Romantic Period Dramas

by parallelrealitiesmusic | created - 27 Oct 2016 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

My choice of romantic period dramas with prominent visual charms.

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1. Santa Maria della Salute (2016)

118 min | Biography, Drama

The film narrates a tormented love story between one of the most famous poets of Serbian literature, Laza Kostic, renowned for his sublime poetic puns and word coining and an enchanting ... See full summary »

Director: Zdravko Sotra | Stars: Vojin Cetkovic, Tamara Aleksic, Aleksandar Djurica, Danijela 'Nela' Mihajlovic

Votes: 288

2. Nepobedivo srce (2011– )

Drama, History, Romance

Invincible heart is Serbian television series filmed in 2010. produced by Radio Television of Serbia and Kosutnjak film based on the novel by Milica Jakovljevic.

Stars: Ivan Bosiljcic, Sloboda Micalovic, Ljubomir Bulajic, Danijela 'Nela' Mihajlovic

Votes: 302

3. The Wings of the Dove (1997)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alex Jennings, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 9,597 | Gross: $13.72M

4. The White Countess (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance

60 Metascore

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.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 5,768 | Gross: $1.67M

5. 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: 6,870 | Gross: $0.21M

6. Head in the Clouds (2004)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance, War

40 Metascore

From the roaring 1920s to the ruinous Spanish Civil War and Adolf Hitler's rise into power, the lives of an Irish schoolteacher, a provocative heiress and her Spanish muse are intricately interlaced, sharing the same destiny and passion.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, Penélope Cruz, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 13,566 | Gross: $0.40M

7. Bright Star (2009)

PG | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox

Votes: 23,445 | Gross: $4.44M

8. The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Ann Mitchell, Jolyon Coy

Votes: 13,243 | Gross: $1.12M

9. Howards End (1992)

PG | 142 min | Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 24,732 | Gross: $25.97M

10. 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: 34,554 | Gross: $20.97M

11. Ranjeni orao (2009)

128 min | Drama, Romance

Serbian drama "Wounded Eagle" is about true love story of long forgotten romances and some new ones, happening in a very romantic time between two world wars. Young woman and her passion.

Director: Zdravko Sotra | Stars: Sloboda Micalovic, Ivan Bosiljcic, Nenad Jezdic, Dragan Nikolic

Votes: 202

12. Kad ljubav zakasni (2014)

105 min | Drama, Romance

Radmilo lawyer who spent years in love with Ljiljana. Although the most eligible bachelor in Palanka, his small town. He refused all offers of marriage, and wants to marry Ljiljana, who plans to marry Momchila.

Director: Ivan Stefanovic | Stars: Milos Bikovic, Brankica Sebastijanovic, Dusanka Stojanovic, Jovana Stojiljkovic

Votes: 164

13. The Barber of Siberia (1998)

180 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant, ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Julia Ormond, Oleg Menshikov, Aleksey Petrenko, Richard Harris

Votes: 10,347

14. I Capture the Castle (2003)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle.

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Bill Nighy, Sophie Stuckey

Votes: 6,338 | Gross: $1.17M

15. The End of the Affair (1999)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea, Heather-Jay Jones

Votes: 19,488 | Gross: $10.66M

16. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

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?

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 221,601 | Gross: $38.41M

17. Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves, Helen Mirren

Votes: 1,763 | Gross: $1.40M

18. Summer in February (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

22 Metascore

A true tale of love, liberty and scandal amongst the Edwardian artists' colony in Cornwall

Director: Christopher Menaul | Stars: Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning, Dan Stevens, Jane Cussons

Votes: 3,470

19. A Summer Story (1988)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

England, 1904. A young lawyer from London, Mr. Ashton and his best friend are hiking across Dartmoor. As he twisted his ankle, Ashton is forced to seek help at a nearby farmhouse and stay ... See full summary »

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Imogen Stubbs, James Wilby, Susannah York, Kenneth Colley

Votes: 803 | Gross: $0.46M

20. Effi Briest (2009)

118 min | Drama, Romance

Ambitious German imperial hussars veteran baron Geert von Instetten takes office as coastal district administrator, hoping to e promoted to the colonies. His childhood love, Luise, married ... See full summary »

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Heike Warmuth, Mirko Lang, Ludwig Blochberger

Votes: 730

21. The Go-Between (2015 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama

An elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Jack Hollington, Samuel Joslin, Tim McMullan

Votes: 928

22. Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

75 Metascore

In ANTON CHEKHOV'S THE DUEL, escalating animosity between two men with opposing philosophies of life is played out against the backdrop of a decaying seaside resort along the Black Sea ... See full summary »

Director: Dover Koshashvili | Stars: Andrew Scott, Fiona Glascott, Tobias Menzies, Niall Buggy

Votes: 555

23. The Painted Veil (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Catherine An

Votes: 84,033 | Gross: $8.06M

24. Angel (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

The rise and fall of a young eccentric British writer, in the early 20th century.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Lucy Russell, Michael Fassbender

Votes: 4,845

25. Doctor Thorne (2016– )

TV-G | 48 min | Drama

The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.

Stars: Tom Hollander, Stefanie Martini, Harry Richardson, Rebecca Front

Votes: 2,811

26. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

The story of Sir J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 187,491 | Gross: $51.68M

27. Mansfield Park (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Drama

At age 10, Fanny Price is sent by her destitute mother to live with her aunt and uncle, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram. As a child she was often made to feel that she was the poor relation but... See full summary »

Director: Iain B. MacDonald | Stars: Julia Joyce, Douglas Hodge, Maggie O'Neill, Tara Berwin

Votes: 5,952

28. 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: 6,059

29. Love in a Cold Climate (2001– )

150 min | Drama

Spanning a critical historical time from 1929 to 1940, three young women search for love. The young women leave behind their careless and innocent youth as they pursue love and happiness through places far beyond their expectations.

Stars: Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Javier Alcina, Rosamund Pike, Megan Dodds

Votes: 593

30. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

54 Metascore

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater

Votes: 56,970 | Gross: $10.51M

31. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 344,766 | Gross: $56.82M



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