These movies and shows like Anne of Green Gables are just what Anne fans need right now!


I’ve loved everything L.M. Montgomery since I was a little girl. The obsession started with the phenomenal Kevin Sullivan adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. I laughed and cried with Anne. I swooned over Gilbert Blythe. Not to mention, I even swore up and down I would marry a Gilbert one day (He was always my Mr. Darcy.)

Then, of course, I had to read the actual Anne of Green Gables for myself. From there, there was no going back. Soon, Emily of New Moon and sequels became my favorite of Montgomery’s stories. The touch of the supernatural spoke to me on a deeper level. Sadly, I’m still waiting for that definitive adaptation.

Of course, Road to Avonlea also remains one of my favorite shows of all time. Indeed, I still believe Kevin Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea to be two of the finest period dramas of all time with some of the best characterization and underrated performances to hit the small screen.

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Over time, and after watching these shows’ beauteous settings, I dreamed of visiting the dreamy fairy-like Prince Edward Island. (I finally visited after graduating from Grad School – It didn’t disappoint.) But what else was out there for me to devour? I wanted to experience the feeling of joy Anne of Green Gables brought to me.

So, I created a list of period dramas worth watching when you need that old-fashioned Anne fix. From adaptations of Anne to feel good period dramas (mostly), there’s something here for other kindred spirits who also love Kevin Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables.

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

NOTE: While the list is mostly alphabetical, I start the list with the actual Anne adaptations. Availability is for the U.S. and is subject to change at any time. This list was first published in 2019 and has been updated for 2020.

Without further ado, I give you:


85 Period Dramas to Watch If You Love Anne of Green Gables

(In Mostly Alphabetical Order)

85 Period Dramas to Watch If You Love Anne of Green Gables
Photo Credit: Anne of Avonlea (Sullivan Entertainment; When Calls the Heart (Hallmark Channel); Wives and Daughters (BBC), and The Paradise (BBC)

1. Anne of Green Gables (1934)

Anne of Green Gables 1934 poster

Why Anne fans will love it: Sadly, the first part is lost to time. But for those who already know the story, this 1970s miniseries is also lovely.

Where to Watch: DVD.

2. Anne of Avonlea (1975)

Anne of Avonlea 1975

Why Anne fans will love it: Sadly, the first part is lost to time. But for those who already know the story, this 1970s mini-series is also lovely.

Where to Watch: DVD.

3. Anne of Green Gables (1985)

Anne of Green Gables - Anne and Gilbert
Photo: Sullivan Entertainment

Why Anne fans will love it: How can you not love this uplifting adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic children’s novel? The dialogue, the impeccable performances by the cast (particularly Megan Follows as Anne and Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert), the humor (the dry asides from both Marilla and gossipy Rachel Lynde are hilarious), the romance (swoon away fellow kindred spirits), and just the feeling. Anne makes you feel better.

By the end, you’ll want to visit Prince Edward Island just as much as I did. Once you do, you’ll want to go back just like you’ll revisit this adaptation over and over again.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD/Blu-Ray.

4. Anne of Avonlea (1987)

Anne and Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables the sequel
Photo: Sullivan Entertainment

Why Anne fans will love it: Who didn’t want a sequel? Now, we can finally see Anne and Gilbert get their much deserved happy ending on repeat. Anne of Avonlea is just as superb as the first. While there are changes to the books, the spirit of Anne is present and very much alive.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD/Blu-Ray.

5. Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000)

Anne of Green Gables The Continuing Story poster

Why Anne fans will love it: Look, this isn’t Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. But our favorite cast is back, and the romance is spectacular. I adore the charming chemistry between Megan Follows, and Jonathan Crombie (R.I.P.). Plus, the WWI story as a stand-alone is absolutely beautiful.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD/Blu-Ray.

6. Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008)

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning poster

Why Anne fans will love it: It comes from the same Kevin Sullivan production company and tells Anne’s story from a different perspective. Personally, I can’t bring myself to watch it due to a couple of creative choices I don’t agree with, but you may feel otherwise. On a good note, Patricia Hamilton (our wonderful Rachel Lynde) makes a cameo appearance.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD/Blu-Ray.

7. L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables [See also The Good Stars and Fire and Dew] (2016)

Anne of Green Gables starring Martin Sheen - promo image
Photo: YTV

Why Anne fans will love them: While not my favorite adaptations, these new films stay true to Anne of Green Gables. For the most part, they’re enjoyable to watch. I like seeing different interpretations, so maybe you will too.

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

8. Anne with an E (2017-2020)

anne with an e
Photo: CBC/Netflix

Why Anne fans will love it: Initially, I had difficulty with this new adaptation because it’s darker than the books. But it grew on me. Nonetheless, this isn’t Anne of Green Gables. Nevertheless, the production quality is excellent, the characterization good, and there’s even a familiar face. Avonlea‘s Jasper Dale plays Matthew to perfection!

Once you see this as a separate entity, this well-written period drama will grow on you. If you’re a fan already, you’ll also enjoy the series like Anne with an E on this list!

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

9.  Alias Grace (2017)

Alias Grace
Photo: Netflix

Why Anne fans will love it: This is also much darker fare, so beware. However, the story is captivating. Furthermore, Sarah Polley (Sara Stanley of Avonlea) adapted the screenplay from the Margaret Atwood novel. What’s even cooler is that Mag Ruffman (Olivia Dale of Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables) is in three episodes.

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

10. Annie (1982)

Annie 1982 promo image
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Why Anne fans will love it:  Why wouldn’t you love another period drama about an orphan girl with red hair? It’s fun, super entertaining, and the songs are fabulous.

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

11. Arthurian Period Dramas

Merlin TV show; Arthur, Merlin, and Guinevere
Merlin. Photo: BBC

Why Anne fans will love them: Anne Shirley was fascinated by Arthurian chivalrous romance, particularly when she recites the beautiful Tennyson poem, “Lady of Shalott.” Like the Lady of Shalott who watches Camelot and Lancelot from her mirror, you can too! There are so many adaptations to enjoy.

If you happen to be a Lancelot fan like me, I recommend Merlin (Santiago Cabrera is divine as Lancelot), First KnightCamelotKing Arthur (Ioan Gruffudd makes this movie), and Excalibur. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Where to Watch: You can watch Merlin on Hulu, Prime Video. Stream Camelot on Hulu. King Arthur is available on HBO, HBO MAX, and VUDU. You can stream Excalibur on STARZ. All of the titles should be available to rent/buy on Digital or DVD, including First Knight.

12. Avonlea (AKA Road to Avonlea) (1990-1996)

Sarah Polley in Road to Avonlea
Photo: Sullivan Entertainment

Why Anne fans will love it: Road to Avonlea is a sequel to Kevin Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables with a whole new cast inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s The Story Girl. Rachel Lynde and Marilla Cuthbert even join the show (with a memorable guest appearance from our beloved Gilbert). But aside from the Anne connections, the Road to Avonlea cast of characters and stories are equally exceptional. Again, the spirit of L.M. Montgomery is alive here, and revisiting the series just makes you feel all gooey and warm inside.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD.

13. Back to Hannibal (1990)

Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn poster

Why Anne fans will love it: Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are all grown up in this well-executed Disney sequel. Plus, Megan Follows plays an older Becky!

Where to Watch: DVD.

14. Ballet Shoes (2007)

Ballet Shoes poster

Why Anne fans will love it:  It’s a charming story about three orphans who follow their dreams. A great choice to watch with the family.

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, Tubi. Buy on Digital or DVD.

15. Becoming Jane (2007)

Becoming Jane promotional image with Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy dancing.
Photo: Miramax

Why Anne fans will love it: A fictionalized biopic about Jane Austen, Anne fans will appreciate Jane’s journey as a young female writer. Plus, the romance is so swoony your hearts will surely melt. Guaranteed.

