Everyone loves getting something they love for free, and VUDU’s Movies on Us lets you stream movies and TV shows – including period dramas – for free, with a few commercials. Really? Really. 

Willow and Thatch will regularly update this post with new free offerings. Look for the “Free Period Dramas Recently Added to VUDU” section at the bottom of the page. Then search VUDU by the movie’s title, once you know what you’d like to watch.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, EuropaCorp

Let’s learn more about the streaming service from VUDU and discover how you can watch costume period dramas online for free with Movies on Us.

List updated September 2, 2017.

Who?

Movies On Us is a free movie collection, launched in late 2016. The free service is part of VUDU, Walmart’s subscription-free, premium video streaming service.

Vudu is always looking for new ways for customers to save money – and nothing is more affordable than free. With Vudu Movies on Us, customers can watch HD movies and TV for free, and on-demand, with limited commercials. Millions of customers already buy and rent content on Vudu on a monthly basis. This new service provides value for customers who want to watch movies and TV for free, when and how they wish to watch, without sacrificing quality. – Jeremy Verba, VUDU VP / GM



What? 

Movies On Us allows you to watch select movies for free, with limited commercials from Paramount, WB, Lionsgate, MGM, Anchor Bay and others. Movies On Us titles stream at the same resolution options as VUDU’s regular buy and rent titles, both in 480p SD and in up to 1080p HDX with Dolby Digital if available.




Where? 

You can enjoy Movies On Us anywhere – on your TV, mobile (Android and iOS devices), your computer’s web browser (desktop and laptop) and tablets.

On Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and mobile and connected devices (Roku, Chromecast, Game Consoles, etc.): Navigate to the “Spotlight” tab and you’ll see “Movies On Us” option on the sub-menu.

On the web – To watch Movies On Us movies from VUDU.com, navigate to the “Movies & TV” tab, then select “New” and you’ll see “Movies On Us” option on the sub-menu.

VUDU is currently available on the U.S.



When? 

Within the U.S. Movies On Us can be streamed instantly with an internet or data connection. Movies On Us titles do not have a download option.



How? 

You do not need payment information on file to use Movies On Us, but a VUDU account is required. You don’t need to have previously paid for (or pay for in the future) any movies that aren’t free.



Why? 

The VUDU Movies on Us titles include critically-acclaimed films, family-friendly features, date night movies, thrillers, and documentaries.

VUDU is constantly working with studios to bring you a wide range of movies within Movies On Us. Like most streaming services, some titles will expire after a period of time and will no longer be available to watch for free online, but you’ll always find new and varied titles on Movies On Us – and the best part is that they’ll still be free with limited commercials. And yes, it’s legal! 



What about historical / costume / period dramas?

Willow and Thatch did lots of digging and unearthed the following period dramas that are available to watch for free with ads at the time of this writing.

My Week with Marilyn, Courtesy The Weinstein Company

Admittedly the Movies on Us availability doesn’t match what’s on Amazon PrimeNetflix, Acorn TVBritBox or Hulu, and some of the movies are better than others, but free is free, and hopefully you’ll find something new to please. Thank you VUDU!

Here’s the list of period dramas to stream for free on Movies on Us: Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Free Period Dramas Newly Added to VUDU list.



Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972): A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to “the golden city”, or to certain destruction? Directed by Werner Herzog.

Set in 1560 in the Tudor era.

One of the great haunting visions of the cinema. Of modern filmmakers, Werner Herzog is the most visionary and the most obsessed with great themes. – Roger Ebert

Starring Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Cecilia Rivera, Del Negro, Daniel Zacapa.

Not rated. 


Antigone (1961): Creon becomes King of Thebes after both of Oedipus’ sons kill each other. He orders the body of one son, not to be buried, but the dead man’s sister disobeys the new king and gives her brother a proper burial.

Starring Irene Papas, Manos Katrakis, Maro Kontou.

In Greek with English subtitles.

Not rated.


Army of Crime (2009): In Robert Guediguian’s taut, internationally acclaimed thriller, set during the French Resistance, Armenian poet Missak Manouchian (Simon Abkarian) and his French wife (Virginie Ledoyen) lead a ragtag assortment of volunteers – Jews, Poles, Hungarians, Italians, Spaniards and Armenians – in an assassination plot against the German occupiers and their French allies.

Favouring character and atmosphere over flamboyant technique, this is as focused, balanced and compelling a war drama as you’re likely to see. – Sky Movies

Simon Abkarian, Virginie Ledoyen, Robinson Stevenin, Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Lola Naymark, Yann Tregouet, Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Ivan Franek.

In French with English subtitles.

Not rated.


Battleship Potemkin (1925): Odessa – 1905. Enraged with the deplorable conditions on board the armored cruiser Potemkin, the ship’s loyal crew contemplates the unthinkable – mutiny. Seizing control of the Potemkin and raising the red flag of revolution, the sailors’ revolt becomes the rallying point for a Russian populace ground under the boot heels of the Czar’s Cossacks. When ruthless White Russian cavalry arrives to crush the rebellion on the sandstone Odessa Steps, the most famous and most quoted film sequence in cinema history is born.

No longer considered the greatest film ever made, but it is obligatory for anyone interested in film history. – Roger Ebert

Starring Alexander Antonov, Grigory Alexandrov, Ivan Bobrov, Vladimir Barsky, Mikhail Gomorov.

Silent film.

Not rated.


Drums in the Deep South (1951): This is the story of a Confederate attempt to stop Sherman’s sweep through Georgia in his ‘march to the sea’. The South’s cannoneers set their artillery in an almost inaccessible mountain peak and successfully set about the destruction of Union supply trains. When a Union force is given the assignment of silencing the gun, it is discovered that the opposing commanders are close friends; and a fateful decision must be made in order for the Union to keep its life-line open.

Starring James Craig, Barbara Payton, Guy Madison, Barton MacLane, Craig Stevens, Tom Fadden, Robert Osterloh, Taylor Holmes, Robert Easton.

Not rated. 


The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1974): Werner Herzog’s film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note; he later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life that he could remember, and only recently was he released, for reasons unknown. His benefactor attempts to integrate him into society, with intriguing results. 

Herzog’s film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser.

The Enigma of Kasper Hauser, Courtesy Werner Herzog Filmproduktion

A lyrical film about the least lyrical of men. – Roger Ebert

Starring Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Johannes Buzalski, Alfred Edel, Volker Prechtel, Clemens Scheitz, Willy Semmelrogge, Enno Patalas.

In German with English subtitles.

Not rated.


Fitzcarraldo (1982): The story of Irishman Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle in the Amazon basin. Directed by Werner Herzog.

Set the early part of the 20th century. 

Fitzcarraldo, Courtesy Werner Herzog Filmproduktion

One of the great visions of the cinema… brave and epic – Roger Ebert

A fine, quirky, fascinating movie. It’s a stunning spectacle, an adventure-comedy not quite like any other, and the most benign movie ever made about 19th-century capitalism running amok. – New York Times

Starring Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jose Lewgoy, Paul Hittscher, Miguel Angel Fuentes, Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez, Bill Rose, Jean-Claude Dreyfus.

In German with English subtitles.

Not rated.


The Flowers Of War (2011): From internationally celebrated director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, House Of Flying Daggers) comes a story of love and war. The dangerous streets of Nanjing throw together a group of opposites -a flock of shell-shocked school children, a dozen seductive courtesans, and a renegade American posing as a priest to save his own skin, or so he thinks – all seeking safety behind a walled cathedral.

I can’t get it out of my thoughts, and I recommend it highly. – New York Observer

Starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Shigeo Kobayashi, Huang Tianyuan, Tong Dawei , Atsuro Watabe, Cao Kefan.

