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Period films arranged by date of setting

This is a list of period films organized by the year or decade they were set in. Within each year they are organized oldest to newest by release date.

I have tried to limit this list to proper period dramas. I have included films with fantasy and horror elements but excluded films that are animated. Films that fall into a grey area (for example set historically but not costumed historically) I simply make a decision on but could probably be swayed by various arguments.

Lady Bird is the one set closest to the present. Any films following that have been added but not yet arranged.

Please recommend any films I have missed, especially ones set and made outside of England and America!

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  • Land of the Pharaohs

    1

  • Mohenjo Daro

    2

  • Sudan

    3

  • Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile

    4

  • Tut

    5

  • The Ten Commandments

    6

  • The Odyssey

    7

  • Helen of Troy

    8

  • Iphigenia

    9

  • Troy

    10

  • Electra

    11

  • Helen of Troy

    12

  • The Avenger

    13

  • King David

    14

  • King Lear

    15

  • Duel of the Titans

    16

  • Joseph

    17

  • The Queen of Babylon

    18

  • The Persians

    19

  • One Night with the King

    20

  • Damon and Pythias

    21

  • Battle of the Warriors

    22

  • Alexander the Great

    23

  • Alexander

    24

  • Wheat

    25

  • Hero

    26

  • The Emperor and the Assassin

    27

  • Red Cliff

    28

  • White Vengeance

    29

  • Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal

    30

  • Young Aphrodites

    31

  • Julius Caesar

    32

  • Spartacus

    33

  • Cleopatra

    34

  • Cleopatra

    35

  • Julius Caesar

    36

  • Cleopatra's Daughter

    37

  • Augustus: The First Emperor

    38

  • The Nativity Story

    39

  • Ben Hur

    40

  • Risen

    41

  • Caligula

    42

  • The Sign of the Cross

    43

  • Boudica

    44

  • The Dovekeepers

    45

  • Pompeii

    46

  • Pompeii

    47

  • The Eagle

    48

  • The Fight for Rome

    49

  • An Empress and the Warriors

    50

  • Agora

    51

  • King Arthur

    52

  • Mulan: Rise of a Warrior

    53

  • Beowulf & Grendel

    54

  • Tristan & Isolde

    55

  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    56

  • Theodora, Slave Empress

    57

  • Sword of the Conqueror

    58

  • Goliath and the Barbarians

    59

  • Xuan Zang

    60

  • The Message

    61

  • Lady of the Dynasty

    62

  • Princess Yang Kwei Fei

    63

  • Warriors of Heaven and Earth

    64

  • Charlemagne

    65

  • Roland the Mighty

    66

  • The Assassin

    67

  • Attack of the Normans

    68

  • The Vikings

    69

  • Alfred the Great

    70

  • When the Raven Flies

    71

  • Pope Joan

    72

  • Pope Joan

    73

  • House of Flying Daggers

    74

  • A Viking Saga: Son of Thor

    75

  • The Conquest

    76

  • The Viking

    77

  • The Castilian

    78

  • Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli

    79

  • The White Viking

    80

  • The Viking Sagas

    81

  • Pathfinder

    82

  • The 13th Warrior

    83

  • The Tale of Genji: A Thousand Year Enigma

    84

  • Lady Godiva of Coventry

    85

  • Macbeth

    86

  • In the Shadow of the Raven

    87

  • Macbeth

    88

  • Valhalla Rising

    89

  • El Cid

    90

  • La Gerusalemme liberata

    91

  • The Crusaders

    92

  • Hagbard and Signe

    93

  • The Annunciation of Marie

    94

  • Royal Deceit

    95

  • Barbarossa

    96

  • The Pillars of the Earth

    97

  • Vision – From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

    98

  • Becket

    99

  • Gate of Hell

    100