Where to Watch: Stream on HBO, HBO MAX. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

16. Belle (2013)

Belle 2013 promo image with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Why Anne fans will love it: Belle is splendidly romantic. Once again, Belle tells the story of an orphan raised by her Uncle (instead of an Aunt this time around). But there’s a twist. It’s the eighteenth century, and Belle is a mixed race. Think Mansfield Park meets Amazing Grace.

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

17. Berkeley Square (1998)

berkeley square series
Photo: BBC

Why Anne fans will love it: It’s for those interested in Anne’s time as a teacher! The series follows three Edwardian nannies in upper-class homes.

Where to Watch: DVD.

18. By Way of the Stars (1992)

By Way of the Stars poster

Why Anne fans will love it: This is another period drama miniseries from the Sullivan production company. Additionally, it stars Felicity (Gema Zamprogna) and Felix (Zachary Bennett) from Road to Avonlea.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD.

19. Call the Midwife (2012-)

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Photo: BBC

Why Anne fans will love it:  The themes are more somber, but the characterization is equally compelling. I love the focus on female friendships.

Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix or Hulu. You can also stream new episodes on PBS Passport. The series is available to rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

20. Christy (1994)

Christy 1994 film poster

Why Anne fans will love it: Christy goes into the When Calls the Heart optimistic/inspirational period fare genre, and nothing could be more fitting for us kindred spirits.

Where to Watch: DVD.

21. Cinderella (2015)

Cinderella 2015 promo image
Photo: Disney

Why Anne fans will love it: Is anyone else obsessed with stories about mistreated orphans? Plus, there’s a sweet romance. Oh, and gorgeous costumes.

Where to Watch: Hoopla. You can rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

22. Courage Mountain (1990)

Courage Mountain poster

Why Anne fans will love it: Heidi grows up and falls in love in this wonderful family period drama sequel to the classic children’s novel.

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

23. Cranford (2008) and Return to Cranford (2010)

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Photo: BBC

Why Anne fans will love them:  Cranford very much has that Avonlea small-town type vibe on the verge of change. Not to mention, the well-acted acted miniseries also explores the lives of older ‘spinsters’ like Marilla Cuthbert.

Where to Watch: Stream on Hoopla, BritBox, BritBox on Amazon Channel. Buy on Digital or DVD.

24. Cross Creek (1983)

Cross Creek 1983 poster

Why Anne fans will love it: This award-winning biopic follows the author of The Yearling. In the story, author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings loves Cross Creek (a place) just as Anne loves Green Gables.

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

25. Doctor Thorne (2016)

Doctor Thorne promo shot
Photo: ITV

Why Anne fans will love it: From the creator of Downton Abbey, Doctor Thorne is a captivating adaptation of a Trollope novel about a girl with unknown parentage living with her Uncle. Of course, a beautiful star-crossed romance follows.

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video. Buy on Digital or DVD.

26. Downton Abbey (2010-2015; 2019)

Downton Abbey, ITV
Photo: ITV

Why Anne fans will love it: Now’s the time to revisit Downton Abbey before the movie comes out! And if you haven’t seen it yet, you definitely should if you love the Edwardian Period, World War I romantic scenes, and several memorable love stories. Also, make sure to watch the new movie sequel!

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, HBO, HBO MAX. Buy on Digital and DVD.

27. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993-1998)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Sully and Dr. Mike
Photo: CBS

Why Anne fans will love it: There are so many similar themes as Avonlea, I can’t see Anne fans disliking Dr. Quinn. Furthermore, there’s an epic romance and rounded characters to fall in love with as well.

Where to Watch: Stream season one on Prime Video. Buy on Digital and DVD.

28. The Durrells in Corfu (2016-2019)

Durrells in Corfu cast photo
Photo: ITV

Why Anne fans will love it: I believe you’ll love this British series for the humor and the interesting family dynamics.

