Period piece films are set in a time before our current era and tend to focus on events and social structures in the past. These movies may be romanticized and glamorized, but they still give us a glimpse into a different world that we would probably never have had access to otherwise.
These are the movies that make us think about our past and present, exploring the relationships between cultures, families, individuals, and institutions. And here are the best period pieces to binge on:
Pride and Prejudice
There are many reasons to love Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. But if you’re looking for a more modern take on the story, the Joe Wright film adaptation is definitely worth checking out. It stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy. The story follows the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, two people who are prejudiced against each other because of their social standing in the English society of the early 19th century.
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the leading lady, Emma is a delightful retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel. The film has all of the elements that fans of Austen’s work will love: romance, comedy, and even a bit of drama. The story follows a young woman, Emma Woodhouse, who believes she can find romantic love for others even though she’s never been in love herself. She tries to set up her friend Mr. Knightley with her protégé Harriet Smith but mistakenly sets up Mr. Elton with Harriet instead. Her attempts to match-make are eventually successful and she finds herself attracted to John Knightley, her brother’s friend.
The 2002 film Tuck Everlasting is based on the book of the same name by Natalie Babbitt. It tells the story of a family who moves to a new home in New England, where they discover a spring with magical properties that grants eternal life. A girl named Winnie meets and falls for a boy her age named Jesse and tries to convince her to drink from the spring. The film stars Alexis Bledel as Winnie Foster and Jonathan Jackson as Jesse Tuck.
Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden. The screenplay was written by Tom Stoppard, based on the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. The film tells the fictional story of William Shakespeare’s writing of “Romeo and Juliet”, as he falls in love with Viola, a woman disguised as a man playing Romeo.
Marie Antoinette is a 2006 film that was directed by Sofia Coppola. The movie is set in Versailles during the time of the French Revolution, and it follows the life of Marie Antoinette, who was the last queen to be executed by guillotine. The film stars Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette and Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI.