Period piece movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant period piece movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, stylized, captivating, intense and dramatic films and TV shows about / with period piece, dialogue, catastrophe, culture clash, mentor, betrayal, runaway, beautiful scenery, destiny and adaptation plots mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as period piece: Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), The Young Victoria (2009), Love & Friendship (2016), The Patriot (2000), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Goya's Ghosts (2006), Atonement (2007), Darkest Hour (2017), Jackie (2016), The Lodgers (2017).

List of period piece movies

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain's invading army, she and her shrewd adviser must act to safeguard to the lives of her people.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, captivating, colourful ...
Plot: queen, queen elizabeth i, period piece, throne, british history, royal family, political intrigue, politics, head of state, catholicism, palace intrigue, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, renaissance, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, spain, scotland, virginia ...
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The Young Victoria (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: From Academy Award® winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese, along with the makers of Gosford Park and The Departed, comes the story of Queen Victoria’s early rise to power. From an object of a royal power-struggle to her romantic courtship and ...
Style: realistic, touching, factual, romantic, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: royal family, queen victoria, aristocracy, queen, couple relations, love and romance, marriage, royal court, politics, period piece, destiny, rise to the top ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1820s, 1840s, 1830s ...
Place: england, buckingham palace, london, europe, belgium
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Love & Friendship (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, France, Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: From Jane Austen’s novella, the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors of her dalliances and to find husbands for herself and her daughter. Two young men, handsome Reginald DeCourcy and ...
Style: witty, stylized, light, talky, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, family outing
Plot: jane austen, friendship, period piece, love, manipulation, relationships, culture clash, romance, family, betrayal, love story, adaptation ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 19th century, 1920s
Place: england, london, ireland
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 7.2
 240K
The Patriot (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, rough, sentimental, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, vengeance, rebellion, battles, american revolution, freedom, daring rescue, human spirit, heroic mission, parents and children, war, period piece ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 143 min.
Story: When the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham murders Robin's father, the legendary archer vows vengeance. To accomplish his mission, Robin joins forces with a band of exiled villagers (and comely Maid Marian), and together they battle to end the ...
Style: exciting, intense, stylized, scenic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, family outing, boys' night
Plot: knight, robin hood, thief, folk hero, chase, good versus evil, courage, adventure, justice, greed, dishonesty, robbery ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, dungeon, europe, holy land, israel ...
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 6.9
 28K
Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, captivating, factual, intense ...
Plot: prostitute, french, life is a bitch, rape, period piece, heresy, spanish inquisition, prison, arrest, society, confession, model ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1800s
Place: spain, dungeon
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 7.8
 231K
Atonement (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, unfulfilled love, world war two, forbidden love, life is a bitch, nurse, false accusation, tragic love, love and romance, siblings relations, lovers apart, letter ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.4
 141K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with ...
Style: based on true events, suspense, serious, realistic, harsh
Plot: british history, prime minister, world war two, leader, politics, wartime, leadership, danger, period piece, winston churchill, dictator, choice ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, france, europe
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 6.7
 67K
Jackie (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, France, Chile, China, Germany, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An account of the days of First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.
Style: based on true events, emotional, heartbreaking, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: assassination, kennedy family, first lady, u.s. president, president, widow, american history, kennedy assassination, husband wife relationship, usa president, strong female character, female protagonist ...
Time: 1960s, year 1963
Place: usa, texas, america, dallas texas, washington d.c. ...
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Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (2017)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Based on a Basque folk tale, ”Patxi herrementaria,” collected by priest, archaeologist and anthropologist José Migel de Barandiarán in 1903, the story is set in the Basque region in 1845, in a universe inhabited by mythological diabolic ...
Style: gothic, suspenseful, exciting, suspense
Plot: gothic horror, blacksmith, demon, supernatural, folk tale, folklore, period piece, tavern, church bell, devil, execution, orphan ...
Time: 19th century
Place: spain, basque country
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 5.1
 7K
The Lodgers (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 1920, rural Ireland. Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they ...
Style: gothic, bleak, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: gothic horror, twins, haunted house, supernatural, falling in love, ghost, curse, creature, supernatural power, ghosts, period piece, witchcraft ...
Time: 1920s
Place: ireland
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 8.3
 2K
Isabel (2011)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Charting the life of Isabella I of Castile, one of the most important women in Spain’s history, Isabel follows her passionate story from childhood to being crowned Queen. From her political struggles within King Henry IV's court to her ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, stylized, based on true events ...
Plot: queen, aristocracy, state affairs, royal family, throne, conquering, inheritance, rise to the top, intrigue, religions or cults, heir heiress, monarchy ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: spain, portugal, europe
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The Forsyte Saga (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 276 min.
Story: In 2002, the first two books and the first interlude of John Galsworthy's trilogy The Forsyte Saga were adapted by Granada Television for the ITV network. Additional funding for this production was provided by American PBS station WGBH, the ...
Style: touching, realistic, stylized, serious
Plot: love and romance, high society, couple relations, parents and children, society, love affair, family relations, rich and poor, romance, social differences, architect, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, 20s, 20th century, victorian ...
Place: england, europe
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TURN: Washington's Spies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The story of 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 independence.
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american revolution, spy, army, historical character, political unrest, treason, rebelliousness, rebellion, ambition, rivalry, undercover, old friend ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, connecticut
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 7.3
 231K
Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: epic, captivating, factual, suspense, tense ...