Rated R (for strong violence including a sexual assault, disturbing images, and brief strong language)


Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood (2012): A tragic cycle of violence ensnares two proud families in this historical drama. A Union soldier on his way home runs afoul of Jim Vance and his nephew Ellison Hatfield. Confederate sympathizers, they’re furious with the idea of one of their neighbors fighting for the Union.

Starring Jeff Fahey, Christian Slater, Perry King, Priscilla Barnes, Kassandra Clementi, Sean Flynn.

Rated PG-13 


Heart of Glass (1977): A small village is renowned for its “Ruby Glass” glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the Ruby Glass, the town slides into a deep depression, and the owner of the glassworks becomes obsessed with the lost secret. Directed by Werner Herzog.

Filled with some flat-out stunning nature cinematography, that places its events in a global context, the movie feels as if it takes place in a boundless world, and that sense of expansiveness makes its chronicle of the downfall of one small 18th-century Bavarian hamlet feel as if its an allegory about pressing global trends. – MovieMartyr

Starring Josef Bierbichler, Stefan Gutter, Clemens Scheitz, Sonja Skiba, Volker Prechtel.

In German with English subtitles.

Not rated.



King and Country (1965): A tough, no-nonsense British Army lawyer (Dick Bogarde) is assigned to defend a lowly private (Tom Courtenay) at his court martial. The private has been accused of desertion during battle. The lawyer, Captain Hargreaves, is convinced this young man should fry. However, as the trial progresses and the strain of three horrible years endured at the Allied front is revealed, the more he is compelled to spare the youth from a firing squad.

Starring Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern, Barry Foster, Peter Copley, Keith Buckley, Jeremy Spencer, Larry Taylor, James Villiers.

Not rated.


Kon-Tiki (2013): Based on the award-winning documentary, KON TIKI is the story of legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. In 1947, he and five other men crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft, proving that pre- Columbian South Americans could have crossed the sea and settled the Polynesian islands. After financing the trip through loans and donations, they set off on this epic 101-day journey across 4,300 miles of dangerous open water, as the world watched.

The top-notch adventure tale “Kon-Tiki” is an old- fashioned entertainment, complete with a lead who physically recalls Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.” – New York Daily News

Starring Pal Sverre Hagen, Anders Bassmo Christiansen, Jakob Oftebro, Tobias Santelmann, Odd Magnus Williamson, Gustaf Skarsgard, Agnes Kittelsen.

Rated PG-13 


Korkoro (2010): In this passionate WWII drama, a tightly-knit family of Gypsies journeys through occupied France, trying to avoid the violent Vichy patrols. Korkoro unearths the hidden story of the Romany people’s joys and struggles during the war. Along the way a young French orphan named Claude joins their ranks, and is initiated into their culture. Under the tutelage of acrobatic wild man Taloche, Claude learns to love his adoptive family.

Starring James Thierree, Marc Lavoine, Marie-Josee Croze, Mathias Laliberté.

In French with English subtitles.

Not rated.


La France (2007): Filmmaker Serge Bozon reinvents the war film in this dark and lonely fairytale-like vision of WWI France. French farm girl Camille disguises herself as a soldier during WWI and goes in search of her estranged love.

Without ever surrendering its deadpan naturalism, La France becomes increasingly poetic: The seasons change, the landscape grows barren, and the stars in the sky take their names from the dead men below. – Village Voice

Starring Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Guillaume Verdier, Francois Negret, Laurent Talon, Guillaume Depardieu.

In French with English subtitles.

Not rated.


The Magic Box (1951): William Friese-Greene was the first man to produce and patent a commercially practical motion-picture camera based on the principles still used today. He lived for his work, sacrificing himself and his family and fortune to satisfy an obsession – to make pictures move. This is his story and the story of the two women who loved him.

Starring Robert Donat, Margaret Johnston, Maria Schell.

Not rated.


Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (2009): When unexpected events drive Mandie Shaw away from her log cabin home in 1899, she convinces her Cherokee friends to guide the way. After a treacherous journey, they reach the mansion of Mandie’s Uncle John only to discover that his ship has been lost at sea. When strangers arrive claiming to be the rightful heirs to Uncle John’s fortune, Mandie and her friends find themselves in a race through hidden passages to locate Uncle John’s will.

