I just love period dramas. Specially, british period dramas. Brits do world's best period dramas. France comes a close secondin period dramas, but does not reach quite the level of England, yes almost, but not quite ...
Here are some my favourite period dramas:
My first favourite are Emma (2009). Tv-miniseries Emma based Jane Austen's same name classic novel. This is best version on Emma, Romola Garai are just perfect in this role!
2. Bright Star
My personal favourite period drama number two are Bright Star. The decade is about ten years later than Emma, maybe 1820 - decade. Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw are great in this movie. I love John Keats, I love his poems and his letters and I love this movie!
3. Vanity Fair
Natasha Little are perfect Becky Sharp! Reese Witherspoon are not bad, but Natasha Little are so much better than Reese.
4. Little Dorrit
Dorrit are always my favourite character of Charles Dicknens. This tv-series are absolute brilliant! Andrew Davies have done very good job (like always)!
5. The Atonement
I know, that this is not the typical period drama, but in this movie some clothes are very beautiful and this movie tell about second world war. So, this movie is full of history, beautiful clothes, drama and love. By the way, I think, at this is costume drama.
6. The Countess
I like this movie so much! Julie Delpy are so good in leading role. The Countess is her directional debut. I always been interested about Erzebeth Bathory and this movie are perfect biography movie about her life and her death.
This movie based on Sarah Water's same titled book. Affinity is my favourite lesbian movie!
8. Pride and Prejudice (1995 & 2005)
Yes, I love BOTH versions! I like Keira Knightley and Jennifer Ehle in their leading roles, both of them!
9. Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age
I prefer Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth I. Helen Mirren are also very good Elizabeth I, but in my world... Cate Blanchett are better.
10. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
This is best version of Lewis Carroll's classic children fantasy book Alices's Adventures in Wonderland. Tim Burton give the story life, what the other versions do not do. Costumes are also very brilliant, like the whole movie.
Here are also very good period movies. I really like all of them:
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
The Bleak House
Emma (1996, tv movie)
A Room With A View (this is really my number 1, but now it's here)
The Other Boleyn Girl (BBC version)
Sense and Sensibility (2007)
Gone with the Wind
Elizabeth I (tv-series)
Jane Eyre (2006)
Miss Austen's Regrets
Little Women (1994)
The Wings of the Dove
John Adams (tv-series)
Kingdom of Heaven
The King's Speech
Forsyte Saga (Tv-series)
Lost in Jane Austen (tv-series)
Lark Rise to Candleford (tv-series)
Tess of the D'Ubervilles (2008)
Upstairs Downstairs (tv-series)
War and Peace (1956)
Have a nice time with period dramas! And all mothers: Happy mother's day!