10 Best Period Romance Movies

Tuesday, March 15 by Amber Grey

This is a list of the 10 best period romance movies. These picks are guaranteed to be a hit with the girls and even push that “soft spot” every man tries to hide.

  1. The Notebook” (2004). Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, this recent classic romance movie is based off of the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. The film follows a love story between characters Allie and Noah in which their love starts as a summer romance but blossoms into something more which leads them to endure much more.
  2. Gone With The Wind” (1939). Starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. Based off of Margaret Mitchell’s epic American Civil War novel is this equally epic and Technicolor spectacular romance movie. At the center of one of the most noted historical events in America is a torrid love-hate relationship between the North’s Rhett Butler and the fiery Southern Belle Scarlett O’Hara.
  3. Casablanca” (1939). Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. This period romance, set in WW II, is about Rick, a man who lives in Casablanca and own’s his own nightclub. One night, his old lover Ilsa walks back into his life and their star-crossed romance begins again.
  4. “Wuthering Heights” (1939). Starring Lawrence Olivier and Merle Oberon. Based off of Emily Bronte’s classic romance of the same name, this film is set in the 1800s and tells the star-crossed romance between Catherine and Heathcliff.
  5. “The Princess Bride” (1987). Starring Carly Elves and Robin Wright Penn. Based off of the William Goldman novel, this classic romance is a mix of the period genre with drama and comedy thrown in for good measure.
  6. “Tristan and Isolde” (2006). Inspired by the medieval legend, this underrated period romance movie stars James Frano as Tristan, a heroic soldier, who is assumed dead after a bloody battle. He is given a Norse burial with his body pushed out to sea. However, Tristan is nursed back to health by Isolde, the princess of his kingdom’s enemy, and against all odds they fall in love. It turns into a dangerous love triangle when Tristan unknowingly wins Isolde for his king.
  7. “Bright Star” (2009). Starring Abby Cornish, Ben Whishaw. Directed by Jane Campion, this sumptuous and beautiful film is based off of the last three years of poet John Keats and his romance with Fanny Brawne.
  8. “The Young Victoria” (2009). Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend. This period romance is a fictional account of Queen Victoria’s fight to reign over England and her passionate romance with her cousin Prince Albert.
  9. “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir” (1947). Starring Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, Natalie Wood. Set in the 1900s, a young widow moves into a house by the English seaside. She didn’t know the house would be haunted by its last resident, an old sea captain.
  10. “The Phantom of the Opera” (2004). Starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson. Adapted from the classic Broadway show of Andrew Lloyd Webber, this period film adaptation involves a love triangle between a Vicomte, a young Operatic Soprano, and her teacher – “The Phantom.”
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