Starring Dean Jones, Lexi Johnson, William Yelton, Amanda Waters, Gezell Fleming, Dave Blamy.

Based on the children’s book by Lois Leppard.

Rated G


Miral (2011): From director Julian Schnabel, comes MIRAL, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope, and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage, and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini opens an orphanage for refugee children. One of the children is seventeen-year-old Miral who arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani.

Starring Hiam Abbass, Freida Pinto, Yasmine AlMasri, Ruba Blal, Alexander Siddig, Omar Metwally, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave, Stella Schnabel.

Rated PG-13


Prince Killian and the Holy Grail (2011): During the Third Crusade in Palestine, the heroic knight-errant Prince Killian is entrusted with a sacred mission: to retrieve the Holy Grail from the clutches of an evil lord. Killian, with the assistance of his loyal sidekicks – clever young Crispin, portly Goliath, and the beautiful Viking Princess Sigrid of Thule – must leap into action in order to reclaim the Grail, and possibly turn the tide of the Crusades!

Starring Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Natasha Yarovenko, Asier Etxeandia, Gary Piquer, Alejandro Naranjo, Roberto Alvarez.

Not rated.


The Retrieval (2014): On the outskirts of the U.S. Civil War, The Retrieval follows a fatherless 13 year-old boy sent north by his bounty hunter gang on a dangerous mission to retrieve a wanted man under false pretense. During their journey towards the unwitting man’s reckoning, the initially distant pair develops unexpected bonds. 

Thrilling and grounded in historical research, The Retrieval serves as an insight into the little-told story of the grey area between slavery and emancipation, and the horrific moral dilemma that comes with being forced to betray your fellow-man.

The Retrieval, Courtesy Variance Films

Set in 1864. 

Equal parts suspenseful road movie, persuasively detailed period drama and emotionally resonant coming-of-age story, The Retrieval is an outstanding example of regional indie filmmaking accomplished with limited resources and an abundance of skill. – Variety

Starring Tishuan Scott, Ashton Sanders, Keston John, Bill Oberst, Jr, Christine Horn, Alfonso Freeman.

Not rated.



The Watsons Go To Birmingham (2013): The Watsons set out on a family road trip where their experiences give them a newfound courage to stand up for what is right and helps them grow stronger as a family in the process.

Based on the bestselling book, the film chronicles an African-American family from Flint, Michigan, and how they are drastically changed while visiting Grandma in Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement in the summer of 1963.

Warm family drama brings the civil rights movement to life. – Common Sense Media

Starring David Alan Grier, Anika Noni Rose, Wood Harris.

Rated TV-PG 

Note: This doesn’t come up in search results, but scroll through the free Kids section to find it. 


W.E.(2012): Madonna’s beautifully crafted film tells the story of Wally Winthrop, a lonely New Yorker who finds a welcome escape from her troubled relationship when she begins to explore the ultimate love story: King Edward VIII’s scandalous abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

W.E., Courtesy Semtex Films

W.E. tells the story of two fragile but determined women – Wally Winthrop and Wallis Simpson – separated by more than six decades. In 1998, lonely New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) is obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate love story: King Edward’s VIII’s abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcée Wallis Simpson. But Wally’s research, including several visits to the Sotheby’s auction of the Windsor Estate, reveals that the couple’s life together was not as perfect as she thought. Weaving back and forth in time, W.E. intertwines Wally’s journey of discovery in New York with the story of Wallis (Andrea Riseborough) and Edward (James D’Arcy), from the glamorous early days of their romance to the slow unraveling of their lives in the decades that followed.

Bold, confident and not without amusing moments. – The Daily Telegraph

Starring Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle, David Harbour, James Fox, Judy Parfitt, Haluk Bilginer.

