Cinema has often looked towards literature with great admiration since the very inception of visual media. Great literary craftsmen have blessed us with incredible stories throughout the centuries. Many of those works have been reincarnated as movies. One fine example would be Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, which released in 2005, starring Keira Knightley. The visual representation of the vivid details of the English countryside in the 19th century is an absolute delight.
Here is a list of some more movies to watch if you liked Pride and Prejudice.
As the name would suggest, it indeed has to do something with Austen. Based on a novel of the same name by Shannon Hale, it a story of women in her 30s obsessed with Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. She uses her life savings to travel to an Austen themed English resort where her dream of finding the perfect Regency-era gentleman seem close.
This one is sure to delight fans of poetry, especially the Keatsian fan following. Set in the Hampstead village in 1818, it tells the story of a short romance of three years between John Keats and Fanny Browne. Since Keats lived a concise life and died young, don’t expect too much in the end.
The title of the movie needs no introduction, coming from and based on Charlotte Bronte’s famous novel. The film follows Jane, who ventures out to be a governess. Working at Thornfield Park, she comes across a cold and dark master of the house, Edward Rochester. She starts falling for him but later discovers a terrible secret about him.
This period drama addresses the significant stigma in the 18th and 19th centuries of a ‘free’ black woman. It revolves around the life Dido Elizabeth Belle, an illegitimate child of Sir John Lindsay. However, Raised in affluent and sophisticated English manners at the house of Lord Chief Justice of England, her color devoid of her a social standing. She falls in love with the vicar’s son, who shapes the road to the end of slavery in England.
The 2007 British-Irish movie is a biographical story capturing the early years of Jane Austen’s life. The romance between Austen and an Irish delinquent, non-aristocratic Tom Lefroy, forms the crux of the story. Societal norms and expectations stand between the fruition of their love into marriage.
Far from the Madding Crowd
If the name sounds familiar, it is because this movie is based on the famous 1874 novel of the same name by Thomas Hardy. Set in 1870 Britain, it is the story of Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three suitors – a sheep farmer, a reckless sergeant, and a wealthy and mature bachelor. It is a story of the choices she makes and what fate has in it for her.
Love and Friendship
A period comedy based on one of Austen’s early works titled Lady Susan. Love and Friendship tell the story of Lady Susan Vernon, who visits her in-laws, inquisitive for rumors about her. Being there, she decides to look for marriage prospects for her daughter and herself as well.
A Room with a View
You know if a name on this list sounds familiar, a famous author is backing it—this time, it is E.M. Forster with his 1908 novel of the same name. Set during the Edwardian era, two Englishwoman touring Italy meets a free-spirited George Emerson. Lucy is intrigued by George’s charm, but they return to England. When George reappears in her life again, she must decide between a marriage suitor and him.
Another biographical movie based on the author of best-selling children’s classic “Peter Rabbit,” Beatrix Potter. It showcases Miss Potter’s life as an author since her juvenile years and later, her struggle for happiness, love, and success.
I Capture the Castle
This movie is based on the 1948 novel of the same name by Dodie Smith. The movie follows a teenage Cassandra Mortmain and her family living in a decaying castle. Two wealthy Americans come as a relief in their lives; however, not so much for Cassandra, who is left with a broken heart and shattered desires.
These movies enjoy an excellent score on IMDb, with most of them rating above six, so rest assured. They take you back to the laid back life of the English aristocracy of the bygone era.