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1. Outlander (2014– )

64 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | Active

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Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is... See full summary »

Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Graham McTavish, Duncan Lacroix

2. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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82 Metascore

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?

Writers: Jane Austen, Deborah Moggach | Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

3. Belle (2013)

PG | 104 min | Drama

7.4
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64 Metascore

The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

Writer: Misan Sagay | Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

4. The Great Fire (2014 TV Mini-Series)

Drama | Active

6.3
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Stars: Uriel Emil, Perdita Weeks, Amy McAllister, Geoff Bell

5. Romeo & Juliet (II) (2013)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.7
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41 Metascore

Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each another. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever.

Writers: Julian Fellowes, William Shakespeare | Director: Carlo Carlei | Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Laura Morante

6. TURN: Washington's Spies (2014– )

60 min | Drama, War

8.0
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Follows New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for ... See full summary »

Stars: Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich, Daniel Henshall, Heather Lind

7. The Invisible Woman (2013)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.2
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75 Metascore

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

Writers: Abi Morgan, Claire Tomalin | Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander

8. The Man in the Iron Mask (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure

6.4
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48 Metascore

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?

Writers: Alexandre Dumas père, Randall Wallace | Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu

9. A Royal Affair (2012)

R | 137 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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73 Metascore

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.

Writers: Bodil Steensen-Leth, Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel | Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm

10. Death Comes to Pemberley (2013 TV Mini-Series)

180 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.2
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Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married, are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. An adaptation of PD James's homage to Pride and Prejudice.

Stars: Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode, Trevor Eve

11. The Red Baron (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.3
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Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him and his companions, air combats are events of sporty nature, technical ... See full summary »

Writer: Nikolai Müllerschön | Director: Nikolai Müllerschön | Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Lena Headey, Til Schweiger, Joseph Fiennes

12. Lost in Austen (2008 TV Mini-Series)

180 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.6
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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.

Stars: Jemima Rooper, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville, Florence Hoath

13. Tess (1979)

PG | 186 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men.

Writers: Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn, Thomas Hardy | Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin

14. Wives and Daughters (1999 TV Mini-Series)

TV-PG | 301 min | Drama

8.3
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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

15. Admiral (2008)

124 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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This is a story of a great love facing the greatest drama of the history of Russia.

Writers: Zoya Kudrya, Vladimir Valutskiy | Director: Andrey Kravchuk | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Sergey Bezrukov, Vladislav Vetrov

16. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008 TV Mini-Series)

240 min | Drama

7.9
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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

17. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999– )

540 min | Adventure, Drama

7.4
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During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Ronan Vibert, Gerard Murphy, Jonathan Coy

18. Poldark (2015– )

Drama | Filming

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Stars: Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner, Heida Reed, Kyle Soller

19. Jamaica Inn (2014 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama

6.2
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Based on Daphne Du Maurier's novel

Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew McNulty, Sean Harris, Joanne Whalley

20. The Way We Live Now (2001 TV Mini-Series)

300 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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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. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »

Stars: David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy, Paloma Baeza

21. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

PG | 137 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Writers: Jean-Claude Carrière, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Edmond Rostand | Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber

22. To the Ends of the Earth (2005 TV Mini-Series)

267 min | Drama

7.4
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In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris, Jamie Sives, Richard McCabe

23. The Woman in White (1997 TV Movie)

Unrated | 125 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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Based upon Wilkie Collins Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed in... See full summary »

Writers: Wilkie Collins, David Pirie | Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Tara Fitzgerald, Justine Waddell, Andrew Lincoln, Susan Vidler

24. Moonfleet (2013 TV Mini-Series)

Drama

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John Trenchard is an orphan who dreams of finding Blackbeard's riches. But a friendship with a notorious smuggler soon forces him into hiding with a price on his head, wondering if he'll ever see Moonfleet again.

Stars: Ray Winstone, Aneurin Barnard, Sophie Cookson, Anthony Ofoegbu

25. Confession of a Child of the Century (2012)

120 min | Drama

4.1
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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 »

Writers: Alfred de Musset, Sylvie Verheyde | Director: Sylvie Verheyde | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Pete Doherty, August Diehl, Lily Cole

26. Our Mutual Friend (1998 TV Mini-Series)

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

27. A Room with a View (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

6.2
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It's the Edwardian era. The Honeychurches - Marian Honeychurch and her two just of age children Lucy Honeychurch and Freddy Honeychurch - are a carefree and fun-loving family that live in ... See full summary »

Writers: E.M. Forster, Andrew Davies | Director: Nicholas Renton | Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Laurence Fox, Rafe Spall, Sophie Thompson

28. Madame Bovary (2000 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A young woman in her late teens, a reader of novels and with high hopes of romance and passion, marries a widowed country doctor. Although he dotes on her, she is soon bored and discontent.... See full summary »

Writers: Gustave Flaubert, Heidi Thomas | Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Frances O'Connor, Greg Wise, Eileen Atkins, Hugh Bonneville

29. The Secret (2000 TV Mini-Series)

180 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Period thriller serial. In the late 1880's reformed smuggler Freddie Musgrave has worked hard to turn a legitimate trade, but then a face from his past turns up threatening to ruin things for him.

