The best romantic period movies of all time
When it comes to period piece movies, there are a few patterns: Jane Austen, old time-y relationship problems, Emma Thompson, Merchant Ivory productions, Keira Knightley dramatically storming away from someone. As Helena Bonham Carter once said, "Period movies are my destiny. I should get a few ribs taken out, because I'll be in a corset for the rest of my life."
And the thing is, some combination of these common tropes is probably why you're a fan of romantic period movies in the first place. But the genre exists outside of those themes (and England), too — whether it takes place in 1960s Wyoming or 19th century China.
So, yes, there's plenty of Austen and some repeat regular actors on this list, but there's some more history to explore, too. Check out EW's picks for 22 of the best romantic period movies that are sure to make you swoon.