Romantic Period Drama Movies to Watch on Netflix Part 2

#21: I.Q. (1994)

Photo: Paramount
Photo: Paramount

Albert Einstein plays matchmaker in this cute and enjoyable romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins.

#22: Big Fish (2003)

Photo: Big Fish
Photo: Sony Pictures

As a huge Tim Burton fan, I have to say that Big Fish is definitely one of his best films (though nothing can touch Edward Scissorhands). The film takes place between two different time periods as a dying father tells his son stories of his past. The father seems to stretch the truth into tall tales, so the son remains skeptical but begins to learn a lot about his father in the process. The love story about his parents is whimsical and a delight to see unfold. Plus, there’s always Ewan McGregor…

#23: Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

Photo: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Photo: Lions Gate Home Entertainment

Dirty Dancing, it is not, however, I loved this fun romance between a Cuban boy and an American girl. The two fall for each other through dance and in the midst of a troubled Cuba. This one is quite entertaining with some great music and dancing too!

#24: Forrest Gump (1994)

Photo: Paramount Pictures
Photo: Paramount Pictures

Tom Hanks was simply incredible in this critically acclaimed period film about the 1960s. While I’ve never loved the romance (seriously couldn’t stand Jenny half the time), the story of Forrest and all the interesting people he encounters makes for a truly great and emotional movie.

#25: A Month by the Lake (1995)

Photo: Miramax
Photo: Miramax

Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Uma Thurman, A Month by the Lake is a clever comedy that is definitely worth checking out. When Miss Bentley falls for a rich bachelor, she becomes disheartened when he falls for a much younger woman. This is a charming period drama with beautiful Italian scenery!

#26: Wuthering Heights (1992)

Photo: Paramount Pictures
Photo: Paramount Pictures

While there has been no definitive adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel, this version starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche at least tells the full story and does a decent job of it at that. The eerie quality to the film really drew out the more supernatural elements of the book and I liked that.

#27: The Making of a Lady (2012)

The Making of a Lady Still
Photo: ITV/ PBS

The story follows Emily, a poor young woman, who accepts an older and rich man’s proposal of marriage. Once married, her husband goes to India for a time, and then a conniving couple comes to stay with her and take advantage of her kindness. They are up to something, but what? I loved seeing this story play out. It’s based on a book by the same writer as The Secret Garden. It’s also very romantic.

#28: Evening (2007)

Photo: Focus Features
Photo: Focus Features

Set between two time periods, a dying woman tells her daughters about a romance she had fifty years in the past. Evening is an underrated film that definitely deserves a second chance! Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Patrick Wilson, Vanessa Redgrave, and Toni Collette star in this romantic movie.

#29: Maverick (1994)

Photo: Warner Brothers
Photo: Warner Brothers

A remake of the Western TV series of the same name, Maverick is the perfect movie for those who want some adventure and something a little silly and romantic at the same time. It stars Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner.

#30: The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

Photo: Warner Brothers
Photo: Warner Brothers

Throwing in another ‘period’ fantasy, The Secret of Moonacre is a wonderful film the whole family can enjoy. While the main story follows 13-year-old Maria as she attempts to end a feud between two families, the love story between her Uncle (played by Ioan Gruffudd) and a mysterious woman named Loveday is just sweet and charming.

Without time to list every single period drama on Netflix streaming (there’s still several others available), I wanted to remind everyone that a couple of classic favorites can be watched there as well, two period films that don’t ‘feel’ like period. If you’re looking for fun, romantic movies, you can always go back to the days of Rydell High in Grease (it does take place in the ’50s) or go Dirty Dancing with Baby. Personally, I don’t think either one ever gets old…

What do you plan on checking out on Netflix? Do you have any period film recommendations?

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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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