Rated R


Woyzeck (1979): Franz Woyzeck (Kinski) is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he cannot control. Directed by Werner Herzog and based on the classic play by Georg Buchner.

Set in mid-nineteenth century provincial Germany.

Starring Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichmann, Willy Semmelrogge, Josef Bierbichler, Herbert Fux, Irm Hermann, Volker Prechtel.

In German with English subtitles.

Not rated.


There’s more: For Christmas, there’s An American Christmas Carol (1979).  

If you like Westerns, you’ll find quite a few, like The Virginian, The Long Ride Home, Gunfighter, The Way of the West, and Swift Justice.

For Chinese period movies, look for Three KingdomsJade WarriorEmpire of Assassins, The Warring States and Sword Identity.

There are some animated classics for the kids, like Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Pickwick Papers, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickelby, The Old Curiosity Shop and A Christmas Carol. You’ll also find animated versions of the period classics The Black Tulip, The Corsican Brothers, Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, The Three Muskateers, and The Legend of Titanic. Note: not all of these come up in search results, but scroll through the free Kids section to find them. Also scroll through the Kids section to find Miracle of Marcelino, the story of an orphan abandoned as a baby on the steps of a monastery in nineteenth-century Spain. 


Are there other free period dramas on Movies on Us?

VUDU occasionally offers some free first episodes of television series. Previously in the historical / costume drama genre, you could watch the first episodes of Victoria (full-length UK version), Game of Thrones, and Ripper Street for free with ads, so it’s worth checking periodically to see if a newly added series has a free episode.



Free Period Dramas Recently Added to VUDU

New and available as of August 11, 2017: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-SecLa RafleThe Matchmaker, and The TrailAdded August 25: Savannah (2013)Just added September 1: The Aviator (1985), Courage Mountain: Heidi’s New Adventure (1990), The Four Feathers (2002), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Otello (1986), The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976), Richard III (1995), True Confessions (1981), True Grit (2010), Yentl (1983). 

Willow and Thatch picks for what to watch of the recently added movies: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is at the top of my list for family viewing. 

Be sure to catch The Matchmaker: The Voice said it is “An old-fashioned Mediterranean coming-of-age story” that “combines the tender tone of a film like Cinema Paradiso with a clear-eyed, street-level vantage on Israel’s summer of the Six-Day War.” Nicholas Nickleby, Yentl, and The Four Feathers are definitely worth a watch. Richard III is solid, but is a bit violent. 

Details below: 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010): In the year 1912, Adèle Blanc-Sec, a young, intrepid journalist, is ready to do anything to achieve her aims, even if it means arriving in Egypt and finding herself in the hands of all kinds of mummies. At the same time, in Paris, panic has broken out! A 136-million-year-old pterodatyl egg has mysteriously hatched on a shelf in the Jardin des Plantes, and the bird is spreading terror throughout the capital. This doesn’t perturb Adèle Blanc-Sec, whose adventures reveal further extraordinary surprises. Based on a popular French comic-book series about a pre-WWI journalist who investigates mystical occurrences. In French with English subtitles. Rated PG 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, EuropaCorp

La Rafle (2011): In picturesque Montmarte, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France. Their parents do not seem too concerned either, somehow putting their trust in the Vichy Government. But beyond this view, much is going on. Hitler demands that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination camps in the East. The collaborators start to put the plan into effect and within a short time, 13,000 of Paris’s Jews, among them 4,000 children, will be rounded up and sent on a road with no return. The fateful date: July 16th, 1942, 70 years ago. Not rated. 


The Matchmaker (2010): Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni’s cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women’s rights, free love and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik’s life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher’s latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Not rated. 


The Trail (2013): A young housewife is stranded alone in the woods after a tragic accident along The Oregon Trail. Far from home, she is tested mentally, physically, and spiritually in a battle for her life. Set in 1848. Not rated. Amazon reviewers give this film generally positive reviews.


