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The Best Costume Drama Movies

Updated June 22, 2020 3.3k votes 236 voters 24.0k 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
    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Marie Antoinette is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    The Mississippi Gambler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Rains Came is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Suez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1984

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    Pride and Prejudice

    Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson

    Released1940

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Pride and Prejudice is a 1940 American film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Lloyds of London is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    Lloyds of London

    Tyrone Power, Madeline Carroll

    Released1936

    Directed byHenry King

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  • 10
    Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Dangerous Liaisons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    Wuthering Heights

    Laurence Olivier, David Niven

    Released1939

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American black-and-white film directed by William Wyler and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence

    Released1923

    Directed byWallace Worsley

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1923 American film starring Lon Chaney, directed by Wallace... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Henry V is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    Henry V

    Christian Bale, Emma Thompson

    Released1989

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Henry V is a 1989 British drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Titus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    Titus

    Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange

    Released1999

    Directed byJulie Taymor

    Titus is a 1999 Italian-American-British fantasy thriller film adaptation of Shakespeare's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Duchess is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Mark of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    The Mark of Zorro

    Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone

    Released1940

    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

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  • 23
    A Man for All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    A Man for All Seasons

    John Hurt, Orson Welles

    Released1966

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 British biographical drama film based on Robert Bolt's play of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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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
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    Son of Fury: The Story of Benj is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Costume Drama Movies
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    Released1942

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

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