#31 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: This adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novella is all about the brilliant cast! A must-see for classic film and Gothic period drama lovers.

Content Note: Not rated but PG-like. Includes implied rape and murder. There are also some frightening moments.

Where to Watch: Film Struck (this streaming site closes in late November); Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#32-38 Dracula adaptations

Dracula adaptations; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been retold time and time again because it’s such a great story. Some adaptations attempt to be faithful to the novel while others retell the story with their own vision of the iconic vampire. Most are worth watching if you love Gothic stories. Below include some of my (less explicit) favorites.

Content Note: Depends on the film/show but none of these include content greater than a PG-13/TV-14 like rating.

Where to Watch Nosferatu (1922A German adaptation with changed names): Amazon Prime, Roku Channel, Fandor, Shudder, and Screambox. Buy on DVD.

Nosferatu; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Nosferatu; Prana Films/Film Arts Guild

Where to Watch Dracula (1931): Starz; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch (Horror of) Dracula (1958): Film Struck (this streaming site closes in late November); Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch Brides of Dracula (1960; A sequel that doesn’t focus on Dracula): Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch Dracula (1979; Rated R but incredibly mild – would likely be PG-13 today): Max Go; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch Dracula TV Series (2013; A steampunk retelling): NBC.com; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Dracula TV Series;150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Dracula TV Series. Photo: NBC

Where to Watch Dracula UntoldFX (expiring soon); Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Dracula Untold; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Dracula: Untold. Photo: Universal Pictures

#39 Dragonwyck (1946)

Dragonwyck; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: Often compared to the infamous Gothic Romance, Rebecca, Dragonwyk is pure Gothic entertainment and should not be missed if you love stories like Jane Eyre. An atmospheric, chilling tale that takes place in 1844.

Content Note: PG-like.

Where to Watch: Youtube and DVD.

#40 Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward Scissorhands; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Why You Should Watch: A gorgeous Gothic fantasy romance starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder about a man with scissors for hands. If you love Beauty and the Beast type stories you should enjoy this costume drama. And while not technically a period drama, it definitely feels like one.

Content Note: PG-13. A few suggestive scenes, language, and a couple scenes of violence.

Where to Watch: STARZ; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#41 Emily of New Moon TV Series (1998)

Emily of New Moon; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: If you enjoy family period dramas like Avonlea or Anne of Green Gables, then you’ll want to check out this other lesser-known Canadian series based on an L.M. Montgomery novel. While it’s not a true adaptation of the books and certainly not to the quality of a Sullivan production, if you’re a fan of the books (they’re my favorite Montgomery books), you’ll enjoy seeing some of the stories on the small screen. Some of the Gothic, supernatural elements of the books do make it into the series.

Content Note: TV-G

Where to Watch: Hoopla and Hallmark Movies Now. Buy on DVD.

#42 Fall of the House of Usher (1960)

House of Usher; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: Based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe, House of Usher showcases Vincent Price at his Gothic Horror best.

Content Note: NR but includes no explicit content. The film includes a few intense scenes.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#43 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Warner Bros

Why You Should Watch: A must-watch for all Harry Potter and period drama fans. Part Doctor Who, part Harry Potter, the Harry Potter prequel includes adventure, paranormal romance (between witches/wizards and witches/humans) and humor.

Content Note: PG-13 for fantasy action violence.

Where to Watch: HBO Now; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#44 Forever (2014 TV Series)

Forever; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Forever.
Photo: ABC

Why You Should Watch: Ioan Gruffudd is no stranger to the world of period drama. In fact, amongst period drama fans, he’s quite popular. So, when word got out he was starring in an urban fantasy procedural about an immortal, well, I was immediately onboard. While only part of the series takes place in the past, the two romances (past and present day) will keep you hooked.

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Content Note: TV-PG. However, there are scenes of violence.

