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, captivating, emotional, stylized and intense films and TV shows about / with period piece, betrayal, catastrophe, dialogue, destiny, mentor, beautiful scenery, romance, society and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres shot in UK, USA, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as period piece: Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), The Young Victoria (2009), Testament of Youth (2014), Atonement (2007), Love & Friendship (2016), Belle (2013), The King's Speech (2010), A Royal Affair (2012), The Illusionist (2006), Tess (1979).

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, captivating, serious, realistic, colourful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: queen, period piece, queen elizabeth i, throne, british history, monarchy, royal family, political intrigue, sea battle, politics, head of state, catholicism ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, renaissance, 1930s ...
Place: england, europe, spain, scotland, america ...
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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: touching, realistic, dramatic, factual, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: royal family, aristocracy, queen victoria, queen, period piece, royal court, queen of england, couple relations, love and romance, marriage, politics, destiny ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, 1830s, 1820s, 1840s ...
Place: england, london, buckingham palace, europe, belgium
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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, captivating, serious, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war one, war, period piece, wartime life, life is a bitch, wartime, love and romance, love affair, nurse, poetry, war injury, compassion ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914, year 1918, 19th century ...
Place: oxford university, england, london, europe, flanders ...
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 7.8
 242K
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, dramatic, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, redemption, tragic love, false accusation, unfulfilled love, forbidden love, innocence, life is a bitch, nurse, siblings relations, love and romance, lovers apart ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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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, family outing, date night
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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 7.3
 27K
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: captivating, emotional, stylized, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, slavery, aristocracy, love and romance, social differences, forbidden love, society, high society, racism, estate, acceptance, period piece ...
Time: 18th century, victorian england, georgian era, 1780s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, london, caribbean, africa ...
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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, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, historical character, royal family, unlikely friendships, british history, friendship, aristocracy, queen, king, disability, world war two, monarchy ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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 7.5
 43K
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, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: queen, royal family, king, love affair, love triangle, royal court, aristocracy, tragic love, high society, coup d'etat, period piece, marriage ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s, 1770s, year 1968, 1920s
Place: europe, denmark, england, germany, copenhagen ...
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 7.6
 349K
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, surprise ending, psychological, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: love triangle, forbidden love, investigation, wizards and magicians, death, magic, period piece, magical, supernatural ability, secrets, murder, crown prince ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s, 1870s ...
Place: vienna, london, austria, europe, england
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 7.3
 15K
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, gloomy, touching, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: tragic love, period piece, rape, family relations, innocence lost, marriage, revenge, love, farmer, peasant, stonehenge, nobility ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, brazil
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Madame Bovary (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Belgium, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The classic story of Emma Bovary, the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor in 19th century France, who engages in extra marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status.
Style: captivating, serious, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, period piece, village, love affair, adultery, tragic hero, social relations, crumbling marriage, romance, couples, dull life, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: france, europe
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 7.2
 249K
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, rough, captivating, sentimental, factual ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: revolution, vengeance, rebellion, battles, human spirit, american revolution, war, freedom, heroes, daring rescue, heroic mission, parents and children ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
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: boys' night, date night, teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: knight, robin hood, folk hero, justice, thief, chase, good versus evil, courage, adventure, archer, sword fight, greed ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, holy land, israel, jerusalem
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 7.5
 162K
The Favourite (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Style: factual, based on true events, emotional, cynical, melancholic ...
Plot: lesbian, rivalry, aristocracy, queen, ambitious woman, lgbt, british history, rise and fall, period piece, queen of england, duchess, royal court ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: britain, england
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 6.9
 29K
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, heresy, french, life is a bitch, lifestyle, rape, period piece, spanish inquisition, prison, arrest, society, hunting ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1800s
Place: spain, madrid
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 7.4
 164K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Thriller, 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, politics, winston churchill, leader, wartime, british empire, leadership, period piece, danger, historical character ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, europe, london, france, britain
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 6.7
 71K
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: american history, kennedy assassination, assassination, kennedy family, first lady, u.s. president, president, widow, husband wife relationship, female protagonist, strong female character, period piece ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: usa, america, texas, dallas texas, united states ...
