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The Best Costume Drama Movies  

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A list of all the best costume drama movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This costume drama movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of costume drama films also contains costume drama movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This costume drama films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best costume drama movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This costume drama movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Click the thumbs up button to see your favorite movies rise to the top.

List of costume drama films includes costume drama movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Get your social network's opinion by re-ranking the list, making it votable then sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or more.

These are the top films in the costume drama genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the costume drama genre in it. Be it the motifs of the costume drama genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Make sure to give movies you favor (like Joan of Arc or Madame Bovary) a vote. If we missed any costume drama movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous costume drama movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about costume drama movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the costume drama movies. List includes photos and costume drama movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List movies include Cleopatra, The Bastard and more.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these costume drama movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good costume drama movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest costume drama movies, here is the full costume drama movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Costume drama movies have been directed by some pretty famous names, including Kevin Costner and Orson Welles.

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Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno
The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the ...more
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Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole
The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey and produced by Joseph E. Levine ...more
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Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness
Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more
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Prince of Foxes is a 1947 historical novel by Samuel Shellabarger, following the adventures of the fictional Andrea Orsini, a captain in the service of Cesare Borgia during his conquest of the ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Deborah Kerr
Quo Vadis is a 1951 American epic film made by MGM in Technicolor. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sam Zimbalist, from a screenplay by John Lee Mahin, S. N. Behrman and Sonya ...more
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Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach
Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti
The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser's ...more
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Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Alfred Molina
Ladyhawke is a 1985 fantasy film directed by Richard Donner, starring Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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The House in the Square, also titled I'll Never Forget You and Man of Two Worlds, is a 1951 fantasy film about an American atomic scientist who is transported to the 18th century, where he falls ...more
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite
The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan Creek Pictures. It was directed by Michael Mann and based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same ...more
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more
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Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. Count Dracula (Gary Oldman), a ...more
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Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes
Stardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust and stars an ensemble cast ...more
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Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett
The Madness of King George is a 1994 film directed by Nicholas Hytner and adapted by Alan Bennett from his own play, The Madness of George III. It tells the true story of George III's ...more
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Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt
Rob Roy is a 1995 adventure film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Liam Neeson stars as Rob Roy MacGregor, an 18th-century Scottish clan chief who battles with an unscrupulous nobleman in the ...more
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Anna Karenina is a 1935 film adaptation of the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and directed by Clarence Brown. The film stars Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone and Maureen ...more
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Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone
King Arthur is a 2004 action adventure film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Franzoni. It stars Clive Owen as the title character, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and Keira Knightley as ...more
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Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman
The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more
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Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons, John Mills
Great Expectations is a 1946 British film directed by David Lean, based on the novel by Charles Dickens and starring John Mills, Bernard Miles, Finlay Currie, Jean Simmons, Martita Hunt, Alec ...more
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Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Titus is a 1999 Italian-American-British fantasy thriller film adaptation of Shakespeare's revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus, about the downfall of a Roman general. Starring Anthony Hopkins and ...more
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John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury
The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George Stevens. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through the Resurrection. ...more
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Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Edna May Oliver
Little Women is a 1933 American drama film directed by George Cukor and starring Katharine Hepburn and Joan Bennett. The screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman is based on the classic ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau
Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow
Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 sword and sorcery/adventure film directed and co-written by John Milius. It is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, a pulp fiction writer of the 1930s, about the ...more
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Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, George Sanders
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a 1945 American horror-drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel of the same name. Released in March 1945 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film is directed by Albert ...more