Last Updated on April 21, 2024

We have your period drama line-up for what’s new to streaming on Netflix in the US this winter – and also what’s leaving.

Maestro © 2023 Netflix, Inc.

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This list will be updated all winter: it will house all the costume, historical, and period dramas added to Netflix in December 2023, and January and February 2024, that we think you’ll enjoy.

New titles – from British period dramas to romantic television series, international films and biopics –  will be added alphabetically to the appropriate areas all throughout the months, as soon as we learn of them. If you recognize a title from the service, it’s because movies and series often get pulled off for a period of time, and then they come back.

You can click through to watch the trailers where available – they may save you from watching something you’ll wish you hadn’t (or help you find something you nearly skipped over). Please note that some titles may be unavailable on Netflix’s ad tier.

We’ve also curated some other non-period titles of interest, including feel-good movies and TV series, comedies and romances, that are coming to Netflix that you might like. See the “You May Also Like” section for these additional suggestions of what to watch.

Period dramas leaving Netflix this winter: Leaving 12/31: Catch Me If You Can, Field of Dreams, Gladiator. Leaving 2/15: Versailles: (Seasons 1-2). Leaving 2/19: Operation Finale. Leaving 2/28: Babylon Berlin (Seasons 1-3). Leaving 2/29: Legends of the Fall, Stand by Me.

The fall list for Netflix is here. The spring 2024 list is here.

Those who are new here should know that Willow and Thatch also has a special section for period dramas that have been added recently to different streaming services. See the “New to Streaming” drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Period Dramas Added in December 2023

Maestro (2023), courtesy Netflix

Maestro (2023)

Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro at its core is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper, Matt Bomer.

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Rated R for some language and drug use

Available December 20

For more period dramas added in December 2023, also see the following: Available December 7: The Archies (2023): Set in 1960s India, Archie and the gang navigate romance, friendship and the future of Riverdale as developers threaten to destroy a beloved park.

For a period-set comedy, try 1670, available December 13: In this series, a quirky nobleman navigates family feuds and clashes with peasants in his misguided quest to become Poland’s most famous figure In this satirical comedy.

Available December 14 for The Crown (Season 6) Part 2: With the Commonwealth irrevocably changed, Queen Elizabeth II reflects on her life and legacy, and paves the way for her successors Charles and William.

For something really different available December 22, try the Korean Netflix series Gyeongseong Creature (Season 1) Part 1: Gyeongseong, 1945. In Seoul’s grim era under colonial rule, an entrepreneur and a sleuth fight for survival and face a monster born out of human greed. For another K-drama, available December 29, try Secret Royal Inspector & Joy (Season 1).

Period Dramas Added in January 2024

The Great Gatsby (1974), courtesy Paramount Pictures

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Upstanding Yale student Edward Wilson is recruited to work for the fledgling CIA during World War II. His methods become standard operating procedure for the CIA while he combats his counterparts in the KGB. But, as the country slips deeper into the Cold War, Edward finds that dedication to duty above family has a price.

Starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro.

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Rated R for some violence, sexuality and language

Available January 18

The Great Gatsby (1974)

Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his vast (and implicitly ill-gotten) fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan, now married to “old money” Tom Buchanan. Calmly observing the passing parade is Nick Carraway, Gatsby’s best friend, who narrates the film. This American romantic drama film is based on the 1925 novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Sam Waterston.

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Rated PG

Available January 1

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

It’s been nearly a decade since Tarzan, also known as John Clayton III, left Africa to live in Victorian England with his wife Jane. Danger lurks on the horizon as Leon Rom, a treacherous envoy for King Leopold, devises a scheme that lures the couple to the Congo. Rom plans to capture Tarzan and deliver him to an old enemy in exchange for diamonds. When Jane becomes a pawn in his devious plot, Tarzan must return to the jungle to save the woman he loves.

Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J Saper, Christian Stevens, Christoph Waltz.

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Rated PG-13

Available January 18

The Sting (1973)

In this Oscar winner, a rookie grifter and veteran con artist plan to fleece a homicidal racketeer through a phony racetrack scam in 1930s Chicago. Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan. Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won’t even know he’s been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don’t go according to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo.

Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw.

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Rated PG

Available January 1

WILL (2023)

Two young police officers find themselves torn between collaboration and resistance as they navigate the Nazi-occupied Antwerp during World War II, in this film from Belgium. Also known as “WIL.”

Starring Stef Aerts, Matteo Simoni, Annelore Crollet.

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Rated TV-MA

Available January 31

For more period dramas added in January 2024, also see the following: January 1: The Wonder Years (Season 2), The Front Page (1974), Chinatown (1974), High Plains Drifter (1973), Joe Kidd (1972), 100 Days My Prince (Season 1). January 5: Gyeongseong Creature (Part 2). January 18: Apollo 13 (1995), Company of Heroes (2013), King Kong (2005), The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Legend of Zorro (2005), The Lords of Flatbush (1974). January 21: Captivating the King (Season 1 – New Episodes Weekly). January 31: The documentary Alexander: The Making of a God (Season 1).

Period Dramas Added in February 2024

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) courtesy Netflix

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Midwest native Nick Carraway arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, Tom. Thus, Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and — as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits — pens a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.

Starring Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan,  Joel Edgerton.

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Rated PG-13

Available February 1

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

King Henry VIII lacks an heir. Seeing this as an opportunity for personal gain, the Duke of Norfolk and Sir Thomas Boleyn persuade Thomas’ daughter Anne to seduce the king. But Henry falls in love with Anne’s sister, Mary, instead. When Mary becomes pregnant, she’s confined to bed, with charged with Anne keeping the king from straying — but the plan backfires when Anne seeks the king’s affections for herself.

Starring Eric Bana, David Morrissey, Mark Rylance, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson.

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Rated PG-13

Available February 1

For more period dramas added in February 2024, also see the following: February 1: Fury (2014). February 16: The docu-drama Einstein and the Bomb (2023), and the period-set action crime drama Warrior (Seasons 1-3). February 23: Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022).

You May Also Like

This section contains a curated list of movies and TV series new on Netflix, that are NOT period dramas. We think fans of historical and costume dramas will enjoy them just the same.

Available in December: December 1: May December (2023), Black Swan (2010). December 6: Christmas as Usual (2023). December 8: The Great British Baking Show: Holidays (Season 6). December 15: Familia (2023). December 26: Thank You, I’m Sorry (2023). December 30: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974). December 31: V for Vendetta (2005).

Available in January: January 1: The Holiday (2006), This Is 40 (2012), School of Rock (2003), It’s Complicated (2009), The Conversation (1974), The Little Prince (1974), Gravity (2013), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Jurassic Park (1993), Fool Me Once (2023), The Blues Brothers (1980), Mamma Mia! (2008), Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018). Meet the Parents (2000), Dark Shadows (2012). January 4: Society of the Snow (2023). January 6: The Florida Project (2017). January 8: This is Us (Seasons 1-6). January 15: The Nest (2020). January 16: Cats (2019). January 17: Queen Bees (2021). January 18: 28 Days (2000), Annie (1982), Erin Brockovich (2000), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Four Seasons (1981). January 22: Royal Pains (Seasons 1-8). January 26: Silent Night (2021).

Available in February: February 1: The Vow (2012), Something’s Gotta Give (2003), Moneyball (2011), It Could Happen to You (1994). February 5: Monk (Seasons 1-8). February 7: Made in Italy (2020). February 8: One Day (2023). February 9: Falling for Figaro (2020). February 14: The Heartbreak Agency (2023), Players (2023).

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to see The Period Films List, with the best British period dramas, historical and costume movies and TV series sorted by era.