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, PBS Passport, and PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel. Buy on Digital and DVD.

29. Emily of New Moon (1998-2000)

Emily of New Moon series

Why Anne fans will love it: I watched the first episode years ago and disliked this Montgomery adaptation. I wasn’t sure the writers quite ‘got’ it with ghosts running around and too much melodrama. However, years later, I went back. Sure, it’s not perfect. But the show vastly improves from episode one, and I loved seeing scenes from the books. Plus, they gave us the ideal Perry!

Where to Watch: Stream on Hoopla, Hallmark Movies Now, HMN Amazon Channel. Buy on DVD.

30. The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)

The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down a Mountain poster

Why Anne fans will love it: This is such an underrated film. It’s funny, romantic, and you will fall in love with the townsfolk just like you did with Avonlea’s townsfolk.

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

31. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

Ever after photo
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Why Anne fans will love it:  For the same reasons as for Cinderella above! Extra points for the brilliant evil stepmother characterization.

Where to Watch: Stream on Cinemax, Cinemax Amazon Channel. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

32. Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Far From the Madding Crowd poster

Why Anne fans will love it: Several period dramas focus on tortured romantic heroes, but in Far From the Madding Crowd, Gabriel Oak could give Gilbert a run for his money. He’s just so faithful, patient, and simply swoon-worthy! (At least in this particular adaptation of the classic novel.)

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

33. Finding Neverland (2004)

Finding Neverland image with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

Why Anne fans will love it: Author biopics are always fascinating. Finding Neverland captures the power of the imagination of J.M. Barrie. Anne Shirley would have loved this well-written movie. It’s seriously one of the best period dramas of all time.

Where to Watch: Stream on Hoopla, Showtime, Showtime on Amazon Channel. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

34. A Good Woman (2004)

A Good Woman 2004 with Scarlett Johansson
Photo: Lions Gate

Why Anne fans will love it: Aside from being a wonderfully underrated movie, A Good Woman also has intelligent dialogue that all Anne fans can appreciate.

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, Hulu, Tubi, EPIX. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

35. Grand Hotel (2011-2013)

Grand Hotel kiss
Photo: Sky

Why Anne fans will love it: If you can’t get enough sweeping romances in your life, watch Grand Hotel, a Spanish Edwardian period drama, and enjoy your addicting binge watch. You’re welcome.

Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix. Buy on DVD.

36. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

Juliet and Dawsey
Photo: Netflix

Why Anne fans will love it: How could you not fall in love with this unabashedly romantic period drama? While the book is equally amazing, you will also fall in love with this near-perfect film. The old-fashioned feel to the movie full of letter writing and a passion for books is utterly charming. I’m in love, and all Gilbert fans should fall in love with Dawsey Adams too.

Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix. Buy on DVD.

37. Hanako & Anne (2014)

Hanako & Anne poster

Why Anne fans will love it: If you can find a copy with English subtitles, this Japanese period drama must be seen! The story follows the true life of the woman who translated Anne of Green Gables and brought the novel to Japan.

Where to Watch: You might be able to find a DVD copy.

38. Heidi (1937)

Heidi 1937 starring Shirley Temple promo image
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Why Anne fans will love it: At some point in your life, all Anne fans need to watch a Shirley Temple movie! Heidi is one of her best about an orphan girl who softens the gruff heart of her grandfather.

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

39. Hidden Places (2006)

Hidden Places promo image; a man sweetly holding a woman as they both smile
Photo: Hallmark

Why Anne fans will love it: Hidden Places is a wonderful period romance in the style of an old TV Disney movie. It went under the radar, but it is a sweet, wholesome movie everyone can enjoy.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

40. The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

The importance of being earnest
Photo: Miramax

Why Anne fans will love it:  This hilarious Edwardian romantic comedy is here when you need something light, super funny, and just plain enjoyable.

