Period Dramas-The Victorian Era 1837-1901by eliza_gaskell | created - 23 Jan 2011 | updated - 25 Oct 2012 | Public
This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in the 1837-1901.
The Victorian era covers Queen Victoria's reign June 1837 -January 1901.
For those who are serious about Period Dramas and deem a movie/mini series worthy to be listed, add your comments.
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1. North & South (2004)
TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance
North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.
Date Set:1851 Period Drama Collectors everywhere this is a MUST HAVE in your DVD or Bluray collection. This BBC production was not advertised very well in my country. It was just by chance I happened to be channel surfing and voila. One of the best Victorian drama's from the BBC, that I've ever seen in a long time . Daniela Denby-Ashe is excellent as the headstrong but privillage Margaret Hale. Richard Armitage is John Thornton! A tale of two people, who misread everything about each other, John Thornton misread her feelings for him and she misunderstand what he really stands for. Fantastic supporting cast and absolute top notch acting; this production is a winner.***SPOILER*** the ending is one of the most romantic scenes that I have seen. They both meet on a train stop over station, both are going in opposite directions; but they finally get together. I rarely give a 10/10 but this is a well deserved 15/10 Also see North & South (1975) starring Patrick Stewart
2. Jane Eyre (2006)
TV-PG | 230 min | Drama, Romance
A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever.
-there are different time periods of Jane Eyre, in numerous Jane Eyre productions. My rule of thumb is get the date which Briggs states the marriage date of Rochester and Bertha (in the chapel) and add 15 years onto it:-. He was 21 when he married Bertha (Ch XIV). 5 years Rochester 'lived in torment' & 10 years travelling the world(ChXXVII) until he fell off his horse and met Jane.
I'm kinda of addicted to Jane Eyre films. Ive seen to date including this production: **Jane Eyre (1943)-Orson Welles /Joan Fontaine-The gothic mood of the B&W film is superb. Did not like the second act; there was no Diane or Mary Rivers and Sinjin...don't even go there. **Jane Eyre (1973)-Michael Jayston/Sorcha Cusack. The characterization and the script is first class and the only production, I've seen where Rochester sing (chp XVII) a Corsair Song plus more time is spent on Jane's childhood. Someone in art production & design obviously read the novel. Notice the cabinet with the ebony cross & the panels...straight out of chp XX. **Jane Eyre (1983)Timothy Dalton/Zelah Clarke. This movie sticks more closer to the novel but scenes are obviously changed. Although Timothy Dalton is too handsome to play Rochester; though his delivery of the lines are first class but a bit over-dramatic. **Jane Eyre (1996)-William Hurt/Charlotte Gainsbourg. Gainsbourg looks like the description in the novel, though she is too tall of play Jane. Big plus is the fantastic music & Anna Paquin as young Jane (one of the best embodiment of young Jane in a film production to date). **Jane Eyre (1997)-Ciarán Hinds/Samantha Morton. An interesting adaptation, I enjoyed it but not to everybody's taste. Hinds does sing a duet with Blanche **Jane Eyre (2006)-Toby Stephens/Ruth Wilson. This production does have scenes in it that the others do not. Notably the Millcote shopping scene with Rochester, Jane AND Adele; where Jane meets Rochester before the wedding on the hillside ; the dream sequence and Adele in the final scene **Jane Eyre (2011)-Michael Fassbender /Mia Wasikowska. Loved the look of the film. What I felt ruined it was the over editing and shortening of key scenes. This alone marred the pacing of the film. If you look on youtube you'll see the deleted scenes, which I felt should of made the final cut.
4. Fingersmith (2005– )
Not Rated | 181 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In Victorian England, Sue, a young thief, participates in a scam to defraud a rich heiress by becoming her maid. Things take an unexpected turn and Sue's plan goes horribly wrong.
Date set:1862 you thought the Victorians were prudish...think again. This is a love story with the romantic leads being two females. This is a slick production, well crafted, near perfect cast and excellent acting. Who would of thought Sally Hawkins could step out of her comfort zone and play a character with strength, wit and slyness. There is a twist at the end which you will never guess. ***SPOILER***there a very passionate love/sex scene onthe eve Maud Lilly wedding, where she experiences sensual sex for the first time with Sue Trinder
5. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)
TV-PG | 240 min | Drama, Romance
The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections.
