Movies about the 19th century

List of the best movies about the 19th century, selected by visitors to our site: Return of the Hero, Under Capricorn, Cyrano, My Love, Deadwood: The Movie, The Happy Prince, Peterloo, The Emperor of Paris, Lizzie, The Prestige, Sherlock Holmes.

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Return of the Hero (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.5)
Genrecomedy, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:59
CharactersSisters, Horses
PlotSeduction, Dancing, Death
PlaceFrance
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.

Under Capricorn (1949)
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:57
CharactersFamily
PlotJealousy, Mystery, Intrigue, Love triangle
PlaceAustralia, England, Ireland
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, To cry, Gloomy, By books

In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict, Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta who he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness.

Cyrano, My Love (2019)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.4)
Genrecomedy, drama, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:52
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
Genrewestern
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
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.

The Happy Prince (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.2)
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Germany
Duration02:17
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
Duration01:09
PlotOn real events, Uprising
PlaceEngland
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
CountryFrance
Duration01:50
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
CountryUSA
Duration01:00
CharactersMaids, Lesbians, Gay, Lawyers, Sisters, Birds, Photographers
PlotDeath, Investigation, Money, Weapon
PlacePrison, Trains, Court
Time19th century
StyleTense

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.

The Prestige (2006)
Mark9 (imdb: 8.5)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:05
CharactersMagician, Scammers, Brothers, Twins, Wizards
PlotRivalry, Relationship, Love, Jealousy, Obsession, Competitions, Betrayal, Confrontation, Mystery, Magic, Cheating
PlaceEngland, London, Court
Time19th century
StyleWorth watching, Popular, Fascinating, Unexpected ending, Atmospheric, Action, Disturbing, Smart, Interesting

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:08
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.

Serf (2019)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy
CountryRussia
CharactersFathers, Rich guys and poor girls, Rich, Psychologists
PlaceRussia
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
PlaceEngland
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
Genredrama
CountryEstonia
CharactersFamily, Neighbors
PlotPursuit
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.

First Cow (2020)
Markimdb: 7.1
PlaceVillage
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.

Samurai Marathon (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersSamurai, Archers, Spy
PlotRivalry, Missing people, Chase
PlaceJapan
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.

Cezanne and I (2016)
Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, biography
CountryBelgium, France
CharactersFriends, Artists
PlotArt, Success, On real events
PlaceFrance
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.

Seraphim Falls (2006)
Mark6.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, western, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
PlotRevenge, Chase, Survival, Justice
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Heavy, Disturbing, Fascinating

The Civil War has ended, but Colonel Morsman Carver is on one final mission – to kill Gideon, no matter what it takes. Launched by a gunshot and propelled by rage, the relentless pursuit takes the two men through frigid snow-capped mountains and arid deserts, far from the comforts and codes of civilisation, into the bloodiest recesses of their own souls.

Gangs of New York (2002)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredrama, crime, history
CountryUSA, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy
Duration02:47
CharactersGangsters, Gangsters
PlotRevenge, Chase, Skirmishes
PlaceNew York, USA
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Heavy, Fascinating

It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.

Russian Ark (2002)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantasy, drama, detective, history
CountryRussia, Germany, Japan, Canada, Finland, Denmark
Duration01:36
CharactersBlind
PlotTime travel, Revolution
PlaceRussia
Time18th century, 19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating

A French marquis wanders through a vast labyrinth of corridors, theaters and ballrooms at a reception for a Persian ambassador.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Markimdb: 7
Genrehorror, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:27
CharactersMonsters, Werewolf
PlotInvestigation, Curses, Mystery
PlaceEngland, London
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Gothic, Tense, Disturbing, By books

When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.




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