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A historical drama (also period drama, costume drama, and period piece) is a work set in a past time period, usually used in the context of film and television. Historical drama includes historical fiction and romances, adventure films, and swashbucklers. A period piece may be set in a vague or general era such as the Middle Ages or a specific period such as the Roaring Twenties. A religious work can qualify as period drama but not as historical one.

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Historical accuracy

While historical drama is fiction, works may include references to real-life people or events from the relevant time period or contain factually accurate representations of the time period. Works may also include mostly-fictionalized narratives based on actual people or events, such as Schindler's List, Braveheart, and Les Misérables.

Works that focus on accurately portraying specific historical events or persons are instead known as docudrama (such as The Report). Where a person's life is central to the story, such a work is known as biographical drama (examples being Cinderella Man and Lincoln).

Examples

List of historical drama films and series set in Near Eastern and Western civilization

Film and television examples of period pieces include Marie Antoinette (1938), The Leopard (1963), Barry Lyndon (1975), Amadeus (1984), The Age of Innocence (1993), Last Man Standing (1996), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Bathory (2008), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), The Young Victoria (2009), Darkest Hour (2017), The Favourite (2018), and Little Women (2019).

Examples of television series include Robin Hood (1953), Middlemarch (1994), Pride and Prejudice (1995), The Tudors, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, Deadwood, Halt and Catch Fire, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Father Brown, Medici, Stranger Things, The Americans, Little House on the Prairie, That '70s Show, The Get Down, Another Period, Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Rome, Velvet and Chernobyl (2019).


List of costume drama films

There are many movies that can be categorized by the period of time in which they are set. Below are listed different periods and movies set in that period.

Ancient

Medieval

Renaissance/Elizabethan

Baroque

Georgian

Regency

Victorian

Edwardian

  • A Breath of Scandal (1960)
  • A Death in the Family (2002)
  • A Little Princess (1995)
  • A Night to Remember (1958)
  • A Room with a View (1986)
  • A Room with a View (2007)
  • All the King's Men (1999)
  • Angel (2007)
  • Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (1999)
  • August (1996)
  • Bandidas (2006)
  • Big Jake (1971)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
  • Breaker Morant (1980)
  • Bride of the Wind (2001)
  • Brittanic (2000)
  • Carnivale (1999)
  • Carrington (1995)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Colour Blind (1998)
  • Coming Through (1985)
  • Dr. Zhivago (1965)
  • Doctor Zhivago (2002)
  • Dust (2002)
  • Eight Men Out (1988)
  • Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
  • Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Flickers (1980)
  • Gallipoli (1981)
  • Gentlemen's Relish (2001)
  • House of Mirth (1981)
  • How Many Miles to Babylon? (1982)
  • Howards End (1992)
  • Illuminata (1998)
  • In Love and War (1996)
  • Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Legends of the Fall (1994)
  • Lost Empires (1986)
  • Maurice (1987)
  • Michael Collins (1996)
  • Mrs. Dalloway (1997)
  • Mrs. Soffel (1984)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • My Uncle Silas (2000)
  • Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
  • No Greater Love (1996)
  • Nora (2000)
  • Northern Lights (1978)
  • O Pioneers! (1992)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
  • Pollyanna (1960)
  • Rebel Heart (2000)
  • Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004)
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991)
  • Sergeant York (1941)
  • Shackleton (1983)
  • Shackleton (2001)
  • Shadow Magic (2001)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004)
  • Skylark (1993)
  • Sleeping Dogs Lie (1998)
  • Solomon and Gaenor (2000)
  • Somewhere in Time (1980)
  • Songcatcher (1999)
  • South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)
  • Stiff Upper Lips (1998)
  • Sunshine (1999)
  • The Bachelor (1992)
  • The Basket (1999)
  • The Cinder Path (1994)
  • The Color Purple (1985)
  • The Dead (1987)
  • The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain (1995)
  • The Fifteen Streets (1989)
  • The Forsyte Saga - To Let (2003)
  • The Fulfillment of Mary Gray (1989)
  • The Golden Bowl (1972)
  • The Golden Bowl (2000)
  • The Great War (1996)
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
  • The House of Mirth (2000)
  • The Last Place on Earth (1985)
  • The Little Kidnappers (1990)
  • The Lost Prince (2003)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (2002)
  • The Merchant of Venice (1973)
  • The Missionary (1982)
  • The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)
  • The Railway Children (2000)
  • The Reef (1997)
  • The Road to Wellville (1994)
  • The Three Sisters (1966)
  • The Vanishing Virginian (1942)
  • The Warden of Red Rock (2001)
  • The Wind and the Lion (1975)
  • The Wingless Bird (1997)
  • The Wings of the Dove (1997)
  • The Winslow Boy (1988)
  • The Winslow Boy (1999)
  • Titanic (1996)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • When the Whales Came (1989)
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)
  • Wilson (1944)
  • Winter's End (1999)
  • Young Winston (1972)
  • Zoya (1995)

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