#121 Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) BBC

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: If you love the popular BBC series, Sherlock, then you’ll love it – a la Gothic historical mystery style.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Netflix (season 3); Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#122 Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Universal

Why You Should Watch: Surprisingly, this romantic fairy tale film actually does take place in this world and not a fantasy one. According to an interview with the Director, the film takes places in 1480 during the Middle Ages. That said, this Gothic fairy tale is a fun watch and especially worth it for the implied romance between Snow White and the Byronic Huntsman. Yes, I choose to ignore the sequel…

Content Note: PG-13

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

 #123 The Spiral Staircase (1946)

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

Why You Should Watch: It’s a Gothic Victorian thriller that’s one of the best in the genre.

Content Note: NR

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

#124 Stardust (2007)

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

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Why You Should Watch: Based on a Neil Gaiman story, it’s a fun paranormal romance (between a fallen star and a human) historical fantasy for the whole family.

Content Note: PG-13

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

#125 Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

Stonehearst Asylum; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Millenium Entertainment

Why You Should Watch: Based on an Edgar Allen Poe story, this Gothic romance period drama is a must-see!

Content Note: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, sexual content, and language.

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

#126 Stranger Things (2016)

Stranger Things; Eleven and Mike; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: If you’re one of the few that hasn’t watched this supernatural horror series (that takes place in the 1980s – which I now consider “period”), then you definitely should! It’s a fabulous series with nostalgic throwbacks to the ’80s as well as memorable performances. You’ll also enjoy the young paranormal romance love story between Eleven and Mike.

Content Note: TV-14 for frightening sequences, violence, and language.

Where to Watch: Netflix; Buy on DVD.

#127 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: Anne Brontë may have been the most revolutionary of the Brontë sisters by depicting a woman’s escape from abuse. While this isn’t as “Gothic” as Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, there are certainly elements of the Gothic in this classic story – including the depiction of a tyrannical rake. This adaptation is fantastic and includes a wonderful cast including a young Toby Stephens.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime; Buy on DVD.

#128 The Thirteenth Tale (2013)

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

Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: This lesser-known TV Movie is a fabulous Gothic story based on a popular novel. It also has a fantastic cast including Olivia Colman, Vanessa Redgrave, and Sophie Turner.

Content Note: NR but covers topics like incest, murder, and suicide.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD

#129 The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

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

Why You Should Watch: Gothic horror classics are always worth watching when Vincent Price stars!

Content Note: NR but would likely be PG-13 for violence.

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

#130 To Walk Invisible: The Brontë sisters (2016)

To Walk Invisible Bronte sisters; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: BBC/PBS

Why You Should Watch: A brilliant look behind the talented sisters who brought us some of the greatest novels (many that were Gothic) ever written. The performances are excellent.

Content Note: TV-PG to TV-MA depending on which version you watch. The unedited version includes brief strong language and a scene of sexuality.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime; Buy on DVD.

#131 Tuck Everlasting (2002)

tuck everlasting; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Tuck Everlasting. Photo: Disney.

Why You Should Watch: In a smart move, the screenwriter made Winnie a few years older than she was in the books, so the film could focus on the love story between a young woman and an immortal. A lovely film.

Content Note: PG

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

#132-134 Turn of the Screw 

Turn of the screw; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: ITV

Why You Should Watch: All three of these adaptations are worth watching for different reasons! Based on the Gothic Henry James novel, the story is full of mystery and suspense. While The Innocents is probably the “best” of the three, the other two boast casts including Colin Firth, Michelle Dockery, and Dan Stevens.

Content Note: All three are NR but include frightening sequences and disturbing thematic content.

Where to Watch The Innocents (1961): Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 1999 adaptation (Colin Firth has a small role in this film): Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 2009 adaptation: Amazon Prime; Buy on DVD.

#135 The Vampire Diaries (2009)

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

Katherine and Stefan from The Vampire Diaries
Photo: CW

Why You Should Watch: This popular paranormal romance series (with Gothic elements) mostly takes place in the present day but also include frequent flashbacks to past time periods – mostly The Civil War era. However, you’ll want to watch the show for the romance and numerous Byronic Heroes/Villains! There’s a couple for everyone to root for.

Content Note: TV-14 for violence and sexuality.

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

#136 Van Helsing (2004)

Van Helsing; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Universal

Why You Should Watch: It’s good, campy fun that happens to star Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale.

Content Note: PG-13 for fantasy violence and sensuality.

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

#137 Victor Frankenstein (2015)

Victor Frankenstein; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Why You Should Watch: It’s a fun Gothic romance that stars James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, and Jessica Brown Findlay.

Content Note: PG-13 for violence and disturbing images.