Where to Watch: CW Seed; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#45 Forever Knight (1992-1996)

Forever Knight; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: CBS

Why You Should Watch: I LOVE romantic vampire series (mostly because they’re like Brontë novels with immortals) and Forever Knight is one of the best. A precursor to many of the shows that came after, this Canadian urban fantasy series includes fantastic writing. The Beauty and the Beast love story between Nick and Natalie is also wonderful. Still, like many series about immortal characters, only a portion of the series takes place in the past. But the storytelling in the flashbacks makes for compelling television.

Content Note: TV-14 for vampire violence and sensuality. There are also some incredibly sexist scenes with female objectification, particularly in season 3.

Where to Watch: Buy on Digital or DVD.

#46 From Time to Time (2009)

From Time to Time; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Ealing Studios

Why You Should Watch: A Gothic adventure for the whole family. It’s also written and directed by Julian Fellowes (the creator of Downton Abbey).

Content Note: PG

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime and Hoopla; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#47-48 Gaslight (1940 & 1944)

Gaslight; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: MGM

Why You Should Watch: While the 1944 adaptation includes the more famous cast, both versions are fantastic examples of Gothic suspense.

Content Note: PG

Where to Watch Gaslight 1940 adaptation: Amazon Prime; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch Gaslight 1944 adaptation: Film Struck (this streaming site closes in late November); Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#49 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir -The Captain says goodbye; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Why You Should Watch: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir includes one of the best ghost/human romances to date. A true classic and wonderful film everyone should watch.

Content Note: NR but no explicit content

Where to Watch: Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#50 Goblin (2016)

Goblin - Gong Yoo; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: tvN

Why You Should Watch: If you haven’t watched this BRILLIANT K-Drama yet, check it out on Amazon before it disappears. While most of the story takes place in present day, you’ll also love the backstory and period flashbacks. A truly unique paranormal romance series with Gothic elements (including the perfect setting).

Content Note: TV-14 but most episodes feel PG

Where to Watch: Dramafever on Amazon Channels (while it’s still available), and VRV.  Also available to buy on DVD.

#51 Gormenghast (2000)

Gormenghast; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Steerpike and Lady Fuchsia: BBC Worldwide

Why You Should Watch: This British miniseries boasts a fabulous cast, high production values, and an unforgettable story.

Content Note: NR but would likely be TV-14

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

#52-55 Great Expectations adaptations

Great Expectations; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: From the mind of Dickens, Great Expectations is one of his best novels. And below are four wonderful adaptations.

Content Note: PG/PG-13 depending on adaptation.

Where to Watch Great Expectations (1946): Film Struck (this streaming site closes in late November) and Hoopla; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch Great Expectations (1999 miniseries): Amazon Prime and BritBox; Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch Great Expectations (2011 miniseries): PBS Masterpiece; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch Great Expectations (2012): Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#56  The Haunted Palace (1963)

the haunted palace; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: The masters of horror, Vincent Price and Lon Chaney, star together in this atmospheric Gothic period drama!

Content Note: NR

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

#57 The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

The Hound of the Baskervilles; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: It’s Sherlock Holmes, Gothic style! And a fun, brilliant watch.

Content Note: NR

Where to Watch: Hoopla and TubiTV; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#58-59 The House of the Seven Gables (1940 & 1960)

The House of the Seven Gables; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: Based on the Gothic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, House of the Seven Gables is the perfect American Gothic story. The 1940 adaptation is better but the lesser known one with an older Shirley Temple is a fun treat!

Content Note: Nothing explicit.

Where to Watch the 1940 adaptation: Hoopla; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch the 1960 adaptation: Amazon Prime. Available to buy on DVD through Shirley Temple’s Storybook Collection.

#60-61 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: Based on the famed French Gothic Romantic novel by Victor Hugo, below are two lovely adaptations. The ’39 adaptation is an unforgettable classic and the ’97 one entertaining because of the cast including Salma Hayek and Mandy Patinkin.

Content Note: The 1997 version is not rated because it’s a TV Movie but it would likely be TV-14.

Where to Watch The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939): Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch The Hunchback (1997): Buy on Digital or DVD.

 

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