It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Jane Austen fan in possession of a TV, must be in want of Jane Austen movies to watch.
Well, look no further. After intense research, I’ve organized a list of where to watch Jane Austen movies on various streaming services right now. If a movie’s only available to rent/buy digitally or only on DVD, I’ll let you know.
From faithful adaptations such as the iconic ’95 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth to modern-day retellings like Clueless, there’s plenty of Jane Austen movies and TV shows to watch. So whether you’re a curious viewer looking to dip your toes into Jane Austen’s books and movies for the first time or loyal Janeites ready to watch your favorite adaptation for the 50th time, I’ve got you covered.
For your viewing pleasure, I’ve also included a few documentaries, biopics and even a couple movies about Jane Austen fans (IE: Austenland). So, if you love Jane Austen, or are even slightly interested, you’ve come to the right place!
To make it easier, the list is organized by streaming service alphabetically, so, you can jump ahead to the streaming service to find out what’s currently available to you. Or you can read through the entire list to find new Jane Austen movies and Jane Austen TV series to watch.
I’ve also included reasons why you should consider checking out each adaptation. Since titles repeat on this list, I’ll try to say something fresh each time. That said, I haven’t seen every production yet so I may not always know if it is is good or not (based on my subjective opinion, of course).
For your convenience, you can also jump ahead to the page of the streaming service you’re interested in by clicking on one of the links below.
FIND JANE AUSTEN MOVIES ON:
- AMAZON PRIME (this current page – just scroll down)
- CRITERION CHANNEL
- FUBO TV
- PBS MASTERPIECE
- RENT/BUY ON DIGITAL
- SONY CRACKLE
- STARZ/STARZ AMAZON CHANNEL
EXTRA (Coming Soon/Currently Unavailable): You can also read about more Jane Austen adaptations coming soon as well as other titles that are either hard to find or currently unavailable by clicking on the link.
*IMPORTANT: Make sure to bookmark this page, as I’ll update this page when I can. I’ll post below the last date this post was updated.
That said, streaming availability changes daily, so I can’t guarantee availability for any adaptation. This list is also based on availability in the United States.
This list was last updated on June 30, 2019.
WHERE TO WATCH JANE AUSTEN MOVIES
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Amazon Synopsis: Aisha is a 2010 Indian romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rajshree Ojha, starring Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles and Cyrus Sahukar, Arunoday Singh, Ira Dubey and Amrita Puri in supporting roles. It is set in the upper-class society of Delhi, India and is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma.
Why You Should Watch: If you love romantic comedies, modern Jane Austen retellings, or Indian films, this one’s for you.
Amazon Synopsis: The beloved works of Jane Austen delightfully collide when Elinor, Marianne, Emma, and Lizzie join forces as the best of friends in today’s world. As each challenges the good, bad and ugly of life, they lean on each other to conquer career, family, and love. Find friendship and fall in love with the heroines of Austentatious.
Why You Should Watch: While the acting isn’t great (I’ve only seen episode 1, so maybe it improves?), it’s good, clean fun for the entire family. The premise is cute and enjoyable.
Amazon Synopsis: This program looks at Austen and explores her personality through visiting both her correspondence and the places where she lived, in the process making a journey through the same glorious English countryside which Austen experience for herself nearly 200 years ago.
Why You Should Watch: If you’re interested in understanding more about who Jane Austen was (or enjoy watching everything there is about Ms. Austen), check out this short documentary.
Amazon Synopsis: Set in 1790s London, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP centers on the recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who seeks refuge with her in-laws to escape the scandalous rumors surrounding her private life.
While at their estate the scheming Lady Susan decides it’s time to secure a husband for herself and for her somewhat reluctant and awkward daughter.
Why You Should Watch: The Love and Friendship movie is light-hearted and full of wit. If you enjoy Oscar Wilde, you may enjoy this fun romp. Plus, this lesser-known work from Jane Austen doesn’t get as much notice as her other stories, so it’s nice to finally see a film adaptation.
Amazon Synopsis: When Sir Thomas Bertram takes in the 9-year-old daughter of an impoverished relative, his wife has someone to bully. Never allowed to forget her good fortune, Fanny’s good nature and fortitude finally win her a valued place in the household and the man of her dreams. Anna Massey heads the cast of Jane Austen’s witty Regency romance.
Why You Should Watch: It’s overall very faithful to the book.
Amazon Synopsis: Based on Jane Austen’s actual letters and diaries, this drama unravels the secrets of this elusive woman. Jane is nearing her forties and has never married.
To her niece, Fanny Knight Jane is a favorite aunt who offers the wisdom and knowledge that will help her in her own search for a happy marriage. But surely the woman so capable of writing love on the page must have experienced love herself?
Why You Should Watch: This is an excellent film about Jane Austen everyone should watch as soon as possible.
Amazon Synopsis: A taste for melodrama from reading too many Gothic novels is almost Catherine Morland’s downfall when she falls in love with Henry Tilney. Invited to stay at Northanger Abbey, she finds evidence of a sinister family secret. This is a disturbingly surreal interpretation of the Jane Austen novel.
Why You Should Watch: Read our review of this adaptation of Northanger Abbey.
Amazon Synopsis: A much-praised dramatization of the Jane Austen novel, adapted for television by Fay Weldon. Mrs. Bennet frantically tries to find husbands for her five daughters.
Why You Should Watch: Because every adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is worth watching at least once. This one also stays faithful to the book. Plus, while not as popular as the Colin Firth version, there are many fans of this miniseries who like it best.
Amazon Synopsis: Jane Austen’s classic is transplanted to modern-day. While her college roommates search for love, aspiring writer Elizabeth Bennet focuses on her career but constantly finds herself fighting haughty businessman Will Darcy.
Why You Should Watch: While flawed, it’s still worth watching for the romance, a hilarious Mr. Collins interpretation (excellent satire), and an attractive Mr. Darcy. Plus, it’s cute and fun.
Amazon Synopsis: Trace discovers that the general manager of The Bridge stole large sums of money; Abby realizes that she can’t be a perfect boss, parent, and girlfriend; David Peck’s sister arrives, threatening Jess and David’s relationship.
Why You Should Watch: If you enjoy Hallmark adaptations of Jane Austen books, then you’ll likely appreciate this one. Plus, it has Nick Zano.
Amazon Synopsis: Jane Austen’s tale of two devoted sisters with totally differing attitudes to life and love. Filmed on location in the stately homes of picturesque Dorset and Somerset.
Why You Should Watch: While the adaptation was a little bit too literal and lacking in subtlety for my taste, it does follow the book closely. Many love this classic miniseries.
Amazon Synopsis: Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby, ignoring her sister Elinor’s warnings. Elinor struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment.
Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?
Why You Should Watch: This is a fantastic adaptation of the book with a wonderful cast. While it’s not as “perfect” as the ’95 adaptation with Emma Thompson (in my opinion, of course), this miniseries is about as good as a Jane Austen adaptation can get.
Also, it has Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey and he definitely puts those blue eyes to good use. The entire cast, including Hattie Morahan and Dominic Cooper, give outstanding performances.