Although not particularly well known during her lifetime, British novelist Jane Austen became one of the most acclaimed writers in English literature. Working in the Regency era of the late 18th to early 19th century, his novels slyly critiqued and satirized British society at the time while presenting readers with satisfying romantic tales that delight fans to this day.
Inevitably, these iconic stories have been translated into a number of film adaptations, from direct and accurate adaptations like 2020’s “Emma” to modern or cross-cultural reimaginings like the 2000 Bollywood film “Kandukondain Kandukondain”. Thanks to “Pride and Prejudice,” there’s even a Mormon-inspired adaptation from 2003. But which Austen-inspired films are the best of the best?
To answer this question, Stacker has compiled a list of all of Austen’s film adaptations highlighting the 18 films for which she is credited as the original story source on the IMDb film database. Three other films – 1995’s ‘Clueless’, 2001’s ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ and 2022’s ‘Fire Island’ – were included despite Austen’s lack of IMDb credit, as all of these films are heavily based on the work of Austen. Movies were ranked by IMDb user rating, and only feature films with more than 1,000 votes were considered.
From 1940s “Pride and Prejudice” to 2022’s “Persuasion” and every movie in between, read on to see where your beloved Jane Austen film adaptation ranks below.
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