Movies inspired by Jane Austen

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Some of the best romantic novels ever were written by one lady early 19th century: Jane Austen. Movies inspired by her work abound.

Romance, money, social position, fantasy and reputation. Those are some of the ingredients Jane Austen weaves into her novels. While they have a romantic theme, there's a reason these stories have stood the test of time: she goes beyond cliche's into something more fundamentally human. Perhaps it's her skill in observing human behavior and folly (probably one of her favorite words that). Either way - I can watch Jane Austen movies again and again.

Of course there are a lot of movies inspired directly by Jane Austen's most famous novels; Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey. She is after all one of the best romance authors of all time.

My personal favorite is Pride and Prejudice - in fact I'd have a hard time picking my favorite Pride and Prejudice film versions... 

I didn't try. Instead this page is a collection of more creative movies inspired by Jane Austen: movies that don't just tell her stories, but take it to the next level.

The Jane Austen Book Club for instance is a movie set in today's world: as the title suggests, a book club with people reading Jane Austen's novels. Their own lives change through the reading of her novels. This is a funny and romantic movie, just like Austen's books in that sense.

Bridget Jones's Diary is perhaps the most famous movie on this list: a woman we can all relate to: a bit overweight, in love with her boss, making a mess of things all the time... Rene Zellweger has to choose between Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, possibly the two best looking UK actors. One plays a playboy Daniel Cleaver, the other the somewhat stuffy, but sensitive Mark Darcy. The names themselves ought to suggest to any Austen fan which Bridget Jones ends up choosing.

In Bridget Jones, the edge of Reason, we meet the main characters again. Still funny, still well acted and this time not merely romantic: also exiting: will Bridget Jones get home safe? 

Becoming Jane takes a totally different approach: it's a fictionalized account of the life of Jane Austen herself. Because it's real, it doesn't end well in a traditional sense: after all, Jane Austen died a spinster. However, it is a touching movie. 

My personal favorite in the set is perhaps this one: Lost in Austen. Amanda Price from London our time moves in time to the fictional world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, swapping places as it were with Elisabeth Bennett. In doing so, she messes up the whole story. Funny, romantic and an interesting look at the familiar world of Pride and Prejudice. 

A must see for the true Austen fan. 

Bride and Prejudice is a Bollywood version of the famous Pride and Prejudice theme. Funny, romantic and full of the music and colors associated with a true Indian film. This movie uses culture clash and other modern Indian themes to good effect. 

The Jane Austen Book Club

An all star cast joins acclaimed director/writer Robin Swicord (writer - Little Women, Memoirs of a Geisha) in this critically acclaimed film Six Californians start a club to ...

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Bridget Jones's Diary

Featuring a blowzy, winningly inept size-12 heroine, Bridget Jones's Diary is a fetching adaptation of Helen Fielding's runaway bestseller, grittier than Ally McBeal but ...

Miramax
$19.99  $1.73

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Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (Widescreen Edition)

Renee Zellweger is back as everyone's favorite witty heroine in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Not that Bridget's counting, but it's been six wonderful weeks, four ...

Universal Studios
$5.98  $0.82

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Becoming Jane

Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs) gives a radiant performance as a young, love-struck Jane Austen in the witty and engaging romantic comedy Becoming Jane. It s the untold ...

Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
$6.99  $5.60

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Lost in Austen

Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude ...

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
$14.98  $4.49

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Bride and Prejudice

A clash of cultures in the spirit of MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, this modern musical retelling of Jane Austen's classic PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is a hilariously entertaining tale of ...

Miramax Home Entertainment
$19.98  $13.99

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WiseFool on 01/18/2012

In my opinion, you can't get too much Austen. It amazes me that some people look on her work as staid and stuffy. She's one of the funniest women that's ever lived. Emma is a particular favourite of mine, which, of course, inspired Clueless - not so crazy about that film, but it's another example of Austen's influence on modern movies.

kinworm on 01/07/2012

I'm quite a big Jane Austen fan. Lost in Austen is a really fab, modern take on Pride and Prejudice and I've watched it many times. My other favorite is the newest Sense and Sensibility movie which is romantic, funny and superbly acted.

Jimmie on 07/15/2011

I've never read a Jane Austen novel. Startling, isn't it, for someone who has a degree in English. (So many books; so little time.) To be honest, this genre is not my favorite. I prefer the dark tragedies of Thomas Hardy.

tssfacts on 07/14/2011

I remember reading Jane Austen's works in high school. I have been a fan ever since then. I have seen a few of the movies listed here. I will have to see the ones that I have missed.



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