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The Best Costume Drama Movies

Updated June 22, 2020 4.3k votes 241 voters 24.3k views161 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Costume drama films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of the best costume drama movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes -- many of which are streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about costume drama are at the top of the list. This list contains all the top costume dramas, like Joan of Arc or Madame Bovary, but if there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

The films on this list are the most famous costume drama movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the genre.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best costume drama movies?" and "What is the greatest costume drama movie of all time?" and contains items like Cleopatra, The Bastard.

Various bits of information are included with these popular costume movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So from the latest, to the greatest costume drama movies, here is the full costume drama movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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  • 1
    Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
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    Released1942

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

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  • 2
    Gone with the Wind
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    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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    The Mississippi Gambler

    Anita Ekberg, Tyrone Power

    Released1953

    Directed byRudolph Maté

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  • 4
    Marie Antoinette
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    Marie Antoinette

    Tyrone Power, Norma Shearer

    Released1938

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier

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  • 5
    The Rains Came
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    7

    The Rains Came

    Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power

    Released1939

    Directed byClarence Brown

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  • 6
    Suez
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    Suez

    Tyrone Power, Loretta Young

    Released1938

    Directed byAllan Dwan

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  • 7
    Beauty and the Beast
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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  • 8
    Captain from Castile
    27
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    Captain from Castile

    Cesar Romero, Tyrone Power

    Released1947

    Directed byHenry King

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  • 9
    Amadeus
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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1984

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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  • 10
    The Ten Commandments
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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

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  • 11
    Pride & Prejudice
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    25

    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • 12
    Lloyds of London
    22
    6

    Lloyds of London

    Tyrone Power, Madeline Carroll

    Released1936

    Directed byHenry King

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  • 13
    Sense and Sensibility
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    Sense and Sensibility

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie

    Released1995

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • 14
    The Picture of Dorian Gray
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    12

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed

    Released1945

    Directed byAlbert Lewin

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  • 15
    Rob Roy
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    Rob Roy

    Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • 16
    Elizabeth
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    16

    Elizabeth

    Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig

    Released1998

    Directed byShekhar Kapur

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  • 17
    Wuthering Heights
    25
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    Wuthering Heights

    Laurence Olivier, David Niven

    Released1939

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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  • 18
    Dangerous Liaisons
    29
    18

    Dangerous Liaisons

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman

    Released1988

    Directed byStephen Frears

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  • 19
    Henry V
    24
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    Henry V

    Christian Bale, Emma Thompson

    Released1989

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • 20
    My Fair Lady
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    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

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  • 21
    Gladiator
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 22
    The Duchess
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    15

    The Duchess

    Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed bySaul Dibb

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  • 23
    Braveheart
    24
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Mark of Zorro
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    The Mark of Zorro

    Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone

    Released1940

    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

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    Barry Lyndon
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    Barry Lyndon

    Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1975

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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