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Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

21 Romantic movies that are similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey... and are CLEAN!

I love romantic period classic films and TV shows. Especially those with good acting, that are well written, and historically accurate. Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey have been extremely popular (and for good reason) and are two of my favorites. For those just discovering this amazing genre or for those wishing to find more, I’ve created this list of similar productions.

Each film has had over 400-3,000 Amazon reviews and most of them have a 5 star Amazon rating. I find Amazon reviews much more helpful and thorough than others, so please click the links to read the reviews. These shows are uplifting, well written, well acted, and have been loved over time! The great thing with this list is that if you love one of these films/series, you will most likely love all of them!

Note: If there is more than one film that I love of a certain title I have ordered them in my first choice, 2nd, and 3rd. I have also indicated where you can find them: Amazon DVD, Amazon Instant Access, and if they are also available on Netflix. You can also try finding them on iTunes, at your local library, Hulu, or with Netflix’s advanced membership that ships DVDs to your home.

Oh by the way- there are now way more than 21 movies because I’ve had some awesome suggestions from wonderful readers of what to add and new movies have hit the theaters. I’ll continue adding more, so please pin or bookmark for more.

1. Pride and Prejudice DVD Version Only- I adore this version as it is perfectly casted, well filmed, and wonderfully scripted. It strives to remain true to the novel and quotes hundreds of lines from it verbatim. I just adore this film!

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

Pride and Prejudice 2nd favorite DVD Version, (Also Available on Netflix)- This version is also very well scripted and stays true to Austen’s novel. Although older it is definetly an amazing film.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

Pride and Prejudice 3rd favorite DVD Version and Instant Amazon Access– I love the cinematography and many of the characters casted in this version. I don’t care for the rushed feel it has (it tries to cover so much in so little time). I also don’t care for some of the script and word variations that they changed from the novel (I assume they did this to make it easier for viewers to understand).

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

2. Sense and Sensibility DVD Version, Amazon Instant Video, and Also Available on Netflix- I love the acting, the cast, the script, the cinematography, etc. All in all this version stays true to the original novel and was supremely executed.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

Sense and Sensibility 2nd Favorite DVD Version only- Another great option to an all time favorite novel. This production is so good I feel it almost ties with the Emma Thompson version mentioned above. I love the casting, scripting, and the set! I especially love how they took a bit more time to develop the relationship with Marianne and the Colonel.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

3. The Paradise DVD Version, Amazon Instant Video , and (Season 1 Also Available on Netflix). This series pleasantly surprised me. The plot, characters, and time period are captivating. It is clean, romantic, and a fun series to watch. I was hooked from episode 1!

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

UPDATE!!! as of 1/28/15 Paradise Season 2 is now on Netflix!  The Paradise Season 2 (BBC DVD set only) Note before it was on Netflix, I bought the season 2 on Amazon and was able to watch it on my DVD player that plays DVD’s from other countries. That is the only way I was able to find season 2.

4. The Young Victoria DVD Version, and Amazon Instant Video– I adore this film! Rupert Friend does an EXCELLENT job playing the quiet, reserved, in love, and respectable Albert. Emily Blunt is a wonderful Victoria and shows the depth of her commitment to the throne, her love for Albert, and how it must have been quite difficult to balance it all. I can’t recommend this film more highly!

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5. Downton Abbey Seasons 1-5 (DVD and Instant Access)- Most people are aware of how wonderful this series is. I will note for parents of children and teens that there are a few adult scenes throughout the seasons. If you Google which series have  inappropriate scenes I’m sure you can find and avoid them. NOTE- Season 5 (I’ve seen a few episodes) is not near as clean as the first few seasons. Update: I’ve seen all of season 5 now and it does clean up after episode 3 or whichever episode it is that includes Mary’s little ‘trip’. I really enjoyed the rest of Season 5! I’ve seen season 6 and loved the way it turned out. It is the cleanest of all seasons and just wonderfully done! Bravo! TIP – I found all seasons (including 6) for free on Although the resolution is quite low I was so happy to see season 6 a year early.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

6. Emma (Amazon Instant Access), and DVD Version– The BBC version is by far my favorite! I feel that Emma, Mr. Knightly, and many of the other characters are perfectly casted. I love how this version remains so true to the book and is also light and fun!

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

Emma 2nd Favorite Version– With Kate Beckinsale. Great suggestion from a commenter below. I thoroughly enjoyed this version.


Emma 3rd Favorite DVD version,  Amazon Instant Access, and Also Available on Netflix. This is another great production. It is shorter than the BBC version so it is not as true to the novel, but has great acting and some wonderful qualities.

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7. Miss Potter DVD version and  Amazon Instant Access– This is another film that pleasantly surprised me. It is based on the life of Beatrix Potter, author of the famous Peter Rabbit book. I was so captivated by how fun, quirky, and different this film is. It’s so refreshing to have a romance with imagination and so much life!

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

8. North and South DVD version,  Amazon Instant Access, and also Available on Netflix.- North & South is a wonderful romantic drama. It is a bit heavier because the plot is thick with politics, business ventures, and a centers on a woman who is more head strong than the time period allowed for. It is a definite favorite!

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey) 9. Jane Eyre DVD Version Only- Wonderfully done and is an all time classic favorite.

UPDATE: I just viewed the newest version of Jane Eyre (2011) on Netflix and Loved it! Amazon Version I think it’s my favorite version now. I wish they ended it a little more thoroughly but I loved it. Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

Jane Eyre- this next version has the highest reviews out of the many Jane Eyre’s that have been done before.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

Jane Eyre 3rd Favorite Version DVD version only- I love this version because of the connection between Jane and Mr. Rochester. They really capture the relationship and the difficulties surrounding their love wonderfully.

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10. Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown DVD Version,  Amazon Instant Video, and also Available on Netflix. I was truly not expecting to like this film but was caught off guard. It is very well done and strives to remain true to both Queen Victoria and the man many believe was her second true love. I love how clean and proper this film depicts their relationship.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

11. Persuasion DVD Version and Amazon Instant Access– Persuasion is another one of my favorite Austen novels. This first version does a great job of portraying the heartbreak, the betrayal, and the love than endures through all of the opinions and attempted persuasions.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

Persuasion 2nd Favorite DVD Version- I just viewed this version and adored it! It was such a wonderfully done film!

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

12. The Magic of Ordinary Days DVD Version- This is one of my all time favorite films EVER! As I was watching it for the first time the power went out and I couldn’t really think of anything else until I saw how it ended! It is set in America during WWII so it is a bit different than a lot of these other films. But it is such a touching and romantic story of second chances, true love, and respect. I had to include it. It is a MUST SEE!

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13. Wives and Daughters DVD Version, also Available on Netflix- This is a wonderful different sort of series that is very entertaining and has a lot going on. I found it to be very fun to watch and wonderfully done!

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

14. Northanger Abbey DVD Only- This version is very good. I love the scripting, love story, and characters.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

15.Belle Amazon Version– This period piece is extremely moving and was just released. I have rarely bought a movie on its release date but I HAD to buy this! It is based on a true story and had a lot of accurate historical drama which I feel men will relate well to. It isn’t just a chick flick. It is a definite 5 star movie!

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

16. Mansfield Park DVD Version, Amazon Instant Access, Also Available on Netflix. Many Austen purists think that Mansfield Park has never been depicted correctly on film. I do love this newest version. I feel it displays the drama, relationships, and difficulties very well while not straying too far from the novel.

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Note: I didn’t like the more popular Mansfield Park 1999 version as well as this newer version mainly because of the graphic sex scene/nudity that took place in the 1999 version. Also, the script took liberties and strayed quiet a bit from the from the book (making the father out to be an immoral slave driver, and Fanny to be a novelist, etc.). That said, the acting and casting in the 1999 version was very good so it may be worth watching if you can look past the few things that I mentioned.

17. The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain DVD Version, Amazon Instant Video– This was another film I was half expecting not to like. It proved me wrong. It’s witty, fun, based on a true story, and even romantic. I enjoyed watching this lighthearted film.

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Anne of Green Gables DVD version. This is the most amazing film! I love the romance(s) happening, the humor, wit, and adventure. I never get tired of watching this… and I’ve seen it a few more times than I’d like to admit. It’s another MUST SEE!

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

Anne of Avonlea aka Anne of Green Gables The Sequel

Such a wonderful production and stays close to the novel. Many comments I have read on Amazon say not to watch Anne of Green Gables the Continuing Story (part 3 in this series)…as it will ruin this wonderfully done series. But multiple comments below say it is wonderful. I’m planning on watching it and with update this when I do.

Anne of Avonlea

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken– This is another American Era Film (takes place during depression) and highlights a ‘true story’ of a women who was daring, strong, and overcame difficult obstacles. I had to include it. It’s another must see!


Larkrise to Candelford– (Amazon and Amazon Prime) This is a recent discovery of mine (thanks to the comments and a good friend who confirmed it was worth the watch). I really like this series. It is so much fun, great script, great cast. I haven’t seen it all yet. I watch a few episodes here and a few there as it is less addicting than many other series on this list. If you are an Amazon Prime Member, you can watch it for free in Amazon instant Prime.

Larkrise to Candleford

Austenland– Available in DVD and Instant Access on Amazon This is an amazingly funny film. Although I should warn that unlike most of these other films there is quite a bit of ‘adult humor’ and some light yet risky comments. That said, if you are an adult and are a big fan of these other films you may just laugh your head off. It’s a great film with an excellent balance between romance and humor. I’ve seen it a few times and honestly can’t wait to see it again!

