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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  • The Sound of a Flower

    1201

  • The Scent of Mandarin

    1202

  • Demimonde

    1203

  • The First Train Runs in Hiroshima

    1204

  • The Last Comfort Women

    1205

  • Peacock

    1206

  • The Fencer

    1207

  • Vals

    1208

  • María Montez: The Movie

    1209

  • Wrong Side Up

    1210

  • Jimmy's Hall

    1211

  • Para Sempre Nunca Mais

    1212

  • The Price of Sugar

    1213

  • The Passion of a Man Called Choe Che-u

    1214

  • Slow West

    1215

  • Gunday

    1216

  • Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

    1217

  • Joan of Arc

    1218

  • The White Crow

    1219

  • Song Lang

    1220

  • Olivia

    1221

  • Strangled

    1222