | Gross: $3.90M
6. Vanity Fair (2004)
PG-13 | 141 min | Drama
Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.
Votes: 18,488 | Gross: $16.14M
7. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.
Votes: 65,344 | Gross: $11.63M
8. The Piano (1993)
R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
Votes: 69,587 | Gross: $40.16M
9. A Royal Affair (2012)
R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 38,580 | Gross: $1.55M
10. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)
R | 129 min | Drama, Romance
In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.
Votes: 79,672 | Gross: $12.82M
11. Vatel (2000)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.
Votes: 6,738 | Gross: $0.05M
13. Elizabeth (1998)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History
A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.
Votes: 81,675 | Gross: $30.08M
14. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.
Votes: 59,269 | Gross: $16.29M
15. Mistérios de Lisboa (2010)
Not Rated | 272 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.
Votes: 2,775 | Gross: $0.11M
16. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 311,332 | Gross: $51.97M
17. Impromptu (1991)
PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music
Votes: 4,135 | Gross: $4.08M
18. The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
R | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance
In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.
Votes: 4,703 | Gross: $0.43M
20. Tristan + Isolde (2006)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Drama, Romance
An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.
Votes: 47,497 | Gross: $14.73M
22. Confession of a Child of the Century (2012)
TV-MA | 120 min | Drama
Paris, 1830: Octave, betrayed by his mistress, sinks into despair and debauchery. His father's death leads him to the country where he meets Brigitte, a widow who is ten years his elder. ... See full summary »
23. Farewell, My Queen (2012)
R | 100 min | Drama, History, Romance
A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.
Votes: 7,034 | Gross: $0.07M
24. The Libertine (2004)
R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.
Votes: 32,778 | Gross: $4.84M
25. The Duchess (2008)
PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.
Votes: 68,305 | Gross: $13.82M