Exploring Jane Austen

Jane Austen
The Jane Austen Collection

All of Jane Austen in one collection. These movies were originally shown on British television: Persuasion (1971); Emma (1972); Sense and Sensibility (1981); Pride and Prejudice (1980); Mansfield Park (1983); and Northanger Abbey (1986).

Emma

Emma Woodhouse turns her attention toward making a match for the local vicar and her new protégé, Harriet Smith, to the amusement and frequent disapproval of her childhood friend, Mr. Knightly. With Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma, Toni Colette as Harriet, and Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley. (1996)

Emma

A rich, clever and beautiful young woman risks missing out on her own perfect match as she carefully orchestrates other people's love lives. With Kate Beckinsale as Emma, Samantha Morton as Harriet, and Mark Strong as Mr. Knightley. (1997)

Mansfield Park

Fanny Price, a young, impoverished woman, arrives at her uncle's country estate, and is snubbed by everyone except her cousin, Edmund, whom she soon grows to love. With Frances O'Connor as Fanny and Johnny Lee Miller as Edmund. (1998)

Persuasion

Anne Elliot is persuaded to break off an engagement to Captain Wentworth, but tensions are resumed when they meet again eight years later. With Amanda Root as Anne Elliot and Ciaran Hinds as Captain Wentworth. (1995)

Pride and Prejudice

The newest version of the beloved story. Life is uneventful for the Bennets and their five daughters until the arrival of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. With Keira Knightley as Elizabeth and Matthew MacFayden as Mr. Darcy. (2005)

Pride and Prejudice

The story of lively and rebellious Elizabeth, one of five unmarried daughters living in the countryside of 19th century England, in a world where an advantageous marriage is a woman's sole occupation. This is the movie that made many readers fall in love with Jane Austen. With Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy (1995)

Pride and Prejudice

The story of the five Bennet sisters living in early 19th century England, and their scheming mother, trying to marry them off. Elizabeth Bennet finds the rich Mr. Darcy an oaf, even as he sets all the other fair maidens' hearts aflutter. With Greer Garson as Elizabeth and Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy (1940)

Sense and Sensibility

The Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne, find their chances at marriage seemingly doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune. Directed by Ang Lee, with Emma Thompson (who won an Oscar for the script) as Elinor, Kate Winslet as Marianne, and Hugh Grant as Edward Ferrars. (1995)

There are also several movies inspired by Jane Austen's work. Here are just a few:

Bride and Prejudice

Mrs. Bashki wants to find matches for her five daughters, but her second daughter, Lalita, has other plans when she meets the English Will Darcy. This Bollywood-inspired interpretation of Pride and Prejudice stars Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews, and features some great dance numbers. (2004)

Bridget Jones's Diary

This modern take on Pride and Prejudice, based on Helen Fielding's hit novel, stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, a young Londoner unlucky in love, Hugh Grant as the dastardly Daniel Cleaver, and Colin Firth as the horrible (or is he?) Mark Darcy. (2001)

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