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An Amazing new movie just hit theaters in this genre called Far From The Madding Crowd. After it was over the man behind me said, “That is the best movie I’ve seen in a long time!” It has a similar feel to Lark Rise to Candelford. I really loved the story line. I recommend it.

But there are a few questionable scenes that don’t last long. So in case you are watching with kids: the first is when the dog wakes the farmer in the middle of the night, the next scene is when she is in the forest meeting someone, and the last is a bed scene but it is fairly clean and short. Other than that, and two very brief moments of violence,  the film could’ve been rated G.



The 1967 version has been restored. This new 2k restoration, taken from the original 35mm negatives, was overseen by the film’s cinematographer Nicolas Roeg, and has previously screened at the 2014 London Film Festival in the Archive Strand. The film is part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’, which showcases iconic British films in fully restored versions. It is available on DVD and Blue Ray as of June 1 2015. Although I’ve never seen it, many say it is excellent.

Death Comes to Pemberly– Another AMAZING production! It is a British novel by P.D. James that continues Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a murder mystery. It is excellent. Highly recommend it. And thank you to those who suggested it in the comment section! I found it on the Apple TV area where you can purchase T.V. series (it was not in the movie section). You can also find it on Amazon Instant Watch here. UPDATE- It’s now on Netflix.


Little Women based on the book. It’s fantastic the actors and actresses are very talented. The story line is engaging. I love this film!


Poldark– This is an AMAZING MUST SEE series!  Finally, a truly romantic show that showcases the main characters in married life. I love romances that end with a kiss. But I love them even more when the marriage is the highlight of the show. I literally am obsessed. I can not wait for season 2!!!!

Update: I started reading the 12 novels. I got to 7 1/2 and called it quits. Unfortunately, they do get progressively more ‘soap opera-ish’. I’ve heard the last 3 are okay but 6-9 are harder to get through. One through 5 were amazing. I just hope that PBS and the BBC can manage to make this series as true to the books as possible (like the first season has been), but also keep it clean so that viewers are not subjected to the questionable scenes as found in the later novels.


Victoria by Masterpiece- Although The Young Victoria is a hard one to compete with, this comes as a close second. This series is excellent. Great acting, costumes, and plot. You can buy it on Amazon here or watch it for free (in low resolution) here.


When Calls the Heart– I enjoy this series. Season 1 is now on Netflix. Season 2 via Amazon. It starts off a little low budget and cheesy but the acting and plot get better with each episode!


Daniel Denronda- Wonderful story filled with completely opposite lifestyles and romance. I really enjoyed it! It’s been awhile since I’ve first watched it, but I remember really liking it because it had a different and refreshing plot. I’m excited to see it again!

Daniel Deronda

Far and Away– Follows an Irishman immigrating to America. The adventure and romance are intense. I’ve adored it since I was a young girl. This is a must see! FYI there are some PG 13 scenes.

  Far and Away

The Secret Garden I absolutely adore this film. It’s a bit of a different type of romance—but it is romantic in the sense of excitement, mystery, etc. I was hooked as a little girl and still love it today.

the secret garden

Finding Neverland– This is also a different kind of romantic film. Think romance of imagination and friendship while watching. It is completely captivating and such a beautiful film!


Finding Neverland

Love & Friendship. Based on Jane Austen’s Lady Susan novel. I really enjoyed this movie. Great acting, plot, and well done book to film conversion.

Sweet Land. I really enjoyed this film. It made such an impression on me, that here a few years later, I vividly remember many scenes. It’s an American Era film that depicts just how tough farming, and falling in love can be.

The Crown. I’ve started watching this and really like it! It’s the story of Queen Elizabeth. I can’t wait to finish it. Found on Netflix.

Sweet Land

The Making of a Lady– I really liked this show. It’s starts out light and interesting and gets a little darker, thrilling, and gothic. I was not expecting the plot twist! It was engaging from start to finish. It’s fantastic! UPDATE- It’s now on Netflix.

The Making of a Lady

The Gran Hotel– This is a Spanish series (subtitles in English) very similar to Downton Abbey. Great acting, great set, and an engaging romantic plot tied into an engaging murder mystery plot. Much like Downton Abbey there are a few PG-13 and rated R scenes. There are about 42 episodes and maybe 10 have nudity, sex, rape, or violence—but no homosexuality. The first episodes of the first series have the majority of these scenes.

Unlike Downton Abbey many of the characters (most of them) are dishonest at heart but by the end many get better. Despite this, I have loved the plot, characters, and acting. It had so many amazing reviews that I decided to view it. I’m almost done and have really enjoyed it. Beware there are tons of episodes and it is very addicting and I couldn’t even look away from the screen. I never knew how often I did that until I started watching this series. You have to stare at the screen to catch it all (unless you speak Spanish). I found it on Netflix but you can find it on Amazon here

The Time In Between– note this link is for Spanish with no English subtitles. I viewed it on Netflix with English subtitles.
An amazing series now available on Netflix. It’s centered on a Spanish seamstress who plays key roles in a few wars. I loved this show-much more than Gran Hotel actually!!  So did my mom and sister (so I know many of you will too). It was well acted, scripted, and filmed. I now have a major crush on the last actor in the last scene of the series. But yes, this is definitely worth the watch. Subtitles are in English. A bonus of watching this for me was hearing/brushing up on my German (there is quite a bit with subtitles) and by watching this and The Gran Hotel I have picked up some Spanish as well!
Brooklyn– I LOVED Brooklyn!! I can’t believe I forgot to add it sooner. It is based on an Irish immigrant girl who struggles to come to America and start a new life. I have a few Irish ancestors and many ancestors from Europe. It was very touching and just so well done. It’s slightly different from many period pieces (the filming and storyline) but for some reason it just captivated me. I can’t wait to see it again.
 The next few films on the list are from a different time period. Generalizing I’d say they are based during the Middle Ages. I debated back and forth about including them or not. Ultimately, I thought that those who love Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey would most likely love these productions as well.

18. Ever After DVD  Amazon Instant Video– ‘The true story of Cinderella”. It is such an incredibly done film. It has a great balance of sadness, humor, and romance. If you haven’t seen it, I would definitely recommend it!

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19. Merlin Seasons 1-5  (DVD & Instant Versions), Also Available on Netflix- WOW another hugely unexpected favorite. The series is based off of the legend of Merlin and King Arthur and his sword. The neighbor girl told me about it so I began watching and was HOOKED. I will say that the first episode or two are maybe a tad bit cheesy, so just get through the first 3 episodes and you will never regret watching it! My only qualms with this series is how they ended it. Although I would have ended it much differently it is most definitely worth watching. Great romance, adventure, and plot.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

20. The Princess Bride DVD Version and Amazon Instant Video– This film has stood the test of time. It has been around for over 25 years and is still very popular and well liked. It is a wonderful story of “TRUE LOVE” and the adventure that is sometimes required to attain it.

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21. The Count of Monte Cristo DVD Version, Amazon Instant Video– A wonderfully romantic and adventurous film. There is something so incredible about the acting, plot, and story line that captivates me each time I watch this. There are a few violent scenes and a sex scene or two are implied. This is an all time favorite among both men and women. If you want to watch any show from this list with a male who doesn’t appreciate chick flicks, this is (or Belle) are excellent choices!

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 Cinderella 2015– Will soon be out on DVD. I just saw this and I liked it a lot. The characters are all fantastic actors. It dwelt on the happy times Cinderella had more than the negative (which is a breath of fresh air). There is a wonderful message that encourages the viewer to be more kind, courageous and forgiving. It does have a much different feel than the rest of these period pieces. It has a very ‘magical’ feel to the film—almost as if they were in a fairyland of some kind. I liked it!

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Honorable Mentions:

Pride and Prejudice a Latter Day Comedy- This is a fun clean spin off of Pride and Prejudice’s original story line in modern day time. I really like this show. It is light, fun, and clean.

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Kate and Leopold– A fun romantic comedy. Leopold comes from a different era and time travels into modern day. I quite liked it!

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MiddleMarch DVD Version, Amazon Instant Video, Also Available on Netflix. Although this film has really great reviews it is so horribly grainy and has such a bad resolution it landed in honorable mention. I began watching it, and plan on finishing, it is just hard to watch because of the resolution.

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Under the Greenwood TreeAmazon here also available on Netflix. This is a great period piece with a fun story line. It’s in honorable mention because it is just not as high a caliber production and the others. It is well worth the watch if you love period pieces.


Becoming Jane DVD Version and Amazon Instant Video– As an admirer of Jane Austen’s life and works I was a bit let down by this film. Hence, the reason why it landed in the honorable mentions. I really love the costumes, cinematography, and some of the characters. Yet, Jane Austen was so perceptive (as shown in all of her works) I highly doubt she would have ever fallen in love with someone so obviously fake as they depicted in the film. I wished they had done more justice to her obvious strengths of observation and perceptiveness of character. It’s a good show, just not an accurate depiction of Austen.

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Miss Austen Regrets– Although Miss Austen is better than Becoming Jane, I still wasn’t 100% convinced of Austen’s character portrayal. It is an excellent watch though.

Miss Austen Regrets

Lost in Austen– DVD and Instant Access Versions, also available on Hulu or Netflix DVD ship to home version.

