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Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books 

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Updated February 21, 2020 2.5k votes 500 voters 2.2k views 34 items

List Rules Vote up the best film, TV, or streaming adaptations of Jane Austen books.

Since the first adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in 1938, Jane Austen's books have returned to the screen dozens of times. From the movie theater to streaming platforms, her work is regularly being remade, adapted for the modern era, or the inspiration for an homage.

Many TV shows of Austen's work are more faithful period reproductions of Jane Austen books, like the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice, or Persuasion from 1981. The longer television movie serials allow more time to bring all the plot points of the books into the show. Some Austen period dramas do bring in modern sensibilities, like the often salacious 2008 Sense and Sensibility. Most of the modern adaptations and versions of Jane Austen's books "with a twist." Bridget Jones's Diary and Clueless are movies that take key points of the plot (Pride and Prejudice and Emma, respectively) and bring them to a more modern era. The exception are the web series, which are incredibly fresh in both their format and interpretation of these classic books.

Whether you love them for their point of view, their cheesiness, or how faithfully they adapt the book, which shows and movies based on Jane Austen's books are the best?

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Sanditon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Sanditon (PBS, 2020) is a British historical period drama television series adapted by Andrew Davies from an unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen. Set in the Regency era, the story follows ...more
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth ...more
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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English ...more
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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as ...more
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Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Persuasion is a 2007 British television film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Persuasion. It was directed by Adrian Shergold and the screenplay was written by Simon Burke. Sally Hawkins stars ...more
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Mansfield Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Mansfield Park is a 1999 British romantic comedy-drama film based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, written and directed by Patricia Rozema. The film departs from the original novel in ...more
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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more
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Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Northanger Abbey is a 1986 made-for-television film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey, and was originally broadcast on the A&E Network and the BBC.
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Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Persuasion is a 1995 period drama film directed by Roger Michell and based on Jane Austen's 1817 novel of the same name. In her theatrical film debut, the British actress Amanda Root stars as ...more
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Emma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Emma is a 1996 period film based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Directed by Douglas McGrath, the film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, and Jeremy ...more
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Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Northanger Abbey is a 2007 British television film adaptation of Jane Austen's eponymous novel. It was directed by British television director Jon Jones and the screenplay was written by Andrew ...more
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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Sense and Sensibility is a 2008 British television drama adaptation of Jane Austen's 1811 eponymous novel. The screenplay was written by Andrew Davies, who revealed that the aim of the series ...more
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Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and ...more
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Emma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
EMMA is an upcoming British comedy-drama film directed by Autumn de Wilde and based on the novel of same name by Jane Austen. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing ...more
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The Lizzie Bennet Diarie... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the series is told in vlog-style by Lizzie Bennet as she narrates the trials and tribulations of her family life. As in Pride and Prejudice, ...more
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Emma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Jane Austen's Emma is an adaptation of the 1815 novel of the same name. It was adapted for the British television network ITV in 1996, directed by Diarmuid Lawrence and dramatised by Andrew ...more
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Pride and Prejudice and ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Film
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an upcoming American horror comedy romance film directed by Burr Steers and co-written with David O. Russell, based on the 2009 novel of same name by Seth ...more
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Bride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Bride and Prejudice is a 2004 romantic musical film directed by Gurinder Chadha. The screenplay by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges is a Bollywood-style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane ...more
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Pride and Prejudice is a 1940 American film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. The screenplay ...more
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Love and Friendship is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Love & Friendship is a 2016 period comedy film written and directed by Whit Stillman. The film follows the exploits of the wry and calculating Lady Susan as she pursues the wealthy and ...more
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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
Sense and Sensibility TV Program
Sense and Sensibility is a 1981 BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. The seven-part series was dramatized by Alexander Baron, and directed by Rodney Bennett. This telling of the ...more
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Mansfield Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Mansfield Park is a 2007 television film directed by Iain B. MacDonald.
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Kandukondain Kandukondai... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
Kandukondain Kandukondain Film
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Pride and Prejudice is a 1980 BBC television serial, adapted by British novelist Fay Weldon from Jane Austen's novel of the same name, originally published in 1813. This five-episode ...more
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Pride and Prejudice: A L... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Movies and Shows Based on Jane Austen Books
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Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy is a 2003 independent film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel set in modern-day Provo, Utah. The film received mixed reviews, with more negative reviews ...more