Film The Best Period Romance Movies  

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There's just something swoon-worthy about period pieces. Maybe it's the star-crossed love in these stories that wins over movie-watchers. Or perhaps it's the rules of courtship, keeping the couples – and audiences – on the edge of their seats as the characters patiently woo one another. The best period romantic movies feature memorable figures fighting to stay together despite differences in class and societal norms. This is a list of the top romantic period movies including everything from Pride & Prejudice to The English Patient to Ever After.

What films will you find on this list of the best period romance films? The modern classic Titanic – set against the backdrop of the real-life disaster – finds Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) falling in love despite their very different stations in life. James Cameron's tear-jerking film took home a whopping 11 Academy Awards.

Gone with the Wind may have been set in the Civil War, but its primary plot was focused on love rather than war. The headstrong Scarlett O'Hara and dashing Rhett Butler fought, kissed, and smoldered their way through this timeless epic. Other good films found on this best period romances list include The New World, First Knight and Sense and Sensibility.

Which romance story makes you swoon? Give the best movies a thumbs up and share some of your favorite scenes in the comments section.

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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Pride & Prejudice Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English ...more

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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Sense and Sensibility Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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Ever After is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Ever After Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott Ever After is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, and Dougray Scott. The ...more

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International ...more

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
India Rael added Jane Eyre Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel ...more

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Monserrat Biebeer added Little Women Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. It is the fifth feature film ...more

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The Young Victoria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
India Rael added The Young Victoria Emily Blunt, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany The Young Victoria is a 2009 British-American period drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes, based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria, and her ...more

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Bright Star is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Monserrat Biebeer added Bright Star Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Thomas Brodie-Sangster Bright Star is a 2009 film based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats and his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne. It stars Ben Whishaw as Keats and Abbie Cornish as Fanny. ...more

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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Monserrat Biebeer added Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is set in Russia between the years prior to World War I and ...more

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Becoming Jane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Becoming Jane Anne Hathaway, Maggie Smith, James McAvoy Becoming Jane is a 2007 British-Irish historical biographical film directed by Julian Jarrold. It depicts the early life of the English author Jane Austen and her perpetual love and regret with ...more

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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Atonement Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama war film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan's 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, ...more

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A Knight's Tale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
A Knight's Tale Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon A Knight's Tale is a 2001 medieval adventure comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Rufus ...more

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The Age of Innocence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Monserrat Biebeer added The Age of Innocence Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis The Age of Innocence is a 1993 American film adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel of the same name. The film was released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Martin Scorsese, and stars Daniel ...more

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Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Monserrat Biebeer added Persuasion Ciarán Hinds, Fiona Shaw, Simon Russell Beale Persuasion is a 1995 period drama film directed by Roger Michell and based on Jane Austen's 1817 novel of the same name. In her theatrical film debut, the British actress Amanda Root stars as ...more

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The Light Between Oceans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Carly Kiel added The Light Between Oceans Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz The Light Between Oceans is a 2016 romantic period drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance and based on the 2012 novel of the same name by M. L. Stedman. The film tells the story of ...more

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Washington Square is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Monserrat Biebeer added Washington Square Jennifer Garner, Maggie Smith, Jennifer Jason Leigh Washington Square is a 1997 American drama film directed by Agnieszka Holland. The screenplay by Carol Doyle is based on the 1880 novel of the same name by Henry James, which was filmed as The ...more

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The Duchess is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
The Duchess Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell The Duchess is a 2008 British-American drama film directed by Saul Dibb. It is based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of ...more

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The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Allyson Mitchell added The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 during the French and Indian War and produced by Morgan Creek Pictures. It was directed by Michael Mann and based on James ...more

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Far from the Madding Crowd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
India Rael added Far from the Madding Crowd Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple Far from the Madding Crowd is an upcoming drama film set to release in 2014, written by Thomas Hardy and David Nicholls and directed by Thomas Vinterberg.

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Anna Karenina Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Cara Delevingne Anna Karenina is a 2012 British epic romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright. Adapted by Tom Stoppard from Leo Tolstoy's 1877 novel of the same name, the film depicts the tragedy of Russian ...more

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The Other Boleyn Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
The Other Boleyn Girl Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch The Other Boleyn Girl is a 2008 drama film directed by Justin Chadwick. The screenplay by Peter Morgan was adapted from the 2001 novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory. It is a romanticized ...more

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Far and Away is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Far and Away Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson Far and Away is a 1992 romance film directed by Ron Howard from a script by Howard and Bob Dolman, and stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cinematography by Mikael Salomon, with a music score by ...more

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A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
A Room with a View Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench A Room with a View is a British romance drama film directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant of E. M. Forster's 1908 novel of the same name. The film follows closely the novel by ...more

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
The English Patient Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more

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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Cold Mountain Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic war drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole ...more

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Howards End is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Howards End Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson Howards End is a 1992 film based upon the novel of the same name by E. M. Forster, a story of class relations in turn-of-the-20th-century England. The film—produced by Merchant Ivory Productions ...more

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Lady Jane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Lady Jane Helena Bonham Carter, Patrick Stewart, Cary Elwes Lady Jane is a 1986 British costume drama romance film directed by Trevor Nunn, written by David Edgar, and starring Helena Bonham Carter as the titular character. It tells the story of Lady ...more

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First Knight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
First Knight Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond First Knight is a 1995 medieval film based on Arthurian legend, directed by Jerry Zucker. It stars Richard Gere as Lancelot, Julia Ormond as Guinevere, Sean Connery as King Arthur and Ben Cross ...more

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The New World is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
The New World Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer The New World is a 2005 British-American romantic historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, depicting the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia settlement and inspired by the ...more

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Miss Potter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
India Rael added Miss Potter Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Emily Watson Miss Potter is a 2006 film directed by Chris Noonan. It is a biographical film of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, and combines stories from her own life with animated sequences ...more

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Rob Roy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
Rob Roy 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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The Lady and the Duke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Period Romance Movies
The Lady and the Duke Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Rosette, Marie Rivière The Lady and the Duke is a 2001 feature film by French director Éric Rohmer. The film was inspired by Ma vie sous la révolution, the colourful memoirs of Grace Elliott, an ...more