UPDATE- I viewed this series. Not every film/series is going to be a good fit for everyone and unfortunately this wasn’t a fit for me (or my sister who also viewed it). There were a lot of ‘nails-on-the-chalk-board-moments’ in this film.

They take the Pride and Prejudice story line and twist it up so much there is no right from wrong, down from up, and it gets very scattered and disorganized. I had a hard time making it through the series and didn’t love the way it ended. There are some crude jokes, comments, and remarks which I didn’t find too offensive but they are there so I thought I’d warn future viewers!

That said, it may be a winner for a lot of people (as the reviews and a few comments below imply).


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The Importance of Being Earnest DVD Version, Amazon Instant Video– Light, witty, humorous, fun. This film puts a new spin on English romance.

Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

Sensts and Sensibility- Available on Netflix and Amazon Instant and DVD
This is a totally fun low-budget modern day Sense and Sensibility. I never know what to expect with low-budget films, but this one turned out to be worth the watch.


An Ideal Husband found on Amazon here– This is a fun, witty, and light-hearted film. I enjoyed it. The reason why its in honorable mention is just because its sometimes seems a little ‘off’ on historical accuracy in my opinion. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.

An Ideal Husband


Sara Plain and Tall (Amazon)– My mom told me about this film and said that she really likes it. I vaguely remember seeing it years ago. After I view it I will move it up out of honorable mentions if I love it too.


Christy– Granted it has been awhile and I need to re-watch this movie. But I can remember it didn’t really leave much of an impression on me… hence the honorable mention.


Wuthering Heights– The novel was okay. The movie okay. Most people either love or hate the plot. Without giving everything away, I’ll just say that Wuthering Heights just makes me kind of sad. I know that many who love this genre adore it though so I’m adding it. It’s definitely worth a watch to see what your thoughts are.

Wuthering heights

Call the Midwife– Again, not my favorite, many I’ve talked to love this series. I thought I’d add it to the honorable mention list.

call the midwife


A Room With a View– I enjoyed this film. There is a long scene of nudity when the three men go to bathe (just fyi) the rest is very clean. The reason it is in honorable mentions is that in my opinion the romance was not as developed as it should’ve been. Now on Netflix.

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Great Expectations– I really enjoyed this movie. There are some violent scenes but overall it is very clean. Great story-one of my favorite Dicken’s. There is another version that many like and can be found here as well.

Great Expectations

Love Comes Softly– This is a bit of a tear jerker. It tells the stories of women in the pioneer days, the trials and tribulations that they experience. I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 stars because at times the acting is not the best (besides Katherine Heigl-she was excellent). Overall, I’d recommend it! I can’t wait to view the rest of the series which you can find here or on Netflix DVD service plan. UPDATE- I’ve started to view the rest of the series (the next two movies). I’ve liked the plots but the acting and low budget sets are a bit cheesy and I just couldn’t get through the rest of the series.

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I also want to ask if you know any shows/TV series that fit this quality and genre of entertainment that aren’t on the list, PLEASE list them below so I can check them out! 

I’ve debated back and forth about putting the shows up that I have seen and do not wish to add to this list. I think I will because many keep mentioning them in the comments.

Productions that did not make it on the list above for reasons below:

Mr. Selfridge– infidelity, immorality, soap opera-esk I just couldn’t get over Mr. Selfridge’s hypocrisy and immorality. That said, many love this series. (wonderful costumes and set)
The Duchess– depressing, rape, immorality (fantastic acting, costumes, and set though)
The Inheritance– bad acting, bad resolution (great story line though)
Gone with the Wind– not a romantic film because it feels the opposite (in my opinion)
The Forsyte Saga– immoral depressing, soap opera-esk, rape, etc. I couldn’t even finish it. (not much good to say)
Tess of the Dubervilles– slowest movie I’ve seen in a long long time. I fast forwarded through some of it and didn’t miss a single line. Depressing plot, rape, death, sad ending. (not much good to say)
Bride and Prejudice– bad acting, musical (fun if you like musicals)
The Buccaneers– It was entertaining and well acted but I didn’t love how the director added homosexuality and rape which wasn’t in the book. Without that it would have been a 4 star show (in my opinion).
Miss fisher’s murder mysteries (1920s Australian drama)- I really liked this mystery series but Miss Fisher is immoral (sleeps around A LOT), I just couldn’t bring myself to add it to the list above.
Beloved Sisters- I used to live in Germany and I speak German. I was very excited to see Beloved Sisters (although reviews are varied). It is based on a few influential Germans. I was MORE than disappointed. The director took every single liberty he could and broke all directing rules (that shouldn’t be broken). There was a narrator speaking in present tense, actors that broke the fourth wall (spoke to the audience), past scenes, weird scenes, unexplained scenes.  About 10 minutes in I was thinking this is a weird movie. 45 minutes into it was googling, “how long does Beloved Sisters last” after two hours, It was painful. I only hung on and kept watching so I could give you an opinion based on the entire show. At three hours when this garbage ended I was furious. Don’t watch this unless you want to be furious too. It ended without making me like or hate any of the characters. It left tons of questions unanswered and it lied about historic figures (even making one of the legitimate kids supposedly illegitimate and showcased an affair that more than likely did not happen). The entire family has died off which explains why the director could lie about their lives. But the historic figures are probably rolling in their graves. Simply put it was Terrible.


I’m watching and adding movies you’ve suggested as quickly as a blogging mom of two can. Here are the movies I have pulled from the comment section below and that are on my list to watch. I will add as I view and approve them:

Little Men
Howard’s End
BBC original Mansfield Park
The house of elliott (1920s, following the famous fashion house)
Tenko (British female prisoners of war in Japan)
A place to call home (post-WW2 Australian drama)
Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend.
Bleak House
When calls the heart-movie
Little Dorrit with Claire Foy
The Winslow Boy (1999)
The remains of the day
Much Ado About Nothing 1993
The Bletchley Circle
A Little Chaos
The Painted Veil (Naomi Watts & Edward Norten)
Horseman on the Roof (Juliette Binoche & Olivier Martinez)
The Crimson Field
The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (Romola Garai)
Dear Frankie (Gerard Butler)
Testament of Youth
“A Little Chaos”
“A Promise”, both Alan Rickman in his last years.
“The Time In Between.”
 “Dear Frankie”
Emily Mortimer in “Leonie”
Pride & Prejudice with Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier
Northanger Abbey with Felicity Jones
Dr. Thorne
The Lost Valentine. It’s a Hallmark with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White
Mrs. Pettigrew Lives For a Day
An Education
‘North and South’ (1885) with Patrick Swayze
Dr. Thorne (on Amazon Prime)
And please keep the suggestions coming!


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276 Responses to Top 21 Romantic Movies (Similar to Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey)

  1. Willow Becher says:

    Huge thank you for blogging this! I have been looking all over for movies that are like P&P/ Masterpiece films, but I have had no such luck! It’s great to see that there still are some classy romance movies out there.
    Thanks again!!

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Willow- You are welcome, I hope you enjoy them! Check back if you have any reviews or input to add!

      • Sunil says:

        What an excellent list of movies….thanks so much.

      • Susan White says:

        I saw The Painted Veil on your list of must watch. I have to say that is one of my favorite movies of all times. When you first start watching you may want to shut it off after the first half hour, DON’T!! It gets not only good but great. There are a couple of nude parts but nothing nasty or tasteless. That is all I will say I don’t want to spoil it for you. All I will say is it is one of the best love and so true stories that I have watched in a long time and may I say I have watched it many times after I just can’t get enough. And also thank you for the list. I have watched a lot of the ones on it but there are quite a few I haven’t. P.S. Colin Firths Pride and Prejudice is also irreplaceable, I don’t care how many of them they make there will never be one as good. Happy Watching.

  2. Stephanie Volkmer says:

    The second Persuasion that you mentioned is much better (in my opinion) because I feel they cast it much more acurately than the other. Plus I really love how they managed to capture the true feel of the novel without making Anne a simpering snob. I highly encourage you to watch it as quickly as possible! It’s fantastic!

  3. Tairah says:

    Thank you for blogging this list. I’ve seen almost all of the movies you have listed. And are excited to see the ones I haven’t. I love romantic, clean movies and I think you made an awesome list.
    I grew up watching old movies and am disappointed that now days they have to add sence that aren’t needed.
    Thanks again!

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Tairah- You are so welcome. Check back and let me know how you like the ones you’ve never seen! Yes, finding clean and quality entertainment is getting much harder!

  4. Amy says:

    The Inheritance

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Amy- Sweet, thanks for the suggestion, I did view this film. It is not my favorite. I couldn’t really get over the acting and the film resolution. But I can see how many would love it because it is endearing and has a good plot.

  5. vanessa says:

    Is it quite bad that I have seen all of these! Romantic film addict maybe… definitely a jane austen addict! Thanks anita

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Vanessa- Not bad at all. If they were garbage shows then maybe. But these are really awesome, amazing, and uplifting shows 🙂 something to be proud of for sure!

  6. Dianne says:

    Have you seen Austenland, starring Keri Russell? I think it would fit in well with these others. My sister, mother, and I all adored it. Give it a watch, it’s really clever and funny, but also so appropriately “Austen”.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Dianne- I LOVE AUSTENLAND! I really can’t believe I forgot it. I’ll add that and another few I’ve thought of since. Thanks!

      • Mel says:

        Then you need to add Lost in Austen to the list. It’s on Hulu right now and has been on Netflix in the past and probably on Amazon.

