#91-92 Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: ITV/PBS

Why You Should Watch: While I definitely prefer the 2007 adaptation (JJ Feild and Felicity Jones are perfect), both adaptations of Jane Austen’s Gothic Romance are worth watching. Plus, Mr. Tilney deserves more love as a Romantic Hero. There’s something charming and lovable about him and he often gets overlooked.

Content Note: PG

Where to Watch the 1987 adaptation: Amazon Prime; Buy on DVD. 

Where to Watch the 2007 adaptation: Hallmark Movies Now, Hoopla, and PBS Masterpiece; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#93-98 Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: There are SO many adaptations of Oliver Twist (another Gothic story from Dickens), many of them quite good. I’ve included some of the best. But know, there are more…many more.

Content Note: Overall, PG-like.

Where to Watch the 1948 adaptation: Film Struck (this streaming site closes in late November) and Hoopla; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch Oliver! 1968: Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch the 1997 adaptation: Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 1999/2000 adaptation: Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 2005 adaptation: Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch the 2007 adaptation: Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Britbox. Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#99 The Originals (2013)

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

Photo: CW

Why You Should Watch: Yes, this TV Show (a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries) mostly takes place in modern day, however, there are numerous backstories for the Original Vampires in this underrated CW series. So, have fun exploring different time periods through the eyes of these villainous immortals and fall in love with the Gothic Romance and Modern Romanticism of the series. Fans of the genre and Beauty and the Beast stories will especially appreciate the romances between Klaus/Cami, Hayley/Elijah, and Marcel/Rebekah. If you love Byronic Heroes, Shakespearean melodrama, paranormal romance, and Romanticism, then this series is a must-see.

Klaus and Cami:

 

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Content Note: TV-14

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

#100 The Others (2001)

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

Photo: Dimension Films

Why You Should Watch: The Others is a perfect Gothic suspense ghost story with a touch of romance. If you haven’t seen this fabulous film, then you won’t want to miss it for the wonderful performances, the jump out of your chair moments, and especially the perfectly chilling twist ending.

Content Note: PG-13

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

#101-102 The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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

Photo: Warner Bros

Why You Should Watch: Both of these adaptations (there are others) of the classic novel by French novelist Gaston Leroux are worth watching. The silent film is classic Horror at its best. However, I have a soft spot for the adaptation of the Broadway musical. The gorgeous costumes, infectious tunes, and twisted Beauty and the Beast story is the perfect Gothic Romance.

Content Note: The silent film is unrated (not explicit) and the musical version is PG-13.

Where to Watch the 1925 adaptation: Amazon Prime, Film Struck (this streaming site closes in late November), TubiTV, Fandor, and Screambox. Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 2004 adaptation: Netflix; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#103 Phantom of the Theatre (2016)

Phantom of the Theatre; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Well Go USA Entertainment

Why You Should Watch: This Chinese Gothic Paranormal Romance is absolutely gorgeous. While imperfect, you won’t want to miss this beautiful ghost film with a memorable romance and fantastic production design.

Content Note: While unrated, the film would likely be PG-13.

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

#104 The Picture of Dorian Gray  (1945)

The pIcture of dorian gray; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: The classic story of the unscrupulous man who stays forever young is adapted wonderfully in this Gothic movie starring Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, and a young Angela Lansbury.

Content Note: PG

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

#105-109 Pirates of the Caribbean Movies

Pirates of the Caribbean; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Disney

Why You Should Watch: With paranormal romance and fun historical fantasy, Pirates of the Caribbean films are the perfect escapist period dramas (especially the first three). And sorry period drama romance fans, I’m definitely Team Jack over Team Will. Jack and Elizabeth all the way…

 

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Content Note: PG-13

Where to Watch: Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Men Tell No Tales are available to stream on Netflix. All five films are available to rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#110 Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Pit and the Pendulum; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: American International Pictures

Why You Should Watch: Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s Gothic story, Pit and the Pendulum is campy Gothic Horror starring Vincent Price. A must-see for those who love the classic Horror films of the ’60s. 

Content Note: Unrated but includes campy violence and implied sexuality.

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

#111 The Prestige (2006)

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

Photo: Buena Vista/Warner Bros

Why You Should Watch: While not technically a Gothic Romance, there are enough Gothic elements to include it on the list. If you love the cast (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and Rebecca Hall), magic, and historical mystery, you should enjoy this darker period drama.

Content Note: PG-13

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

#112 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Sony Pictures

Why You Should Watch: Pride and Prejudice as a Gothic Romance mixed with zombies! Not for all the Jane Austen purists out there, but still great romantic fun if you enjoy paranormal romance and don’t mind a supernatural twist on the classic story. I personally loved it.

Content Note: PG-13

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

#113 Rebecca (1997)

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

Photo: ITV

Why You Should Watch: While it’s not as good as the 1940 Hitchcock adaptation (which is technically not a period drama), this 1997 miniseries is still a wonderful adaptation of the popular Gothic suspense novel. The story of the young Mrs. De Winter who moves into a large estate, only to be haunted by the memory of her husband Maxim’s first wife, is unforgettable. A real treat for fans of Byronic Heroes and stories similar to Jane Eyre.

Content Note: Claims to be TV-PG but one of the episodes includes nudity in connection with an implied sex scene.

Where to Watch: PBS Masterpiece; Buy on Digital or DVD.

#114 Red Riding Hood (2011)

Red Riding Hood; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Warner Bros.

Why You Should Watch: This paranormal romance definitely isn’t the best in the genre, but if you’re looking for an entertaining YA-type romance, then this is a great choice.

Content Note: PG-13

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

#115 Sanctuary (2008)

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

Photo: Syfy

Why You Should Watch: While this Urban Fantasy TV series mostly takes place in the present day, the backstory and flashback episodes are fantastic – all which lead to what’s going on in the present. The love triangle between the immortal (and one of the best female characters ever) Dr. Helen Magnus, the snarky vampire Tesla (who has the best lines in the series), and Jack the Ripper (yes, Jack the Ripper…) is fabulous.

 

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Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Hoopla; Buy on Digital or DVD.

#116 Scholar Who Walks the Night (2015)

Scholar Who Walks the Night; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: This historical paranormal romance series about a scholar vampire and a human girl is simply addicting to watch and absolutely wonderful. With swoon-worthy scenes, a perfectly evil Byronic villain straight from a Gothic novel, and great performances, this is a must-see.

Content Note: TV-14 like for fantasy violence and sensuality.

Where to Watch: Viki, Kocowa, and Dramafever on Amazon Channels. Buy on DVD.

#117-120 The Secret Garden

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

The Secret Garden 1993

Why You Should Watch: There have been quite a few adaptations of this beloved children’s novel, so I included my personal favorites. Steeped in Romanticism with hints of romance, the story of a young orphan girl and her discovery of a secret garden is the perfect family-friendly introduction to stories with Gothic elements.

Content Note: G/PG

Where to Watch the 1949 adaptation: Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch the 1975 adaptation: Available to rent on Amazon (you have to look up the year 1983) and buy on DVD (rare to find an inexpensive copy).

Where to Watch the 1987 adaptation: Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 1993 adaptation: Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

 

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