Period Dramas-The Victorian Era 1837-1901

by eliza_gaskell | created - 23 Jan 2011 | updated - 25 Oct 2012 | Public

This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in the 1837-1901. The Victorian era covers Queen Victoria's reign June 1837 -January 1901.

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1. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

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: 26,420

Date Set:1851 Period Drama Collectors everywhere this is a MUST HAVE in your DVD or Bluray collection. This BBC production was not advertised very well in my country. It was just by chance I happened to be channel surfing and voila. One of the best Victorian drama's from the BBC, that I've ever seen in a long time . Daniela Denby-Ashe is excellent as the headstrong but privillage Margaret Hale. Richard Armitage is John Thornton! A tale of two people, who misread everything about each other, John Thornton misread her feelings for him and she misunderstand what he really stands for. Fantastic supporting cast and absolute top notch acting; this production is a winner.***SPOILER*** the ending is one of the most romantic scenes that I have seen. They both meet on a train stop over station, both are going in opposite directions; but they finally get together. I rarely give a 10/10 but this is a well deserved 15/10 Also see North & South (1975) starring Patrick Stewart

2. Jane Eyre (2006)

TV-PG | 230 min | Drama, Romance

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: 17,548

Date set:1850 -there are different time periods of Jane Eyre, in numerous Jane Eyre productions. My rule of thumb is get the date which Briggs states the marriage date of Rochester and Bertha (in the chapel) and add 15 years onto it:-. He was 21 when he married Bertha (Ch XIV). 5 years Rochester 'lived in torment' & 10 years travelling the world(ChXXVII) until he fell off his horse and met Jane.

I'm kinda of addicted to Jane Eyre films. Ive seen to date including this production: **Jane Eyre (1943)-Orson Welles /Joan Fontaine-The gothic mood of the B&W film is superb. Did not like the second act; there was no Diane or Mary Rivers and Sinjin...don't even go there. **Jane Eyre (1973)-Michael Jayston/Sorcha Cusack. The characterization and the script is first class and the only production, I've seen where Rochester sing (chp XVII) a Corsair Song plus more time is spent on Jane's childhood. Someone in art production & design obviously read the novel. Notice the cabinet with the ebony cross & the panels...straight out of chp XX. **Jane Eyre (1983)Timothy Dalton/Zelah Clarke. This movie sticks more closer to the novel but scenes are obviously changed. Although Timothy Dalton is too handsome to play Rochester; though his delivery of the lines are first class but a bit over-dramatic. **Jane Eyre (1996)-William Hurt/Charlotte Gainsbourg. Gainsbourg looks like the description in the novel, though she is too tall of play Jane. Big plus is the fantastic music & Anna Paquin as young Jane (one of the best embodiment of young Jane in a film production to date). **Jane Eyre (1997)-Ciarán Hinds/Samantha Morton. An interesting adaptation, I enjoyed it but not to everybody's taste. Hinds does sing a duet with Blanche **Jane Eyre (2006)-Toby Stephens/Ruth Wilson. This production does have scenes in it that the others do not. Notably the Millcote shopping scene with Rochester, Jane AND Adele; where Jane meets Rochester before the wedding on the hillside ; the dream sequence and Adele in the final scene **Jane Eyre (2011)-Michael Fassbender /Mia Wasikowska. Loved the look of the film. What I felt ruined it was the over editing and shortening of key scenes. This alone marred the pacing of the film. If you look on youtube you'll see the deleted scenes, which I felt should of made the final cut.

3. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Drama

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 7,821

4. Fingersmith (2005)

Not Rated | 181 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In Victorian England, Sue, a young thief, participates in a scam to defraud a rich heiress by becoming her maid. Things take an unexpected turn and Sue's plan goes horribly wrong.

Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Rupert Evans

Votes: 7,306

Date set:1862 you thought the Victorians were prudish...think again. This is a love story with the romantic leads being two females. This is a slick production, well crafted, near perfect cast and excellent acting. Who would of thought Sally Hawkins could step out of her comfort zone and play a character with strength, wit and slyness. There is a twist at the end which you will never guess. ***SPOILER***there a very passionate love/sex scene onthe eve Maud Lilly wedding, where she experiences sensual sex for the first time with Sue Trinder

5. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)

TV-PG | 240 min | Drama, Romance

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: 5,202

Date set:1884

6. Cranford (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

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: 7,677

7. Wives and Daughters (1999– )

TV-PG | 301 min | Drama

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: 6,148

8. Our Mutual Friend (1998– )

350 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 2,061

9. The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Martin Donovan

Votes: 9,825 | Gross: $3.69M

10. Captains and the Kings (1976– )

540 min | Drama

Rags-to-riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s.

Stars: Richard Jordan, Harvey Jason, Patty Duke, Blair Brown

Votes: 350

I have read this TV mini-series is highly recommended. So hopefully it's on DVD or Blu-ray in my region code

11. Great Expectations (1999 TV Movie)

168 min | Drama

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Justine Waddell, Charlotte Rampling, Laura Aikman

Votes: 1,609

12. David Copperfield (1999– )

Unrated | 185 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick, James Thornton

Votes: 3,727

13. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1995– )

360 min | Drama, Family

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

Stars: Michael Benz, Betsy Brantley, George Baker, Bernadette Shortt

Votes: 161

14. Daniel Deronda (2002– )

210 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.