        • Anita Fowler says:

          I watched it and added it to the honorable mentions. I personally didn’t love it because it messed up P&P story line so much but I can see how many who love these other films may love it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  7. Mimi says:

    Love this. Thank You. I would add Howard’s End and Room with a View. Both with a lovely Helena Bonham Carter. Howard’s End with Emma Thompson in her Oscar winning role. I also love the adaption of Jane Eïre with Michael Fassbender. And I would add Wuthering Heights with Severin adaptions to pick from.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Mimi- Thanks so much! I’ll look into those and add them once I view them. thank you again for the suggestions. I’m always excited to see more quality entertainment!

  8. Mindy Percival says:

    Thank you so much for this! I refer back to it often whenever I need a clean girl show. (which is all the time!) One of my very favorites is Lost in Austen. The time period is a little different in the fact that its about a modern girl who ends up in the Pride and Prejudice story, but it is witty and funny and I fall in love with it every time I watch it. I know at one time you could watch it on Netflix, however that was a few years ago.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Thanks so much for the kind comment. I’m so glad you refer back to it often. I added Lost in Austen to Honorable mentions as it isn’t my favorite but many would like it. Thanks!!

  9. Aimee says:

    There is a movie on netflix called the royal affair I loved.I too love all these types of movies. u should watch it! And the duchess with Keira knightly!! One of my faves!

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Aimee- I haven’t seen a royal affair because it is rated R. I try not to watch R rated movies. The duchess looks interesting… looks like you are a Keira Knightly fan. I’m not the biggest fan of her myself… but everyone has their own favorites. Thanks for the comment.

  10. Tanya says:

    Hi, thank you very much for this list. I’m going to watch and enjoy some pieces I didn’t watch yet.Also can recommend Emma with Kate Beckinsale.For me and my mum it’s the best one of all three emma movies.

  11. Angelique says:

    Have you seen Cranford, Daniel Deronda, Under the Greenwood Tree or Sweet Land? Also, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, although I haven’t actually seen the movie, but the book was lovely

  12. zbbo says:

    I was looking for a media sort of present for a friend who’s a big fan of pride and prejudice, you made it very easy!
    Many thanks 🙂

  13. Cheryl Martin says:

    You missed 3 written by Pamela Aidan An assembly such as this .Duty and Desire. and These Three Remain .All 3 are Mr Darcy’s story of how he and Elizabeth met and the change he went through to win her heart .They are beautifully written and follow the story Jane Austen origionally wrote.

  14. Laurel says:

    Anita thank you so much for putting together this list. I just found it on Pinterest. I agree with many of your selections and I am excited to view the ones I haven’t watched.
    Have you seen pride and prejudice a latter day comedy? 2003 Director: Andrew Black, Stars: Kam Heskin, Orlando Seale. Not at an adaptation from the book. But a sweet clean romance that parrallels the original plot, a bit like Austinland.
    It one of my favorites when i want something light, fun.

  15. Hanneke says:

    I have seen most of the titles from your list and will defenately watch the ones I haven’t! Personally, I would add ‘The remains of the day’ with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, I really love the subdued emotions an underlaying feelings!

  16. Julianna says:

    Wonderful list! Thank you! I have to second the Cranford recommendation, and also suggest the warm and light-hearted yet moving Lark Rise to Candleford series. Happy viewing!

  17. Rachel says:

    Love the list–only one or two I haven’t seen yet! I’m always on the lookout for these types of films. You might check out Under the Greenwood Tree, and the series Larkrise to Candleford. Both excellent in my opinion. Oh, and Cranford! Thanks for the list!

  18. Elizabeth says:

    If you have not already, please give Jane Austen Book Club a try. It’s a great film.

  19. Bridget says:

    Not movies but HIGHLY recommend youtube the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. One of the best adaptations that brings P&P into modern times. it will suck you in!! It is all finished so you can watch it all in its entirety. I had watched about 84 episodes over a weekend and then was dying to have to wait for the new episodes to come out! There are 100 episodes but each one averages 4-6 minutes. So so good!!! There also is a great adaptation of Emma Emma approved from the same company(Pemberly digital) also on youtube.

  20. Lisa Olson says:

    Good list! How about adding The Way We Live Now ? – its got a love story running through it with plenty of humor and drama, too! =)

  21. Carolyn says:

    Great list! Just an FYI, for what it’s worth — the rank in the army used for one of the officer in Sense and Sensibility is “

  22. dana dennis says:

    How about “An Ideal Husband”? Minnie Driver. Rupert Everett. Julianne Moore. Cate Blanchett. Lovely.

  23. Tabitha says:

    Loved your list. You should really check out Sweet Land. It was wonderful. Also the Christy series with Kelli Martin was great. My grandmother eve loved it and she doesn’t care for movies. Closer to that period is Room with a View, 2008 version is lovely.

  24. Sharon says:

    Take a look at The Winslow Boy (1999). An excellent story and a very captivating cast. Clean, well written, not action packed, but very engaging. Nice little romance woven through it. Takes place in the early 1900s.

  25. Rebecca says:

    Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend (I personally prefer the 2001 version with Keely Hawes, but the Jane Seymour one is pretty good too) and Bleak House 2005.

    There’s also Little Women 1994 version. (I watched the 1949 version with Elizabeth Taylor as Beth when I was a kid, but can’t remember enough to say how great it was.)

    And finally, Finding Neverland with Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp was amazing.

  26. Chitra David says:



  27. v says:

    Little Dorrit(200) TV series was very good. Cranford is another brilliant series about a village in 1840s – it’s a perfect example of attitudes at the times

  28. NYNeena says:

    Kate and Leopold was a nice romantic movie. Not sure if you have seen it or wish to put it in your list. :O)

  29. Kate says:

    Have you seen The Moth? It was based on a Catherine Cookson novel and I believe it was made for TV in 1997. It is one Of my favorites. I have seen and enjoyed most of the movies that you have listed here.

  30. Amy says:

    Have you seen Grand Hotel? It is so good, I can’t stop watching it! It’s sort of a spanish Downton Abbey but honestly, it has kept my attention a lot more. I just found it on Netflix over the last couple of weeks, and now I’m hooked!

  31. SUSIE B says:

    Please check out “Love comes Softly” and the entire series. Also the recent Hallmark series “When calls the Heart”. I really enjoyed these! “A Little Princess” (not the Shirley Temple one – although I am a Shirley T. fan) and “The Secret Garden”. Thank you for your list, as I plan on watching those that I have not.

  32. meria maria says:

    its such a disappointed that there is no synopis of the movie you recomended

    • Anita Fowler says:

      It took a LOT of time just to gather the information on this post (and watch many movies that have made the list since posting it). If you would like further information on these films, please click on the links to Amazon and read the synopsis’ you are interested in there.

  33. Sherre C. says:

    Thanks so much for compiling this list. I’ve only seen a few. Have you tried The Duchess. I love it. It’s currently on Netflix if you haven’t.

  34. Christy McWilliams says:

    I love your list! I have also seen most of these movies and I’m looking forward to seeing the ones I haven’t. I also wanted to recommend Little Dorrit with Claire Foy and Great Expectations with Gillian Anderson. I’m sure there are other versions of these books but these are very well done. I hope you enjoy them too. Thanks again for the list!

  35. Bells says:

    Any movie or series adaption of Janette Oke is a winner. Try watching any of the following:
    Love comes softly
    when calls the heart (watch the movie then the series)

    also if you want a different version of Pride and Prejudice. try watching Bride and Prejudice, its very funny, modern and has a culture twist. one of my favorites.

    but here’s the best idea. go on over to the Hallmark channels website, they have a huge selection of clean movies that will pull at your heart strings. I found Cedar Cove there, it’s one of my top series now (Andie MacDowell stars as the lead actress).

    enjoy 🙂

  36. Debra Larkin says:

    I am a fan of some of the Catherine Cookson novels that have been made into movies, though the film and/or sound quality is poor in some. My favorite of them is “The Moth,” with Juliette Aubrey and Jack Davenport.

  37. Jody says:

    The 1983 Jane Eyre has the best Mr. Rochester. Timothy Dalton is gruff, plotting, and vulnerable. He captures the rapid emotional swings of Mr. Rochester perfectly. Zelah Clarke’s Jane is a little bland, but Dalton carries the flick wonderfully. Definitely worth watching.Better than any of the other adaptations I have seen…and yes, I’ve read the book about 25 times.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Thanks Jody, wow 25 times! That’s so cool 🙂 I’ve read P&P about 5 and I thought that was a lot. I love to re-read books.

      • Although I haven’t seen the 1983 Jane Eyre with Timothy Dalton, Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester in the newest adaption certainly does “transfix me quite” with his incredible acting talent, dashing good looks,…and his eyes and voice! Auh, irresistible! He reveals his mysterious “tale of woe” in a brilliant way.

  38. Sarah says:

    Hi! Have you watched BBC’s Call the Midwife? There are several seasons on Netflix and it’s amazing!

  39. Sarah says:

    Two more! – I think you might like Joe Wright’s “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina.” Both star Keira Knightley (I have mixed feelings about her acting), but they have really beautiful cinematography.

  40. Kay says:

    Firstly, thank you for posting this listing. It’s been most helpful. I normally go through moods where I binge watch ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘Mansfield Park’ and the like, but I generally end up watching the same stuff over and over. This helped me out a bunch.

    Also, in my personal opinion, ‘Lost in Austen’ is best described as a FanFiction with an Original Character insert. I don’t discourage anyone from trying it for themselves, but I agree with you. I skipped through some of it because I just couldn’t handle it.

  41. Rachel says:

    OOOH my gosh, I so happy you took the time to make this blog!!! I love Jane Austen type movies and i am thrilled to seee that there are still many clean romances!!

  42. Lara says:

    Maybe it’s been mentioned in comments already but I enjoyed The White Queen very much, a tv series not movie. Thanks for the list, especially appreciated the information on where to get it as well, that has my playlist stocked up for a wee while 🙂

  43. Bobo says:

    I just watched Belle and absolutely loved it. I’m much more of a horror-and-comedy girl, but I do get in moods where I need to watch some good old happy-ending romance. I adore P&P (Colin Firth version), Magic of Ordinary Days, and Belle. Tbh most period romances leave me a little cold.

  44. ishi says:

    wow such a wonderful list.I love such classic type movies and a great fan of Jane austen..I love ever after from the list and already watched so many times..Great work anita.keep it up

  45. Megan says:

    Here are a few I watched recently that I think you may enjoy. All on netflix by the way.

    The Buccaneers – Four sisters shunned as “new money” by elitist New York society travel to London to look for husbands, where they’re courted by numerous suitors.

    Death Comes to Pemberly – Adapted from P.D. James’s sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the tale continues as Elizabeth and Darcy celebrate six years of marriage.

    From Time to Time – When Tolly returns to his family’s ancestral home to visit his grandmother, he manages to travel through time to uncover the mansion’s secrets.

  46. Cindy says:

    Thanks for this post!

    Recent watches I really loved or liked:
    Bomb Girls
    Mr. Selfridge ****
    The Paradise ****
    Doc Martin
    Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet version)****
    Last Tango in Halifax
    Call the Midwife
    The Forsyte Saga **
    Land Girls
    The Winds of War **
    War and Remembrance **

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Thanks. Not to be contentious but I really hated Mr. Selfridge it was so dirty-everyone sleeping with everyone and the fact that he was so unloyal to his wife and such a gambler, etc. It was so hard for me to watch so I skipped to the last episode and was just as disappointment. The Forsyte Saga was super depressing. Call the midwife was a bit too graphic for me. Loved The Paradise and I need to try the others. Thanks for the suggestions!

  47. What a great line-up! I enjoyed reviewing my favorites & there are a few suggestions that are new to me. Thanks so much!

    Warmly, Michelle

  48. Katrina says:

    Great list. A fun one is Cranford! Judi Dench is amazing (as always) and it’s a super fun made for TV series. Highly highly recommend. It’s way up there on my list and I’m a fan of more than two thirds of these (the other ones I haven’t seen)! …so I’m thinking we have very similar taste.

  49. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much for this list! I joined a BookReader’s club on FB and someone had mentioned a “sequel” to Sense and Sensibility called Willoughby’s Return and I absolutely loved it! Well of course it made me want to read Sense and Sensibility and then see the movie…and well, you can figure it out from there! So I Googled other movies like P&P and S&S and came across your website! I plan on watching this whole list (I’ve probably seen about 75% so far). So thank you for this! I look forward to watching these!

  50. Irene says:

    Little women is a great movie too!

  51. Alexandria says:

    Hi Anita! I too love a good clean movie with nothing too risque…I’ve seen every film on this list except The Magic of Ordinary Days, and heartily second them. I came across a new and delightful film (new to me, anyway) recently which you will LOVE if this list is any indication…”The Abduction Club”

    Also, have you seen the new Poldark series? There are a couple of pg-13 rated scenes, but they’re fairly short. Or Death Comes To Pemberley? Good luck!

  52. Amelia says:

    Great list! Have seen them all 🙂
    Because you seem to like these types of movies maybe you can name the title of a Movie that I have forgotten? It´s been nagging me for weeks now..
    I Think it´s set in the 1900th Century, it is a costume Movie. It´s about a Young woman who marries a man she didn´t know Before (arranged). She moves in with him. They sleep in seperate bedrooms but she looks at him through a sort of crack in the wall late at night. One night she decides to walk in to his bedroom and sleep with him.
    In the end she is poisoned (the servants guilty?) and she is lying in her bed with the man sitting next to her. But then she Wakes up and the man says something like: “I wanted you to know that I love you, afraid that you wouldn´t get to know that”.
    And in the end I Think you could see their future Children run around in the house (skipped in time).

    I Think he traveled for business. He had an office with maps I Think.
    And maybe these servants who poisoned her were from antoher country. I Think the Young woman helped them and gave them jobs in their home.

    Perhaps it´s a tricky one but I would be so happy if you, or someone out there, could tell me the title! 🙂

  53. Deborah says:

    What a great list! I liked “Death Comes to Pemberley”. I would also add the 2015 “Cinderella” to this list! So charming, and totally clean. 🙂

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Thank you! I’m so excited to see the new Cinderella. I never did get to view it. I think it comes out soon and I’ll add it after I watch that and death comes to Pemberley. Thanks!

  54. Rebekah says:

    You must see the bbc original Mansfield Park, the one done about the same time as the Colin Firth P&P. By far the most accurate and well done. The others are in no way close to the story or worthy of claiming the name of austin.

  55. annie l says:

    Poldark is the best RomDram I have ever seen! The main chacters are so real and so appealing! Kudos to Masrerpiece and PBS. If you doon’t know who Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson are now you will soon. Perfect!

  56. Kim C says:

    Great list! What a great range, too.

    I would recommend Heidi, the miniseries by Disney, I think in the mid-90s. Jason Robards, the adorable Noley Thornton and a beautiful setting. Clara isn’t portrayed extraordinarily well, but overall it is a great one and appropriate for children, too.

    Also, Much Ado About Nothing. The 1993 version directed by Kenneth Brannaugh and Emma Thompson. Again, beautiful film. Many well-known actors and actresses are cast. Nearly clean apart from a handful of brief scenes. Overall a fun movie and a different era than most of these as it’s a Shakespeare play, obviously. But it’s set in Tuscany and worth the watch just for that.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Thank you I’ll add them to my must-watch list.

      • Cari says:

        I hope you’ve seen Much Ado About Nothing (1993) by now, if not… watch it right away! I have very little doubt that you will adore it since we seem to agree very much on what we like and don’t like.

        We’re about due for another Pride and Prejudice remake though… it doesn’t seem like it, but the one with Keira Knightley came out 11 years ago. The BBC series was in 1995… the one before that was in the early 80’s…

        Yup, chop chop, another remake is overdue. Although I enjoyed the 2005 version as well as Keira Knightley, it felt rushed and I don’t like it when they cut out some of the characters… besides, for some reason Pride and Prejudice is one of the few books you could remake over and over, and many the fans will clamor for more.

        Although I did forget about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… I didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters, but c’mon that’s like saying Clueless could replace an actual Emma remake. Many people still don’t know what Clueless was based on, nor 10 Things I Hate About You. Since you have Scents and Sensibility on here, you could probably add Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You as well 😉 Should probably include Prada to Nada on that as well as a Sense and Sensibility inspired film.

        • Anita Fowler says:

          thanks! Great tips. You are right about P&P Zombies. I couldn’t bring myself to watch that and probably never will. I’ll leave your comment here for those interested in other movies like: Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Prada to Nada. Truthfully, I should probably just take Scents and Sensibility down—it’s bit out of place! I’ll check out Much Ado about nothing though.

          Hope to hear from you again!

  57. Susan says:

    I don’t think I saw Tess of Duberville on any of the lists. It has a Jane Eyre sadness.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Yes, and no really happy ending. I have seen it and was thoroughly depressed afterward. That is why it is not on the list. But a great recommendation for those who want a sad movie to watch.

  58. Roxanne says:

    Oh yes, Lost in Austen was horrible in my opinion. It totally ruined the story of Darcy and Elizabeth. I find so many things it that story so unlikable. Austenland is much better, but I have a love and hate relationship with that 2013 movie. Jane Austen Book Club is probably what I liked most that was inspired by Jane Austen. It captured a lot of what the 6 books were in one movie though it isn’t a period movie. Clueless too does a good interpretation of Emma.

    I would recommend The Bletchley Circle if you liked Death in Pemberley. I’ve loved both seasons so far and look forward to its continuation.

    The Duchess- I would and would not recommend. Lol The acting is superb as well as the story, but it’s also a bit heart breaking especially knowing that it is inspired by true events.

    Also another love and hate movie for me is, Atonement. I’m a bit of a Keira Knightley fan, so I tried this movie for that reason.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Thank you. I’ll put the Bletchley Circle on my list. I did see The Duchess and I agree, it was filmed really well but it was too heartbreaking! Since I’m highlighting clean movies I won’t put the Duchess one on the list because it is really disturbing at times. Thanks again!

  59. FAB says:

    You should definitely check out:

    Miss fisher’s murder mysteries (1920s Australian drama)
    The house of elliott (1920s, following the famous fashion house)
    Tenko (British female prisoners of war in Japan)
    A place to call home (post-WW2 Australian drama)

  60. Justine says:


    I just wanted to say that this is a great list! I haven’t seen them all, but I certainly have found many I would like to see.

    I just wanted to add that you may want to see From Prada to Nada? It’s based on Sense & Sensibility with a modern setting, I found it to be a nice movie to watch. Only if you are interested of course c:

    Thank you for the list and I hope you have a lovely day.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Thanks. Yes I do believe I have seen from Prada to Nada, It was pretty good. I may add it. The makeup was the worst thing I’ve seen though, but the movie was good. Thanks for the suggestion.

  61. Alexa says:

    I’m really grateful for this list. I have got many of them. I also have some suggestions.
    Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca (1995 I think)with Emilia Fox. A mystery to be solved.
    Bright Star (setting would be from 1818)
    One that I love but might be a little girly is Penelope (it has more of a fantastic nature)
    Gone with the wind (a classic)
    A musical? The Phantom of the Opera (with Gérard Butler and Emmy Rossum)
    Another film I love is “The Holiday”(the story portrayed by Kate Winslet and Jack Black)
    Another classic… Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I hope I’ve been helpful…. And thanks again!

  62. Alexa says:

    And also the series of Miss Marple have interesting romantic stories… Like ‘ the Moving FInger’ and ‘4.50 from Paddington ‘
    I really enjoy the ‘a knight’s tale’ movie which is funny, has beautiful quotes and is romantic.
    Other options of clean, nice films are ‘love by the book’, ‘ love’s enduring promise’, ‘flipped’, and ‘a walk to remember ‘
    Have you watched ‘ the jane austen book club ‘?it is very nice.
    And the last I remember is ‘ these foolish things’ (one of the ‘ will she make the right choice?’kind…)

  63. Lori Cruzan says:

    My husband and I just finished watching the Barchester Chronicles and we both loved it. The film quality left a little to be desired, but the story and the actors made up for any deficit. We rented it from the library and I’ve been trying to find it to buy but I am not having much luck. Thanks for this list.

  64. Leah B says:

    I am surprised Outlander isn’t on this list. It is amazing and so well done.

  65. sereen says:

    Wow! so thankful for this list!! thank you!!! I have to suggest one TV show!! If you loved downtown abbey and poldark, then you will absolutely LOVE outlander!!!! based on the novels by diana gabaldon. It was so well done, the acting was amazing. The first episode was a little boring but it just got better! not to mention a sexy scotsmen. SO worth your while!. although i will warn there is alot of nudity and rape as was common back in those times I guess. But the story is lovely. I just fast forward the crude parts, you can tell when its coming.

  66. sereen says:

    other recommendations

    amazing grace
    vanity fair
    tristan and Isolde
    dangerous beauty
    The Scandalous Lady W
    tess of the d’urbervilles 2008 (tv series)
    effie gray 2014
    the invisible woman
    a little chaos
    madam bovary

  67. dc says:

    Dreaming Of Joseph Lees is a intense love story with great sadness. Loved it.

  68. dc says:

    Firelight 1998 is another worthwhile love story with hardship and depth.

  69. Na says:

    Thanks from Brazil! ^^ I really loved your tips! I saw many movies and series from your list and your comments were perfect indeed!;) I hadn’t no idea about some productions that i read and now I will looking for these fantastic histories! Thank you so much! <3

  70. Amy says:

    The sequel to Little Women, Little Men (1998), was well done also, although I saw it in grade school more than a decade ago!
    I love these suggestions. I’ve seen (and fallen in love with) quite a few of them, and some of your suggestions didn’t look good, but now I’ll have to check them out. Word of warning: I haven’t seen Howard’s End yet, but the book was a little depressing (more along the lines of a Thomas Hardy novel but not quite as bad).

  71. Elsa says:

    I love this list! Thanks for putting it together. Found you on Pinterest! A movie I suggest is “Our Mutual Friend” by Dickens–excellent.

  72. Anna says:

    Have you watched “somewhere in time” I think you would really like it, the music especially is beautiful

  73. Cindy says:

    Are you kidding…who does this??? Okay…I guess you are expecting me to say something horrible from that start…but I’m not…I loved it!!!
    This is an awesome list…I’ve just be getting into watching Netflix and while looking for some suggestions online re period movies/series I stumbled over your blog. Thank you so much for all the great info. I set many up on my wish list…Netflix and Amazon Prime. Can’t wait to get started! Thx!

  74. Meghan says:

    Great list! Thank-you for sharing, I will certainly check out a few of these I had not heard of before… I thought I ought to mention a mini-series from 1995 called “The Buccaneers” starring Carla Gugino and Mira Sorvino. It is about young American women sent to London for the debutante season in order to find eligible husbands with titles. I enjoyed it because of the era in which it is set, and the Austen-esque theme of the quest to find a husband.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Oh I did see that one. It was entertaining and well acted, but I didn’t love how the director added the homosexuality and the rape which wasn’t in the books. I did like a lot of it but overall it was a bit of a blah for me. Thanks for sharing though, I’ll add it to the blog post. I’m sure many will like it.

  75. irene says:

    What a great list! Thank you! The tv mini series Great Expectations is also quite good! A little slow going at first but I really enjoyed it.

  76. aisha says:

    Thank you soooooooooooo much for this wonderful list. I am obsessed with romantic movies such as pride and prejudice. I will be checking out the paradise very soon. God bless you!!!

  77. Berglind says:

    Thank you for the list and also thanks to everyone who commented! A film I would add (I didn´t see it anywhere here) is Casanova with Heath Ledger. I almost didn´t see it as I´m not a big fan of womanizers and I thought it would have a bad ending. But then I really, really loved it and got my happy ending and all. Romantic, funny, strong female lead and audio visually beautiful. I was expecting A knight´s Tale to be great too but was really disappointed in that one: hated the music and thought he ended up with the wrong girl in the film…

  78. Shelley says:

    Awesome list! Seen most of them myself, unfortunately. Here are a few others to add to your list:

    Outlander (season 1) a new series as of this year is amazing and I’, sure you will love
    Wolf Hall another series I’ve heard good, but I have not seen yet.
    Monarch of the Glen and older series that’s good too.

  79. Anna says:

    Thanks for the list. Watched Far From the Madding Crowd and I LOVED it!

  80. Crystal says:

    Great website! I’m also a big fan of a lot of period pieces and have seen almost all you have listed but was actually surprised that Tess of the D’urbervilles didn’t make the list. There are 3 versions out and all are pretty good each in their own way. The story is by Thomas Hardy. Also see if u get all movies by Catherine Cookson. They kinda hard to find but all I’ve seen so far are pretty good. Then there’s Hazard of Hearts with a very young Helena Bonham Carter. It’s a nice one with a very good looking leading man.

  81. Maria Luísa Paula says:

    Tenho imensa pena que alguns destes filmes e séries não sejam legendados em português ou que não haja da zona 2.Adorava ter a série Chrity.Tenho Anne of Green Gables, mas sem ser legendado.Tenho alguns destes filmes, mas a maioria não consigo arranjar.Gostei muito de ver esta lista.

  82. Blondi says:

    Loved your list! I’ve written down all the suggestions you’ve made that I haven’t seen. One I did not see on your list is Berkley Square – a series about Edwardian era nannies – very well done – I purchased the DVD’s from the BBC Canada site

  83. RanchBP says:

    I disagree with the comment about the 3rd part of the Anne of Green Gables series. The 3 Megan Follows movies (Anne of Green Gables, A of GG Sequel and The Continuing Story) are all great, and the 3rd ends very sweetly!

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Okay you convinced me. I’ll give it a watch and then update the article afterwards with my own opinion on it. Thanks for your input!

    • Ash says:

      I totally agree Anne of Green Gables The Continuing Story is just as beautiful as the rest, (my opinion), it just borders close to a war film while still incorporating some of the same feel as the previous films. This is a beautiful list Anita, thank you very much I usually watch these films during my vacations from University. I enjoy them, every once and a while I rewatch my favorite ones because they are so good, while giving a shot to new ones. Thanks and God Bless you.

      • Anita Fowler says:

        You’re welcome Ash. Thanks for the good review on Anne of Green Gables the continuing story. I’m going to give it a watch and update the article afterwards. I hope some of these new ones that you haven’t seen yet become other favorites of yours!

  84. Cindy says:

    The Hitchcock version with OLIVIER and Joan Fontaine please…their meeting and short courtship amazing acting…her insecurity increasing with each incident seeming to confirm her inadequacy and failure…what a great production!

    • Aquella Transeunte says:

      Thanks for the recommendation on “Poldark” and “Far from the madding crowd”. This last one was a masterpiece, the patience and all the other qualities portrayed from the point of view of a man was tremendous. Just a few minutes back finished a movie from 2015 called “Brooklyn”. I’m still digesting if I liked it, loved it or so-so, but still, you should give it a look.
      Keep us posted, I regularly come back to this page to see whats new. Thanks very much!

      • Anita Fowler says:

        I LOVED Brooklyn!! I can’t believe I forgot to add it. I have a few Irish ancestors and many from Europe. It was very touching and just so well done. My husband who is 100% Navajo and has no European ancestors LOVED it too. Thanks again for the tip and for stopping by. And yes I totally loved both Poldark and Far from the madding crowd. I’m glad you did too 🙂

        • Aquella Transeunte says:

          Looking back I think I liked it a lot. Maybe the only mayor issue I had *SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT* ….. is that she wasn’t true to herself and led the Irish guy to wrong conclusions, and of course Rose’s death. But besides that loved the scenery, the Italian kid and his fast-talking-tempo, and the time traveling ride it gives.

          I noticed you have “The Time in Between”. Excellent series, I watched it on “drama”. Its mainly for kdrama fanatics like me that cannot just conform with the limited romantic period movies. This site is free and people can stream tv shows in many languages.

