We have selected our favourite Jane Austen adaptations, from faithful adaptations to retelling Austen's stories in contemporary life.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
No competition for the number one spot. The 1995 BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet captivated an audience.
Gwyneth Paltrow stars as the meddling 21-year-old who has so far lived a charmed life.
Rupert Penry Jones and Sally Hawkins star in this 2007 romance.
Frances O'Conor stars as Fanny Price. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral compass, Fanny becomes especially close to her cousin Edmund. Fanny is soon possessed of beauty as well as a keen mind and comes to the attention of a neighbor, Henry Crawford. Fanny has a mind of her own, asking Henry to prove himself worthy. As Edmund courts Henry's sister, Fanny must assess Henry's character and assert her heart as well as her wit.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay as well as starred as Elinor Dashwood. The cast includes Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet. Alan Rickman reading poetry is not to be missed.
BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY
Not a classic Austen adaptation but one that stars Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. Based on Helen Fielding's bestselling novel.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
The 2005 film adaptation starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr Darcy.
DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY
Based on the book by P.D. James, this story follows Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet six years after they have married.
An imaginative young woman gets herself into trouble. Starring Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland and JJ Feild as Henry Tilney.
Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after "great singers of the past that now do infomercials," are pampered upper-class girls who care less about getting good grades than wearing the right clothes and being as popular as possible. But Cher, who lives with her tough yet warm-hearted lawyer dad (Dan Hedaya) and hunky, sensitive stepbrother (Paul Rudd), also has an innate urge to help those less fortunate, like the two introverted teachers she brings together ("negotiating" herself improved grades in the process) and new friend Tai (Brittany Murphy), who starts out a geek and ends up a Cher prodigy. Cher also possesses her own sensitive side, and she is looking for the perfect boyfriend, whom she ends up finding where she least expected.
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