Here are some of the best romantic period drama movies on Disney+, from popular period dramas to historical fantasy films, and lesser-known costume dramas.

Disney+ joined the growing list of streaming services this month. Within their extensive collection, they’ve already released dozens of period dramas and historical fantasies. So, if you’re wondering just what to watch on your new streaming adventure, we’ve got a useful list of romantic period drama movies on Disney+ for you to check out. From old favorites like Pirates of the Caribbean to underrated dramas like The Rocketeer and even nearly forgotten period gems like Amy. So, grab your remote and enjoy! 

12 Romantic Period Drama Movies on Disney+

(In Alphabetical Order)


#1: Amy


Amy 1981 publicity photo

Amy, a housewife in the early 20th century, leaves her husband to teach visually and hearing-impaired students. There, she helps a few students learn to speak for the first time. Meanwhile, a Doctor pursues a relationship with her.

This sweet and uplifting drama is a lovely period drama on Disney+ to watch. And it’s fun to see a young Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne) of Call the Midwife fame.


#2: Captain America/Agent Carter


Captain America and Peggy Carter; 12 of the Best Romantic Period Drama Movies on Disney+ to Watch

Steve Rogers, an idealistic young man during World War II, is given a super-soldier serum transforming him into Captain America. Steve then goes on missions to end the war while also falling in love with Agent Peggy Carter, a woman matching him in intelligence, compassion, and idealism.

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This Marvel movie has the extra fun of also being a romantic period drama. And what’s even better is that you can follow the love story of Steve and Peggy through various movies as well as in the spinoff TV show, Agent Carter. Make sure to watch all the way to Avengers: Endgame to see how their love story ends.


#3: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian


Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian; 12 of the Best Romantic Period Drama Movies on Disney+ to Watch

In the 1940s, the Pevensie siblings return to the magical land of Narnia. They fight against an evil king to help put Prince Caspian back on the throne where he belongs. Of course, the young Susan falls in love with Prince Caspian.

So, if you’re in the mood for some fantasy and young love, this is a great choice!


#4: The Finest Hours


The Finest Hours; 12 of the Best Romantic Period Drama Movies on Disney+ to Watch

The Finest Hours tells the true story of a rescue attempt by the Coast Guard to save sailors on a sinking ship amid a storm in 1952. With action, adventure, and romance, fans of man vs. nature tales with an engaging love story on the side will love it.


#5: The Journey of Natty Gann


The Journey of Natty Gann photo

Set during the Great Depression, a tomboy sets out on a journey to find her father 2,000 miles away. Along the way, she saves a wolf and shares a cute romance with a fellow traveler.

This underrated drama gives you all the emotions you might expect from a Disney movie. Animal lovers and John Cusack fans will appreciate this period flick.


#6: Newsies


Newsies promotional image

This cult-favorite musical tells the story of the NYC newsie strike of 1899. Starring Christian Bale as strike leader Jack Kelly, and with an innocent romantic subplot and a happy ending, this Disney movie is the perfect choice for nostalgic ’90s entertainment.


#7: Once Upon a Mattress


Once Upon a Mattress publicity photo

Set during a fictionalized version of 15th century medieval Europe, this hilarious musical retells the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. If you’re in the mood for catchy music, comedic performances from Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman, and more, then you’ll likely love this shortened version of the Broadway musical. Matthew Morrison, Zooey Deschanel, and Denis O’Hare also star.


#8: Pirates of the Caribbean Movies


Pirates of the Caribbean movies; 12 of the Best Romantic Period Drama Movies on Disney+ to Watch

The fan-favorite historical fantasy series continues to entertain. Will Turner, a young blacksmith, teams up with famous pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, to rescue the woman he loves, Elizabeth, from undead pirates. But she’s capable of saving herself. A love triangle then plays out. Johnny Depp shines in his iconic role.


#9: The Rocketeer


The Rocketeer; 12 of the Best Romantic Period Drama Movies on Disney+ to Watch

In this period superhero movie, Cliff, a young pilot, discovers a prototype (built by Howard Hughes) of a powerful jetpack, turning him into a flying superhero in 1938.

Meanwhile, his actress girlfriend, Jenny, runs into some trouble with a Nazi secret agent, who also happens to be a famous movie star. Yes, it’s as crazy and as fun, as it sounds. Fans of adventure, classic Hollywood and 1930s swashbuckling romances will love this often-overlooked romantic period drama.


#10: The Sound of Music


The Sound of Music; 12 of the Best Romantic Period Drama Movies on Disney+ to Watch
Photo: Twentieth Century-Fox

The acclaimed romantic musical (set in 1930s Austria), follows Maria, a young woman leaving a convent to become a governess for the wealthy Captain Von Trapp, a widower with seven children. To her surprise, she soon falls in love with him. It’s considered one of the best movie musicals for a reason.


#11: The Three Musketeers


The Three Musketeers; 12 of the Best Romantic Period Drama Movies on Disney+ to Watch

In 17th century France, the Musketeers go on an adventure to save the King of France. There’s also plenty of romance, so, if you’re looking for romantic adventure and an all-star cast, this imperfect but amusing movie on Disney+ is worth watching.


#12: Tuck Everlasting


Tuck Everlasting; 12 of the Best Romantic Period Drama Movies on Disney+ to Watch

Winnie, a young woman in the early 19th century, falls in love with Jesse Tuck, an immortal. Based on the award-winning children’s novel, this romantic adaptation is a lovely movie starring Alexis Bledel and Jonathan Jackson.

What romantic period drama movies on Disney+ do you plan to check out? Drop a comment below.


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