          • Anita Fowler says:

            Thank you! Yes I agree with your review on it. I disliked those parts too. But I think she was partly confused as to what her heart wanted, until she was reminded. 🙂 I’m so glad you liked “The Time in Between” as well! Thanks for the tip on where I can watch more of these.

  85. sharon says:

    you should watch/add to the list North and South 2004

  86. Christine says:

    It’s not a period piece, but definitely unique and has amazing love story. The original Beauty and the Beast with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. No nudity, it aired on CBS, its clean but has some violence sometimes. Also liked Titanic. Even the nudity scene was classy….
    The Four Feathers (Starring Heath Ledger)
    Somewhere in Time
    I love love love Downton Abbey ( I see you have that on your list)
    I also love Reign– but its def PG13 Costumes are amazing.
    The King’s Speech (Not a romance movie, but a dang good movie)
    The Book Thief (Again– not romantic, but period piece during WWII and incredible cast, really well done but very sad. The romance here, is her love of books and the family that take her in.)

  87. Reehab says:

    according to your advice .I watched Poldark,Brooklyn
    and I can’t tell how much I loved them.keep up your good work. I really loved this list.thank you so much

    best regards from Saudi Arabia

  88. Tabitha says:

    I’ve watched and love most of the films on your list. I would recommend adding The Paradise to your list of “to watch”. You’ll love it. It is available on netflix in Canada.. not sure about the US.

  89. Sandy B says:

    A Little Chaos… I saw it being recommended above, if it hasn’t already hit your list. Loved Far From Madding Crowd, Austenland, Downton Abbey… a fun list.

  90. Anna says:

    Great list! I noticed the lack of musicals, but here are some classics that are well done: The Scarlet Pimpernel, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and of course, Sound of Music.

  91. Anna says:

    Also, Oliver Twist (2005) is a well done drama, though romance is not a central theme to the plot. It is pg-13 due to a few disturbing scenes and is an overall intense movie, but high school students and older would get a lot out of it.

    Another historical drama that doesn’t really dive into romance full force but is still amazing (in my opinion) is Elephant Man. It’s based on a true story and teaches compassion. Again, there are disturbing scenes and the man central to the plot does have a severe dis figuration that takes time to get used to. Those mature enough to watch it can get a lot out of it, though.

  92. Lori says:

    Have you seen Lady Jane? Excellent historical romance featuring young, talented Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes (of Princess Bride fame).

  93. Admirers of this movie list may also be interested in the 1993 TV Mini-Series “Lady Chatterley” (an adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s legendary novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover; it stars Joely Richardson and Sean Bean and it’s sooo good!)…

    Other movies that I don’t think have been honorably mentioned yet are: the newest version of Madame Bovary (starring Paul Giamatti and Mia Wasikowska), Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (the 1992 version with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche), and A Dangerous Method (with Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender). I thought Wasikowska and Fassbender were fabulous together in the newest Jane Eyre. Keira Knightley was great in Atonement and Pride & Prejudice as well, and I think James McAvoy gave great performances in Becoming Jane and Atonement.

    I’m so happy that I’ve found this movie list…Thank you for sharing! I have been finding many of them on Netflix!

  94. Ketutar Jensen says:

    Thank you for this list! It is nice to see a list that is true to the idea, without wandering too far off. 🙂
    I don’t agree with some of your preferences, but that’s natural – we aren’t all the same 🙂

    I for one enjoyed The Forsyte Saga immensely in spite of the dark themes and “immorality” (I suppose that is also a personal opinion to some extent)

    House of Elliott doesn’t fit this list, even though it is a period drama series… Upstairs, Downstairs might be better

    I suppose Vanity Fair, Aristocrats and Anna Karenina are off the list, too, because of immorality and darkness, though I think many interested in romantic period dramas are also interested of these.

    You could give Catherine Cookson filmatisations a try.

  95. Deya says:

    I have seen the majority of the movies mentioned in this post but here are a few that can be added:

    The Painted Veil (Naomi Watts & Edward Norten)
    Horseman on the Roof (Juliette Binoche & Olivier Martinez)
    The Crimson Field
    The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (Romola Garai)
    Dear Frankie (Gerard Butler)

  96. Celine says:

    Thank you so much for blogging all those wonderful series and films. You have truly enlightened me and opened me the doors of great romances of all times. I was totally against to romantic movies until I watched ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Oh my… What a great emptiness I had in my life and had no idea what so ever. Please keep blogging and informing us with the new series.

  97. Dee says:

    Any chance you can point me to a list like this, where the movies based on true stories are listed 🙂
    This has been a massive help…now to decide what to watch tonight….

    • Anita Fowler says:

      hmm I don’t know of one. There are only a few on this list based on true stories. I wish you the best in finding one. Maybe that will be a sequel I put together 🙂

  98. Theeki says:

    Hi your blog was solo helpful for me!!! You should add the dressmaker to your list as well. It’s not a master piece but it has something in it. Anna Karenina as well….

  99. Lakshmi says:

    OMG! Amazing Blog! Can’t imagine to find people who like the same novels and movies!

  100. Krystle says:

    The New World Is one of my favorites. The story of Pocohontas. A great love story!!!

  101. Liz says:

    Thank you for your list! I’ve been able to add a lot of movies to my watch list now. I still have yet to watch Brooklyn. The book was rather disappointing, but a good friend of mine told me I would love the movie much better. I didn’t see it on your watchlist or in the comments, but Testament of Youth is a MUST SEE!! It is beautifully filmed you could watch it for that reason alone, but the true story based on Vera Brittain’s memoir is so moving.

  102. Kristi Maas says:

    I LOVED “A Little Chaos” and “A Promise”, both Alan Rickman in his last years. I have not read the comments to know if anyone has recommended them to you. I was addicted to “The Grand Hotel” and “The Time In Between.” My family joked that I was watching my “telanovelas”. Also, I noticed “Dear Frankie” on someone’s list, and I recently enjoyed Emily Mortimer in “Leonie” although, it was filled with adultery and bitter moments. Thank you, thank you for your list, and everyone else who has commented. Being home ill always gets a little better with a good movie.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Great suggestions Kristi! Try Velvet on Netflix if you like the Grand Hotel. I’m in the beginning phases of it. Thanks again and get well soon.

      • Kristi Maas says:

        Oh, Yes, Velvet, I did enjoy it! As I read the comments I noticed “The Holiday” – yes, although sexual situations, not nudity, Jack Black at his best!
        I saw “Monarch of the Glen” recommended, very good, although I did have to turn on the CC because I couldn’t always catch their Scottish accents.
        An interesting little film, Possession 2002, Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhardt, again adult situations, but nothing offensive if I remember.
        Find me some more like The Paradise, Gran Hotel, The Time In Between, and Velvet.
        You mentioned being squeamish, don’t do “Crimson Field”, it is graphic.
        I also recommend ‘Ladies in Lavender” if you haven’t seen it yet.
        Good Call on “The Magic of Ordinary Days”, one of my Hallmark favorites.

  103. This is a really lovely list. I thought some people may be interested in what costume dramas are out there with the actors from Downton Abbey, so I put together a list of over 100 period dramas with the Downton Abbey cast.

  104. Bekah says:

    This list was great and had a few new ones for me! i love period films. I would also suggest Amazing Grace with Ioan Gruffud (about the ending of slavery in England), The Scarlet Pimpernel with Jane Seymour set during the Reign of Terror in France but don’t let that dissuade you, its a sweet love story and Thoroughly Modern Millie is a hilarious musical with Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore. All clean and wonderful.

    I also really like the Horatio Hornblower series with Ioan Gruffud (i’m a fan of his) and the Sharpe series with Sean Bean. These are war movies set during the Napoleonic War. The series Turn, set during the American Revolution is great. They’re a bit more gritty and have less romance but well worth watching, especially if you have to compromise with a guy one night on what to watch.

    Murdoch Mysteries is a turn of the century mystery series, Foyle’s War a WWII mystery series and The Hour is about the BBC in England in the 60’s. i’m in Canada so I’m not sure what you don’t get on American netflix but these are all worth watching if you like period mysteries.

    Gone with the Wind is a must see at least once in everyone’s life time. its such a classic, but if you don’t like old movies, you’ll have a hard time watching it.

    Fun Shakespeare (not historically accurate except they were written in the 16th century) – I love Twelfth Night with Helena Bonam Carter and Much Ado About Nothing with Kenneth Branagh and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Michelle Pfieffer is good. all use Shakespeare’s original language, so if you’re not familiar with it, you will be wishing subtitles were available.

    But can i just say i think the kiss at the end of North and South is the best kiss scene of all time. i don’t know what others think, but i always melt when i see it!

    Happy watching.

  105. Sara says:

    Thank you for the list!! I’m sure you’ve seen them by now, but please watch Bleak House and Little Dorrit. They are so wonderful! I also really liked a little chaos, although I don’t like the 5 second boob shot in it, its such a touching movie. I hope movie people make more of these types of historical romances!

  106. Rinny says:

    I think the movie “Far and Away” with Tom Cruise is a very romantic and fun movie to watch. I think just one nudity part..but its short and shows I think his butt. Also Australia was a good movie I thought as well.

  107. Anne says:

    North and South is beautiful and Mr. Thornton ♥♥♥

  108. Christina says:

    Shadowlands Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger

  109. Anne-Malaurie says:

    Thank you from France ! My favs are Becoming Jane and North and South, and I was looking for others and your list is perfect 😀

  110. Diane says:

    Really enjoyed your list but I can’t believe you left off the classic version of Pride & Prejudice with Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier. A much lighter version than the contemporary ones but wonderful! Thanks for all your suggestions!

