What to Watch The Best Period Films Of 2019  

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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
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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Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith
Aladdin is a 2019 American musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the Arab-style folktale. Smitten with the free-spirited Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), an ...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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Long Le Vu, Mai Thu Huong Maya, Nguyen Phuong Tra My
The Third Wife is a 2019 Vietnamese drama film directed by Ash Mayfair. In 19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May (Nguyen Phuong Tra My) must decide between a life of comfort or a ...more
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Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese
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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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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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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Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton
The Souvenir is a 2019 American-British drama film, written and directed by Joanna Hogg. A young film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a ...more
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Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler
Wild Nights with Emily is a 2018 American biographical comedy film written and directed by Madeleine Olnek. Chronicles the life of Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) as she attempts to get ...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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Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave
The Aspern Papers is a 2019 United Kingdom period drama directed by Julien Landais, based on Jean Pavans' scenic adaptation of Henry James' novel. Ambitious editor Morton Vint (Jonathan ...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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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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Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai
Shadow is a 2018 Chinese period film directed by Zhang Yimou. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king (Zheng Kai), a military commander (Deng Chao) has a secret weapon: a “shadow,” ...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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Stockholm Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong
Stockholm is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Robert Budreau, based on the true story of the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm.
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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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Travis Fimmel, Rachael Taylor, Forest Whitaker
Finding Steve McQueen is a 2019 American heist thriller film directed by Mark Steven Johnson. In 1972, a gang of close-knit thieves from Youngstown, Ohio attempt to steal $30 million in illegal ...more
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Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer
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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Yi Zhang, Chen Yao, Haoming Yu
The Eight Hundred is a 2019 Chinese war film directed by Hu Guan. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely ...more
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Bérénice Bejo, Louis Garrel, Colette Kieffer
Funan is a 2018 France, Luxembourg, and Belgium produced animated period drama film directed by Denis Do. In April 1974, a Cambodian woman searches for her child who was forcibly taken from her ...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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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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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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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