There is a truly massive list of movies set in Victorian times. Lasting from 1837-1901, the Victorian period was an incredible time where the sciences, the arts, philosophy and industry moved forward in great leaps unseen previously. The era provided a fascinating tapestry on/in which writers wove their stories. The best of them get made into movies set in Victorian times and present us with insight into life from so many angles and aspects.
1. An Ideal Husband
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If anyone was able to capture and exaggerate the absurdities of society of his time, it was Oscar Wilde. He may have been vilified by many for his personal life but his observational comedy was spot on. There have been a number of successful adaptations of his plays as well as a biopic (when he was brilliantly played by Stephen Fry), but I have to pick An Ideal Husband as one of my favorite movies set in Victorian times. Rupert Everett, Jeremy Northam, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Minnie Driver are the excellent cast in a tale of connivance, attempted blackmail and untruths.