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The Best Period Dramas Of 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated December 30, 2019 313 votes 69 voters 3.4k views 42 items

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Whether you are a history buff or a fan of fancy costumes, the period dramas of 2019 will transport you to another era. World War II dramas, bio pics, adaptions of classic literature are among the selection of new period dramas set for a 2019 release. Many great period dramas of 2019 feature all-star casts of award-winning actors and actresses.

What films will you find on this list of period dramas in 2019. The Aftermath – starring Keira Knightly and Alexander Skarsgard – is a post WWII drama about rebuilding cities and relationships in war-torn Hamburg. Knightley, AKA the queen of period pieces, is also the star of Colette which is set from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Meryl Streep are among the fantastic actresses cast in Greta Gerwig's 2019 adaptation of Little Women. Other 2019 period dramas include Midway, Tolkien, and the feature film, Downton Abbey.

Which 2019 period drama is your favorite? Take a look at this list and give the best movies a vote up and see if it will make it to the top of the list.

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Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Engler

Downton Abbey is a 2019 British historical period drama film directed by Michael Engler, and a continuation of the TV series. The Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English ...more
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Released: 2019

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 2019 crime thriller film directed by Quentin Tarantino. A TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) embark on an odyssey to make a name for ...more
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Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates

Released: 2019

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) attempt to track down and ...more
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Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn

Released: 2019

Directed by: Kasi Lemmons

Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) escapes slavery and leads hundreds of ...more
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John Cusack, Emile Hirsch, Paul Reid

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ivan Kavanagh

Never Grow Old is a 2019 Irish action film directed by Ivan Kavanagh. An Irish undertaker (Emile Hirsch) profits when an outlaw (John Cusack) takes over a peaceful American frontier town, but ...more
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Little Women Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Little Women is a 2019 American drama film directed by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Four sisters, Beth (Eliza Scanlen), Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), and Amy ...more
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Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anthony Maras

Hotel Mumbai is a 2019 Indian-American-Australian thriller film directed by Anthony Maras, based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as ...more
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Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

Released: 2019

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

The Two Popes is a 2019 film International drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) struggle to find common ground to ...more
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Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Michael K. Williams

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gideon Raff

The Red Sea Diving Resort is a 2019 Canadian-American biographical drama film directed and written by Gideon Raff. In 1981, Mossad agents work to rescue and evacuate Jewish-Ethiopians to Israel ...more
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

The Current War is a 2017 American biographical historical film (2019 US theatrical release) directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans ...more
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Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Kent

The Aftermath is a 2019 British-German-American drama film directed by James Kent, based on the novel by Rhidian Brook. Post World War II, a British colonel (Jason Clarke) and his wife (Keira ...more
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Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Rupert Penry-Jones

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chanya Button

Vita and Virginia is a 2018 British biographical romance drama film directed by Chanya Button. Poet and novelist Vita (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) embark on an ...more
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Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Released: 2018

Directed by: Garth Davis

Mary Magdalene is a 2018 biblical drama film directed by Garth Davis. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living, defies her ...more
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Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen

Released: 2019

Directed by: Claire McCarthy

Ophelia is a 2018 British-American historical romantic drama film directed by Claire McCarthy, based on the Shakespearean character of the same name and the novel by Lisa Klein. As a rebellious ...more
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Jack Kilmer, Jane Levy, Shameik Moore

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Franco

The Pretenders is a 2018 American drama film directed by James Franco.
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Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dome Karukoski

Tolkien is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski. An orphaned author (Nicholas Hoult) finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow ...more
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Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson, Stefanie Martini

Released: 2019

Directed by: David Blair

Mission of Honor (a.k.a Hurricane) is a 2019 British and Polish drama film directed by David Blair. A group of brave pilots who fight in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great ...more
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Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley

Released: 2019

Directed by: Mike Leigh

Peterloo is a 2018 British historical drama, directed and written by Mike Leigh, based on the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. In 1819, British forces attack a peaceful pro-democracy rally in
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Red Joan Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes

Released: 2019

Directed by: Trevor Nunn

Red Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film directed by Trevor Nunn, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney and inspired by the life of Melita Norwood.
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Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese

Released: 2019

Directed by: Christian Petzold

Transit is a 2018 German drama film written and directed by Christian Petzold, based on the novel by Anna Seghers. A man (Franz Rogowski) flees France after the Nazi invasion and assumes the ...more
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Earthquake Bird Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi

Released: 2019

Directed by: Wash Westmoreland

Earthquake Bird is a 2019 American mystery film directed by Wash Westmoreland, based on the novel of the same name by Susanna Jones. In 1989 Toyko, Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander) is a young female ...more
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Juli Jakab, Vlad Ivanov, Marcin Czarnik

Released: 2019

Directed by: László Nemes

Sunset (a.k.a. Napszállta) is a 2018 Hungarian historical drama film directed by László Nemes. A young girl grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before
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Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio

Released: 2018

Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino

Loro is a 2018 Italian biographical drama film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Sergio Morra (Riccardo Scamarcio) is a young businessman from Taranto who manages small-scale trafficking of young ...more
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Brian Presley, Treat Williams, Brad Leland

Released: 2019

Directed by: Brian Presley

The Great Alaskan Race is a 2019 American action-adventure film directed by Brian Presley. Set during the 1925 great race of mercy, a group of mushers travels 700 miles to save the children of ...more
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August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist

Released: 2019

Directed by: Terrence Malick

A Hidden Life is a 2019 historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick. An Austrian farmer (August Diehl) refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II and is executed in 1943.