Period Dramas-The Regency Period 1795-1830

by eliza_gaskell | created - 24 Jan 2011 | updated - 21 Jul 2016 | Public

List of movies or/and mini series set in the Regency era

"The Regency era in the United Kingdom is the period between 1811 — when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son, the Prince of Wales, ruled as his proxy as Prince Regent — and 1820, when the Prince Regent became George IV on the death of his father." Wikipedia.

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1. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

TV-PG | 327 min | Drama, Romance

9.0
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Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart.

Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 61,308

Date Set: 1797 also see Pride and Prejudice (1940) Pride and Prejudice (1967) Pride and Prejudice (1979) Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Loved it, loved it, loved it. A very good BBC production and one of the best...apart from the 2005 film of the same name with Keira Knightly. If you have not see then production, you must do so. Though it may seem dated to many, the costume, the dances, good and even the location is absolutely wonderful. Detail in every piece of furniture, cutlery, etiquette, dancing, dialogue and drama...everything you can ask for a Regency drama. Obviously the production staff read the book and have made a real effort to stick the Jane Austen's masterpiece.

Sadly, now everytime I see Colin Firth on screen, I cannot help thing of Mr Darcy.

***Trivia*** Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle were reported to be lovers during the production. They also acted again in the 2010 film "The King's Speech."

2. Little Dorrit (2008– )

30 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.3
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The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Emma Pierson

Votes: 6,976

Date Set: 1805-1826 I know many are screaming it doesn't belong in this time period; it's VICTORIAN, though it was published in 1855-1857, Dickens actually wrote the novel before Queen Victoria ascended to the Throne of England. It can be translatted into a Victorian drama. For me it is Regence due to the following: one other thing that is obvious that it's not victorian is the empire waist line dresses and two, the character Rigaud is French and it's mentions his past about the French war and the revolution.

This is a very, very good series. I quiet enjoyed it all, with the exception of one or two things. (1)The debts prison the cleanest I've ever seen (cleaner than my house), why leave? Surely the BBc could of "grubbed" it up a bit with dirt (2) some parts of the series were weaker than others. but what made it a great series is Andy Serkis as the villan Rigaud also see: Little Dorrit (1988) Little Dorrit (1913) Little Dorrit (1920)

3. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Persuasion (1995)

PG | 107 min | Drama

7.7
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Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Amanda Root, Ciarán Hinds, Susan Fleetwood, Corin Redgrave

Votes: 9,229 | Gross: $5.46M

Date set: 1814 Placing the two movies of Persuasion 1995 and 2007. I, personally, preferred the 1995 production. I know there are a number of people who like the 2007 TV production with Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins. There are three things that I did not like about it. (1) the use of modern terminology in the adaption. i.e.Mary Musgrove dialogue there is clear evidence about that. (2) Anne talking speak to the camera, very off putting. (3) the ending: did she have to be running all over Bath to find Wentworth. Technically she would be so hot, thirsty, sweaty, smelly and exhausted, a kiss would be the last thing on her mind when she finally bumped into him. Wentworth should of taken her out of the hot sun, sat her down and gave her a drink of water! I was most fortunate to watch the 1995 Persuasion on the big screen and loved it. Some may disagree but I think this is the better production. WHY: the reasons are (1)Cast:The leading actors look the right age and they don't look modern or out of place. (2) the adaptation: it follows the book and there are numerous lines straight from the pages of the novel also see Persuasion (1971) Persuasion (2007)

4. Emma (2009– )

240 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit - matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her... See full summary »

Stars: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller, Jodhi May

Votes: 12,183

also see Emma (1972) Emma (1996) Emma (1997)

5. Mansfield Park (1999)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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71 Metascore

At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola, Hannah Taylor Gordon

Votes: 18,570 | Gross: $4.76M

Date set:1806 also see Mansfield Park (1983) Mansfield Park (2008)

6. Northanger Abbey (2007 TV Movie)

84 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart.

Director: Jon Jones | Stars: Geraldine James, Michael Judd, Julia Dearden, Gerry O'Brien

Votes: 11,412

also see Northanger Abbey (1986). This is one of the lesser known novels of Jane Austen. If you have not yet seen it, I suggest you do. It's not in the strata of Pride and Prejudice, however the characters are delightful; especially for avid adventure reading novels, Catherine Morland. Sadly it is predictable, but is well above average viewing.

7. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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84 Metascore

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 86,128 | Gross: $43.18M

also see Sense and Sensibility (1971) Sense and Sensibility (1985) Sense and Sensibility (2008)

8. Wuthering Heights (1992)

PG | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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A man becomes obsessed with vengeance when his soul mate marries another man.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer, Sophie Ward

Votes: 10,547

also see Wuthering Heights (1939) Wuthering Heights (1950) Wuthering Heights (1958) Wuthering Heights (1967) Wuthering Heights (1970) Wuthering Heights (1978) Wuthering Heights (1998) Wuthering Heights (2010)

9. Vanity Fair (1998)

Not Rated | 50 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the ... See full summary »

Stars: Natasha Little, Frances Grey, Philip Glenister, David Ross

Votes: 1,326

Date set:1806 also see Vanity Fair (1987) Vanity Fair (2004)

10. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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61 Metascore

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain

Votes: 113,486 | Gross: $54.23M

11. War and Peace (2007– )

394 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.3
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The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars of 1812

Stars: Clémence Poésy, Alessio Boni, Alexander Beyer, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 1,638

Date set:1806 also see War and Peace (1956) War and Peace (1973) War and Peace (1998)

12. Becoming Jane (2007)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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55 Metascore

A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell

Votes: 51,348 | Gross: $18.67M

13. Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

7.0
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In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 4,125 | Gross: $4.08M

14. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 20,509 | Gross: $9.91M

Date set:1827

15. Sharpe's Company (1994 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, History

8.0
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Spain 1812. After Ciudad Rodrigo, Teresa tells Sharpe that they have a baby daughter. In Badajoz, the next siege target. Meanwhile, a new commander has taken over the South Essex, along ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: Sean Bean, Pete Postlethwaite, Daragh O'Malley, Hugh Fraser

Votes: 2,162

16. The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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60 Metascore

During Napoleon's exile on St. Helena, some loyalists hire a look-alike to swap places with the deposed emperor. While the impostor lives in luxury on the island, the real Napoleon returns to Paris in order to retake the throne.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Ian Holm, Iben Hjejle, Tim McInnerny, Tom Watson

Votes: 2,263 | Gross: $0.57M

17. The Brothers Grimm (2005)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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51 Metascore

Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Petr Ratimec

Votes: 105,438 | Gross: $37.92M

18. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy

Votes: 181,220 | Gross: $93.93M

Date set:1806

19. Copying Beethoven (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.8
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59 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode, Ralph Riach

Votes: 11,815 | Gross: $0.35M

20. Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale (2003 TV Movie)

174 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.0
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A fictionalized account of the young life of Hans Christian Andersen, a young man with a penchant for storytelling but struggles to find his place in the world and gain the affection of the... See full summary »

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Kieran Bew, Emily Hamilton, Flora Montgomery, James Fox

Votes: 445

21. Princess Caraboo (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.0
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Bristol, England, early 19th century. A beautiful young stranger who speaks a weird language is tried for the crime of begging. But when a man claims that he can translate her dialect, it ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Austin | Stars: Phoebe Cates, Jim Broadbent, Wendy Hughes, Kevin Kline

Votes: 2,205 | Gross: $3.02M

22. Miss Austen Regrets (2008 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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In the later years of her life, as she's approaching the age of forty, the novelist Jane Austen helps her niece find a husband.

Director: Jeremy Lovering | Stars: Samuel Roukin, Olivia Williams, Greta Scacchi, Imogen Poots

Votes: 2,589

Date set:1802

23. Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987– )

285 min | History, Romance, War

7.2
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Epic story about the romance between the most powerful man in the world and the woman who conquered his heart.

Stars: Armand Assante, Jacqueline Bisset, Stephanie Beacham, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 361

24. The Deceivers (1988)

PG-13 | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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Fact-based account of a secret society of murderers, and of the man who exposed them in British India 1825.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Saeed Jaffrey, Shashi Kapoor, Helena Michell

Votes: 808 | Gross: $0.35M

25. Napoléon (2002)

380 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.4
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The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence ... See full summary »

Stars: Christian Clavier, Isabella Rossellini, Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovich

Votes: 3,573

26. Gothic (1986)

R | 87 min | Horror

5.8
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The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr

Votes: 6,003 | Gross: $0.92M

27. Les misérables (2000– )

90 min | Drama, History

7.7
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The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving ... See full summary »

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, John Malkovich, Virginie Ledoyen

Votes: 3,759

Why??? is it here? Well this series covers early 1800 and spans roughly 20 years. I liked this one better than the 1998 version with Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman as Fontaine. Firstly, the style, setting and production. All wonderfully French, and best adaption of Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables'. It's refreshing to hear it spoke in it's natural language:French and not in a British or American accent. (2) The cast: perfect except Enrico Lo Verso (some may disagree) which I found he annoyed me everytime he was in a scene. I wished Charlotte Gainsbourg's Fantine was more of a challenging role for her, ultimately the character scripted for her is weak. (3) Gérard Depardieu perfectly cast as Jean Valjean, well balanced out with John Malkovich as Javert.

28. Passion in the Desert (1997)

PG-13 | 91 min | Adventure, Drama

6.5
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Young French officer Augustin Robert escorts artist Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis to Egypt during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. Napoleon sent de Paradis to record Egypt's great monuments ... See full summary »

Director: Lavinia Currier | Stars: Ben Daniels, Michel Piccoli, Paul Meston, Kenneth Collard

Votes: 762 | Gross: $0.25M

29. Rowing with the Wind (1988)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.0
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The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley during various voyages through ... See full summary »

Director: Gonzalo Suárez | Stars: Hugh Grant, Lizzy McInnerny, Valentine Pelka, Elizabeth Hurley

Votes: 765

30. Time Bandits (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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79 Metascore

A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 49,982 | Gross: $42.37M

31. Bright Star (2009)

PG | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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81 Metascore

The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox

Votes: 22,983 | Gross: $4.44M

This is an wonderful production about the love between the poet John Keats and the eccentric Fanny Brawne. That I liked about the film is (1) Lighting: wonderful use of natural lights, contrast of shadows and realism of candle lights, fires and window shots as well as outdoor shots . (2) custom: I marvelled at the custome designers who came up with the wonderful outfits Abbie Cornish had to wear. (3) casting: a round of applause for the cast director Nina Gold. All actors & actresses, both leading and supporting was faultless. Acitng was beyong faultless. Everything fits. Is it enjoyable? YES. Is it a masterpiece? NO. but darn close to it

32. A Hazard of Hearts (1987 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley has lost his estate and all his money playing dice, he realises that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter Serena. In a final game, ... See full summary »

Director: John Hough | Stars: Diana Rigg, Edward Fox, Helena Bonham Carter, Fiona Fullerton

Votes: 989

Date set:1810 I dare anyone to say "Hey I saw this movie". Yes, I have seen it on but in video form only. It has adventure, love and romance, duels and a young girl in danger. An extremely young Helena Bonham Carter, as the beginning of her career stars as Serena Staverley. This production does boast a number or well know stars including Diana Rigg (The Avengers) Edward Fox and Christopher Plummer. ***WARNING*** this is an adaption of a Barbara Cartland novel. Expect no sex scenes or lip/tongue action here. The hero does give the heroine a kiss, but it's on the forehead...at their wedding.

33. Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)

PG | 123 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.5
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A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron.

Director: Robert Bolt | Stars: Sarah Miles, Jon Finch, Richard Chamberlain, John Mills

Votes: 361

34. Shaka Zulu (1986– )

300 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.8
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A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka.

Stars: Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Trevor Howard, Fiona Fullerton

Votes: 2,322

35. Lost in Austen (2008– )

180 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.5
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Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she's swapped places with Austen's fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet.

Stars: Jemima Rooper, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville, Florence Hoath

Votes: 9,211

Those who have seen this production knows it's a twist on Pride and Prejudice. For those who have yet, you mut think outside the box first. I enjoyed this adaption, where modern day Amanda Price swaps roles with Elizabeth Bennett (played by Gemma Arterton) and, in all honesty, the cast are the right ages and look to play many beloved characters. A stand out actor is Tom Riley, who play's Mr Wickham wonderfully. ***SPOILER***Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Lindsay Duncan) is artfully breaks up the non consumated marriage of Jane Bennet and Mr Collins, Charlotte goes to Africa and Lizzy like being a modern girl.

36. The Miracle (1959)

121 min | Drama

6.1
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During the Napoleonic era, in Spain, a young postulant falls in love with a handsome British soldier who is recovering with others of his regiment after being wounded. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Irving Rapper, Gordon Douglas | Stars: Carroll Baker, Roger Moore, Walter Slezak, Vittorio Gassman

Votes: 301

37. Waterloo (I) (1970)

G | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 6,707 | Gross: $3.05M

38. War and Peace (1966)

Unrated | 427 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.9
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A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Lyudmila Saveleva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Boris Zakhava

Votes: 5,135

39. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge

Votes: 13,988

40. The Duellists (1977)

PG | 100 min | Drama, War

7.5
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A small feud between two Napoleonic officers evolves into a decades-long series of duels.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Edward Fox

Votes: 16,412

41. Jack Holborn (1982)

60 min | Adventure

7.9
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Jack Holborn is 13-year-old orphan in the 1800's that wants to get a job on a sailship to avoid foster homes. He is hired by Captain Sharingham, and they set sail. Jack was found on the ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Bach, Matthias Habich, Andreas Mannkopff, Monte Markham

Votes: 314

42. Beau Brummell (1954)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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In 1796, Captain George Brummell of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment offends the Prince of Wales with his straightforward outspokenness and gets fired from the army but is chosen as the Prince's personal advisor.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov, Robert Morley

Votes: 1,094

Date set: 1811-1840 This is an interesting film for those who are like to know a bit of history. Please don't think this is a historical fact on Beau Brummell's life...by no means it's not. It is more of a love story then an true biography. It does however deplict Beau's rise in the English regiment, his friendship with the Prince Regent (who late became King George IV), his fall into debt, self imposed exile in France and his death. And ofcourse it has the lovely Elizabeth Taylor as the object of Mr Brummell's affection.

43. Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006 TV Movie)

78 min | Drama, History

7.2
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George 'Beau' Brummel, a penniless but witty London gentleman, maintains a refined lifestyle with his loyal servant, cook Robinson. Only the friendship of the unpopular Hanoverian heir and ... See full summary »

Director: Philippa Lowthorpe | Stars: James Purefoy, Hugh Bonneville, Phil Davis, Elliot Levey

Votes: 579

Date Set: between 1811-1813 (there abouts) It does not even bother to go into Beau's childhood, instead the mini-series focus mainly on the friendship of Mr Brummell and the Prince Regent. As well as the fall of Brummell into spirlling debt and his consequental dowfall. Having seen both versions of this man (1954 & 2006), I never really knew how much is man had revolutionised the way men dressed. Sure he was a dandy and considered a flop, but it was a welcome relief from the powdered wigs and frills of years past. Sadly though Beau took too much for granted, especially his friendship with the Prince Regent. One thing I did like was the depliction by the actor and the director to show how Brummell came to dress the way he did and made men's wear fashionable. I did prefer both movies; and James Purefoy show he is a diverse actor, having played a Roman in the TV series "Rome" and a dandy in Beau Brummell

44. To the Ends of the Earth (2005)

267 min | Drama

7.4
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In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris, Jamie Sives, Richard McCabe

Votes: 1,685

Date set: 1812 Overall not a bad story, a young man leaves England to travel to the far reaches of Australia. Along on the journey, he meets the strange characters on the ship, finds love, loses love and re-unites with her again. Fabulous to see Sam Neil in a any production. It just makes you simply nauseatingly seasick when you see the action on the ship...feels like you're on it. ***Trivia***:stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who playes Sherlock Holmes in the 2010 TV series Sherlock. ” - eliza_gaskell

45. Duel of Hearts (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.2
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Lady Caroline Faye meets Lord Vane Brecon and is attracted to him. When she finds out that he is being accused of a murder he did not commit, she sets out to prove him innocent, and takes a... See full summary »

Director: John Hough | Stars: Alison Doody, Michael York, Geraldine Chaplin, Benedict Taylor

Votes: 280

46. Hawaii (1966)

Approved | 189 min | Drama

6.6
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An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman

Votes: 2,260 | Gross: $34.56M

47. Lover's Prayer (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Romance, War

5.2
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A younger boy falls in love with a tragic girl who flirts with, and manipulates, her older suitors in 1800's Russia.

