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The Best Period Dramas Of 2019  

Jason Bancroft
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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
Downton Abbey is a 2019 British historical period drama film directed by Michael Engler, and a continuation of the TV series.
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
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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Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn
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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Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates
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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Little Women Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson
Little Women is a 2019 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 (Florence ...more
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Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi
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
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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John Cusack, Emile Hirsch, Paul Reid
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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Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Michael K. Williams
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
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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Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor
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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Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Rupert Penry-Jones
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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Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen
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
The Pretenders is a 2018 American drama film directed by James Franco.
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Earthquake Bird Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi
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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Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke
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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Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney
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
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
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
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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Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack
The Song of Names is a 2019 international drama film directed by François Girard, based on the novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht. Martin (Tim Roth) and Dovidl (Clive Owen) are two ...more
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Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann
The White Crow is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Ralph Fiennes, based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev.
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Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann
Maze is a 2017 (US Release 2019) Irish adventure drama film written and directed by Stephen Burke, based on the IRA Maze prison escape. Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison ...more
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Charlie Says Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, Marianne Rendón
Charlie Says is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Mary Harron. A graduate student begins visiting three female followers of the notorious killer Charles Manson to aide them in ...more
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Juli Jakab, Vlad Ivanov, Marcin Czarnik
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