Do you want a show that is a little more serious to watch? Want to engage your intellectual side and maybe touch on some history? Here are some of the best historical dramas on Netflix.
A group of European migrants traveling from London to New York on a steamship find themselves caught in a mystery when they receive a message in a bottle from another ship that had vanished years ago.
Set in 1843, this docudrama follows the story of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant who is convicted of the murder of her employer and her housekeeper. Grace claims to have no memory of the crime, and her defense attorney sets out to prove her innocence.
Set in 1920s Madrid, this Spanish drama follows the lives of four young women who work as telephone operators for the National Telephone Company. The series is about their friendship, love lives, and careers.
Elisa & Marcela
This historical drama about forbidden love tells the story of Elisa and Marcela, two women who fell in love and decide that one of them will live life as a man to be able to “marry” each other.
This mystery film tells the story of Enola Holmes, the younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. When her mother disappears, Enola sets out to find her, using her intelligence and resourcefulness to uncover the truth.
Enola Holmes 2
This sequel to the 2020 film Enola Holmes follows Enola as she sets up her own detective agency in London. When a young woman goes missing, Enola takes on the case, which leads her to cross paths with her brother Sherlock once again, and she becomes engaged in the fight for Worker’s Rights.
Set in 1880s New Mexico, this Western miniseries tells the story of Roy Goode, an outlaw who is forced to flee from a ruthless gang of criminals. Roy seeks refuge in the town of La Belle, which is an all-female town.
Set in 17th-century Italy, this a dark fantasy about a group of young witches who must defend their town from a malevolent force.
A modern remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film of the same name, is about a young woman who marries a wealthy widower, only to be haunted by the ghost of his first wife.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker
A captivating dramatization of the life of Madam C. J. Walker, the first African-American woman to become a millionaire.
The Cook of Castamar
An enthralling Spanish period drama set in 18th-century Madrid about a talented cook who is pursued by her employer, an aristocratic Duke.
A compelling British drama about a woman who discovers an Anglo-Saxon burial site on her property.
A captivating German historical drama that follows the life of Elisabeth (Sisi), a young empress who navigates the challenges of love, politics, and family in 19th-century Vienna.
The Law According to Lidia Poët
An Italian period drama set in late 19th-century Turin, where Lidia Poët becomes Italy’s first female lawyer and fights against gender discrimination to defend the innocent.
The Most Hated Woman in America
This drama follows the controversial life of outspoken atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, from her landmark court battles to her infamous abduction.
The Queen’s Gambit
An American coming-of-age period drama based on the novel of the same name, following the life of Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy who struggles with addiction and personal demons as she rises to prominence in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.
An Irish psychological thriller set in 19th-century Ireland, where a mysterious English nurse arrives in a small village to investigate the supposed miraculous fasting of a young girl.
Call the Midwife
This long-running drama follows the lives of nuns and midwives, following the creation of the NHS, in the poverty-ridden area in the East End of London.
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