Undefended: The Top Five Period Pieces Of All Time

Undefended is posted every Friday. All FilmFisher writers are given a prompt and respond with a list of five items, none of which are explained or rationalized. This week… the top five period pieces of all time.


Thomas Banks

1.The Painted Veil

2.Ben Hur

3.The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

4.Robin Hood (Errol Flynn version)

5.The Searchers



Joshua Gibbs

1. The Remains of the Day

2. The Bostonians

3. The Age of Innocence

4. Dangerous Liaisons

5. Last of the Mohicans


Sean Johnson

1.There Will Be Blood

2.The Untouchables

3.The Talented Mr. Ripley

4. American Hustle

5.The Grand Budapest Hotel


James Banks

1. Horseman on the Roof

2. Dangerous Liaisons

3. The Last of the Mohicans

4. Wings of a Dove

5. A Room with a View


Timothy Lawrence

1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2. A Man For All Seasons

3. Inside Llewyn Davis

4. The General

5. Gone With The Wind


Remy Wilkins

1. There Will Be Blood

2. Miller’s Crossing

3. Marie Antoinette

4. Raiders of the Lost Ark

5. The Last of the Mohicans


Joseph Gross

1. Andrei Rublev

2. Henry V (1989)

3. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

4. Good Night and Good Luck

5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?


Justin Spencer

1. Lawrence of Arabia

2. The Sandlot

3. A River Runs Through It

4. The Man from Snowy River

5. Days of Heaven

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs teaches great books, collects records and jogs to work. He and his wife have two children, both of whom have seven names. He tweets at @joshgibbs and blogs for the CiRCE Institute.

One Response to Undefended: The Top Five Period Pieces Of All Time

  1. Josh, I have to say that while I wrote my list I was thinking, “man, I sure hope no one has the temerity to put ‘The Age of Innocence’ on their top five. Once again, you surprise me, Sir.

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