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

#138 The Village (2004)

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

Lucius (Joaquin Phoenix) and Ivy (Bryce Dallas Howard) in The Village. Photo: Touchstone Pictures

Why You Should Watch: SPOILERS! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU’VE SEEN THE FILM. Okay, technically this film’s not a period drama – though it is a costume drama! But it feels and looks like one. And if you recognize the movie as a Gothic Romance, you’ll see just how brilliant The Village is. In recent years, more and more people have come to recognize why the movie is much better than people gave it credit for in the past! So, give it a re-watch with an open mind!

RELATED | Defending M Night Shyamalan’s The Village

Content Note: PG-13

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

#139 Winter’s Tale (2014)

Winter's Tale; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Warner Bros

Why You Should Watch: This historical paranormal romance is a wonderful movie with an epic love story between Jessica Brown Findlay and Colin Farrell.

Content Note: PG-13 for violence and sensuality.

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

#140-141 The Woman in Black 1989 & 2012

the woman in black; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: CBS Films

Why You Should Watch: These films are authentic Gothic period dramas – though lean on the horror side of the genre.

Content Note: The 1989 adaptation is NR but mild – though can be frightening. The 2012 adaptation is PG-13 for violent/disturbing images.

Where to Watch 1989: Youtube.

Where to Watch 2012: Amazon Prime; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#142-143 The Woman in White adaptations

the woman in white; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: Based on one of the first Detective Gothic novels by Wilkie Collins, both of these adaptations are worth watching. There are elements of the Gothic with mystery, romance, and memorable actors. You can also check out the 1948 adaptation.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch 1997: Buy on Digital or DVD.

Where to Watch 2018: Currently airing on PBS. You can also buy on DVD.

#144-148 Wuthering Heights adaptations

Wuthering Heights; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Why You Should Watch: While there has yet to be a “definitive” adaptation of the novel (can we PLEASE get an adaptation starring Aidan Turner?), this Gothic classic story is one of the best of all time. The five adaptations below all have great things about them.

Content Note: The 2009 adaptation includes a couple of scenes of sexuality.

Where to Watch the 1939 adaptation: Film Struck (this streaming site closes in late November); Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch the 1970 adaptation: Hoopla; Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 1992 adaptation: Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

Where to Watch the 1998 adaptation: Hallmark Movies Now; Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch the 2009 adaptation: Amazon Prime; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

#149 The Wyvern Mystery (2000)

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

Photo: BBC Films

Why You Should Watch: If you enjoy mystery, you’ll likely enjoy this lesser-known Gothic period drama. It stars a young Naomi Watts and was beautifully filmed.

Content Note: NR but would likely be PG-13 for sexuality and violence.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

#150 Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Young Sherlock Holmes; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Why You Should Watch: If you like Sherlock Holmes, then you’ll enjoy this movie and its Gothic atmosphere!

Content Note: PG-13

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


Other Gothic & Paranormal Romantic Period Dramas (With More Mature Content)

Crimson Peak; 150 of the Best Gothic & Paranormal Romance Period Dramas

Crimson Peak. Photo: Legendary

These are the “R-Rated” Gothic and Paranormal Romance Period Dramas. Even though we typically don’t cover explicit content on this site, I’ve included a few of the more artistic, high-quality productions fans of the Gothic and paranormal romance genres might be interested in. The level of explicit content varies.

  • A Chinese Ghost Story (1987): Available to buy on DVD.
  • Alias Grace (2017):  This Gothic miniseries from Sarah Polley is excellent! Available on Netflix; Buy on DVD.
  • The Awakening (2011): Available on Cohen Media Channel; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • The Beguiled (2017): Available on HBO apps/channels; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992): Available to rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Crimson Peak (2015): A Personal favorite. Available on FX Now; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Dorian Gray (2009): Available on Hoopla; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • From Hell (2001): Available on HBO Now; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Haunted Summer (1988): Buy on DVD.
  • Interview with the Vampire (1994): Available on Netflix; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • The Limehouse Golem (2016): Available on Hulu and Hoopla; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Mary Reilly (1996): Overall, a mild R – but does include a few scenes of disturbing violence. Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994): Available on Sony Crackle; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Ordeal by Innocence (2018): Available on Amazon Prime
  • The Orphanage (2007): Available on STARZ; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006): Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018): Available on Amazon Prime
  • Rowing with the Wind (1988): Buy on DVD
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999): A wonderful period drama from Tim Burton. Available on STARZ; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997): This underrated fairy tale adaptation is fantastic. Available on STARZ; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Penny Dreadful (2014): While explicit it has fabulous storytelling! Available on Showtime and Netflix; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Queen of the Damned (2002): Available on Netflix; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • The Little Stranger (2018): Coming soon to Digital and DVD.
  • The Raven (2012): Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.
  • Sweeney Todd (2007): Available on Freeform; Rent and/or buy on Digital and DVD.

What are your favorite Gothic Romance Period Dramas? Or favorite Paranormal Romance Period Dramas? Did I leave any of your favorites off the list? Sound off in the comments below!

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