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The Best Period Movies Set in the 18th Century

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The 18th century was a time of great change around the globe. The Enlightenment expanded peoples' minds and encouraged new forms of government, while the Industrial Revolution brought about technological innovations that impacted everyday life. It's no wonder that this century continues to inspire filmmakers. The best 18th century period movies capture the sense of possibility that permeated this era, from romantic love stories to thrilling class struggles. This is a list of the top 1700s period movies including everything from Sense and Sensibility to The Last of the Mohicans to The Duchess.

What films will you find on this list of the best films set in the 18th century? The works of Jane Austen continue to make readers and moviegoers swoon. In the 2005 adaptation of her perennial favorite Pride & Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) and Fitzwilliam Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) spar while falling in love against all odds. Amadeus is another good film set in the 18th century. Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette examined the notorious historic figure with a unique and modern touch. Other movies featured on this list include Dangerous Liaisons and Barry Lyndon.

Which movie set in the 1700s do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good 18th century period films that are missing.

 

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