16 of the Best Period Films You Can Stream on Netflix

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Saving Mr. Banks

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Walt Disney Pictures

Period films that give a behind-the-scenes look at things you never knew happened are the best. In Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks plays the one and only Walt Disney as he courts P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and attempts to persuade her to give him the film rights for her book Mary Poppins. The ways in which Travers’s childhood influenced the iconic book (and, later, movie) are startling and give new meaning to a simple kids’ story. In the 1960s, Walt Disney was already the king of animated, fantastical content. Getting Mary Poppins made was everything to him and seeing how he did it only a few short years before his death is heartwarming.

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