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The Best Period Films Of 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated January 27, 2020 1.2k votes 269 voters 7k views 54 items

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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Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert D. Krzykowski

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George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong

Released: 2019

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Engler

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Little Women Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

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JamesButko added Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Released: 2019

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Togo Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ericson Core

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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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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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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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Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen

Released: 2018

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

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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Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Released: 2019

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist

Released: 2019

Directed by: Terrence Malick

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Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen, Kwok-Kwan Chan

Released: 2019

Directed by: Wilson Yip

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Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack

Released: 2019

Directed by: François Girard

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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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The Wolf Hour Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alistair Banks Griffin

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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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Released: 2019

Directed by: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce

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Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Rupert Penry-Jones

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chanya Button

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Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Released: 2018

Directed by: Garth Davis

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Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko

Released: 2018

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer

Released: 2019

Directed by: P.B. Shemran

The Professor and the Madman is a 2019 biographical drama film direted by P.B. Sherman, based on the 1998 book The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester. In 1857, a professor begins ...more
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Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates

Released: 2019

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dome Karukoski

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Earthquake Bird Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi

Released: 2019

Directed by: Wash Westmoreland

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