Period Dramas: Movies

This is a list of period drama / historical drama / costume drama movies, including fantasy/fairytale films with costumes set in a specific time period. This list does not include TV movies. Newly added titles will be bolded.

For fantasy/fairytale films with an unspecified time period, please see Costume Dramas: Fairytales/Fantasy). Please note that I am still adding to this list.

** Please note that this page has not been updated since 2017. Please refer to the period drama posts for updated listings! **

Medieval (500-1500)

Tudor & Elizabethan (1483-1603)

Baroque / Stuart (1603-1750)

Georgian/Regency (1750-1836)

Victorian (1837-1901)

Edwardian (1901-1910) / 1911-1913

The Great War / WWI (1914-1918)

1919 / Roaring 20’s – Great Depression / 1930s

WWII (1939-1945)

Post-War (1946-1970s)

8 thoughts on “Period Dramas: Movies

  1. I’m looking for a film where a rich man falls in love with a maid. I read this book called ‘if you was the only girl’ it is really good and i’ looking for a film with the same kind of plot. Tank you

    • Hello! The first one I thought of was Maid in Manhattan but that’s not a period drama. 😛 There’s The Making of a Lady (TV film), based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Making of a Marchioness, about an educated but penniless woman who marries an older gentleman. Mansfield Park, Pride & Prejudice, Tess of the d’Urbervilles,… Those are the few that I can think of right now where a rich or well-to-do man falls in love with a poorer (middle or lower class) woman. Sorry I couldn’t help! 😦

  2. With any adaptation of Oliver Twist, do we count them as Victorian or Regency? Dickens first wrote the story in monthly instalments starting in February 1837, King William 4th died 4 months later in June 1837.

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