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.
Directed by: Joe WrightPride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane... more
Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor FlemingGone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret... more
Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke, Julien DuvivierMarie Antoinette is a 1938 film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by W. S. Van... more
Directed by: Allan DwanSuez is an American film released on October 28, 1938 by 20th Century Fox, with Darryl F.... more
Directed by: Clarence BrownThe Rains Came is a 1939 20th Century Fox film based on an American novel by Louis... more
The Mississippi GamblerAnita Ekberg, Tyrone Power
Directed by: Rudolph MatéThe Mississippi Gambler is a 1953 American adventure film directed by Rudolph Maté. The film... more
Directed by: Miloš FormanAmadeus is a 1984 American period biographical drama film directed by Miloš Forman and adapted... more
Directed by: Ang LeeSense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and... more
Directed by: Saul DibbThe Duchess is a 2008 British-American drama film directed by Saul Dibb. It is based on Amanda... more
Directed by: George CukorMy Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical... more
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMilleThe Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B.... more
Directed by: Shekhar KapurElizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and... more
Directed by: Stephen FrearsDangerous Liaisons is a 1988 historical drama film based upon Christopher Hampton's play Les... more
Directed by: Rouben MamoulianThe Mark of Zorro is a 1940 American adventure film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickBarry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by... more
Directed by: Albert LewinThe Picture of Dorian Gray is a 1945 American horror-drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890... more
Directed by: Ridley ScottKingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and... more
Directed by: Mel GibsonBraveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel... more
Directed by: David LeanLawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E.... more
Directed by: William WylerBen-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by... more
Directed by: John CromwellSon of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake is a 1942 adventure film directed by John Cromwell,... more
Beauty and the BeastEmma Watson, Dan Stevens
Directed by: Bill CondonBeauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The... more
Directed by: Henry KingCaptain from Castile is a historical adventure film released by 20th Century Fox in 1947.... more
Directed by: Michael EnglerDownton Abbey is a 2019 British historical period drama film directed by Michael Engler, and a... more
Directed by: Anthony HarveyThe Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the... more