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1. War and Peace (2007– )

394 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars of 1812

Stars: Clémence Poésy, Alessio Boni, Alexander Beyer, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 1,783

2. The Great War: The People's Story (2014– )

Documentary, History, War

Through original diaries, letters, and memoirs, this unforgettable documentary tells how the lives of regular British men and women were transformed by the Great War. Along with historical ... See full summary »

Stars: Olivia Colman, Rosalind March, Alison Steadman, Giles Alderson

Votes: 92

3. Lady Chatterley's Lover (2015 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama, Romance

In 1913 Connie Reid marries wealthy Nottingham colliery owner Sir Clifford Chatterley but he returns from the Great War disabled and in a wheelchair. Connie is loyal but begins to feel ... See full summary »

Director: Jed Mercurio | Stars: Holliday Grainger, Richard Madden, James Norton, Jodie Comer

Votes: 2,529

4. 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: 2,065

5. Interlude In Prague (2017)

103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The incredible tale of Mozart's Prague years.

Director: John Stephenson | Stars: Aneurin Barnard, James Purefoy, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark

Votes: 378

6. The Christmas Candle (2014)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family

33 Metascore

A pastor who's suffered a personal loss accepts a position in a town that believes in a Christmas miracle candle, which he strives to abolish.

Director: John Stephenson | Stars: Hans Matheson, Samantha Barks, Lesley Manville, Sylvester McCoy

Votes: 1,690 | Gross: $2.21M

7. The White Queen (2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England.

Stars: Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay

Votes: 21,881

8. The Beguiled (2017)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell

Votes: 46,840 | Gross: $10.58M

9. Little Dorrit (1987)

G | 357 min | Drama, Romance

Arthur returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy and of her father residing in the Marshalsea debtors' prison.

Director: Christine Edzard | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Max Wall

Votes: 976 | Gross: $1.03M

10. A Handful of Dust (1988)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Romance

The wife's affair and a death in the family hasten the demise of an upper-class English marriage.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard Beale, Jackson Kyle

Votes: 1,709 | Gross: $1.56M

11. Angels and Insects (1995)

R | 116 min | Drama, Romance

In the 1800s a naturalist marries into a family of British country gentry.

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 4,308 | Gross: $5.30M

12. Where Hands Touch (2018)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Romance, War

44 Metascore

A rites of passage story of a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: George MacKay, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, Amandla Stenberg

Votes: 2,259 | Gross: $0.07M

13. Birdsong (2012)

165 min | Drama, History, Romance

As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Clémence Poésy, Matthew Goode, Rory Keenan

Votes: 5,255

14. Private Peaceful (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, War

51 Metascore

Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.

Director: Pat O'Connor | Stars: George MacKay, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Jack O'Connell, Frances de la Tour

Votes: 1,277

15. The Best of Men (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography

Towards the end of the Second World War, Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire and is appalled to find the partially... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whitby | Stars: George MacKay, Bebe Sanders, Leigh Quinn, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 1,054

16. The Outcast (2015)

179 min | Drama

A young boy struggles to fit into the life of a post-war English village after witnessing the death of his mother.

Stars: Finn Elliot, Hattie Morahan, Greg Wise, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 919

17. Rag Nymph (1997– )

180 min | Drama

Separated from her prostitute mother as the woman flees on foot down the filthy mid-19th Century streets of Newcastle from the police, ten year old Millie is taken under the wing of rag ... See full summary »

Stars: Val McLane, Alec Newman, Christine Anderson, Tracey Wilkinson

Votes: 443

18. The Woman in White (1997 TV Movie)

Unrated | 125 min | Mystery, Thriller

Based upon Wilkie Collins' Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Tara Fitzgerald, Justine Waddell, Andrew Lincoln, Susan Vidler

Votes: 991

19. The Abduction Club (2002)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A group of Irish noblemen kidnap girls in order to marry into their fortune and avoid becoming priests or soldiers.

Director: Stefan Schwartz | Stars: Alice Evans, Daniel Lapaine, Sophia Myles, Matthew Rhys

Votes: 1,635

20. The Moonstone (1996 TV Movie)

112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When the fabulous Moonstone diamond is stolen, all the suspects appear to have alibis. Even the young girl who owns the diamond won't say whom she saw took it. A dear family friend calls in... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bierman | Stars: Greg Wise, Keeley Hawes, Terrence Hardiman, Mellan Mitchell

Votes: 448

21. The Moonstone (2016)

TV-G | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A diamond goes missing after a party at an English country house, and numerous suspects have a motive for its disappearance.

Stars: Joshua Silver, Leo Wringer, Terenia Edwards, Nisa Cole

Votes: 371

22. Doctor Thorne (2016– )

TV-G | 48 min | Drama

The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.

Stars: Harry Richardson, Tom Hollander, Stefanie Martini, Rebecca Front

Votes: 3,277

23. Brideshead Revisited (1981)

659 min | Drama, Romance

Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 6,295

24. The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005 TV Movie)

PG | 98 min | Drama

Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.

Director: Brent Shields | Stars: Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Mare Winningham, Tania Gunadi

Votes: 4,040

25. Secrets of War (2014)

95 min | Drama, Family, History

During WWII, the friendship of two boys is at risk when a girl tells a very personal secret to only one of them.

Director: Dennis Bots | Stars: Maas Bronkhuyzen, Joes Brauers, Michael Nierse, Tonko Bossen

Votes: 1,682

26. Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)

385 min | Drama

Some very greedy and selfish relatives are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewit's (Paul Scofield's) money. He is surrounded by all these sycophantic relatives that he truly despises ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Chambers, Julia Sawalha, Keith Allen, Philip Franks

Votes: 736

27. Lorna Doone (2000 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

Against a backdrop of political and religious upheaval, a farmer falls in love with the "queen" of the notorious Doone clan --a family that he has sworn vengeance on.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Neil Finnighan, Jack Baverstock, Trevor Cooper, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 1,732

28. The Old Curiosity Shop (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Sophie Vavasseur, Gina McKee

Votes: 639

29. The Great Fire (2014– )

Drama, History

An insight into what happened on the night of 2 September 1666, the Great fire of London.

Stars: Polly Dartford, Andrew Buchan, Trixiebell Harrowell, Joey Price

Votes: 561

30. The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012– )

120 min | Drama, Mystery

An exploration of Charles Dicken's unfinished work in which the mystery of the murder of Edwin Drood is examined.

Stars: Matthew Rhys, Freddie Fox, Tamzin Merchant, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 891

31. David Copperfield (1974– )

300 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Ian Hogg, David Troughton, Patience Collier, David Yelland

Votes: 77

32. David Copperfield (2000 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Michael Richards, Eileen Atkins, Anthony Andrews

Votes: 975

33. The Crimson Petal and the White (2011– )

TV-MA | 274 min | Drama, Romance

Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.

Stars: Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Amanda Hale, Shirley Henderson

Votes: 2,787

34. Camille (1984 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Romance

Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hope of a career and position by marrying ... See full summary »

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Greta Scacchi, Colin Firth, John Gielgud, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 454

35. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George Emerson (Julian Sands) and his dad (Denholm Elliott) offer their rooms with views to Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett (Dame Maggie Smith). Lucy and George get acquainted, but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again, but now she's engaged.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands

Votes: 37,212 | Gross: $20.97M

36. The Madness of King George (1994)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

When King George III (Sir Nigel Hawthorne) goes mad, his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Rupert Graves, Amanda Donohoe

Votes: 14,667 | Gross: $15.24M

37. The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 21,407 | Gross: $8.38M

38. To Kill a King (2003)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, History

A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Olivia Williams, James Bolam

Votes: 2,902

39. Stage Beauty (2004)

R | 106 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A female theatre dresser creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century London theatre by playing Desdemona in Othello. But what will become of the male actor she once worked for and eventually replaced?

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett, Derek Hutchinson

Votes: 9,681 | Gross: $0.78M

40. A Royal Night Out (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett

Votes: 8,736 | Gross: $0.20M

41. Lost in Austen

Drama | Announced

A modern day New Yorker and ardent Jane Austen fan somehow swaps places with Austen's fictional creation, Elizabeth Bennett.

42. 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: 2,329

43. The Forsyte Saga (2002–2003)

276 min | Drama, Romance

Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Rupert Graves, Gina McKee, Amanda Root

Votes: 4,927

44. Masterpiece Classic (1971– )
Episode: The Ruby in the Smoke (2006)

95 min | Drama, Romance

In Victorian England, Sally Lockhart receives an anonymous note sending her on a mysterious quest. Her father has recently died and feeling suffocated living with her elderly aunt moves in ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Billie Piper, Matt Smith, Sian Thomas, Kay Lyon

Votes: 753

45. Hedda Gabler (2016)

111 min | Drama, Romance

Hedda, beautiful daughter of the late General Gabler, returns from her honeymoon with scholar husband Jorgen to confront the boredom and banality of married life. Although she has little ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew John | Stars: Rita Ramnani, David R. Butler, Samantha E. Hunt, Jon-Paul Gates

Votes: 103

46. The Secret Agent (2016)

60 min | Drama

5.9