Plot: idealism, racism, american civil war, president, politics, head of state, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield, human spirit, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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 7.4
 26K
Belle (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet ...
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Plot: slavery, aristocracy, interracial relations, social differences, high society, forbidden love, love and romance, society, heir heiress, estate, racism, culture clash ...
Time: 18th century, victorian england, 1780s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, caribbean, london, vienna ...
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, serious, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, friendship, historical character, stuttering, queen, british history, aristocracy, king, disability, treatment, radio, destiny ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, buckingham palace, germany ...
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 7.5
 41K
A Royal Affair (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A young queen falls in love with her physician, and they start a revolution that changes their nation forever.
Style: stylized, realistic, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: royal family, queen, love affair, love triangle, aristocracy, royal court, king, tragic love, coup d'etat, marriage, rebellion, politics ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1700s, 1920s
Place: europe, denmark, copenhagen denmark, copenhagen, england ...
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 7.6
 339K
The Illusionist (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Czech Republic
Duration: 110 min.
Story: With his eye on a lovely aristocrat, a gifted illusionist named Eisenheim uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed, a crowned prince. But Eisenheim's scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of a dogged ...
Style: enigmatic, psychological, captivating, surprise ending, stylized ...
Plot: forbidden love, investigation, love triangle, wizards and magicians, secret, magical, magic, supernatural ability, death, murder, childhood sweetheart, crown prince ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1890s, 1870s, 1880s ...
Place: austria, england, europe, london, vienna
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 8.2
 62K
11.22.63 (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An English teacher travels back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination, but discovers he is attached to the life he has made in a bygone era.
Style: stylized, suspense, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, assassination, surveillance, kennedy assassination, murder, escapades, time, conspiracy, historical event, period piece, time traveler ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 50s, year 1963, future
Place: usa, dallas texas
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 6.7
 29K
Hysteria (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hysteria is a romantic comedy with an accomplished cast led by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett, that tells an untold tale of discovery - the surprising story of the birth of the electro-mechanical ...
Style: humorous, realistic, stylized, semi serious, light ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hysteria, masturbation, hospital, period piece, treatment, ex prostitute, doctor, vibrator, unconventional method, feminism, romance, layoff ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1880s, 1800s ...
Place: england, london, europe, east end london, san francisco
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Angels and Insects (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In Victorian England, wealthy patriarch Sir Harald Alabaster invites an impoverished biologist, William Adamson, into his home. There, William tries to continue his work, but is distracted by Alabaster's seductive daughter, Eugenia. William and ...
Style: stylized, touching, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: incest, erection, destructive relationship, period piece, scientist, siblings relations, family relations, sea disaster, identity crisis, society, dangerous animal, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe
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A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even ...
Style: talky, captivating, realistic, serious, earnest ...
Plot: idealism, treason, ambition, execution, period piece, oath, betrayal, uninhibited rivalry, hopes, state affairs, blind ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe, new york
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 6.7
 22K
Albert Nobbs (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape ...
Style: sincere, stylized, emotional, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: cross dressing, maid, gender, gender bending, hotel, master and servant, lesbian, hidden identity, butler, dishonesty, irish, hidden money ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, victorian era, 1800s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, england
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Testament of Youth (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, based on memoir, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: war, life is a bitch, wartime life, love and romance, love affair, nurse, poetry, wartime, nursing, compassion, war injury, aspiring writer ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918, 18th century, 19th century
Place: oxford university, england, london, europe, flanders ...
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 7.3
 49K
Quills (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A nobleman with a literary flair, the Marquis de Sade lives in a madhouse where a beautiful laundry maid smuggles his erotic stories to a printer, defying orders from the asylum's resident priest. The titillating passages whip all of France ...
Style: erotic, realistic, serious, sexual, witty ...
Plot: sexuality, writer's life, priest, murder, perversion, emperor, hypocrisy, rape, french, pornography, french revolution, sadism ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 7.0
 22K
The Bounty (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA, New Zealand
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, factual, intense ...
Plot: island, ship, betrayal, sea captain, mutiny, navy, murder, adventure, escapades, rebelliousness, military life, journey ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1930s
Place: england, tahiti, europe, pacific ocean
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Operation Finale (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1960, a team of Israeli secret agents is deployed to find Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust, supposedly hidden in Argentina, and get him to Israel to be judged.
Style: based on true events, ambiguous ending, national socialism, tense
Plot: war criminal, nazi, manhunt, chase, secret agents, storytelling, jewish, mission, period piece, secret mission, culture clash, life risking ...
Time: 60s, year 1954, year 1960, year 1939, year 2005 ...
Place: argentina, israel, austria, buenos aires argentina, tel aviv israel ...
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 7.3
 14K
Tess (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 172 min.
Story: This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kinski, in a gorgeous breakthrough) is sent by her father to the ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, captivating, realistic, touching ...
Plot: tragic love, rape, innocence lost, period piece, farmer, love, revenge, marriage, peasant, stonehenge, nobility, destiny ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, brazil
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 7.4
 10K
Lost in Austen (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: 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 Bennett.
Style: romanticism, humorous, semi serious, light, colourful ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: time travel, jane austen, parallel world, romance, aristocracy, prejudice, eligible bachelor, fall in love, family relations, imaginary, parents and children, verbal byplay ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s, 18th century
Place: england, europe, britain, london
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