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1. A Little Chaos (2014)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles.

Director: Alan Rickman | Stars: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts

Votes: 18,960 | Gross: $0.55M

2. The Seagull (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her lover visit the estate of her elderly brother.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Glenn Fleshler, Billy Howle

Votes: 2,396 | Gross: $1.25M

3. Suite Française (2014)

107 min | Drama, Romance, War

63 Metascore

During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Eric Godon

Votes: 21,030

4. Phantom Thread (2017)

R | 130 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Julie Vollono

Votes: 92,602 | Gross: $21.02M

5. Mathilde (I) (2017)

130 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the twilight of Imperial Russia, prima ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya becomes the mistress of three Grand Dukes.

Director: Aleksey Uchitel | Stars: Michalina Olszanska, Lars Eidinger, Luise Wolfram, Danila Kozlovsky

Votes: 1,782

6. Alias Grace (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity.

Stars: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Zachary Levi

Votes: 20,331

7. The Alienist (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

Newspaper illustrator John Moore meets with criminal psychologist (alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.

Stars: Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, Brian Geraghty

Votes: 30,608

8. Journey's End (I) (2017)

R | 107 min | Drama, War

73 Metascore

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge

Votes: 6,123 | Gross: $0.16M

9. Las chicas del cable (2017– )

TV-14 | 50 min | Drama

Set in the 1920s, this is the story of four women from different backgrounds newly hired as operators for a phone company.

Stars: Blanca Suárez, Yon González, Ana Fernández, Nadia de Santiago

Votes: 8,880

10. Queen of the Desert (2015)

PG-13 | 128 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

39 Metascore

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis

Votes: 9,007

11. The Durrells in Corfu (2016–2019)

TV-PG | 46 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the real-life events of the Durrell family as they resettle from England to Greece.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Daisy Waterstone

Votes: 5,805

12. Halcyon (I) (2015)

90 min | Thriller

Two men assigned aboard a deep sea research station become trapped inside and isolated from the outside world after a seismic event cripples the station. The event leaves one of the men ... See full summary »

Director: McKenzie Haglund | Stars: Pepper Binkley, Courtney Gains, Mykel Shannon Jenkins

Votes: 6

13. Maigret: Night at the Crossroads (2017 TV Movie)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Maigret: Night at the Crossroads tells a complex tale of murder, deceit and greed set in an isolated country community.

Director: Sarah Harding | Stars: Ben Caplan, Katherine Kanter, Robin Weaver, Wanda Opalinska

Votes: 3,118

14. Dark Angel (2016)

TV-14 | 63 min | Crime, Drama, History

A two-part drama about the Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton.

Stars: Joanne Froggatt, Alun Armstrong, Isla McMonigle, Laura Morgan

Votes: 1,421

15. Home Fires (2015–2016)

45 min | Drama, War

A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II.

Stars: Clare Calbraith, Brian Fletcher, Samantha Bond, Ruth Gemmell

Votes: 2,742

16. Victoria (2016– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Stars: Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Jordan Waller, Tommy Knight

Votes: 19,694

17. Victoria & Abdul (2017)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

58 Metascore

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 27,686 | Gross: $22.25M

18. Houdini and Doyle (2016)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

At the turn of the 20th century the Metropolitan Police were overwhelmed with bizarre cases so they turned to outsiders including Houdini and Doyle, who collaborated with New Scotland Yard on some unsolved and inexplicable crimes.

Stars: Michael Weston, Stephen Mangan, Rebecca Liddiard, Emily Carey

Votes: 2,509

19. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 64,158 | Gross: $171.96M

20. Mary Magdalene (2018)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

48 Metascore

Twelve men heard and spread the message of Jesus. Only one woman understood it.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim

Votes: 6,759 | Gross: $0.12M

21. Vanity Fair (2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

An adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Stars: Michael Palin, Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman, Johnny Flynn

Votes: 2,755

22. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

TV-14 | 124 min | Drama, History, Romance

65 Metascore

In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Michiel Huisman, Katherine Parkinson

Votes: 25,909

23. The Dancer (2016)

Not Rated | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

44 Metascore

Loïe Fuller was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers. The film revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan.

Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto | Stars: Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp

Votes: 1,909

24. Lark Rise to Candleford (2008–2011)

53 min | Drama, Romance

An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.

Stars: Olivia Hallinan, Sarah Lancashire, Julia Sawalha, Fergus Drysdale

Votes: 5,973

25. Cranford (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip, and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

Stars: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Lisa Dillon

Votes: 8,032

26. Devil's Bride (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama, History

Anna is a 16-year old in a village where women are accused of witchcraft. It's based on the witch hunts on Åland, Finland in the 1600s.

Director: Saara Cantell | Stars: Tuulia Eloranta, Magnus Krepper, Elin Petersdottir, Claes Malmberg

Votes: 1,068

27. A Quiet Passion (2016)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Emma Bell, Sara Vertongen, Rose Williams, Benjamin Wainwright

Votes: 4,789 | Gross: $1.86M

28. The Invisible Woman (2013)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander

Votes: 8,902 | Gross: $1.23M

29. Beloved Sisters (2014)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, History, Romance

66 Metascore

The aristocratic sisters Charlotte and Caroline both fall in love with the controversial young writer and hothead Friedrich Schiller. Defying the conventions of their time, the sisters ... See full summary »

Director: Dominik Graf | Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius, Claudia Messner

Votes: 1,305 | Gross: $0.05M

30. Café Society (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively

Votes: 65,090 | Gross: $11.10M

31. Ladies in Lavender (2004)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

61 Metascore

Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930s Cornish seaside village.

Director: Charles Dance | Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl, Freddie Jones

Votes: 10,243 | Gross: $6.76M

32. December Bride (1991)

88 min | Drama

At the beginning of the 20th century, a young servant provokes an independent Irish farm community by her relationship with two brothers. Pregnant, she refuses to reveal the name of the ... See full summary »

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Donal McCann, Saskia Reeves, Ciarán Hinds, Patrick Malahide

Votes: 298 | Gross: $0.07M

33. The Dressmaker (1988)

92 min | Drama, Romance

In England during World War II, a repressed dressmaker and her sister struggle looking after their 17-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier.

Director: Jim O'Brien | Stars: Joan Plowright, Billie Whitelaw, Pete Postlethwaite, Jane Horrocks

Votes: 167

34. The Paradise (2012–2013)

60 min | Drama

The story of a young woman who works in a department store and gets caught up in the charms of the modern world.

Stars: Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy

Votes: 9,809

35. The Crimson Field (2014)

60 min | Drama, War

During the First World War, Kitty Trevelyan tries to put the past troubles behind her as she joins two other girls to volunteer at one of the busy war hospitals in northern France.

Stars: Hermione Norris, Oona Chaplin, Richard Rankin, Marianne Oldham

Votes: 2,561

36. Renoir (2012)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Bourdos | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret

Votes: 4,937 | Gross: $2.29M

37. Z: The Beginning of Everything (2015–2017)

TV-14 | 27 min | Biography, Drama

Z is a biography series based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant ... See full summary »

Stars: Christina Ricci, David Hoflin, Kristine Nielsen, David Strathairn

Votes: 3,136

38. Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters (2016 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

A chronicle of the Brontë sisters' battle to overcome obstacles and publish their novels, which would become some of the greatest in the English language.

Director: Sally Wainwright | Stars: Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy, Chloe Pirrie, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 2,019

39. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Drama

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 8,127

40. 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: 24,355 | Gross: $4.44M

41. Great Expectations (2012)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

A series of events change the orphaned Pip's life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Toby Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins

Votes: 11,625 | Gross: $0.26M

42. Mozart's Sister (2010)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A reimagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang, and a musical prodigy in her own right.

Director: René Féret | Stars: Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau

Votes: 1,406 | Gross: $0.71M

43. 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: 4,982

44. The Scandalous Lady W (2015 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama, History, Romance

An eighteenth century drama details the scandalous life of Lady Seymour Worsley.

Director: Sheree Folkson | Stars: Natalie Dormer, Aneurin Barnard, Shaun Evans, Will Keen

Votes: 2,302

45. Vanity Fair (1998)

Not Rated | 50 min | Drama, Romance