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

41. Jane Austen Adaptations

Pride and Prejudice 2005
Photo: Focus Features

Why Anne fans will love them: Since this isn’t a Jane Austen list, I want to briefly mention that all Anne fans should devour Jane Austen adaptations. From Colin Firth’s iconic Pride and Prejudice to the adorable version of Northanger Abbey with a particularly perfect and flirty Mr. Tilney, there are endless movies to choose from and watch. I suggest all die-hard romantics get on this ASAP if you haven’t already.

Where to Watch: Go to our post listing every Jane Austen adaptation available to watch (and where to watch them) HERE.

42. Jane Eyre (2006)

Jane Eyre 2006
Photo: BBC

Why Anne fans will love it: Well, L.M. Montgomery writes about Jane Eyre quite a bit in her journals. It’s also clear to me that Emily of New Moon was heavily influenced by the Gothic novel. If you’re looking for another orphan period drama with an epic romance but with a darker tone, I highly suggest Jane Eyre. There are several adaptations to choose from to watch. The 2006 adaptation is one of the best! I also highly recommend the 2011 film and 1983 adaptation starring Timothy Dalton.

Where to Watch: Stream on BritBox, BritBox Amazon Channel, Prime Video, HBO MAX. Buy on Digital and DVD.

43. A Jewel in the Palace (2003)

Jewel in the Palace DVD cover

Why Anne fans will love it: If you’re looking for an international series, I recommend Jewel in the Palace, a Korean Drama about another fascinating orphan.

Where to Watch: DVD.

44. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

The Journey of Natty Gann poster

Why Anne fans will love it:  Does anyone else remember this Disney film about a brave teen girl during the Great Depression? For those who missed it, The Journey of Natty Gann is a terrific movie for the entire family.

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

45. Ladies in Lavender (2004)

Ladies in Lavender starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench
Photo: Lakeshore International

Why Anne fans will love it: I love stories that explore the lives of older women. Plus, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are always amazing together.

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, Kanopy, Tubi, Pluto TV. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

46. Lantern Hill (1989)

Lantern Hill movie poster; movies and shows like Anne of Green Gables

Why Anne fans will love it: Lantern Hill is a more obscure L.M. Montgomery adaptation, but it’s also excellent. Kevin Sullivan also directs, and the film features two familiar faces: Sarah Polley and Colleen Dewhurst.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD.

47. Lark Rise to Candleford (2008-2011)

lark rise to candleford photo
Photo: BBC

Why Anne fans will love it: This small town British period drama will make you feel just as good inside as when you watch Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea. There’s romance, gossipy townsfolk, an aspiring protagonist writer, amusing characters, and a fabulous script. Don’t skip this one!

Where to Watch: Stream on Hulu, BritBox, BritBox Amazon Channel. Buy on Digital and DVD.

48. The Lightkeepers (2009)

A kiss from The Lightkeepers
Photo: New Films International/Image Entertainment

Why Anne fans will love it: I recently discovered this obscure little gem and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The Lightkeepers is a fabulous period piece full of romance, lighthouses, and three-dimensional characterization for characters over 50. The setting of Cape Cod also feels similar to Prince Edward Island.

Where to Watch: Stream on IMDB TV (Prime Video). Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

49. Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983)

Little House on the Prairies drama series promo cast image
Photo: NBC

Why Anne fans will love it: There’s a reason why this family period drama is still beloved by millions.

Where to Watch: Stream on IMDB TV (Prime Video). Buy on Digital and DVD.

50. Little Men (1998-1999)

Little Men cast photo
Photo: CTV

Why Anne fans will love it: Little Men has that wholesome Canadian period drama feel full of heart that feels like home. Sure, this is nothing like Alcott’s novels (though I love the elimination of Professor Behr), but the series is enjoyable nonetheless.

Where to Watch: Stream on IMDB TV (Prime). Buy on Digital and DVD.