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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, suspense, suspenseful, exciting, psychotronic
Plot: gothic horror, blacksmith, demon, supernatural, folklore, period piece, folk tale, mallet, bear trap, tavern, church bell, cell ...
Time: 19th century
Place: basque country, spain
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 5.1
 8K
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, psychological ...
Plot: gothic horror, supernatural, haunted house, twins, brother sister incest, witchcraft, curse, falling in love, ghost, fall in love, creature, ghosts ...
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: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized, based on true events ...
Plot: queen, aristocracy, royal family, palace intrigue, throne, state affairs, conquering, rise to the top, intrigue, religions or cults, inheritance, heir heiress ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: spain, portugal, europe
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The Woman in Red (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A gripping 18th century drama details the scandalous life of Lady Seymour Worsley, who dared to leave her husband and elope with his best friend, Captain George Bisset. Lady Seymour Worsley escapes her troubled marriage only to find herself at the ...
Style: captivating, exciting, suspense, disturbing
Plot: aristocracy, elopement, voyeurism, love triangle, troubled marriage, husband wife relationship, extramarital affair, adultery, husband wife estrangement, scandal, multiple lovers, lawsuit ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s
Place: england, london
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The Girl King (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Finland, Germany, Canada, Sweden, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, serious, baroque ...
Plot: lesbian interest, lesbian, royal family, queen, head of state, love interest, heir to the throne, forbidden love, royal court, society, state affairs, love and romance ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: sweden, europe
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Northern Soul (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set in 1974, an authentic and uplifting tale of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, humorous, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: soul music, friendship, nightclub, nightlife, society, teenage life, obsession, youth, coming of age, music, drugs/alcohol, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, northern england
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The Way We Live Now (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 300 min.
Story: The Way We Live Now is a 2001 four-part television adaptation of the Anthony Trollope novel The Way We Live Now. The serial was first broadcast on the BBC and was directed by David Yates, written by Andrew Davies and produced by Nigel ...
Style: serious, realistic, witty, biting, captivating ...
Plot: intrigue, lifestyle, society, rich and poor, rise to the top, fall in love, power relations, life is a bitch, prejudice, greed, social differences, ambition ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s, victorian england
Place: europe, england, london
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 6.5
 838
Madame Bovary (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A young woman in her late teens, a reader of novels and with high hopes of romance and passion, marries a widowed country doctor. Although he dotes on her, she is soon bored and discontent. First, she gives her imagination to a law student in town, ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, gloomy
Plot: forbidden love, dishonesty, adulteress, extramarital affair, love affair, destructive relationship, downfall, society, social relations, tragic hero, infidelity, romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: france, 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: realistic, stylized, touching, serious, saga ...
Plot: high society, couple relations, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, society, love affair, wealthy family, rich and poor, forbidden love, unfulfilled love, siblings relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, 1920s, 20s, 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, rivalry, rebelliousness, undercover, rebellion, treason, ambition, state affairs ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: usa, new york, connecticut, new jersey
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 7.3
 240K
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, emotional, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: idealism, racism, american civil war, president, politics, historical character, head of state, slavery, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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A Dangerous Method (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, talky, sexy, philosophical ...
Plot: psychiatrist, historical character, psychoanalysis, patient, seduction, mentally unstable, sexual perversion, psychology, mental illness, introspection, human nature, psychologist ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, year 1912, 1910s, 1930s
Place: switzerland, europe, austria, vienna, zurich switzerland ...
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 8.2
 69K
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, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, assassination, kennedy assassination, time, time traveler, surveillance, murder, twists & turns, historical event, altering history, stephen king ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 50s, year 1963 ...
Place: usa, dallas texas
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