Tune in and be transported.

By Southern Living
April 03, 2020
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If you have a fondness for period dramas and you’re looking for something new to watch, we have a list for you. Whether you want to traipse off to turn-of-the-century America to watch Madam C.J. Walker build an empire or to Versailles in the eighteenth-century to see a garden being built, there are plenty of period dramas to tune into (with more than a few love stories to get lost in too!). Some you’ll have heard of (The Crown, anyone?) and some might be new to you (ever heard of Suite Française?). They’ll take you to London and to Guernsey, to Prince Edward Island and to France. On this list are movies, television series, original stories, and some tales adapted from classic books. All of them promise a few hours of entertainment to engage your imagination. Plus, all of them can be found on Netflix now, so add them to your list today and enjoy being swept away in a great story—the gorgeous costumes and period details don’t hurt either!

A Little Chaos

This Alan Rickman-directed film stars Kate Winslet as a landscape architect commissioned to design a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV.

Watch it: Netflix.com

Anne with an “E”

This series is set on Prince Edward Island at the turn of the century and is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables.

Watch it: Netflix.com

The Crown

This series is set throughout the 20th century and tells the story of the royal house of Windsor and the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

Watch it: Netflix.com

The Duchess

Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes star in this period piece that’s set in the eighteenth century and tells the story of Georgiana Cavendish, a duchess trapped in an unhappy marriage.

Watch it: Netflix.com

Elizabeth

This film dramatizes the early life of Queen Elizabeth I, who is portrayed in Cate Blanchett in an Academy Award-nominated performance.

Watch it: Netflix.com

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This heartwarming film is set in Guernesy, an island in the English Channel, where a London writer finds herself during the German occupation of World War II.

Watch it: Netflix.com

Howards End

Based on E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel of the same name, this film tells the story of three families living in England whose lives become intertwined.

Watch it: Netflix.com

Mansfield Park

This period piece is based on Jane Austen’s third novel and follows the protagonist, Fanny Price, through life and love.

Watch it: Netflix.com

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker in this miniseries about the life of America’s first self-made female millionaire.

Watch it: Netflix.com

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Suite Française

This film is a love story set during World War II and stars Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Watch it: Netflix.com

What movies are you streaming lately? Do you have a favorite period drama that you love to re-watch?