Director: Reverge Anselmo | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Julie Walters, Geraldine James, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 596

48. Random Passage (2002– )

360 min | Drama

7.1
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This film follows a courageous woman's journey from servitude in England to the harsh life of Outport Newfoundland. Along the way she endures many hardships, including attempted rape and ... See full summary »

Stars: Colm Meaney, Aoife McMahon, Deborah Pollitt, Daniel Payne

Votes: 167

49. St. Ives (1998)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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In 1813, Capitaine Jacques St. Ives, a Hussar in the Napoleonic wars, is captured and sent to a Scottish prison camp. He's a swashbuckler, so the prison's commander, Major Farquar ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Hook | Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Miranda Richardson, Richard E. Grant, Anna Friel

Votes: 697

50. Byron (2003 TV Movie)

147 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Following the success of his poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", Byron becomes the toast of London.

Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Stephen Campbell Moore, Oliver Milburn, Michael Elwyn, Jonny Lee Miller

Votes: 794

51. The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A look at the life of 19th century Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister (1791-1840), who lived openly as a lesbian and kept diaries chronicling the details of her daily life.

Director: James Kent | Stars: Maxine Peake, Anna Madeley, Susan Lynch, Christine Bottomley

Votes: 1,460

52. The Man in Grey (1943)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.8
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After a brutish, hedonistic Marquis marries a pretty young Clarissa to act as a 'brood sow,' he begins an affair with her friend who plots to take her place.

Director: Leslie Arliss | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Phyllis Calvert, Stewart Granger

Votes: 761

This film actually begins in WWII, but the majority set in Regency England (1811-1820) due to 'flash backs'.

53. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.6
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63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 268,216 | Gross: $148.81M

This Les Miserables is based on the stage production of the same name.

No doubt many would enjoy this musical, but for me I sadly am a bit conflicted because I seen the Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert edition of Les Miserables on TV with two brillant power houses: Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean and Philip Quast as Inspector Javert. It's not to say Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe were wrongly cast. No, they were a good in casting those two with so was Anne Hathway as Fantine. What annoyed me, was the singing by Russell Crowe as Javet. Hugh Jackman has a background in musical Theatre, having started in Australia and landing the role of Gaston in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"; hence good casting...but Russell Crowe!!! What the Hell were they thinking???? He does not have the vocol range or contol to hit the high emotional notes, and this is most evident in Javert's Suicide song on the roof tops.

Overall a good try and worthy of veiwing

54. Les Misérables (1935)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson

Votes: 2,827

55. Goya's Ghosts (2006)

R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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52 Metascore

Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Randy Quaid

Votes: 26,733 | Gross: $1.00M

Date set: 1793 to 1812. An interesting film by Miloš Forman, director of the award winning Amadeus. This is by no means one of Miloš finest, but it does stand up to measure.

The film actually began in the late Georgian Era (which is it is also listed in my other Period Dramas list:Georgian Era). Stellan Skarsgård as the lead role of Goya, one Hollywood's most hard working actors (He has been in the acting industry since 1968). Natalie Portman show what a talent she is as the innocent Inés, daughter of t a rich merchant who is thrown into prison for spreading "judaizing". She also plays a duel role, as her daughter Alice.

One thing I must add is the the costume (by Yvette Blake) and design of this production. Top notch very authetic. Locations are a treat to the eye

56. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Horror, Romance

5.8
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45 Metascore

Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies.

Director: Burr Steers | Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote

Votes: 39,833 | Gross: $10.91M

Yes this is weird but it is in the period of Regency