Best Jane Austen film adaptations to watch

Jpipe looking for a Jane Austen fix after watching Netflix’s adaptation of her latest novel, Persuasion, with Dakota Johnson, are in luck. There are more than a few good and even excellent film adaptations of Austen’s books available to stream now. From time-tested adaptations to more modern versions of the iconic English author’s classic work, there’s a film for every Austen fan. (Even those who can’t understand any movie that lives up to the book it’s based on – we know you’re there, too).

This must-have list includes a Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice, sending to the preparatory school of Mansfield Park, and a lovingly hilarious homage to Austen’s entire literary canon. Gwyneth Paltrow, Anya Taylor-Joy and Alicia Silverstone all put their own spin on Emmathe titular blonde heroine in three very different versions of the 1815 comedy of manners. For hopeless romantics, there are also several Mr. Darcys to go from enemies to lovers with. Sadly, Colin Firth’s take on the character in the 1995 UK miniseries Pride and Prejudice didn’t make the cut, but only because this list focuses on Austen-inspired feature films. Don’t worry, there are more than enough proud males and feisty female leads on this list to get your heart racing. Below are the 14 movies that will make you fall in love with Jane Austen all over again.

Sense and sensitivity (1995)

Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet star in director Ang Lee’s sublime tale (written by Thompson, who won an Oscar for his adaptation) of Austen’s debut novel. The book tells the story of two sisters, on the verge of bankruptcy, who are forced to find financial prosperity through marriage. Prepare to fall in love with the late Alan Rickman’s majestic Colonel Brandon.

Broadcast on HBO Max

Fire Island (2022)

Joel Kim Booster stars in this queer adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as Noah, a true Elizabeth Bennet type, who, on her annual trip to the titular summer hotspot of Long Island, swears at men in hopes of helping her best friend Howie (Bowen Yang) get to fuck. That is until he meets wealthy Will (Conrad Ricamora), who goes from being a thorn in his side to his underwear dance partner in one of the sexiest scenes ever to air.

Stream on Hulu

Emma. (2020)

Director Autumn de Wilde delivers an elegant and pretentious take on the titular matchmaker (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) that modernizes the romance at the center of Austen’s story. In this tale, Mr. Knightley (a passed out Johnny Flynn) is no longer 16 years older than Emma, ​​but a peer who encourages her to be a little less Regina George and a little more Dear Horowitz.

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video/Freevee

Love friendship (2016)

The Whit Stillman-directed period comedy, based on Austen’s posthumous 1871 epistolary novel, Ms Susanna, stars Kate Beckinsale as a flirtatious widow who seeks to marry off her only daughter and find herself a wealthy husband. While pursuing an affair with her married lover. What could go wrong?

Stream to Amazon Prime Video

austenland (2013)

Austen enthusiast Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) plans an unforgettable vacation to the world’s only immersive Austen experience. Think: Westworld for Bridgerton lovers – to find his own Mr. Darcy. Unfortunately, the flat rate she paid only allows her to hang out in the servants’ wing, which makes it a little harder to become the Elizabeth Bennet of her dreams. That won’t stop him from trying, though.

Rent on Amazon Prime Video

clueless (1995)

Cool girl Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) plays matchmaker to varying degrees of success in Amy Heckerling’s delightful take on the ’90s teen flick. Emma who, for over a quarter of a century now, has had viewers largely, totally madly falling in love with Paul Rudd.

Stream to Amazon Prime Video Where Paramount+

mansfield park (1999)

In this rom-dram based on Austen’s favorite among her own novels, the vivacious Fanny Brice (Frances O’Connor) is sent to live with her wealthy cousins ​​in the hopes that she will learn to be a true wife of the society. She soon realizes that being rich and privileged isn’t all she’s made out to be, which, oddly enough, makes her the object of all men’s affections.

Rent on Amazon Prime Video

Bridget Jones Diary (2001)

Renée Zellweger plays the film’s namesake British singleton who finds herself stuck in a Pride and Prejudice-esque love triangle with her overconfident boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and proud lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). While the elements of this movie haven’t aged particularly well — fat shaming, sexual harassment, power imbalances at work, to name a few — Bridget and Mark’s willpower doesn’t still hasn’t aged.

Stream on HBO Max

Northanger Abbey (2007)

In this surreal adaptation of Austen’s mildly satirical gothic novel of the same name, Catherine Morland (Felicity Jones) can’t tell her real-life romances from the supernatural love stories she adores. No surprise, this does not facilitate meetings.

Rent on Amazon Prime Video

Marriage and prejudice (2004)

play it like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood spin Pride and Prejudice stars Aishwarya Rai as Lalita, a single woman, much to her mother’s chagrin, who finds herself confronting a wealthy American named Mr. Darcy (Martin Henderson) over love, marriage, and marriage. economic future of India.

Stream on Starz

Persuasion (2007)

This earlier adaptation of Austen’s last novel stars Sally Hakins as Anne Elliott, who is given a second chance at love eight years after being persuaded by her family to turn down a marriage proposal from the penniless Captain Frederick Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones). Too bad the now wealthy war hero resents him for breaking his heart all those years ago.

Stream on BritBox

Metropolitan (1990)

New York’s Upper East Side preppies replace the wealthier of English society in Whit Stillman’s cheeky independent romantic comedy homage to Austen’s 1814 novel mansfield parkwho lovingly castigates the debutante class, often mocking Austen herself.

Stream on HBO Max

Emma (1996)

In Douglas McGrath’s faithful rendition of Austen’s 1815 novel, Gwyneth Paltrow plays Emma as a know-it-all who only learns how naïve she truly is about matters of the heart until she’s made up her mind. break his. Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor and Alan Cumming also star in the period romantic comedy.

Stream on HBO Max

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

With all due respect to Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen became the definitive Mr. Darcy the moment he took that long morning walk across the English meadow to profess his love for Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Bennet. The future Succession The star enchanted audiences body and soul in Joe Wright’s stunning adaptation of Austen’s greatest love story, and cinema hasn’t been the same since.

Rent on Amazon Prime Video

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