16 of the Best Period Films You Can Stream on Netflix

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Billy Elliot

billy elliot

BBC Films

In the mid-1980s, Northeast England saw a massive coal miners’ strike. It’s during this time that 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) realizes that his true calling is dancing. His coal miner father thinks otherwise, though, and is constantly encouraging his son to try different sports. In the midst of utter turmoil surrounding hundreds of thousands of workers, a young boy embraces his passion and his reluctant father eventually comes around. The story may be fictional, but it’s another reminder of the people that lived on the fringe of some of the biggest events in history.

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