BEST PERIOD MOVIES AND TV MADE IN THE STYLE OF THE TIMES IN WHICH THEY ARE SET
If anyone has a more concise way of saying this, I'm open to suggestions. However, the rules here are strict. "Mad Men" wouldn't count because it's unlike anything that aired on TV in the '60s. "Kill Bill" is on the other end of the non-applicable spectrum: movies full of 1970s grindhouse style but set in the present day.
- •Stranger ThingsUnsurprisingly, the reason I made this list. The ultimate 80s movie turned into a Netflix series. Clearly a labor of love in so many ways. But you know that because you've seen it already. Haven't you?!?
- •Danger 5A brilliant and underseen Australian spy TV series about an international team forever tasked with killing Hitler. The first season, set in the 60s, is essentially a live-action mix of Thunderbirds and James Bond. The second season is set in the 80s and is even more ambitious in its homages. The highlight is a John Hughes-type high school episode in which Hitler goes undercover as "Johnny Hitler," star quarterback.
- •Down With LoveI honestly remember very little about this one, but the visuals were spectacular and it nailed the Rock Hudson/Doris Day feel.
- •Life on MarsI'm stretching a little here because there is a metaphysical plot layer, but much of this kickass British crime show set in the 70s nails the cop shows of the time.
- •Far From HeavenI'll ignore the anachronistic focus on gay issues because it so nails the Sirk look and feel. I don't think Carol, that other 1950s Haynes-directed masterpiece, tries hard enough to fit in as a 1950s movie (nor should it, but you know what I mean), so it doesn't make the cut.
- •Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyI don't know how intentional it was, but this 1970s-set spy opus just has the feel of the kind of smart, adult mainstream film (e.g. All The President's Men) that was such a staple of 70s cinema.
- •CQ is a coming-of-age movie about a young filmmaker in Paris in 1969, and it apes numerous late 60s movie styles.It was directed by Roman Coppola, son of Francis, and he puts in references to Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, and the Conversation among the countless homages in the film.Suggested by @roche