Stars: Jodhi May, Edward Fox, Amanda Root, David Bamber

Votes: 3,896

Date Set:1866

15. Middlemarch (1994)

375 min | Drama, History, Romance

This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted ... See full summary »

Stars: Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge, Robert Hardy, Peter Jeffrey

Votes: 1,983

16. Oliver Twist (2007– )

TV-PG | 176 min | Drama

The adventures of the orphaned Oliver Twist in Victorian London.

Stars: William Miller, Adam Arnold, Ryan Barr, Connor Catchpole

Votes: 2,262

17. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 10,699 | Gross: $1.59M

Date set:1838

18. The Forsyte Saga (2002–2003)

276 min | Drama, Romance

Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Rupert Graves, Gina McKee, Amanda Root

Votes: 4,701

19. The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 20,794 | Gross: $8.38M

20. The Turn of the Screw (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A governess put in charge of two young children begins to see the ghost of her dead predecessor.

Director: Ben Bolt | Stars: Caroline Pegg, Jodhi May, Colin Firth, Pam Ferris

Votes: 799

21. The Way We Live Now (2001– )

300 min | Drama, Romance

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

Votes: 2,531

22. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996– )

159 min | Drama

In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,235

23. The Mill on the Floss (1997 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Lawyer Wakem takes away the mill on the river Floss from Edward Tulliver, whose ancestors owned it for 300 years, and becomes the worst enemy of Tulliver's family. When Edward's daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Theakston | Stars: Emily Watson, Cheryl Campbell, James Frain, Bernard Hill

Votes: 494

24. The Secret Garden (1993)

G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A young, recently-orphaned girl is sent to England after living in India all her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly-isolated surroundings -- and its secrets.

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

Votes: 32,719 | Gross: $31.18M

25. An Ideal Husband (I) (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

67 Metascore

Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed.... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Peter Vaughan, Minnie Driver

Votes: 14,235 | Gross: $18.54M

Date set:1895

26. Peter Pan (2003)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 60,604 | Gross: $48.46M

27. Anna Karenina (1997)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance

Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean, Alfred Molina, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 5,115 | Gross: $0.79M

28. Dracula (1992)

R | 128 min | Horror

57 Metascore

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 170,092 | Gross: $82.52M

29. Ethan Frome (1993)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Romance

A new pastor arrives in a stark Vermont village and is intrigued by crippled, misshapen Ethan Frome living on an isolated, hardscrabble farm with his sickly wife Zeena.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette, Gil Rood, Tate Donovan

Votes: 1,865 | Gross: $0.30M

30. The Buccaneers (1995– )

212 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Four American girls go to England to find husbands.

Stars: Carla Gugino, Alison Elliott, Mira Sorvino, Rya Kihlstedt

Votes: 1,948

31. For the Term of His Natural Life (1983)

520 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Perkins, Patrick Macnee, Samantha Eggar, Diane Cilento

Votes: 168

32. Madame Bovary (1991)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary). To escape boredom, she throws herself into love ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-François Balmer, Christophe Malavoy, Jean Yanne

Votes: 3,211 | Gross: $1.94M

33. Moby Dick (1998– )

PG | 180 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his Captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 3,417

34. The Age of Innocence (1993)

PG | 139 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Linda Faye Farkas

Votes: 43,078 | Gross: $32.20M

35. The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate after an heir claims his estate is plagued by a ghostly dog.

Director: David Attwood | Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Ian Hart, Richard E. Grant, Matt Day

Votes: 2,097

36. The Jungle Book (1994)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Family, Romance

63 Metascore

Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphaned jungle boy raised by wolves, and how he becomes king of the jungle.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill

Votes: 14,872 | Gross: $44.34M

37. The Picture of Dorian Gray (2007)

97 min | Mystery, Thriller

A contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde classic tale of vanity.

Director: Duncan Roy | Stars: David Gallagher, Noah Segan, Christian Camargo, Aleksa Palladino

Votes: 303

sorry no picutre

38. Onegin (1999)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally,... See full summary »

Director: Martha Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Toby Stephens, Lena Headey

Votes: 6,961 | Gross: $0.21M

39. A Dog of Flanders (1999)

PG | 100 min | Family, Drama

38 Metascore

Poor, but happy, young Nello and his grandfather live alone, delivering milk as a livelihood, in the outskirts of Antwerp, a city in Flanders (the Flemish or Dutch-speaking part of ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Brodie | Stars: Jack Warden, Jeremy James Kissner, Jesse James, Jon Voight

Votes: 837 | Gross: $2.15M

40. The Inheritance (1997 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Romance

A 19th-century woman, companion to a blue-blooded New England girl, falls for an aristocrat.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Cari Shayne, Brigitta Dau, Paul Anthony Stewart, Brigid Brannagh

Votes: 1,257

41. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

40 Metascore

A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. He kidnaps the soprano and forces the owners of the play to keep her as the lead role of the play.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 108,338 | Gross: $51.27M

42. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Votes: 72,021 | Gross: $40.16M

Date set:1851

43. Tipping the Velvet (2002)

177 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May

Votes: 6,884

an interesting girl loves girl, set the background of the 1800. Nan Astley played by Rachael Stirling and Kitty Butler, played by Keeley Hawes are both male impersonators. It's basically a love story, but with females

44. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

30 Metascore

In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend, Peta Wilson, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 155,304 | Gross: $66.47M

45. Anna and the King (1999)

PG-13 | 148 min | Drama, History, Romance

56 Metascore

The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Jodie Foster, Yun-Fat Chow, Bai Ling, Tom Felton

Votes: 33,811 | Gross: $39.26M

46. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 53,012 | Gross: $11.00M

Date set:1837

47. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 196,646

Date set:1884

48. Original Sin (2001)

R | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance