Victorian Films - Gallery 1 of 3

Looking for a period drama to watch?
In the mood for something from the Victorian era?

Here are over 200 films set during 1837-1901. (Many can be found online). After posting a gallery of Edwardian films, I figured that this post would be a snap, somehow forgetting how many more years span Victoria's reign versus her son Edward's rule. I also was impressed by the variety of settings - they're not all set in late-Victorian era with the bustle dresses, etc. but include many American frontier films for example. I would still love to see more dramas from other countries although there are a few included in this gallery. (I'm always fascinated by learning about other countries and eras than just revisiting the same popular ones.)

Here is Part 1 of 3...

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
A Christmas Carol
A Dog of Flanders (1999)
A House Divided (2000)
Alice in Wonderland
Amistad (1997)
An Ideal Husband (1999)
Anna and the King (1999)
Anna Karenina (2000)
As You Like It (2006)
Basil (1998)
Beautiful Dreamers (1990)
Beloved (1998)
Beulah Land (1980)
Bleak House (1985)
Bleak House (2005)
By Way of the Stars (1992)
Camille (1984)
Class of '61 (1993)
Cold Mountain (2003)
Cousin Bette (1998)
Cranford (2007)
Return to Cranford
The Conspirator
Crime and Punishment (1998)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Daniel Deronda (2002)
David Copperfield
Dorian Gray
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Edward the Seventh
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble (2000)
Ethan Frome (1993)
Far and Away (1992)
Far from the Madding Crowd (1998)
Feast of July (1995)
Firelight (1997)
For All Time (2000)
Frank and Jesse (1994)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Gettysburg (1993)
Glory (1989)
Gods and Generals (2003)
Going Postal
Gold Rush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure (1998)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gormenghast (2000)
Great Expectations
Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Hamlet (1996)
Hans Christian Anderson: My Life as Fairy Tale (2001)
Hard Times (1994)
Heidi (1993)
Hidalgo (2004)
Hook (1991)
How the West Was Won (1977)
Ironclads (1991)
Jane Eyre
Johnson County War (2001)
Jude (1996)
Kate & Leopold (2001)
Kidnapped (2005)
Kings in Grass Castles (1997)
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
L'autre Dumas
Lark Rise to Candleford
Lillie (1978)
Lincoln (1988)
Little Dorrit
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1994)
Little House on the Prairie (2005)
Little Men
Little Women


  1. Ooooooh, I loved Bramwell! Used to watch that on TV ages ago and it was great. So many on this list that I adore. Bleak House, Cranford, An Ideal Husband, Kate & Leopold, Lark Rise, Little Dorrit, Little House on the Prairie!!!, and I think I now have to watch Daniel Deronda again as the dresses are divine and it has been a while since I have seen it. Thanks for the Victorian tour!

  2. Jenny, I've been meaning to watch Bramwell. Glad to hear you recommend it! I could do with a re-watch of Daniel Deronda as well! That's the one that made me sit up and notice HB! Grandcourt definitely demanded my attention!

  3. A happy list. So excited for the next two parts!

  4. Thanks for sharing...I've seen many of the ones listed (so far) but oh my there are so many more to watch!
    Looking forward to the continuing list!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this list. Though I have seen many of the films listed, there are still plenty to search for.

    And now let me introduce you some Spanish miniseries (also adapting some of our greatest novels from the 19th century), maybe they could be interesting for you too. All episodes are available online (I am not sure if there are country limitations), but unfortunately without English subtitles. Anyway:

    - Fortunata y Jacinta (
    - La Regenta (
    - CaƱas y barro (
    - Los Pazos de Ulloa (

    And since this is the first time I comment in your blog, let me congratulate you on its quality. It is one of my reference sites for period dramas!

  6. Thankyou for such a great list! Hook is a childhood favourite of mine :)

  7. @torpedama
    Thank you for your kind comment, glad you find it useful!
    I do enjoy dramas set in other countries but unfortunately without English subtitles, I'm at a loss!

  8. Just wanna add great lists! I love noting more than period films!:)

  9. My I recommend Florence Nightingale 1985 with Timothy Dalton and Jaclyn Smith.

    Thank you.
    I Love the list, and I see few movies I haven't seen before.

  10. @The Divine Ms. M,
    Hope you enjoy!

    Thanks for mentioning that film. I know that I didn't include every film in this category as there are so many!

  11. Okay, you're really missing out on alot of costume history treats by limiting yourself to English-language films. You're forgetting the most beloved series of all time: the 'Sissi' films from the 1950's starring Romy Schneider and Karl-Heinz Bohm. It's about Empress Elisabeth of Austria, otherwise known as 'Sissi', who was the wife of the beloved Habsburg Emperor Franz Josef. She basically put the House of Worth on the map. These movies are like porn for costume history buffs, with some of the most beautiful designs in cinematic history.

    While we're on the Habsburg subject, a lower-quality film is 1968's "Mayerling" with Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, and Ava Gardner. It's an English language film with horrible fake European accents. A much better film is Luchino Visconti's "Ludwig," in which Romy Schneider reprises her role as Sissi. If you're a fan of Twilight, True Blood, Phantom of the Opera, and that "dark brooding bad-boy anti-hero" genre, then you will love "Ludwig."

    "Senso" is another Visconti film, which is set in 1860's Venice. It would have been a great film had it not been for the male lead's horrible acting.

    Anyway, you can probably check out most of these films from your local library (I'm too cheap/old fashioned to do Netflix or any streaming service).

    1. I had the DVD of Sissi in my hands a couple of years ago but put it back on the store shelf.



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