  111. Lindsey says:

    The painted veil is one of my all time favorites. Another good one is the True Women mini series with Angelina Jolie (very early in her career) and annabeth Gish.

  112. Deb says:

    LOOOVED Cranford, as well as it’s sequel Return to Cranford. My girls and I just re-watched them not too long ago. Thank you so much for the warnings that you include with your opinions about the movies/series. I am pretty picky about bedroom scenes/sensuality so it’s nice to have a forewarning.

  113. Esther says:

    You much watch bleak house and Little dorrit.
    Little dorrit features mathew macfayden so it’s a great injection of some pride and prejudice (my all time favourite movie).

  114. idil says:

    Edwin Drood (BBC version)
    Wuthering Heights (with Juliette Binoche)

  115. Gisela says:

    Love almost all of your top movies/series. Watched Crimson field, didn’t engage me as much as I thought it would. Some how it felt like they were trying too hard. Didn’t see it on the list, but I loved Home Fires! Completely took me by surprised. I expected to not like it at all, but it was wonderful. Some of the Downton Abbey cast is in this series. It lasted 2 seasons before it was cancelled for no reason and we were left with a major cliffhanger. the first season is on Amazon Prime. I didn’t like Becoming Jane either. LOVED the old Persuasion and Ever After, will watch them over and over and never get tired of them.

  116. Tracie says:

    I wanted to thank you for all the time and effort you went through to put this list together! We have the same taste in movies and although I had seen quite a few on your list, there was so many that I hadn’t. I found your list a few months ago, right after my younger brother passed away unexpectedly. I have spent the last few months watching all the movies on this list (I even watched the ones I had seen again!) it was such a much needed distraction and gave me something to look forward to. I loved them all. So thank you ever so much!

    For one to add- “Doctor Thorne” on Amazon was really cute, same creator as Downton Abbey.

  117. dewdrops says:

    Hey Anita,
    I really love your list. I think you should add The Age of Innocence starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeifer..
    The Sound of Music isn’t a period drama of course, but it’s a really good romance.

  118. John Stamps says:

    Thank you for compiling this most excellent list.
    You should add Foyle’s War and Doctor Thorne to the 2016 updated list. Oh yes, and Endeavor and Inspector Lewis.

  119. Anjanette says:

    YOu definitely need to give Horatio Hornblower a try and I just watched A Hazard of Hearts adapted from a Barbara Cartland Book. Good, if a bit short for the amount of plot and character development there could have been.

  120. Meesh says:

    Oh my, I love your list! Thank you for taking the time to compile it! I also don’t like watching rated r or morally questionable movies, and I am so glad to find a list that I can trust! :). I have seen many of these and love them, especially North and South, my favorite (though I didn’t enjoy the boucher story line). I can’t think of any other older British period pieces not on your list, but I recently saw “Populaire” a French film set in the 1950s, it was so cute! There is only one sex scene and I just fast forwarded. I also really enjoyed the romantic comedy “Miss Pettigrew lives for a day” set in england, beginning of world war II. It does have some sexual humor/promiscuity, and one nude scene (man’s backside) but to me it was still so enjoyable, I was able to look past it the same way I did with Austenland 🙂

  121. Xoxo says:

    Great list.
    I think Bridget Jones diary can also fit into it.

  122. Janine Campbell says:

    Thank you so much for making this list and for all the great comments. I love great clean romances with wisdom or humor and your list is the best I’ve found. I’ve watched so many of these but can’t wait to start on the others.

    I would highly recommend “Love Among the Ruins” with Katherine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier directed by George Cukor. It’s on You Tube. Lovely.

    Also the “Jane Eyre” with George C.Scott and Susannah York is beautiful -I’d watch it just for the music alone but it’s also very well done.

  123. Marina says:

    Try watching ‘Scarlet and Black’produced by BBC in 1993. It is not an easy film to watch, and you might consider it immoral – Julien Sorel, the main character seduces women to rise in society – but the actors’ work is excellent, and it is a great drama, done very well.

  124. kae says:

    ive only just stumbled across this list and have to say i adore you for making this ive seen most of the items on the list but i still managed to find some gems which i hadnt seen before <3 that being said reading your comments on "becoming jane" although i dont think that anne hathaway depicted jane in the most realistic way i dont think its an unrealistic portrayal as its the true story of jane austen and how she fell for him and had to choose to leave him it doesnt broadcast her as the perceptive woman she became but thats what happened in her life before she became the woman we all know today

  125. Rachel Bowman says:

    I love this list! Here’s another recommendation: Christy (not the tv show… but the movies. There are at least two of them). The movies follow the TV show but can also be stand alone movies. Many people I know like the movies a lot better than the TV series.

  126. Jane Austen says:

    All I have to say is “Gone with the Wind” is amazing lots of romance and drama a total classic

  127. Silvia says:

    This list is awesome!! Thanks so much for it. I couldn’t find, and therefore I wish to suggest, “Cold Comfort Farm” a 1995 tv movie with Kate Beckinsale. It’s set in 1930’s and I loved it. You should easily find it on Dvd on Amazon.

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  129. kusum p c says:

    Anita, I am truly grateful to you for your generosity and hard work in publishing this list of some amazingly beautiful movies.
    Thank again.
    Kind regards

      • Diego says:

        Hi, I really like your list of movies, thank you very much, I’m looking for one I saw recently but I do not remember what it’s called, it’s the 1800’s where a rich girl escapes from her house, I think by the window and I think with a guy and goes to live in a hotel with him, in that hotel I think live dancers, she gets to work plucking birds or something I do not remeber and he fight in a bar for money, they share the room, sorry for my English, try to translate it… thank you again for your list, I love this type of movies, I hope you help me with the name of the movie, I did not finish seeing her, thanks.

  130. Cathan Rue says:

    Great list! I second the addition of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Frances McDormand is amazing as the title character and you can’t go wrong with Ciaran Hinds.

  131. solarmovie says:

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  132. Lisa Hassler says:

    Thanks for this list! Many I haven’t seen yet. My suggestion and one of my all time favorites is The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, 1947 version with Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison

  133. One that you may want to consider that is not on this list is “Bright Star”–it’s the story of John Keats who died at 25 from TB and his first love of whom much of his poetry is inspired from.

  134. Eva Perez says:

    If you liked Downton Abbey, then you’d like Julian Fellowes earlier work “Gosford Park”… thank you for this list Anita! Enjoyed seeing many of my own faves and seeing new ones, I’ll put on my own “to watch” list… 😀

  135. tara d says:

    Hope thiese were not mentioned. I just found them and LOVED them.
    Dr. Thorne on amazon (free if prime) 4 episodes total. Then I found a new Northanger Abbey with Felicity Jones (from Rogue one). It’s so good, but different from the other Northanger abbey, I think. I haven’t seen it in a while. Also on amaon instant video I believe.

  136. K Dodson says:

    Mrs. Pettigrew Lives For a Day and An Education are great movies! Not during this era of films but so good!

  137. Breanna says:

    My all time favorite is The Lost Valentine. It’s a Hallmark with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White. I hope you like it! 🙂

  138. Kissmekate says:

    So if anyone wants to take a peek at similar style brilliant Korean dramas (all can be found with English subtitles) I can recommend…

    The Princesses’ Man,
    The Moon embracing the sun,
    Queen In Hyun’s Man

    Dramafever and Myasiantv are good sites to watch them on.

  139. Kari says:

    Not sure if this is still up to date, but if you still haven’t watched Dr. Thorne… do it now!! 😀 I just watched it on Amazon and LOVED it. Really clean, very romantic. Also very interesting to hear Julian Fellowes’ interpretation of the character development and themes of redemption. Just lovely.

    I also just finished Z: The Beginning of Everything and it was fun to get wrapped up in a totally different time period. NOT a clean, heartwarming story– but a much more realistic view of changing values and ideals.

    Finally, THANK YOU for posting (and updating!!) such a comprehensive list. What a blessing to stumble upon such a great collection! <3

  140. Shantelle says:

    Hi Anita!

    I love this list, its given me so much material. Thankyou!!

    I just finished watching ‘North and South’ (1885) with Patrick Swayze, it’s a tv show with very long episodes, it ran for three seasons and is based on the relationships between two families during the civil war that happened in America. The first two seasons are really excellent. My mum and I binged them in like two days. I feel like this series gets forgotten, but the cinematography and the costumes and the soundtrack and the acting were just beautiful.

    Looking at your list, I think you would enjoy it.

  141. Billie says:

    I love Catherine Cooksons books and some of the movies made from them are great. Please check them out.

  142. Isabella says:

    Amazing list! Thank you for publishing it! I recently watched, and enjoyed immensely, the French 2014 version of Beauty and the Beast. It’s got a lot of fantasy elements but I still think it fits with the period romance feel of this list.

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  144. Allyson Matsoso says:

    My husband and I have seen most of these…this is a great list. There are some great Dickens movies you might try…we love bleak house, Martin chuzzlewit, little dorrit, David Copperfield, Nicholas nicklebey ..there are so many! Thanks for compliling

  145. Katja says:

    Hei Thanks a lot!Such a great list (next to my all time fav: Pride & Prejudice), I watched some of your recommendations and am now hooked at Poldark – even though season 2 was a bit hard sometime (I had to cry some tears 🙂 …) – lets see what season 3 brings on…

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