Movies about the 19th century

List of the best movies about the 19th century, selected by visitors to our site: The World to Come, First Cow, Ammonite, News of the World, Cyrano, My Love, Deadwood: The Movie, Serf, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Truth and Justice, Samurai Marathon.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The World to Come (2021)
Markimdb: 6
Time19th century
StyleTense, Fascinating

    Two women who forge a close connection despite their isolation in the mid-19th-century American frontier.

    First Cow (2020)
    Markimdb: 7.1
    Time19th century

      A taciturn loner and skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow.

      Ammonite (2020)
      CharactersScientists, Lesbians
      PlotOn real events
      Time19th century

        In 1840s England, palaeontologist Mary Anning and a young woman sent by her husband to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship. Despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realisation that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

        News of the World (2020)
        CharactersHorses, Indians, Cowboys
        PlaceSmall cities, Wild West
        Time19th century
        StyleTouching, Tense, Disturbing

          A Texan traveling across the wild West bringing the news of the world to local townspeople, agrees to help rescue a young girl who was kidnapped.

          Cyrano, My Love (2019)
          Mark10 (imdb: 7.4)
          Genrecomedy, drama, history
          CountryFrance, Belgium
          CharactersLosers, Writers, Poets
          PlotRelationship, Love, On real events
          PlaceParis, France, Hotels
          Time19th century

            Paris, France, December 1897. The young playwright Edmond Rostand feels like a failure. Inspiration has abandoned him. Married and father of two children, desperate and penniless, he persuades the great actor Constant Coquelin to perform the main role in his new play. But there is a problem: Coquelin wants to premiere it at Christmas and Edmond has not written a single word.

            Deadwood: The Movie (2019)
            Markimdb: 7.4
            CharactersCowboys, Sheriffs
            PlaceWild West, Small cities
            Time19th century

              Follow the 10-year reunion of the Deadwood camp to celebrate South Dakota's statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

              Serf (2019)
              Markimdb: 6.7
              CharactersFathers, Rich guys and poor girls, Rich, Psychologists
              Time19th century

                Young major Grisha played in a beautiful life and decided that everything was permissible for him. He has done a lot of things, and now he faces a prison. To correct his son, a desperate oligarch-father goes to extreme measures. Together with his old friend, a psychologist, he comes up with a unique project: the atmosphere of the nineteenth century is being created on the basis of an abandoned village. Grisha gets into a custom-made accident and is allegedly transferred to the past. In fact, a sophisticated psychological experiment is being conducted on him - a spoiled major is turned into the usual servant Grishka, who lives in a stable in the territory of a manor’s estate. He is surrounded by actors whose goal is to change his life and personality. Each of his movements is closely monitored by a team of psychologists using a variety of cameras. Grisha will have to re-learn how to communicate with people, appreciate simple pleasures, work, and also find true love.

                The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)
                Markimdb: 6.4
                Genrecomedy, drama
                CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
                CharactersOrphans, Poor
                PlotAdventure, Growing up
                Time19th century
                StyleAtmospheric, Touching, Fascinating, To cry, By books

                  A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity.

                  Truth and Justice (2019)
                  Markimdb: 8.4
                  CharactersFamily, Neighbors
                  Time19th century

                    Estonia, 1872. The uncompromising new owner of Robber's Rise must battle with hard work, his spiteful neighbor and with his own family and beliefs to transform the poor land into a flourishing farm of his dreams.

                    Samurai Marathon (2019)
                    Markimdb: 6.2
                    CharactersSamurai, Archers, Spy
                    PlotRivalry, Missing people, Chase
                    Time19th century
                    StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating

                      When feudal lord Itakura Katsuakira decides to prepare his samurai troops for the onslaught of modernization by having them compete in a marathon, his independent-minded daughter Yuki secretly joins the race.

                      The Third Wife (2019)
                      Markimdb: 6.7
                      CharactersBrides, Teens
                      Time19th century
                      StyleTouching, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think

                        Though only 14 years old, May is selected to be the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Her new home seems idyllic, her husband favours her, and she quickly becomes pregnant with what she is certain will be the desired male progeny. But trouble is quietly brewing: she witnesses a forbidden tryst that will spark a chain reaction of misfortunes — and stir in May urges that until now had been dormant.