51. A Little Princess (1995)

A Little Princess publicity still
Photo: Warner Bros

Why Anne fans will love it: A Little Princess is for anyone who never stopped believing in fairy tales! Anne Shirley herself would love this tale of a young girl overcoming every terrible obstacle with grace. This is a film for those who embrace the imagination. As a bonus, this beautiful little film is also directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. His directorial style is always unique, powerful, and creative.

Where to Watch: Stream on HBO MAX. Rent/Buy on Digital and DVD.

52. Little Women (1994)

Little Women (1994)
Photo: Sony Pictures

Why Anne fans will love it: I’m a firm believer that anyone who loves Anne Shirley will also love Jo March. They’re both fiery writers with fiery tempers we adore. The 1994 adaptation is definitely the best. Sadly, Jo and Laurie don’t get their Anne and Gilbert ending …Team Laurie or Team Jo March single! (UPDATE: I also recommend the 2019 adaptation. It’s brilliant.)

Where to Watch: Stream on IMDB TV (Prime). Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

53. Little Women (2018)

Little Women 2018
Photo: PBS

Why Anne fans will love it: While the newest take on Alcott’s classic isn’t entirely authentic, the production from Call the Midwife’s creator is well done. And Angela Lansbury is superb as Aunt March. On another Anne note, I feel like the actor playing Laurie was influenced by Jonathan Crombie’s Gilbert.

Where to Watch: Stream on PBS Passport, Prime Video, Pure Flix. Buy on Digital and DVD.

54. Looking for Miracles (1989)

Looking for Miracles DVD cover

Why Anne fans will love it: Kevin Sullivan directed this family period drama about brothers. The movie also stars a young Zachary Bennett (Felix from Avonlea).

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD.

55. Love Comes Softly Movies (2013-2011)

Love Comes Softly with Katherine Heigl - promo image
Photo: Hallmark

Why Anne fans will love them: These movies like Anne of Green Gables are charming, feel-good period dramas that will melt your heart. There are 11 films in total.

Where to Watch: You can stream at least the first movie on Hoopla. Buy the entire collection on DVD.

56. Love on the Land (1999)

Love on the Land from Sullivan Entertainment DVD cover

Why Anne fans will love it: It’s a Sullivan production period drama full of romance and interesting characters, or, so I’ve heard. Love on the Land is a drama on my own watchlist. From what I hear, expect to have some tissues on hand.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD.

57. Pollyanna (2003)

Pollyanna 2003 poster

Why Anne fans will love it: I recently discovered this ITV British adaptation and fell in love. The PERFECT movie for those of us seeking something similar to Anne of Green Gables. Plus, extra points for casting Tom Ellis as Tim. Trust me; you’ll love this one.

Where to Watch: Stream on PBS Masterpiece Amazon channel. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

58. Polly: Comin’ Home (1990)

Polly: Comin Home Disney poster

Why Anne fans will love it: This is an excellent adaptation of Pollyanna featuring an African American cast. The famous story of the positive Polly who goes to live with her Aunt is worth watching if you like Anne of Green Gables. This particular retelling of the novel is extra fabulous because there are Broadway-style songs! To top it all off, the always amazing Debbie Allen directs the movie.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

59. The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)

The Magic of Ordinary Days
Photo: Hallmark

Why Anne fans will love it: It’s a heartwarming period drama romance for those who like old-fashioned happily ever afters.

Where to Watch: Stream on Hallmark Movies Now on Amazon. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

60. The Man From Snowy River (1982)

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Photo: 20th Century Fox

Why Anne fans will love it: This Australian film still holds up years later! A great choice if you’re seeking a romantic period drama without the explicit content.

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

61. Mansfield Park (1999)

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Mansfield Park (1999). Photo: Miramax

Why Anne fans will love it:  Okay, one more Jane Austen to mention, and then I’ll stop because that’s for a whole other list. What I love about this Mansfield Park is that the screenwriter combined the novel and Jane Austen as a writer and then wrote this witty script. Mansfield Park also deals with more serious themes. Still, I believe you’ll appreciate this story of a young woman who must endure horrible treatment from her family just because she’s poor. These stories of young girls going to live with Aunts or unknown family members have always appealed ever since I first watched Anne of Green Gables. Perhaps you feel the same.