Stars: Colin Buchanan, Clare Higgins, Hannah Yelland, Stephen Moyer

30. Waterloo (I) (1970)

G | 123 min | Action, Drama, History

7.3
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Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.

Writers: H.A.L. Craig, Sergey Bondarchuk, Vittorio Bonicelli, Mario Soldati | Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins

31. Vanity Fair (1998 TV Mini-Series)

Not Rated | 50 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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Stars: Natasha Little, Frances Grey, Philip Glenister, David Ross

32. Firelight (1997)

R | 103 min | Romance, Drama

7.3
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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. At birth she, as agreed, gives up the child. Seven ... See full summary »

Writer: William Nicholson | Director: William Nicholson | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Dominique Belcourt, Kevin Anderson

33. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996 TV Mini-Series)

159 min | Drama

7.5
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Based on a little known 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, Tara Fitzgerald stars as an enigmatic young woman who moves to 19th Century Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves, Sarah Badel

34. Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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After a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a handsome but poor Tuscan dentist and dies in childbirth, her English in-laws try to gain custody of the baby.

Writers: E.M. Forster, Tim Sullivan, Derek Granger, Charles Sturridge | Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves, Helen Mirren

35. Molière (2007)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, History

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59 Metascore

Imprisoned for debt, playwright Molière is rescued by an aristocrat who needs his help in order to seduce a young marquise.

Writers: Laurent Tirard, Grégoire Vigneron | Director: Laurent Tirard | Stars: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, Edouard Baer

36. Sissi (1955)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.0
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In the first of a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the young vibrant princess catches the eye of her sister's fiancé, Emperor Franz Josef.

Writer: Ernst Marischka | Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Uta Franz

37. Angels and Insects (1995)

R | 116 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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In the 1800s a naturalist marries into a family of British aristocrats.

Writers: A.S. Byatt, Belinda Haas, Philip Haas | Director: Philip Haas | Stars: Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit, Jeremy Kemp

38. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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A small town at the turn of the century. Lawer Fredrik Egerman has an ingénue-wife, Anne, and a grown-up son, Henrik, from an earlier marriage. His wife is still untouched, and instead he ... See full summary »

Writer: Ingmar Bergman | Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Margit Carlqvist

39. The Woodlanders (1997)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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The story is set in late 19th century rural corner of South England. The daughter of timber merchant Melbury, Grace, returns to the town after finishing school. Her father now believes she ... See full summary »

Writers: Thomas Hardy, David Rudkin | Director: Phil Agland | Stars: Emily Woof, Rufus Sewell, Cal Macaninch, Tony Haygarth

40. The Onedin Line (1971–1980)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.6
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James Onedin marries Anne Webster in order to get his hands on a ship. However the marriage turns out to be one of true love. James is ruthless in his attempt to get a shipping line started... See full summary »

Creator: Cyril Abraham | Stars: Peter Gilmore, Jessica Benton, Howard Lang, Mary Webster

41. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997 TV Mini-Series)

120 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A new adaptation of the classic novel by Henry Fielding of the life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones. A foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up ... See full summary »

Stars: John Sessions, Benjamin Whitrow, Ron Cook, Christopher Fulford

42. Peter the Great (1986 TV Mini-Series)

371 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the ... See full summary »

Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

43. That Night in Varennes (1982)

R | 150 min | Drama, History

7.2
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In June of 1791, a group of passengers in a stagecoach find themselves caught up in the events of the French Revolution, when they find themselves in the city of Varennes when ... See full summary »

Writers: Sergio Amidei, Ettore Scola | Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcello Mastroianni, Hanna Schygulla, Harvey Keitel

44. Clarissa (1991– )

156 min | History

7.3
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A virtuous young woman is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who's becomes obsessed with her.

Stars: Saskia Wickham, Lynsey Baxter, Hermione Norris, Frances Viner

45. The Forsyte Saga (1967 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama

8.2
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter, June Barry

46. The Woman He Loved (1988 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Writer: William Luce | Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Olivia de Havilland, Lucy Gutteridge

47. A Hazard of Hearts (1987 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley has lost his estate and all his money playing dice, he realises that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter Serena. In a final game, ... See full summary »

Writers: Barbara Cartland, Terence Feely | Director: John Hough | Stars: Diana Rigg, Edward Fox, Helena Bonham Carter, Fiona Fullerton

48. Lillie (1978 TV Mini-Series)

52 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly ... See full summary »

Stars: Francesca Annis, Catherine Feller, Peggy Ann Wood, Anton Rodgers

49. Sissi: The Young Empress (1956)

107 min | Drama, History

6.5
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The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.

Writer: Ernst Marischka | Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth

50. Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957)

109 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.5
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The final film in a highly romanticized trilogy about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria finds the young empress traveling throughout Europe.

Writer: Ernst Marischka | Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth