Romantic Period Drama Movies to Watch on Netflix Part 2

#11: Savannah (2013)

Photo: Anderson Digital/ Ketchup Entertainment
Photo: Anderson Digital/ Ketchup Entertainment

After the Civil War, a man befriends a freed slave (played by the fabulous Chiwetel Ejiofor) and chooses a life of freedom on the river. When a society woman falls for him (Thor’s Jaime Alexander), things get even more complicated.

#12: Cleopatra (1963)

Photo: 20th Century Fox
Photo: 20th Century Fox

This is a historical and classic epic starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton about the life of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.

#13: The Journey of August King (1995)

Photo: Miramax
Photo: Miramax

While not technically a romance, there is an unspoken love between a widower and the runaway slave he chooses to save. Don’t miss a young Thandie Newton in this one!

#14: Grace of Monaco (2014)

Photo: The Weinstein Company
Photo: The Weinstein Company

In this fictionalized biopic, actress Grace Kelly (now the Princess of Monaco and played by the gorgeous Nicole Kidman) gets torn between her Hollywood career and a political dispute with France.

#15: The Aviator (2004)

Photo: Miramax/ Warner Brothers
Photo: Miramax/ Warner Brothers

Another biopic, this one is based on the eccentric Howard Hughes. The Aviator is worth seeing for Leonardo DiCaprio’s brilliant performance. I still think he should have won the Oscar. Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn is also memorable.

#16: Tom & Viv (1994)

Photo: Miramax
Photo: Miramax

This award-winning period film follows the marriage of poet T.S. Eliot to the emotionally troubled Vivienne Haigh-Wood. A great choice if you love movies with powerful acting and characterization.

#17: Finding Neverland (2004)

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

One of my favorite movies of all time (in any genre), Finding Neverland is about author J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) and his inspiration for Peter Pan. The unspoken love story between Barrie and Sylvia Davies (Kate Winslet) is breathtakingly beautiful, romantic, and tragic that reminds us Neverland is really all about death. This is surely one of Johnny Depp’s best performances.

#18: The Crucible (1996)

Photo: 20th Century Fox
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Adapted from an Arthur Miller play, this Oscar-nominated film about the Salem witch hunts is dark and brilliantly executed. Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Allen and Winona Ryder’s interpretations of the roles are simply amazing.

#19: The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)

Photo: Miramax
Photo: Miramax

An adorable and clean romance starring Hugh Grant, this period drama is a must see! It tells the story of an English cartographer who measures a ‘mountain’ in a Welsh village only to say it is just a hill (much to the disdain of the entire community). It’s set during WWI and is a perfect fit for those who like witty and light-hearted comedies.

#20: Chocolat (2000)

Photo: Miramax
Photo: Miramax

Told in the style of a fable, Chocolat follows a single mother and her child as she opens up a chocolate shop in a very conservative French village. At first, the townspeople condemn the shop, but soon warm up to her chocolate products and to the woman running the shop as well. If you decide to tune into this one, just make sure you have some chocolate nearby!

By on September 4th, 2015

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely blog and works as a YA Librarian.

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2 thoughts on “Romantic Period Drama Movies to Watch on Netflix Part 2”

  1. Days of Heaven is very good. It’s filmed mainly from the point of view of a young girl who plays the younger sister of Richard Gere’s character. Also, Sam Shepard was great in this.

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