                        Before the Frost (2019)
                        Markimdb: 6.8
                        CharactersOrphans, Poor, Farmers, Widows
                        PlotHunger, Wedding
                        Time19th century

                          The film takes place somewhere in the Danish countryside in the middle of the 19th century. Here within a small Danish peasant family, harsh circumstances reign. With the prospect of yet another tough winter, the farmer Jens faces an unbearable choice. If the family is to survive the winter, he must settle an agreement with the rich farmer nearby and forsake his own moral as well as his most precious possession, in an effort to secure them all a better life.

                          Return of the Hero (2018)
                          Mark9 (imdb: 6.5)
                          Genrecomedy, history
                          CountryFrance, Belgium
                          CharactersSisters, Horses
                          PlotSeduction, Dancing, Death
                          Time19th century
                          StyleLight, For girls, For a cozy evening, For men

                            1809, France. Captain Neuville is called to the front, leaving his future bride heartbroken. Her sister decides to write letters on his behalf to cheer her up.

                            The Happy Prince (2018)
                            Mark7 (imdb: 6.2)
                            Genredrama, biography
                            CountryUnited Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Germany
                            CharactersGay, Writers, Poets
                            PlotLove, Death
                            Time19th century

                              In 1895, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was the most famous writer in London, and Bosie Douglas, son of the notorious Marquess of Queensberry, was his lover. Accused and convicted of gross indecency, he was imprisoned for two years and subjected to hard labor. Once free, he abandons England to live in France, where he will spend his last years, haunted by memories of the past, poverty and immense sadness.

                              Peterloo (2018)
                              Mark7 (imdb: 6.5)
                              Genredrama, history
                              CountryUnited Kingdom
                              PlotOn real events, Uprising
                              Time19th century
                              StyleFor men, Heavy, Disturbing

                                An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reforms and protest against rising levels of poverty.

                                The Emperor of Paris (2018)
                                Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.3)
                                Genrethriller, adventure, crime, history
                                CharactersDetectives, Criminals, Killers
                                PlaceParis, France
                                Time19th century
                                StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Interesting

                                  Paris, France, early 19th century. The legendary convict François Vidocq lives in disguise trying to escape from a tragic past that torments him. When, after an unfortunate event, he crosses paths with the police chief, he makes a bold decision that will turn the ruthless mastermind of the Parisian underworld against him.

                                  Lizzie (2018)
                                  Markimdb: 5.8
                                  Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
                                  CharactersMaids, Lesbians, Gay, Lawyers, Sisters, Birds, Photographers
                                  PlotDeath, Investigation, Money, Weapon
                                  PlacePrison, Trains, Court
                                  Time19th century

                                    Massachusetts, 1892. An unmarried woman of 32 and a social outcast, Lizzie lives a claustrophobic life under her father's cold and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan, a young maid, comes to work for the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit, and a secret intimacy soon blossoms into a wicked plan.

                                    Tommy's Honour (2017)
                                    Markimdb: 6.3
                                    Genremelodrama, drama, biography, sport
                                    CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
                                    CharactersPhotographers, Archers
                                    PlotSnow, Money, Religious, Wedding
                                    PlaceTrains, Scotland
                                    Time19th century
                                    StyleTouching, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating, By books

                                      In every generation, a torch passes from father to son. And that timeless dynamic is the beating heart of Tommy's Honor - an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.

                                      Cezanne and I (2016)
                                      Markimdb: 6
                                      Genredrama, biography
                                      CountryBelgium, France
                                      CharactersFriends, Artists
                                      PlotArt, Success, On real events
                                      Time19th century
                                      StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Fascinating

                                        They loved each other with the ardor of thirteen-year-old boys. Rebellion and curiosity, hopes and doubts, girls and dreams of glory – they shared it all. Paul was rich, Emile poor. They went skinny-dipping, drank absinthe, starved, only to overeat. Sketched models by day, caressed them by night... Now, Paul is a painter and Emile a writer. Glory has passed Paul by. But Emile has it all: fame, money, the perfect wife, whom Paul once loved. They judge each other, admire each other, confront each other. They lose touch, meet up again, like a couple who cannot stop loving each other.

                                        Sherlock Holmes (2009)
                                        Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.6)
                                        Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, adventure, crime, detective
                                        CountryUSA, Germany
                                        CharactersDetectives, Police, Partners
                                        PlotMystery, Investigation, Mystery, Adventure
                                        PlaceLondon, England, Prison
                                        Time19th century
                                        StylePopular, Exciting, Fascinating, For men, Steampunk, Smart

                                          Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.