6. 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.
7. Wives and Daughters (1999– )
TV-PG | 301 min | Drama
The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend.
9. The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance
An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare.
Votes: 10,150 | Gross: $3.69M
10. Captains and the Kings (1976)
540 min | Drama
Rags-to-riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s.
I have read this TV mini-series is highly recommended. So hopefully it's on DVD or Blu-ray in my region code
14. Daniel Deronda (2002– )
210 min | Drama, History, Romance
Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.
15. Middlemarch (1994)
375 min | Drama, History, Romance
This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted ... See full summary »
17. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.
Votes: 10,914 | Gross: $1.59M
19. The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.
Votes: 21,150 | Gross: $8.38M
21. The Way We Live Now (2001– )
300 min | Drama, Romance
At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »
22. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)
159 min | Drama
In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof ... See full summary »
23. The Mill on the Floss (1997 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama
Lawyer Wakem takes away the mill on the river Floss from Edward Tulliver, whose ancestors owned it for 300 years, and becomes the worst enemy of Tulliver's family. When Edward's daughter, ... See full summary »
24. The Secret Garden (1993)
G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A young, recently-orphaned girl is sent to England after living in India all her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly-isolated surroundings -- and its secrets.
Votes: 33,609 | Gross: $31.18M
25. An Ideal Husband (I) (1999)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
London 1895: Cabinet minister, Sir Chiltern, and bachelor, Lord Goring, are victims of scheming women.
Votes: 14,515 | Gross: $18.54M
26. Peter Pan (2003)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.
Votes: 62,110 | Gross: $48.46M
28. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
R | 128 min | Horror
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Votes: 175,481 | Gross: $82.52M
29. Ethan Frome (1993)
PG | 99 min | Drama, Romance
A new pastor arrives in a stark Vermont village and is intrigued by crippled, misshapen Ethan Frome living on an isolated, hardscrabble farm with his sickly wife Zeena.
Votes: 1,896 | Gross: $0.30M
31. For the Term of His Natural Life (1983)
520 min | Adventure, Drama
In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity ... See full summary »
32. Madame Bovary (1991)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance
In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary). To escape boredom, she throws herself into love ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,290 | Gross: $1.94M
34. The Age of Innocence (1993)
PG | 139 min | Drama, Romance
A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.
Votes: 44,818 | Gross: $32.20M
36. The Jungle Book (1994)
PG | 111 min | Adventure, Family, Romance
Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphaned jungle boy raised by wolves, and how he becomes king of the jungle.
Votes: 15,347 | Gross: $44.34M
37. The Picture of Dorian Gray (2007)
97 min | Mystery, Thriller
A contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde classic tale of vanity.
sorry no picutre
38. Onegin (1999)
R | 106 min | Drama, Romance
In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally,... See full summary »
Votes: 7,110 | Gross: $0.21M
39. A Dog of Flanders (1999)
PG | 100 min | Family, Drama
Poor, but happy, young Nello and his grandfather live alone, delivering milk as a livelihood, in the outskirts of Antwerp, a city in Flanders (the Flemish or Dutch-speaking part of ... See full summary »
Votes: 844 | Gross: $2.15M
41. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured and murderous musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House.
Votes: 110,448 | Gross: $51.27M
42. The Piano (1993)
R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
Votes: 73,592 | Gross: $40.16M
43. Tipping the Velvet (2002)
177 min | Drama, Romance
The story of Nan Astley who falls in love with three different women on her journey to stardom and happiness in 1887 Victorian England.
an interesting girl loves girl, set the background of the 1800. Nan Astley played by Rachael Stirling and Kitty Butler, played by Keeley Hawes are both male impersonators. It's basically a love story, but with females
44. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.
Votes: 158,531 | Gross: $66.47M
45. Anna and the King (1999)
PG-13 | 148 min | Drama, History, Romance
The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.
Votes: 34,348 | Gross: $39.26M
46. The Young Victoria (2009)
PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
Votes: 54,415 | Gross: $11.00M
47. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.
48. Original Sin (2001)
R | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance