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The Best Period Films Of 2019  

Jason Bancroft
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List Rules Vote up the best period films of 2019.

When it comes to movies, 2019 is a great year for looking back on other eras with engaging period pieces. From World War II dramas to 19th century love stories, 2019 period movies are sure to be among the year's best. Many new period piece movies of 2019 feature all-star casts of award-winning actors and actresses as well as top directors and cinematographers.

What movies will you find on this list of period films in 2019? William Shakespeare is the central character of Kenneth Branagh's latest project, All is True. The story – set in 1613 – focuses on the playwright's regrets when it came to being a husband and father. Downton Abbey fans will find a new story set in 1927 in the 2019 feature film.

The biopic Judy seems all but guaranteed to earn Renee Zellweger an Oscar nomination as she portrays the iconic singer/actress Judy Garland. Other great 2019 period films include The King, The Aspern Papers, and The Aftermath.

How will we ever determine which 2019 period film deserves the top spot on this list. Help us decide by giving your favorites a vote up.

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George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong
1917 is a 2019 British war film directed by Sam Mendes. Two British soldiers are tasked with delivering a message to the frontlines and experience a particularly harrowing day during World War
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Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald
The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is a 2018 adventure drama film directed by Robert D. Krzykowski. A legendary American war veteran (Sam Elliott) is recruited to hunt a mythical
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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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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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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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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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Togo Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl
Togo is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ericson Core. Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) and his sled dog Togo are two key figures that participated in the 1925 serum run to save the town of ...more
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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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Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen, Kwok-Kwan Chan
Ip Man 4: The Finale is a 2019 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip. Ip Man (Donnie Yen) arrives in San Francisco, United States where his student, Bruce Lee (Danny ...more
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August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist
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.
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Brian Presley, Treat Williams, Brad Leland
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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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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The Wolf Hour Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen
The Wolf Hour is a 2019 thriller drama film directed by Alistair Banks Griffin. A former counter-culture figure, June (Naomi Watts) in now a near shut-in living in her South Bronx apartment ...more
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Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
All Is True is a 2018 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. After the Globe Theatre burns down in 1613, during a performance of his play Henry VIII, William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) returns ...more
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Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio
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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Alec Baldwin Morena Baccarin Josh Charles Dean Winters Michael Rispoli Jason Jones
Framing John DeLorean is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce. A recounting of the life and career of the conterversial automaker through archival footage ...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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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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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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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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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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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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Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a 2018 fantasy-adventure-comedy film directed by Terry Gilliam, loosely based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes. An advertising executive (Adam Driver) jumps ...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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James Franco, Megan Fox, Seth Rogen
Zeroville is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by James Franco, based on the novel of the same name by Steve Erickson. A 24-year-old architecture student, Ike Jerome (James Franco) ...more