Keira Knightley has worn more corsets in her film than normal dresses. She is, as anyone will say is the queen of historical films. Apart from films like Love, Actually and Bend It Like Beckham, Knightley has been a part of princess royalties.

Here are some period films by Keira Knightley that you must watch once.

1. Pride And Prejudice (2005)

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Director- Joe Wright

Cast- Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfayden, Rosamund Pike

This love story takes place in late-eighteenth-century England, in a class-conscious society. The five Bennet sisters, including the strong-will Elizabeth and the youthful Lydia, were brought up by their mother with one goal in mind: to find a husband. The Bennets are ecstatic when a wealthy bachelor moves into a nearby estate. There will undoubtedly be plenty of suitors for the Bennet sisters among the man’s refined circle of friends. The war of the sexes is joined when Elizabeth meets the gorgeous aristocratic Mr. Darcy.

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2. Atonement

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Director- Joe Wright

Cast- Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan

Briony Tallis, thirteen, came into her elder sister Cecilia and her lover Robbie Turner making love in the library, and it was a day that would have far-reaching consequences for all three of them. Briony misinterprets what has happened between them, and her reaction drives the two lovers apart, possibly permanently, as war erupts in the United Kingdom.

3. Colette

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Director- Wash Westmoreland

Cast- Keira Knightley

Gabrielle Colette is taken from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and aesthetic glory of Paris after marrying the famous Parisian writer Henry Gauthier-Villars, pen name “Willy.” Willy soon woos Colette ghostwrite for him. In turn, Colette writes a semi-autobiographical novel about a clever and bold rural girl named Claudine, becoming the bestseller and cultural phenomenon. Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris after their success, and their exploits inspire more Claudine novels. Colette’s quest for creative ownership and gender roles propels her to defy traditional norms, transforming literature, fashion, and sexual expression.

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4. Anna Karenina

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Director- Joe Wright

Cast- Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfayden

In 19th-century St. Petersburg, Anna Karenina, the wife of a Russian imperial minister, causes a high-society scandal by having an affair with Count Vronsky, a dashing cavalry officer. Alexei, Anna’s husband, presents her with a terrible choice of joining Vronsky in exile and never seeing her small son again or staying with her family and following the norms of discretion. Meanwhile, Levin, a peasant, aches for Princess Kitty, who is only in love with Vronsky.

5. The Imitation Game

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Director- Mortem Tyldum

Cast- Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode

In 1939, the newly formed British intelligence agency MI6 hires Alan Turing, a Cambridge mathematics graduate, to crack Nazi codes, particularly Enigma, which cryptanalysts assumed were impenetrable. Joan Clarke is part of Turing’s team that analyses Enigma signals while he constructs a machine to decrypt them. Turing and his team eventually into success and are hailing as unsung heroes. However, their quiet genius leader faces disgrace in 1952 when authorities sentence him to death for being gay.

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