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

62. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Mary Poppins Returns
Photo: Disney

Why Anne fans will love it: Okay, watch Mary Poppins first if you somehow haven’t and then watch this excellent new sequel. It makes you believe in magic again and feel nostalgic for your childhood in the best possible way. I love those period films that just make you feel good inside. Mary Poppins Returns is bound to put a smile on your face. The subtle romance between Emily Mortimer and Lin Manuel Miranda is as sweet as a spoonful of sugar.

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

63. Mercy Street (2016)

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Photo: PBS

Why Anne fans will love it: Watch if you love period dramas about women making a difference.

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, PBS Passport. Buy on Digital and DVD.

64. Middlemarch (1994)

Middlemarch DVD cover

Why Anne fans will love it:  This excellent British period drama is perfect for those seeking another miniseries about small-town life with memorable female characters.

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video. Buy on DVD.

65. Miss Austen Regrets (2008)

Miss Austen Regrets Review
Photo: BBC

Why Anne fans will love it: Miss Austen Regrets is an intelligent biopic about Jane Austen and her life as a ‘spinster’ writer and Aunt. It’s simply wonderful.

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, BritBox, BritBox Amazon channel. Buy on DVD.

66. Miss Potter (2006)

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Photo: MGM/BBC Films

Why Anne fans will love it: Does anyone else adore almost all period dramas about aspiring female writers? This biopic is top-notch with a gorgeous (if super depressing) romance between Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor (fans of the underrated Down with Love rejoice!).

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

67. The New Adventures of Pippi Longstalking (1988)

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Photo: Columbia Pictures

Why Anne fans will love it: This is another film that is pure nostalgia for those of us who also remember watching this silly movie as a kid! I remember loving this story about another fun redheaded girl. Whether or not the quality holds up years later as an adult, I have no idea…

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

68. The Paradise (2012)

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Photo: BBC

Why Anne fans will love it: Similar to Anne of Green Gables, The Paradise focuses on depth and strong female characters. Like Anne, Denise fights for her dreams no matter what obstacles stand in her way. The romance will also leave you swooning from beginning to end.

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video. Buy on Digital and DVD.

69. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1938 film with Shirley Temple
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Why Anne fans will love it: Another children’s classic adaptation Anne of Green Gables that readers can appreciate.

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

70. Reign (2013-2017)

Reign; Mary and Francis kiss
Photo: CW

Why Anne fans will love it: Megan Follows is a revelation as Anne Shirley. Similarly, she’s a revelation as the conniving Catherine de Medici in Reign. She makes this show. Just don’t go in expecting a similar period drama to Anne of Green GablesReign is steamier on a PG-13 level. It’s also far from historically accurate. But as a historical fantasy, it is fun entertainment.

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

71. A Room with a View (1985)

a room with a view poster

Why Anne fans will love it: While the first Anne of Green Gables series begins in the 1890s (the Sullivan adaptation that is), it transitions into the Edwardian Era in the sequel. A Room with A View captures this time period with elegance and exquisite romance. Plus, 1985 was a fantastic period drama year… Check it out.

Where to Watch: Stream on Cinemax, Max GO, HBO Max. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.

72. Rose Hill (1997)

Rose Hill poster with Jennifer Garner

Why Anne fans will love it: Watch a young Jennifer Garner in this wholesome family movie. I haven’t seen this one, but I reckon it’s similar to other period Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

Where to Watch: DVD.

73. The Ruby Ring (1997)

The Ruby Ring poster

Why Anne fans will love it:  The old-fashioned historical setting with a side of romance is enjoyable to watch as a family. This time travel movie is fun in the best possible way. Sure, it’s cheesy, but who cares?

