Period Dramas-The Regency Period 1795-1830by 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
Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart.
Date Set: 1797
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
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 »
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)
Screen Two (1985–2002)
PG | 107 min | Drama
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 »
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
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 »
also see Emma (1972) Emma (1996) Emma (1997)
5. Mansfield Park (1999)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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 »
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
A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart.
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
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.
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
A man becomes obsessed with vengeance when his soul mate marries another man.
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
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 »
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
A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.
Votes: 113,486 | Gross: $54.23M
11. War and Peace (2007– )
394 min | Drama, History, Romance
The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars of 1812
Date set:1806 also see War and Peace (1956) War and Peace (1973) War and Peace (1998)
13. Impromptu (1991)
PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music
Votes: 4,125 | Gross: $4.08M
14. Immortal Beloved (1994)
R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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 »
Votes: 20,509 | Gross: $9.91M
15. Sharpe's Company (1994 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, History
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 »
16. The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)
PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 2,263 | Gross: $0.57M
17. The Brothers Grimm (2005)
PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 105,438 | Gross: $37.92M
PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 181,220 | Gross: $93.93M
20. Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale (2003 TV Movie)
174 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
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 »
21. Princess Caraboo (1994)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, History
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 »
Votes: 2,205 | Gross: $3.02M
22. Miss Austen Regrets (2008 TV Movie)
TV-G | 90 min | Biography, Drama
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.
25. Napoléon (2002)
380 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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 »
27. Les misérables (2000– )
90 min | Drama, History
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 »
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
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 »
Votes: 762 | Gross: $0.25M
29. Rowing with the Wind (1988)
R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
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 »
30. Time Bandits (1981)
PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.
Votes: 49,982 | Gross: $42.37M
31. Bright Star (2009)
PG | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.
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
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 »
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.
35. Lost in Austen (2008– )
180 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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.
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
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 »
37. Waterloo (I) (1970)
G | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.
Votes: 6,707 | Gross: $3.05M
38. War and Peace (1966)
Unrated | 427 min | Drama, History, Romance
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 »
39. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
41. Jack Holborn (1982)
60 min | Adventure
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 »
42. Beau Brummell (1954)
Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
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
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 »
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
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.
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
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 »
46. Hawaii (1966)
Approved | 189 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 2,260 | Gross: $34.56M
48. Random Passage (2002– )
360 min | Drama
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 »
49. St. Ives (1998)
R | 90 min | Drama, Romance
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 »
51. The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
52. The Man in Grey (1943)
Approved | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance
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.
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
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.
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
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.
55. Goya's Ghosts (2006)
R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History
Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.
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
Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies.
Votes: 39,833 | Gross: $10.91M
Yes this is weird but it is in the period of Regency