Savannah (2013): A former slave (Chiwetel Ejiofor) recounts the tale of his friend Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel), an upper-class Southerner who rejected his heritage in favor of a free life as a duck hunter. The true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his loyal friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah’s markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation. Rated PG-13 


Just added! The Aviator (1985): Edgar (Christopher Reeve) is a former military flyer, scarred by a training tragedy and now working as an airmail pilot. His route is through the rugged Northwest, from Nevada to Washington. It’s difficult at the best of times, but when he’s stuck with an obnoxious rich girl, Tillie (Rosanna Arquette), as a passenger, it becomes treacherous. After Edgar crashes, the pair must put their bickering to bed in order to survive in the wilderness, with wolves stalking them and civilization far away. Rated PG 


Just added! Courage Mountain: Heidi’s New Adventure (1990): In this version of “Heidi,” a young Swiss girl is sent off to boarding school at the beginning of World War I. Rated PG 


Just added! The Four Feathers (2002): The story, set in 1875, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment’s plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which symbolize cowardice. To redeem his honor he disguises himself as an Arab and secretly saves the lives of those who branded him a coward. Rated PG-13 


Just added! Nicholas Nickleby (2002): A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle. A Charles Dickens adaptation that is a timeless romantic adventure you’ll treasure. Rated PG 


Just added! Otello (1986): In Verdi’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, Otello (Placido Domingo) lands victorious on Cyprus, declaring victory over the invading Turks. Iago (Justino Díaz), Otello’s lieutenant, seeks to avenge himself on his general for promoting Cassio (Urbano Barberini) ahead of him. Taking advantage of his commandant’s known passionate disposition, Iago plots to awaken Otello’s jealousy over the friendship between Cassio and Otello’s beautiful wife, Desdemona (Katia Ricciarelli). Rated PG 


Just added! The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976): In this sequel to “A Man Called Horse,” Lord John Morgan (Richard Harris) returns to the American West after feeling out of place in England. When he finds his Sioux friends who adopted him as one of their own, Morgan learns that white fur-trappers are murdering the Sioux and forcing them from their ancestral lands. While the Sioux initially believe that divine intervention will save their tribe, Morgan convinces them that the only way to regain their land is to fight back. Rated PG 


Just added! Richard III (1995): A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard III (Ian McKellen) descend into madness. Though the setting is transposed to the 1930s, England is torn by civil war, split between the rivaling houses of York and Lancaster. Richard aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must first remove the obstacles to his ascension — among them his brother, his nephews and his brother’s wife (Annette Bening). When the Duke of Buckingham (Jim Broadbent) deserts him, Richard’s plans are compromised. Rated R 


Just added! True Confessions (1981): In 1940s Los Angeles, Detective Tom Spellacy (Robert Duvall) probes into the savage murder of a woman found dumped in an empty lot. At the same time, he investigates a priest found dead in a whorehouse. Spellacy’s brother (Robert De Niro), a Catholic priest, is meanwhile attempting to expand his church through Jack (Charles Durning), a shady contractor. While the two police cases and the real estate deal seem a world apart, Spellacy discovers an insidious connection involving money and power. Rated R 


Just added! True Grit (2010): After an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) murders her father, feisty 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a boozy, trigger-happy lawman, to help her find Chaney and avenge her father. The bickering duo are not alone in their quest, for a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) is also tracking Chaney for reasons of his own. Together the unlikely trio ventures into hostile territory to dispense some Old West justice. Rated PG-13 


Just added! Yentl (1983): Rebbe Mendel (Nehemiah Persoff) is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl (Barbra Streisand), despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl’s father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith — so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way. Rated PG 


Not everything comes up in search results, so if you don’t find a film at first, scroll through the Movies On Us section of VUDU.



Want to stream more full period dramas (plus commentaries, behind-the scenes videos, trailers and more) online for free? Then head on over to the Willow and Thatch YouTube Channel – it’s always on, and always period!

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Be sure to wander over to the Best Period Films List for more suggestions of what costume and historical dramas to watch.

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