Where to Watch: Stream on Hoopla, Vudu, Tubi, Pluto TV.

74. Sarah, Plain, & Tall (1991)

Sarah Plain and Tall poster

Why Anne fans will love it: Glenn Close and Christopher Walken star in this fabulous story for the whole family. Their chemistry is authentic, and the film’s style compares to the essence of a good L.M. Montgomery story.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

75. The Secret Garden (1993)

The Secret Garden poster

Why Anne fans will love it: If you love classic children’s novels’ adaptations, you can’t go wrong with The Secret Garden. This version is my particular favorite, but there other fantastic interpretations of the book as well. (A new adaptation just premiered in August 2020 starring Colin Firth!)

Where to Watch: Stream on HBO MAX. Rent/buy on DVD.

76. Sweet Land (2005)

Sweet Land movie poster (A Love Story)

Why Anne fans will love it: I think sweet in the title says all. Sweet Land is a sweet romance in the best possible way. Anyone who fell in love with Anne and Gil will fall in love with Inge and Olaf.

Where to Watch: Stream on Pluto TV, Vudu. Buy on DVD.

77. Tea with Mussolini (1999)

Tea With Mussolini cast
Photo: United International Pictures

Why Anne fans will love it: One of Anne‘s highlights was all the incredible female friendships and fascinating conversations between women. Tea with Mussolini has that in spades. Plus, the cast includes some of the best!

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

78. Under the Piano (1996)

Under the Piano starring Megan Follows poster

Why Anne fans will love it: Kevin Sullivan produces Megan Follows in another lovely period drama.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD.

79. Victoria (2016-)

Victoria season 3 promotional image of Victoria and Albert
Photo: ITV/PBS

Why Anne fans will love it:  For anyone who dreamed of puffed sleeves, Victoria is a fabulous romantic period drama series that may or may not become your new obsession.

Where to Watch: Stream on PBS Passport, Prime Video, Peacock. Buy on Digital and DVD.

80. The Waltons (1971)

The Waltons image
Photo: CBS

Why Anne fans will love it: This still hugely popular show is still beloved for a reason. For sure, The Waltons compares to a Sullivan Production movie or show.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital and DVD.

81. When Calls the Heart: The Movie (2013)

When Calls the Heart movie poster with Maggie Grace and Stephen Amell

Why Anne fans will love it: It just has the lovely old-fashioned romance us Anne and Gilbert can appreciate.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

82. When Calls the Heart TV Series (2014)

Jack and Elizabeth in When Calls the Heart
Photo: Hallmark/Crown Media Press

Why Anne fans will love it: The tone to the series is influenced by Road to Avonlea. It’s not as good (what is?), but it’s super romantic and enjoyable to watch as a family. Hearties are loyal to the show for a good reason (even through the hard times).

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

83. Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991)

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken image
Photo: Disney

Why Anne fans will love it: Chances are if you watched Anne of Green Gables or Road to Avonlea, you also watched Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (mainly if you had the Disney Channel). It’s an excellent family film with a lovely romance.

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

84. Wind At My Back (1996)

Wind At My Back DVD cover; period dramas like Anne of Green Gables

Why Anne fans will love it: Another TV Series from Kevin Sullivan, Anne fans will appreciate the high-quality family entertainment. Once again, the characterization is fantastic.

Where to Watch: Rent or buy digitally to stream on the Gazebo TV app. Buy on DVD.

85. Wives and Daughters (1999)

Wives and Daughters poster

Why Anne fans will love it: If you love classic adaptation miniseries with top-notch acting and writing, Wives and Daughters should be at the top of your list. I think Anne fans will appreciate the love story too.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

What’s your favorite adaptation of Anne of Green Gables? Do you have a period drama to recommend to fellow kindred spirits? Sound off below…


Top Photo Credits: Anne of Avonlea and Road to Avonlea (Sullivan Entertainment), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Netflix/Studio Canal), and Little Women (Columbia Pictures)

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