#62 I am Dragon (2015)

I am Dragon; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Bazelevs Film Company

Why You Should Watch: This Gothic paranormal romance from Russia is simply wonderful! The design of the dragon is gorgeous!

Content Note: NR but would likely be PG-13

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime, Hoopla, and Tubi TV. Buy on Digital and DVD.

#63 The Illusionist (2006)

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

Edward Norton and Jessica Biel in a scene from “The Illusionist.” | Photo: 20th Century Fox

Why You Should Watch: While not a full-blown Gothic, The Illusionist has enough Gothic Romantic elements to put it on the list! However, you should watch this tale of magic and romantic mystery because the movie is awesome and will keep you glued to your seat from start to finish.

Content Note: PG-13

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime. Buy on DVD.

64-66 Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Jem and Mary
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: If you love Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, then you should also love the various adaptations of her other gothic novel, Jamaica Inn. My favorite of the three is the 2014 adaptation, partly due to the fabulous cast including Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay and Lark Rise to Candleford‘s Matthew McNulty.

Content Note: The 1983 and 2014 adaptations are TV-14 like due to sensuality and violence.

Where to Watch the 1939 adaptation: Roku Channel, Fandor, Hoopla, and Kanopy. Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 1983 adaptation (stars Jane Seymour!): Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 2014 adaptation: Acorn TV; Buy on DVD or Digital.

#67-71 Jane Eyre: see these adaptations

Jane Eyre; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: If you love Gothic Romance, then likely you’re familiar with the infamous story of the orphan Jane Eyre! If not, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is up there with the best. There are many adaptations of Jane Eyre, so, I decided to include my top 5 favorites.

Content Note: Ratings vary for each adaptation, though none of them are more than PG-13.

Where to Watch Jane Eyre (1944): Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch Jane Eyre (1983): Amazon Prime and Hulu. Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch Jane Eyre (1996): Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch Jane Eyre (2006): Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Britbox. Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch  Jane Eyre (2011): Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#72 Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2015)

Jonathan Strange; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: Byronic Heroes, Gothic Romanticism, and even the supernatural…what’s not to love of this miniseries adaptation of the popular novel?

Content Note: TV-14 for non-sexual nudity.

Where to Watch: Netflix; Buy on Digital and DVD.

#73 Lady Audley’s Secret (2000)

Lady Audley's Secret; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: An entertaining historical mystery with a wonderful British cast (including a young Jamie Bamber) based on the popular 1862 sensation novel. There are enough Gothic elements to include this one on the list!

Content Note: Not rated but PG-like.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

#74 Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)

The Legend of the Blue Sea; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: SBS

Why You Should Watch: K-Drama gold, Legend of the Blue Sea tells two parallel stories (past and present) of a mermaid and a human who fall in love. One of the best mermaid paranormal romances to date and should not be missed.

Content Note: TV-14 but mostly feels PG.

Where to Watch: Viki and Hulu; Buy on DVD.

#75 The Living and the Dead (2016)

The Living and the Dead; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: This BBC supernatural series will both frighten and intrigue. With romance and engaging drama, it’s a great show that was canceled too soon.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime. Buy on Digital and DVD.

#76 The Making of a Lady (2012)

The Making of a Lady; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: ITV

Why You Should Watch: This lesser-known Gothic Romance is based on the classic sensation novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. A must-watch for fans of the genre.

Content Note: TV-PG

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

#77 The Man in Grey (1943)The Man in Grey; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period DramasWhy You Should Watch: This is a fun Gothic melodrama and incredibly entertaining.

Content Note: NR

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

#78 Mary Shelley (2017)

Mary Shelley (2018) 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: IFC Films

Why You Should Watch: Mary Shelley takes front and center in this gorgeous period drama about the life of the famous author who created Frankenstein.

Content Note: PG-13 for sexuality and substance abuse.

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

#79 Mirror of the Witch aka Secret Healer (2016)

Mirror of the Witch; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: JTBC

Why You Should Watch: An entertaining historical fantasy paranormal romance series!

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Netflix, Dramafever on Amazon Channels, and Viki.

#80 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Miss Peregrine's; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Why You Should Watch: This strange YA paranormal gothic fantasy film includes a unique story, a fabulous cast, and a sweet young-love romance.

Content Note: PG-13

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

#81 The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012)

Moon Embracing the Sun; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: MBC

Why You Should Watch: This historical fantasy tells of the love story between a King and a Shaman. A popular paranormal romance drama definitely worth checking out.

Content Note: TV PG-like

Where to Watch: Available to stream on Viki, Tubi TV, Dramafever on Amazon Channels, and Kocowa. Also available to buy on DVD.

#82 Moonlight (2007)

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

Photos: CBS

Why You Should Watch: While most of this gem of an urban fantasy series takes place in modern day, the historical flashbacks are wonderful. This romantic vampire series tells of the Beauty and the Beast type story of a private detective vampire who falls in love with a human woman. A personal favorite.

Content Note: Ranges from TV-PG to TV-14.

Where to Watch: CW Seed; Buy on Digital or DVD.

#83-84 The Moonstone (1997 & 2016)

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

Why You Should Watch: With Gothic elements, both of these adaptations are engaging interpretations of Wilkie Collins’ classic detective novel.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch the 1997 adaptation: Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 2016 adaptation: Amazon Prime and Britbox. Buy on DVD.

#85-86 The Mummy & The Mummy Returns (1999 & 2001)

The Mummy Returns; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Universal Pictures

Why You Should Watch: If you’re in the mood for romantic horror/comedy, then The Mummy movies are a great choice. There’s some fabulous paranormal romance in these big-budget blockbusters. Also, see the 1932 adaptation.

Content Note: PG-13

Where to Watch The Mummy & The Mummy ReturnsHBO Now, HBO Go; Buy on Digital or DVD.

#87-88 My Cousin Rachel (1952 & 2017)

My Cousin Rachel; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: If you’re a fan of Gothic Romance, then both adaptations of My Cousin Rachel are must-see period dramas. My Cousin Rachel is based on the novel by popular author (and Gothic Romance expert) Daphne du Maurier.

Content Note: The new film is PG-13.

Where to Watch 1952 adaptation: Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch 2017 adaptation: Max Go; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#89 The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (2012)

Mystery of a Hansom Cab; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Burberry Productions/ABC

Why You Should Watch: While not a full-blown Gothic, this Victorian murder mystery uses filmmaking techniques that bring out some of the Gothic qualities of the story. And if you enjoy mystery with a touch of romance, then this Australian film should catch your interest!

Content Note: There is brief nudity as well as non-explicit violence connected to a murder.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

#90 The Mystery of Edwin Drood  (2012 Mini-Series)

Mystery of Edwin Drood; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: With great acting (starring Matthew Rhys) and fantastic production quality, fans of Dickens and Gothic Romance will love this lesser-known adaptation of Dicken’s final novel.

(There is also a 1935 adaptation starring Claude Rains.)

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Buy on Digital and DVD.

 

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