My favorite period pieces (in no particular order)

by mrlarmo | created - 30 Jan 2012 | updated - 30 Jan 2012 | Public

This list includes movies and television shows depicting periods either as historical fiction, or just fiction. These are my favorite and i hope you might see something you might give a look at.

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1. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 5,825

2. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern

Votes: 26,289 | Gross: $28.35M

3. The Lion in Winter (1968)

PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

Votes: 25,448 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Lady Jane (1986)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood, Michael Hordern

Votes: 5,485 | Gross: $0.28M

5. Elizabeth R (1971– )

85 min | Biography, Drama

When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.

Stars: Glenda Jackson, Ronald Hines, Robert Hardy, Stephen Murray

Votes: 1,319

6. Valmont (1989)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an... See full summary »

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Meg Tilly, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 11,130 | Gross: $1.13M

7. The Madness of King George (1994)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

When King George III goes mad, his lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Rupert Graves, Amanda Donohoe

Votes: 13,430 | Gross: $15.24M

8. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

TV-PG | 327 min | Drama, Romance

While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 62,190

9. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 131,604

10. Dangerous Beauty (1998)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward

Votes: 13,923 | Gross: $4.53M

11. Rob Roy (1995)

R | 139 min | Adventure, Biography, History

55 Metascore

In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt, Tim Roth

Votes: 36,926 | Gross: $31.60M

12. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 86,858 | Gross: $43.18M

13. Mansfield Park (1999)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola, Hannah Taylor Gordon

Votes: 18,741 | Gross: $4.76M

14. Emma (1996)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi, Alan Cumming

Votes: 30,948 | Gross: $22.20M

15. Emma (2009– )

240 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit - matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her... See full summary »

Stars: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller, Jodhi May

Votes: 12,360

16. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

87 Metascore

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.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 192,333 | Gross: $100.32M

17. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.

Stars: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 25,104

18. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands

Votes: 33,579 | Gross: $20.97M

19. Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998 TV Movie)

93 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy, Michael Byrne

Votes: 4,590

20. Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (1998 TV Movie)

93 min | Adventure, Drama, War

While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Denis Lawson, Ian McNeice

Votes: 3,404

21. Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999 TV Movie)

93 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Lt. Hornblower and his crew are captured by the enemy while escorting a Duchess who has secrets of her own.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Cherie Lunghi, Christopher Fulford

Votes: 3,193

22. Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (1999 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Lt. Hornblower and his mates are sent to accompany a doomed royalist invasion of revolutionary France.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Antony Sher, Samuel West

Votes: 3,242

23. Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993)

TV-PG | 55 min | Comedy

Bertram Wooster, a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet, Jeeves, to get him out.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws, Richard Dixon

Votes: 10,072

24. 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: 25,075

25. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy

Votes: 182,670 | Gross: $93.93M

26. Restoration (1995)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis, Polly Walker

Votes: 8,018 | Gross: $4.10M

27. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 131,486