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List Rules Vote up your favorite period films set in the 1800s and the Victorian era.

The 19th century often seems like the distant past, but the classic stories found in 1800s period films prove to be timeless. The top 1800s movies feature passionate love stories, epic war sagas, and intriguing mysteries. This is a list of the best 19th century period movies, including everything from How Green Was My Valley to The Age of Innocence to The Piano.

What films will you find on this list of the best Victorian era movies? Gone with the Wind follows Scarlett O'Hara, a spoiled Southern belle who finds her life upended by the Civil War. The 1939 epic took home eight Academy Awards, including the trophies for Best Picture and Best Director. Wuthering Heights is another great film set in the 1800s. Mia Wasikowska played the title character in the 2011 drama Jane Eyre. Other good movies featured on this list include The Portrait of a Lady and Anna Karenina.

Which film set in the Victorian era is your favorite? Give the best movies a thumbs up and please add any good films that are missing.

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Gone With The Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International ...more

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Jane Eyre Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel ...more

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Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Dimos Dicoudis added Bram Stoker's Dracula Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It stars Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder ...more

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Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Phantom Of The Opera Claude Rains, Hume Cronyn, Nelson Eddy David and Jade, a young couple, are consumed by their feelings for each other.  With the toll its taking on her schoolwork, Jade's father eventually bans David from seeing her.  This ...more

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Madame Bovary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Madame Bovary Paul Giamatti, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans Madame Bovary is a 2014 drama film directed by Sophie Barthes and starring Mia Wasikowska, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller. The film is based on the novel of the same name by ...more

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How Green Was My Valley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
How Green Was My Valley Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Walter Pidgeon How Green Was My Valley is a 1941 drama film directed by John Ford. The film, based on the 1939 Richard Llewellyn novel, was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and scripted by Philip Dunne. The film ...more

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The Portrait of a Lady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
The Portrait Of A Lady Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady directed by Jane Campion. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, ...more

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Wuthering Heights Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Merle Oberon Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American black-and-white film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. It is based on the novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The film ...more

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The Importance of Being Earnes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
The Importance Of Being Earnest Michael Redgrave, Margaret Rutherford, Joan Greenwood The Importance of Being Earnest is a British film adaptation of the play by Oscar Wilde. It was directed by Anthony Asquith, who also adapted the screenplay, and was produced by Teddy Baird.

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Tess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Tess Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Lesley Dunlop Tess is a 1979 romance film directed by Roman Polanski, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles. It tells the story of a strong-willed, young peasant girl who finds ...more

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The Piano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
The Piano Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater on the west coast of New Zealand, ...more

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Anna Karenina Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Cara Delevingne Anna Karenina is a 2012 British epic romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright. Adapted by Tom Stoppard from Leo Tolstoy's 1877 novel of the same name, the film depicts the tragedy of Russian ...more

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The Age of Innocence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
The Age Of Innocence Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis The Age of Innocence is a 1993 American film adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel of the same name. The film was released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Martin Scorsese, and stars Daniel ...more

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Mrs. Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Mrs. Brown Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Antony Sher

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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Hello, Dolly! Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name. The film follows the story of Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a ...more

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An Ideal Husband is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
An Ideal Husband Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver An Ideal Husband is a 1999 film based on the play An Ideal Husband of the same name written by Oscar Wilde. The film stars Jeremy Northam, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver and Oscar ...more

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Babette's Feast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Babette's Feast Bibi Andersson, St├ęphane Audran, Jarl Kulle Babette's Feast is a 1987 Danish drama film directed by Gabriel Axel. The film's screenplay was written by Axel based on the story by Isak Dinesen. Produced by Just Betzer, Bo Christensen, and ...more

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Lust for Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Lust For Life Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Marion Ross Lust for Life is a MGM biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, based on the 1934 novel by Irving Stone and adapted by Norman Corwin. It was directed by Vincente ...more

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Nicholas Nickleby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Nicholas Nickleby Anne Hathaway, Charlie Hunnam, Christopher Plummer Nicholas Nickleby is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Douglas McGrath. The screenplay is based on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, which originally was ...more

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Posse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Posse Pam Grier, Big Daddy Kane, Isaac Hayes Posse is a 1993 American Western film directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles. Featuring a large ensemble cast, the film tells the story of a posse of African-American soldiers and one ...more

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Ethan Frome is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century
Ethan Frome Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette, Joan Allen Ethan Frome is a 1993 drama film directed by John Madden.