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 realistic, serious, sexy, captivating, stylized and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with betrayal, catastrophe, mentor, culture clash, dialogue, love and romance, runaway, beautiful scenery, destiny and romance plots mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres shot in UK, USA, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as period piece: Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Quills (2000), A Royal Affair (2012), Atonement (2007), Belle (2013), Love & Friendship (2016), The Young Victoria (2009), Tess (1979), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Testament of Youth (2014).

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: colourful, factual, breathtaking, epic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: british history, queen elizabeth i, throne, queen, women, royal family, tudors, catholicism, medieval, politics, renaissance, political intrigue ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1930s, 19th century, victorian era ...
Place: england, spain, scotland, london, europe ...
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Quills (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany
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, sexy, sexual, witty ...
Plot: writer's life, sexuality, rape, perversion, priest, eccentricity, sadism, sex, writers, hospital, hypocrisy, emperor ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, georgian era, 1790s
Place: france, paris france, europe
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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: realistic, stylized, sexy, atmospheric, factual ...
Audience: date night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: love affair, royal family, love triangle, adultery, aristocracy, queen, infidelity, coup d'etat, political intrigue, royal court, tragic love, insanity ...
Time: 18th century, victorian era, georgian era, 1770s, year 1968 ...
Place: denmark, europe, england, berlin germany, scandinavia ...
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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: touching, emotional, heartbreaking, sad, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, wartime, redemption, love and romance, tragic love, war, injustice, unfulfilled love, forbidden love, love story, love, false accusation ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 50s, victorian era, 20th century ...
Place: england, dunkirk, london, europe
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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, inspirational, romantic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: slavery, racism, interracial relations, society, aristocracy, social differences, love and romance, high society, white male black female relationship, forbidden love, victorian england, estate ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, georgian era, victorian era, 1780s
Place: london, europe, england, africa, vienna ...
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Love & Friendship (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, 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: romantic, stylized, sweet, witty, talky ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, family outing
Plot: friendship, manipulation, culture clash, relationships, love, family, betrayal, romance, love story, twists and turns, lone hero, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1920s, 19th century, victorian era
Place: england, london, ireland
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The Young Victoria (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 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, romantic, dramatic, factual, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: royal family, royal court, royalty, queen of england, queen victoria, aristocracy, queen, love and romance, marriage, arranged marriage, love, politics ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, edwardian era, 1820s, 1840s ...
Place: england, london, europe, buckingham palace, belgium
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Tess (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 186 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: visually appealing, scenic, erotic, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: tragic love, rape, breast feeding, loneliness, destiny, peasant, tragedy, social injustice, relationships, marriage, secrets, solitude ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: england, europe, brazil
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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: epic, exciting, scenic, entertaining, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, chick flick, boys' night, family outing ...
Plot: knight, robin hood, chase, adventure, folk hero, justice, sword fight, courage, betrayal, good versus evil, romance, archer ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, israel, jerusalem, holy land
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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, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war one, wartime, war, aspiring writer, women, wartime life, life is a bitch, love affair, love and romance, death, destiny, adaptation ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, year 1918, 19th century ...
Place: england, oxford university, london, flanders, europe ...
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
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: inspirational, sincere, uplifting, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: british royal family, world war two, british history, stuttering, royal family, disability, unlikely friendships, historical character, king of england, politics, husband wife relationship, british monarchy ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 50s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, london, europe, buckingham palace ...
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The Illusionist (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, 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: surprise ending, atmospheric, twist ending, enigmatic, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: magic, forbidden love, twists and turns, wizards and magicians, investigation, murder, love triangle, secrets, love, magician, death, duchess ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, edwardian era, 1890s, 1880s ...
Place: vienna, austria, london, england, europe
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The Piano (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man ...
Style: sexual, psychological, serious, sexy, scenic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: piano, love triangle, sexual relations, adultery, couples, infidelity, love and romance, love affair, desire, human nature, couple relations, arranged marriage ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1850s, 18th century
Place: new zealand, scotland
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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, emotional, art house, funny, cynical ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, rivalry, british history, queen, power struggle, aristocracy, female rivalry, intrigue, violence, bossy woman, rise and fall ...
Time: 18th century, victorian era
Place: britain, england
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The Forsyte Saga (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 276 min.
TV show
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, serious, family saga, touching, stylized ...
Plot: love affair, high society, society, family relations, forbidden love, love and romance, adultery, couple relations, parents and children, wealthy family, unfulfilled love, rich and poor ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1920s, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: england, europe, london
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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: epic, rough, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: war, american revolution, freedom, military, revolution, human spirit, rebellion, battles, vengeance, heroic mission, wartime, soldier ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, southern usa, england, scotland, virginia ...
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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: serious, captivating, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: bored housewife, adultery, infidelity, love affair, village, tragic hero, dull life, social relations, couples, romance, crumbling marriage, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: france, europe
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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, factual, intense, realistic, bad ending ...
Plot: rape, french, artist, art, prison, prostitute, lifestyle, life is a bitch, spanish history, painter, women, arrest ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, georgian era
Place: spain, madrid
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Albert Nobbs (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Ireland, UK, France
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, touching, sad, serious ...
Plot: gender, cross dressing, lesbian, loneliness, hotel, hidden identity, master and servant, maid, servant, woman dressed as man, death, secrets ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, victorian era, 1930s
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, 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: political, inspirational, spiritual, talky, sexy ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: lawyer, politics, catholic, idealism, betrayal, legal, royalty, justice, morality, christian, british history, religion ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, new york, rome italy, vatican, europe
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The Scandalous Lady W (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, disturbing, suspense, exciting
Plot: voyeurism, aristocracy, love triangle, sex scene, troubled marriage, husband wife relationship, extramarital affair, adultery, husband wife estrangement, scandal, jury, lawsuit ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s
Place: england, london
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The Way We Live Now (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
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, captivating, biting, witty ...
Plot: lifestyle, intrigue, society, rise to the top, fall in love, power relations, life is a bitch, rich and poor, couple relations, greed, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: europe, london, england
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The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, Mexico, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero, Zorro. Having escaped from prison he transforms troubled bandit Alejandro into his successor, in order to foil the plans ...
Style: romantic, exciting, entertaining, sexy, breathtaking ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, teens
Plot: superhero, adventure, zorro, lone hero, heroic mission, swashbuckler, love and romance, secret identity, good versus evil, vengeance, romance, daring rescue ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 1820s
Place: california, mexico, las vegas, usa, egypt
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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: epic, suspenseful, captivating, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: ship, island, mutiny, betrayal, sea, storm at sea, survival, sailboat, adventure, lost at sea, murder, greed ...
Time: 18th century, 1930s, georgian era, year 1984, 1780s
Place: england, tahiti, pacific ocean, europe
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Hysteria (2011)
Genre: Biography, 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: romantic, humorous, sexy, talky, witty ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: romance, hospital, hysteria, masturbation, court, doctor, unconventional method, ex prostitute, female sexuality, sexual dysfunction, inventions and discoveries, women ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 50s, edwardian era, 1880s ...
Place: england, london, east end london, europe, san francisco
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A Dangerous Method (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, 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: psychological, philosophical, sexy, thought provoking, sexual ...
Plot: psychiatrist, mental illness, psychology, historical character, introspection, psychoanalysis, psychologist, mentally unstable, infidelity, insanity, sexual perversion, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era, 1930s, 1910s, year 1912
Place: switzerland, europe, zurich switzerland, austria, vienna ...
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Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Will Plunkett and Captain James Macleane, two men from different ends of the social spectrum in 18th-century England, enter a gentlemen's agreement: They decide to rid the aristocrats of their belongings. With Plunkett's criminal know-how ...
Style: exciting, humorous, witty, entertaining, colourful ...
Audience: date night, boys' night
Plot: vengeance, heist, adventure, crimes, love triangle, partners, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, buddies, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: england, london, europe
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TURN: Washington's Spies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american revolution, spy, colonial america, political unrest, rebelliousness, rivalry, ambition, rebellion, undercover, treason, underdog, state affairs ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, connecticut
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The Girl King (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Finland, Canada, Germany, Sweden
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: realistic, captivating, emotional, serious, stylized ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian interest, queen, royal family, lesbian romance, love interest, lesbian love, lesbian sex, lgbt, heir to the throne, forbidden love, coronation ...
Time: 17th century
Place: sweden, europe
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Emma (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people’s affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own ...
Style: affectionate, witty, romantic, sweet, light ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, family outing, date night
Plot: fall in love, romance, looking for love, love and romance, friendship, couples, social differences, society, matchmaking, male female friendship, matchmaker, estate ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 18th century, 1810s
Place: england, london, britain
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