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Great List of Top Romantic Period Films and Series

Updated on September 30, 2015

There are some who like romantic comedies while there are some who just love to get lost in the evergreen world of romance in history. I find myself in favour of the latter and have been so ever since I first read Pride and Prejudice. Well today’s topic is not historical/period novels or books; it is about period films and mini-series.

Although Pride and Prejudice (BBC version) is without a doubt one of my all time favourite, this hub will concentrate more on the period films/series that are somewhat like an endangered species amongst the movie world. So this is to the underdog in the world of period films. The unsung heroes of romance who are nevertheless as moving, as intriguing and as wonderful to watch as any crowned and acclaimed historical romance movie.

I do not quite like to list period films in descending or ascending order deeming any one particular to be no. 1 or no 7 in my list. The reason being that they all have something special about themselves and I believe it to be an insult to those characters living in the kaleidoscopic world of film reels (I know, I know, it is more like a movie in a usb drive or a DVD and not the traditional reels so to speak, it’s just how I imagine them to be, endlessly living in their world of film reels). Every period film holds its own special place in their alternate worlds.

The Buccaneers
The Buccaneers

The Buccaneers (1995)

The Buccaneers is a TV mini-series, comprising of 5 episodes. The mini-series is based on the novel by Edith Warthon. The Buccaneers tells the stories of four affluent girls who travel all the way from America to England in the hopes of finding appropriate husbands. The four girls are all different from each other and yet all to be related with. Nan, Conchita, Virginia and Lizzy, the four girls who indeed find husbands in the old world but you must watch the Buccaneers to see how it ends. Check out the youtube trailer to get a taste of the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers Trailer

Little Dorrit
Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit (2008)

Little Dorrit is another mini-series comprising of 14 episodes (half an hour each). Little Dorrit follows the story of a young girl who goes by the name Amy Dorrit who lives in the debtors’ prison in London with her father. Amy secretly finds work in a house which turns out to transform her and her family’s life when Amy’s employer’s son, Mr Arthur Clennam returns home from abroad and discovers that Amy and his lives are interlinked. Find out more by watching the trailer.

Little Dorrit Trailer

Somewhere in Time (1980)

Somewhere in Time is one of my favourite period films. When you start watching the movie, and you have the feeling that you know the actor, then that would be because it is Christopher Reeve, who is our favourite Superman.

Somewhere in Time tells the story of Richard Collier who travels back into the past to meet a woman whose photographs he sees and falls in love with. It is a beautiful historical romance movie that is sure to tug at your heart.

Somewhere in time

The Age of Innocence (1993)

The Age of Innocence tells the story of a very passionate love story between and man who is betrothed to another innocent woman and a married, about to be divorced lady of the world. This movie takes the viewers into the path of passion, obsession and destruction but then pulls back. 

The Age of Innocence Trailer

Fanny Hill (2007)

Fanny Hill is a TV mini-series that follows the life of an innocent girl, left in the cruel world alone when her parents decease due to smallpox, who enters the world of courtesans and then falls in love with a man that she cannot marry due to social rules and norms. The movie is very interesting and exciting at parts and quite sad at times too.


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      K Kiss 5 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      I did derive a lot of pleasure from watching North and South myself.

      Recently I just finished watching Tess of the D'urbervilles another BBC production and really it touched me quite deeply. I would suggest it to anyone with an interest in period film and especially Thomas Hardy.

      Thanks for stopping by Lb.

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      Lb 5 years ago

      North and South a bbc series so far is the best

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      K Kiss 6 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      thank you jacqui2011 for stopping in yet another of my hubs. You are most welcome! An affair to Remember is indeed a great one. One day I will write a hub on Classic romantice movies and hopefully you will stop by again.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      A well-written review which I enjoyed reading. I just love romance films of any sort. I love all the old romantic weepy ones too. My fave film of all time is "An affair to Remember" with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Great hub and voted up.

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      K Kiss 6 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      thanks ubanichijioke for stopping by at my hub. And yes I have watched pretty woman many's among one of the best romantic comedies of our time. thanks for wishing me. I wish you good luck too.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      great review K, i ve always been a romance film fan. Have you watched pretty woman. I love that film. Hope you re having fun where ever you are. I wish you all the best