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1. Poldark (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.3
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Ross Poldark returns home after American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it.

Stars: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing, Beatie Edney

Votes: 22,581

2. The Terror (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.0
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Supernatural, semihistorical, horror anthology series, where each season is inspired by a different infamous or mysterious real life historical tragedy.

Stars: Jared Harris, Derek Mio, Tobias Menzies, Kiki Sukezane

Votes: 31,821

3. Medici (2016– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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A political family drama set in Florence in the early fifteenth century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

Stars: Daniel Sharman, Jacob Dudman, Annabel Scholey, Jacopo Olmo Antinori

Votes: 12,392

4. Gosford Park (2001)

R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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90 Metascore

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 75,374 | Gross: $41.31M

5. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 605,947 | Gross: $138.80M

6. When Calls the Heart (2014– )

TV-G | 43 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west.

Stars: Erin Krakow, Martin Cummins, Lori Loughlin, Pascale Hutton

Votes: 8,354

7. Frankie Drake Mysteries (2017– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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The series follows Frankie Drake, a female private detective operating in Toronto in the 1920s.

Stars: Lauren Lee Smith, Chantel Riley, Rebecca Liddiard, Sharron Matthews

Votes: 1,012

8. Harlots (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama

7.7
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Brothel owner Margaret Wells struggles to raise her daughters in London during the 18th century.

Stars: Lesley Manville, Kate Fleetwood, Holli Dempsey, Eloise Smyth

Votes: 5,417

9. Gentleman Jack (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

8.2
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A dramatization of the life of LGBTQ+ trailblazer, voracious learner and cryptic diarist Anne Lister, who returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Rosie Cavaliero, Albane Courtois

Votes: 6,513

10. Las chicas del cable (2017– )

TV-14 | 50 min | Drama

7.8
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Set in the 1920s, this is the story of four women from different backgrounds newly hired as operators for a phone company.

Stars: Blanca Suárez, Yon González, Ana Fernández, Nadia de Santiago

Votes: 8,857

11. Jane Eyre (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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76 Metascore

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Su Elliot

Votes: 76,663 | Gross: $11.24M

12. The Bletchley Circle (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle, Anna Maxwell Martin

Votes: 9,865

13. Traitors (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Thriller

6.5
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A British civil servant agrees to spy on her own government for the Americans in the aftermath of WWII.

Stars: Emma Appleton, Luke Treadaway, Michael Stuhlbarg, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 1,762

14. First Knight (1995)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Jerry Zucker | Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Ben Cross

Votes: 64,417 | Gross: $37.60M

15. Pan Am (2011–2012)

TV-PG | 42 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants who once made Pan Am the most glamorous way to fly.

Stars: Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley, Karine Vanasse

Votes: 18,323

16. Howards End (2017–2018)

TV-14 | 240 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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The social and class divisions in early 20th century England through the intersection of three families - the wealthy Wilcoxes, the gentle and idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther

Votes: 3,134

17. Rebellion (2016–2019)

TV-MA | 258 min | Drama, War

7.1
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Rebellion is a five part serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland. The story is told from the perspectives of a group of fictional characters who live through the political events of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Stars: Ruth Bradley, Paul Reid, Brian McCardie, Tom Turner

Votes: 2,225

18. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 50,513 | Gross: $58.97M

19. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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75 Metascore

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 14,605 | Gross: $3.13M

20. Ammonite (2020)

Drama, Romance | Post-production

1840s England, an infamous fossil hunter and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet, Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones

21. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

60 min | Fantasy, History, Sci-Fi

8.2
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In an alternate history, during the time of real life Napoleonic Wars, two men of destiny, the gifted recluse Mr. Norrell and daring spellcasting novice Jonathan Strange, use magic to help England.

Stars: Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Marc Warren, Charlotte Riley

Votes: 11,009

22. Persuasion (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Krige, Anthony Head, Julia Davis

Votes: 13,112

23. Borgia (2011–2014)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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Story of the rise and the fall of the Renaissance dynasty.

Stars: Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes, John Doman

Votes: 5,536

24. The Mercy (2018)

Not Rated | 112 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.0
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60 Metascore

The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Colin Firth, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 6,123

25. Madame Bovary (2014)

R | 118 min | Drama

5.7
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52 Metascore

Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

Director: Sophie Barthes | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Logan Marshall-Green

Votes: 7,121

26. Home Fires (2015–2016)

45 min | Drama, War

8.2
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A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II.

Stars: Clare Calbraith, Brian Fletcher, Samantha Bond, Ruth Gemmell

Votes: 2,738

27. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern

Votes: 28,876 | Gross: $28.35M

28. In Dubious Battle (2016)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.1
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43 Metascore

An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.

Director: James Franco | Stars: Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D'Onofrio, Selena Gomez

Votes: 3,345

29. The Quest (1996)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.6
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A group of gentlemen of fortune visits a legendary "Lost City", located in Tibet. They plan to steal a priceless statue "Golden Dragon" during the martial arts tournament.

Director: Jean-Claude Van Damme | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar, Janet Gunn

Votes: 22,889 | Gross: $21.60M

30. Tipping the Velvet (2002)

177 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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The story of Nan Astley who falls in love with three different women on her journey to stardom and happiness in 1887 Victorian England.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May

Votes: 7,134

31. The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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60 Metascore

In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 21,275 | Gross: $8.38M

32. Samurai Marathon 1855 (2019)

103 min | History

6.3
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The American imperialists are at the door and intruding on Japan. To assess and train his troops the lord of the land announces a marathon through the land crisscrossing shores, forests and... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Mirai Moriyama, Shôta Sometani

Votes: 190

33. The Girl King (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.9
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37 Metascore

THE GIRL KING paints a portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant

Votes: 3,211

34. Before the Frost (2018)

104 min | Drama

7.1
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As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, an old farmer (Jens) and his family face starvation. With the harsh circumstances and the prospect of yet another tough winter, Jens agrees to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Noer | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Clara Rosager, Magnus Krepper, Ghita Nørby

Votes: 450

35. Ekaterina (2014– )

44 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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The life of the Russian Empress Ekaterina II (Catherine the Great), a German born princess who came to Russia as bride for the young Peter III, chosen by his aunt Elisabeth, and who, once ... See full summary »

Stars: Marina Aleksandrova, Sergey Koltakov, Michael Gor, Isabel Schosnig

Votes: 918

36. Mansfield Park (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Drama

6.3
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At age 10, Fanny Price is sent by her destitute mother to live with her aunt and uncle, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram. As a child she was often made to feel that she was the poor relation but... See full summary »

Director: Iain B. MacDonald | Stars: Julia Joyce, Douglas Hodge, Maggie O'Neill, Tara Berwin

Votes: 6,317

37. Lootera (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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An aristocrat's daughter falls in love with a visiting archaeologist, but he holds a secret that could drive them apart.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Barun Chanda, Adil Hussain

Votes: 13,826 | Gross: $0.38M

38. Dark Angel (2016)

TV-14 | 63 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.8
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A two-part drama about the Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton.

Stars: Joanne Froggatt, Alun Armstrong, Isla McMonigle, Laura Morgan

Votes: 1,419

39. Summer in February (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.6
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22 Metascore

A true tale of love, liberty and scandal amongst the Edwardian artists' colony in Cornwall

Director: Christopher Menaul | Stars: Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning, Dan Stevens, Jane Cussons

Votes: 3,643

40. Decline and Fall (2017)

180 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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The series sees Paul Pennyfeather as an inoffensive divinity student at Oxford University in the 1920s, who is wrongly dismissed for indecent exposure having been made the victim of a prank by The Bollinger Club.

Stars: Jack Whitehall, Douglas Hodge, Stephen Graham, David Suchet

Votes: 826

41. Tenko (1981–1984)

50 min | Drama, History, War

8.6
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After the Japanese invasion of Singapore in February 1942, a group of British, Dutch and Australian women are held in a Japanese internment camp on a Japanese-occupied island between Singapore and Australia.

Stars: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Claire Oberman, Emily Bolton

Votes: 546

42. Little England (2013)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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One home, one secret, one man, two sisters. The 20 year old Orsa is madly in love with the lieutenant Spyros Maltabes. As a closed character she won't reveal her secret to anyone. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris | Stars: Penelope Tsilika, Sofia Kokkali, Aneza Papadopoulou, Andreas Konstantinou

Votes: 5,713

43. Hansel and Gretel (2007 Video)

27 min | Short, Action, Drama

6.1
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Based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel is a dark and stylized, black and white, German Expressionistic silent picture featuring detailed design and an eerie ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Luke Allison, Kelly Eggers, Isabella Pease

Votes: 22

44. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996 TV Movie)

Unrated | 54 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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Story of a woman who merely wished to be a loving wife but always had to live the life of crime.

Director: David Attwood | Stars: James Bowers, Alex Kingston, Nicola Kingston, Geoffrey Beevers

Votes: 1,132

45. Cilla (2014)

138 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.0
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The life and career of British singer and entertainer Cilla Black

Stars: Sheridan Smith, Aneurin Barnard, John Henshaw, Kent Riley

Votes: 1,089

46. Catherine the Great (2015– )

49 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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The story of Catherine the Great from the time she came to Russia as the bride of the heir to the Russian throne.

Stars: Viktoriya Agalakova, Julian Mau, Fitz van Thom, Bastian Sierich

Votes: 162

47. The Life of Oharu (1952)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

8.2
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 5,515

48. Marquise (1997)

120 min | Drama, Comedy

6.0
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The rise and fall of a beauteous actress. She rises from an impoverished background to become a favorite of the Sun King, Louis XIV.

Director: Véra Belmont | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Bernard Giraudeau, Lambert Wilson, Patrick Timsit

Votes: 963 | Gross: $0.07M

49. Daisy Miller (1974)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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In this comedy of manners, Frederick Winterbourne tries to figure out the bright and bubbly Daisy Miller, only to be helped and hindered by false judgments from their fellow friends.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Cloris Leachman, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 1,001

50. Fanny Hill (1995)

86 min | Drama

3.9
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Orphaned at a young age, naive Fanny Hill moves to London to make her fortune but is soon lured into the seedy world of prostitution in the bawdy houses of the city.

Director: Valentine Palmer | Stars: Cheryl Dempsey, James Highton, Melanie Shepherd, Gunter Würger

Votes: 128



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