Period Drama Review Archives

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So, what exactly is our period drama review archives? Here at The Silver Petticoat Review, we love period and costume dramas (if you haven’t figured that out already). And since we do so many period drama reviews on this site (we will include some fantasy in this list as well), we decided to create a helpful archive for those looking for another costume drama to watch. Over time (as there are SEVERAL old favorites not reviewed on this site yet), we hope this archive will grow and become a great resource for everyone out there looking for something to watch. To be even more helpful, if a period drama is Rated R or TV-MA, we will put in a content note.

While our separate period drama category will include everything period drama (such as articles and romantic moments), this period drama review archive will be devoted entirely to reviews. Furthermore, we split up and categorized the reviews into historical eras to assist you in your next choice! If you prefer Victorian to the Elizabethan Era, you’ll know just where to start…

Good luck on your next period drama choice! But first, if you’re looking for a good recommendation, we suggest a look at Autumn’s Top 50 list:

The 50 Best Romantic Period Dramas of all Time


Period Drama Review Archives Sorted By Historical Era

Ancient (Anytime B.C – 500 A.D.)

Noah

Pompeii

The Medieval Period (500-1500)

From "Tristan and Isolde." Period Drama Review Archive

From “Tristan and Isolde.”
Photo: 20th Century Fox

A Knight’s Tale (2001)

Goblin: The Lonely and Great God (2016)

Hwarang (2016)

The Physician

The Princess Bride

Tristan and Isolde

The Renaissance and Elizabethan Era (1400-1603)

Reign wedding. Period Drama Review Archive

Reign wedding. Photo: CW

Bill

Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen

Lady Jane (1986)

The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

The Princess’ Man

Reign

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Splash Splash Love (2015)

The White Queen

Wolf Hall

The Baroque Period (1603 -1750)

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest - Period Drama Review Archive

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Photo: Disney

A Little Chaos

Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

Cinderella (2015)

The Crucible (1996)

The Great Fire

Lorna Doone (2001)

New Worlds

Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy

Queen In-Hyun’s Man

The Georgian and Regency Eras (1714-1820)

Period Drama Review Archive

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Photo: BBC

The Abduction Club

The Affair of the Necklace

Becoming Jane (2007)

Belle

Beyond the Mask (2015)

Bright Star (2009)

Casanova (2005)

Death Comes to Pemberley

The Duchess (2008)

Emma (TV Version: 1996)

Emma (Film Version: 1996)

Emma (2009)

Horatio Hornblower

Jamaica Inn

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

La Belle et La Bête (2014)

Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Lost in Austen (2008)

Love & Friendship

Mansfield Park (2007)

Northanger Abbey (1986)

Outlander

Persuasion (1995)

Poldark (2015) 

Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Pride and Prejudice (1980)

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

The Scarlet Tunic

Sense and Sensibility (2008)

Sons of Liberty (2015)

War and Peace (2016)

Pre-Victorian and the Victorian Era (1820-1901)

Far From the Madding Crowd - Period Drama Review Archive

Far From the Madding Crowd
Photo: Fox Searchlight

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

All This and Heaven Too

An Ideal Husband

Anna and the King (1999)

Anna Karenina (2012)

Anne of Green Gables (2016)

Bleak House (2005)

The Buccaneers

Can’t Help Singing (1944)

The Christmas Candle

The Count of Monte Cristo

Crimson Peak

David Copperfield (1999)

David Copperfield (2000)

Dickensian (2015)

Doctor Thorne (2016)

Dracula (1979)

Dracula (2013 TV Series)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Effie Gray (2015)

Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

Far From the Madding Crowd (1998)

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Going Postal

Gormenghast

Great Expectations (2012)

He Knew He Was Right (2004)

The Illusionist

The Inheritance

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Jane Eyre (2006)

Jane Got A Gun (2016)

Jericho (2016)

The Jungle Book (1994)

Kate and Leopold (2001)

Lark Rise to Candleford (2008)

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Little Dorrit (2008)

The Living and the Dead (2016)

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Mercy Street (2016)

Middlemarch (1994)

Moulin Rouge

Murdoch Mysteries (The TV Series)

My Brilliant Career (1979)

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (2012)

Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

North and South (2004)

Once Upon a time in Wonderland

Our Mutual Friend (1998)

The Paradise

Penny Dreadful

Possession (2002)

The Prestige (2006)

River Queen

The Ruby in the Smoke

The Secret of Moonacre

The Shadow in the North

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016)

Swept from the Sea

Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1998)

Up in Central Park (1948)

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

The Edwardian Period (1901-1914)

Grand Hotel Photo - Period Drama Review archive

Grand Hotel
Photo: Sky

A Little Princess (1995)

A Merry Murdoch Christmas (2015)

An Inspector Calls

Anne of Avonlea (1975)

Anne of Green Gables (1985) – starts in 1890’s

A Room with a View (1985)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Grand Hotel

Houdini and Doyle (1916)

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

Neverland (2011)

Oklahoma!

San Francisco (1936)

The Secret Garden (1993)

Somewhere in Time

Suffragette (2015)

Tuck Everlasting (2002)

When Calls the Heart (2013)

When Calls the Heart (TV Series)

WWI, the Roaring 20s, through WWII (1914-1945)

Christina Ricci as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in Z: The Beginning of Everything. Period Drama Review Archive

Christina Ricci as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in Z: The Beginning of Everything. Photo: Amazon Studios.

The 39 Steps

And Then There Were None (2015)

Angel (2007)

Anzac Girls

Atonement (2007)

Bomb Girls

The Book Thief

The Box of Delights (1984)

Captain America: The First Avenger

Cold Comfort Farm

The Crimson Field (2014)

Dancing on the Edge

The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

Easy Virtue

The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down a Mountain

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

Gosford Park

Home Fires

I Capture the Castle

The Imitation Game

Indian Summers

Jekyll & Hyde (2015)

The Lady Vanishes (2013)

Land Girls (2009)

The Last Tycoon (2016)

The Legend of 1900

The Longest Ride

Magic in the Moonlight

Memoirs of a Geisha

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

The Monuments Men

The Notebook

Our Zoo

The Painted Veil

Pan

Restless

The Rocketeer

A Royal Night Out (2015)

Shanghai (2015)

The Sound of Music

Suite Française

Testament of Youth

Twin Sisters

The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music (2015)

Walt Before Mickey

The War Bride (2001)

Winter’s Tale (Has a Little Victorian)

Woman in Gold

Z: The Beginning of Everything

Post WWII (1946-1960s)

Brooklyn

Brooklyn
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Agent Carter

A Place to Call Home

The Astronaut Wives Club

Big Eyes

Breathless

Brooklyn (2015)

Call the Midwife

Chocolat (2000)

Close to the Enemy (2016)

The Crown (2016)

Dear Eleanor

The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013)

Down With Love

The Durrells in Corfu (2015)

Experimenter (Some ’70s as well)

Far From Heaven

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Grantchester

The Majestic (2001)

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Mr. Holmes (2015)

My Week With Marilyn

Partners in Crime (2015)

Populaire

The Secret Life of Bees

The 70s and 80s

Labor Day

Fantasy (the ones without a historical setting) OR Several Time Periods

Ioan Gruffudd in "Forever." Period Drama Review Archive

Ioan Gruffudd in “Forever.”
Photo: ABC

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Arang and the Magistrate (2012)

Cinema Paradiso

Forever

Forever Knight

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Saving Mr. Banks (Edwardian and Post WWII)

Scholar Who Walks the Night (Joseon Era Mix)

Seventh Son (2015)

OTHER (Because these films and series deserve to be here…)

Keri Russell and JJ Feild in Austenland. Image Credit: Sony Pictures

Keri Russell and JJ Feild in Austenland.
Image Credit: Sony Pictures

Austenland (Not technically a period drama, but needed to be shared anyway…)

Kissing In The Rain Web Series

Rogue One (2016)

If you have any period dramas you would like us to cover, just let us know! Until then, what period dramas will you be watching? Any that you would like to recommend to everyone?