• Gracie Carmichael

6 Romantic Period Dramas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just around the bend! Whether you're spending the holiday with a loved one or a beloved friend, or on your own to enjoy the day with Mr. Darcy or another fictional favorite, these six period dramas are sure to inspire your night with romance!

I've tried to steer away from recommending the more well-known favorites, and though you may have heard of a few of these, some, I think, will hopefully be new finds for you to fall in love with!


1. Brooklyn (2015)

Rating: PG-13

Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) stars in this touching 1950s drama as a young Irish immigrant finding a new future in New York City. Homesickness causes her to yearn for the home she left behind, but an unexpected romance with an Italian boy soon distracts her. When a family tragedy calls her back to Ireland, she must choose between two loves—and two countries—to find her own happiness.


2. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Rating: PG-13

Image: Warner Brothers Studios

Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical comes to dazzling, dizzying life in this adaptation of Gaston Leroux's classic novel. The Phantom, a mysterious figure who lurks under the Paris Opera House, falls in love with the beautiful young singer, Christine, just as her childhood sweetheart reappears. Torn between vanity and young love, Christine must choose between the temptations of the romantic, though facially-disfigured Phantom, or the wealth and allurement of her previous attachment.


3. Sylvie's Love (2020)

Rating: PG-13

Recently released by Amazon Prime, Sylvie's Love follows a young woman in 1960s Harlem who unexpectedly falls in love with a young saxophonist. Though her family disapproves of the match on account of Robert's meager income and questionable future, their paths begin to separate. Sylvie and Robert find each other five years later, and their lives look far different than their past—but whether their future will bring them together again remains to be seen.


4. Breathe (2017)

Rating: PG-13

Image: Bleecker Street Studios

If you're a fan of deep, emotionally-compelling films that you won't forget in a hurry, Breathe is a challenging romantic drama based on a true story that will leave you thinking about it for weeks afterward. Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy star as husband and wife faced with extreme hardship when the former contracts polio and is given only a short time left to live. His wife, with a little help from her brothers and a daring inventor, don't let a time-span stop them from creating groundbreaking technology that will change the future of disabled patients forever.


5. Tuck Everlasting (2002)

Rating: PG

Image: Walt Disney Pictures

A romantic coming-of-age story for the whole family to enjoy, Tuck Everlasting follows Winnie Foster, a teenage girl who discovers a boy unlike any other in the woods beyond her home. When she meets the rest of his kind, warm-spirited family, she is taken in as one of their own kin. However, the immortal Tuck family carry a secret that will prompt Winnie to have to choose between the wonderful life she's discovered and that which she left behind.


6. The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Rating: PG-13

Image: Dreamworks Studios

A powerful, emotionally-charged film based on the novel by M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans follows a young couple in the aftermath of World War I who discover an infant child adrift on the shores in a rowboat. Desperate to have a child of their own, they adopt the girl instead of notifying the authorities. They raise the child in happiness for several years, until they chance upon the child's biological mother and are confronted with the terrible consequences of the choice they madeand the choice they must then make to rectify it.


I hope you've discovered a few new romantic favorites to enjoy this Valentine's Day! Have a wonderful weekend, and if you fancy, leave a comment below and let me know what's on your Valentine's watchlist!

Until next time!