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The Best Costume Drama Movies

Updated February 12, 2021 3.9k votes 251 voters 24.9k views168 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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    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • Gone with the Wind2
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    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret...  more
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  • Marie Antoinette3
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    Marie Antoinette

    Tyrone Power, Norma Shearer

    Released1938

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier

    Marie Antoinette is a 1938 film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by W. S. Van...  more
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  • Suez4
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    Suez

    Tyrone Power, Loretta Young

    Released1938

    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Suez is an American film released on October 28, 1938 by 20th Century Fox, with Darryl F....  more
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    The Rains Came

    Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power

    Released1939

    Directed byClarence Brown

    The Rains Came is a 1939 20th Century Fox film based on an American novel by Louis...  more
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  • The Mississippi Gambler6
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    The Mississippi Gambler

    Anita Ekberg, Tyrone Power

    Released1953

    Directed byRudolph Maté

    The Mississippi Gambler is a 1953 American adventure film directed by Rudolph Maté. The film...  more
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  • Amadeus7
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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1984

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Amadeus is a 1984 American period biographical drama film directed by Miloš Forman and adapted...  more
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  • Sense and Sensibility8
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    Sense and Sensibility

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie

    Released1995

    Directed byAng Lee

    Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and...  more
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  • The Duchess9
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    The Duchess

    Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed bySaul Dibb

    The Duchess is a 2008 British-American drama film directed by Saul Dibb. It is based on Amanda...  more
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  • My Fair Lady10
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    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical...  more
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  • The Ten Commandments11
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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B....  more
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  • Elizabeth12
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    Elizabeth

    Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig

    Released1998

    Directed byShekhar Kapur

    Elizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and...  more
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  • Dangerous Liaisons13
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    Dangerous Liaisons

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman

    Released1988

    Directed byStephen Frears

    Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 historical drama film based upon Christopher Hampton's play Les...  more
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  • The Mark of Zorro14
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    The Mark of Zorro

    Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone

    Released1940

    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

    The Mark of Zorro is a 1940 American adventure film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced...  more
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  • Barry Lyndon15
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    Barry Lyndon

    Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1975

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Barry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by...  more
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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray16
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed

    Released1945

    Directed byAlbert Lewin

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a 1945 American horror-drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890...  more
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  • Kingdom of Heaven17
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    Kingdom of Heaven

    Eva Green, Liam Neeson

    Released2005

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and...  more
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  • Braveheart18
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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
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  • Lawrence of Arabia19
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E....  more
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  • Ben-Hur20
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    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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  • Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake21
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    Released1942

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

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  • Beauty and the Beast22
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

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  • Captain from Castile23
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    Captain from Castile

    Cesar Romero, Tyrone Power

    Released1947

    Directed byHenry King

    Captain from Castile is a historical adventure film released by 20th Century Fox in 1947....  more
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  • Downton Abbey24
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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
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  • The Lion in Winter25
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    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1968

    Directed byAnthony Harvey

    The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the...  more
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