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The Best Period Films Of 2019

Updated January 27, 2020 1.7k votes 283 voters 8.5k views54 items

List RulesVote 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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    1917 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    1917

    George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman

    Released2019

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    The Man Who Killed Hitler and  is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Released2019

    Directed byRobert D. Krzykowski

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    Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Engler

    Downton Abbey is a 2019 British historical period drama film directed by Michael Engler, and a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Little Women

    Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern

    Released2019

    Directed byGreta Gerwig

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    The Irishman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    The Irishman

    Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

    Released2019

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Togo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Togo

    Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson

    Released2019

    Directed byEricson Core

    Togo is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ericson Core. Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe)... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Two Popes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    The Two Popes

    Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2019

    Directed byFernando Meirelles

    The Two Popes is a 2019 film International drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. Pope... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Current War is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    The Current War

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon

    Directed byAlfonso Gomez-Rejon

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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

    Released2019

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    The Great Alaskan Race is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    The Great Alaskan Race

    Brian Presley, Treat Williams

    Released2019

    Directed byBrian Presley

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    A Hidden Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    A Hidden Life

    August Diehl, Valerie Pachner

    Released2019

    Directed byTerrence Malick

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    All Is True is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    All Is True

    Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench

    Released2018

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    All Is True is a 2018 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. After the Globe Theatre burns down in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Red Joan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Red Joan

    Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson

    Released2019

    Directed byTrevor Nunn

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  • 14
    Ophelia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Ophelia

    Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts

    Released2019

    Directed byClaire McCarthy

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    Framing John DeLorean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Framing John DeLorean

    Alec Baldwin Morena Baccarin Josh Charles Dean Winters Michael Rispoli Jason Jones

    Released2019

    Directed byDon Argott, Sheena M. Joyce

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    Vita and Virginia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Vita and Virginia

    Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki

    Released2019

    Directed byChanya Button

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    Ip Man 4 The Finale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Ip Man 4 The Finale

    Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen

    Released2019

    Directed byWilson Yip

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    The Song of Names is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    The Song of Names

    Clive Owen, Tim Roth

    Released2019

    Directed byFrançois Girard

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    Mary Magdalene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Mary Magdalene

    Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2018

    Directed byGarth Davis

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    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    The Professor and the Madman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    The Professor and the Madman

    Mel Gibson, Sean Penn

    Released2019

    Directed byP.B. Shemran

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    The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    The Highwaymen

    Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson

    Released2019

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Tolkien

    Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins

    Released2019

    Directed byDome Karukoski

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    Never Grow Old is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Never Grow Old

    John Cusack, Emile Hirsch

    Released2019

    Directed byIvan Kavanagh

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    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Period Films Of 2019
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    Aladdin

    Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott

    Released2019

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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