If you like Jane Austen novels, don’t miss these great screen adaptations:
1: Sense & Sensibility (1995)
Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet
Emma Thompson makes this adaptation of Sense & Sensibility the irrefutable best. Thompson not only plays the sensible Elinor, she wrote the screenplay.
2. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
This was difficult. The 2005 adaptation has my favorite Elizabeth Bennet, but the 1995 adaptation has my favorite Darcy– though Macfadyen’s Darcy is quite good too!
3. Mansfield Park (1999)
While many people hate on this adaptation of Mansfield Park, I find it to be an excellent movie. All the characters are given a bit of a personality boost, and the scandals are exaggerated. It’s not a faithful retelling of the novel, but it doesn’t have to be.
4. Emma (2009)
Stars: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller
This is by far the most charming version of Jane Austen’s Emma thanks to Romola Garai who portrays the clueless girl in a way that’s both likable and accurate to the book. It’s not easy making Emma likable.
5. Northanger Abbey (2007)
Stars: Geraldine James, Michael Judd, Julia Dearden
The 2007 adaptation may not be totally faithful to the book, but those changes fit very well with Jane Austen’s tone. Felicity Jones’ Catherine is perfectly naive and sensational in just the way the novel demands.
6. Persuasion (2007)
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Krige, Rupert Penry-Jones
My favorite adaptation of my favorite Jane Austen novel. Sally Hawkins perfectly portrays the anxiety and hopelessness of Anne Elliot, the 27-year old woman who has lost her bloom and is far too old for love.
7. Love & Friendship (2016)
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
This may be the only adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, but it’s also delightful. Perhaps more scandalous than Austen’s other works, it follows the scheming Lady Susan who is determined play matchmaker for both her daughter and herself.
* Honorable Mention: Clueless (1995)
Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy
Okay, this may just be the best Austen adaptation ever. Based on Emma, Clueless has not only cemented its place in 90’s culture, but it is also the perfect update to the 200-year old novel.
*Honorable Mention: Bride & Prejudice (2004)
Setting Pride & Prejudice in the traditionally more conservative India just works. It’s also just so much fun–Austen with musical numbers.
What’s your favorite Austen adaptation?