Where to Watch the Best Jane Austen Movies Right Now - DVD

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Austentatious (2015)

Product Description: 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! Contains all 10 episodes of season one!

Why You Should Watch: While I haven’t seen much of this series yet, it has a fun, modern idea.

Austenland (2013)

Amazon Synopsis: Jane Hayes’s (Keri Russell) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric Austen inspired resort, where she has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life begins.

Why You Should Watch: Besides the great leads, the supporting cast is hilarious and just as fabulous! 

Becoming Jane (2007)

Amazon Synopsis: Meet twentyish Jane Austen: in love…and on a path that would lead her to Pride and Prejudice. Anne Hathaway plays romantic, observant Jane in a cinematic imagining of her life.

Why You Should Watch: While much of the Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy romance in the film is guesswork and even somewhat fictional, as a period romance, this movie is exceptional.

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Amazon Synopsis: 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 one girl’s unlikely search for love! Sparks immediately fly as a love/hate relationship ignites between a small-town beauty.

Why You Should Watch: It’s a brilliant modern-day retelling full of singing, dancing, and romance.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

IMDB Synopsis: A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

Why You Should Watch: Hugh Grant and Colin Firth fighting over Bridget (Renee Zellweger) may be one of the funniest scenes in cinema.

Warning: There’s brief strong language in the clip below.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

IMDB Synopsis: After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she’s dreamed of having.

Why You Should Watch: While not as good as the first film, it’s still a fun romantic comedy with a fantastic cast.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

IMDB Synopsis: Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch … she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

Why You Should Watch: To see more Bridget and Mark Darcy and find out how their story ends.

Clueless (1995)

IMDB Synopsis: A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

Why You Should Watch: It’s a classic, iconic ’90s film and is actually quite a good modern retelling of Emma.

Clueless (1996)

Product Description: Rachel Blanchard played the role of Cher that was originated by Alicia Silverstone in the movie. Stacey Dash (Dionne), Donald Faison (Murray), Elisa Donovan (Amber), Wallace Shawn (Mr. Hall), and Twink Caplan (Ms. Geist) all reprised their movie roles for the television series, which ran on ABC from 1996 to 1997 and with a network change on UPN from 1997 to 1999. 

Why You Should Watch: I linked to a rare DVD copy, so this one’s difficult to find. However, if you really want to see this one, it’s a fun ’90s show starring Rachel Blanchard. It lasted three seasons and also starred some of the original stars, so it’s a fun treat for fans of the movie.

Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)

Product Description: An adaptation of P.D. James’ witty and inventive continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, picking up the story six years after the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy.

As preparations are being made for a ball at their magnificent Pemberley home, the discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to the proceedings and a threat to all that the Darcys hold dear.

Why You Should Watch: It’s a fun period drama romp with familiar favorites including Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode, Jenna Coleman, Eleanor Tomlinson, and James Norton.

Emma (1972)

IMDB Synopsis: While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

Why You Should Watch: While I haven’t seen this adaptation yet, many viewers claim this is an incredible version full of wit.

Emma (1996)

IMDB Synopsis: While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

Why You Should Watch: Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam shine onscreen together in this intelligent adaptation.

Emma (2009)

IMDB Synopsis: Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, to have a loving father whom she cares for, friends and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit – matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her friends, most of all Harriet Smith. Emma is desperate for Harriet to find happiness, but every suitor she finds for her friend ends up attracted to Emma herself. But is Emma so focused on Harriet’s happiness that she is not considering her own happiness in love?

Why You Should Watch: Jonny Lee Miller and Romola Garai are perfect onscreen together. 

From Prada to Nada (2011)

Product Description: Nora and Mary only know the good life in Beverly Hills – shopping, posh parties, and more shopping – but they’re in for a big shock when Daddy’s fortune suddenly disappears. Thankfully, an aunt takes them under her wing but she lives on the other side of town. Laugh out loud as these princesses embark on the biggest adventure of their lives…without designer labels!

Why You Should Watch: It’s an enjoyable film and better than the title suggests.

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

Product Description: Six months. Six novels. Six members. The Jane Austen Book Club takes reading the classics to new heights of passion in this romantic comedy featuring an all-star cast.

When five women and one man get together to discuss the English writer’s beloved novels, they realize the heartaches of Emma, Mr. Darcy and the Bennet sisters are not so different from their own. Finding comfort, wit and wisdom from the pages and each other, they discover that, in matters of love, all they need to ask is: What would Jane do?

Why You Should Watch: It’s a fun romantic comedy that will make you want to read more Jane Austen. Plus, there’s Hugh Dancy…

Jane Austen’s Emma (1996) 

Amazon Synopsis: Emma Woodhouse has beauty, wealth, and a penchant for meddling in the love lives of others. This radiant adaptation of Jane Austen’s treasured novel is from the award-winning team behind the BBC’s hit Pride and Prejudice.

Why You Should Watch: This adaptation is fun and full of witty dialogue.

Jane Austen Country: The Life & Times Of Jane Austen (2002)

IMDB Synopsis: Learn more about Jane Austen and her own fascinating life at a time in England’s history. Take a tour around the English landscape and see the lovely locations that inspired Jane Austen’s novels.

Why You Should Watch: Understanding who Jane Austen was and what her life was like brings a greater understanding to the novels.

Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

IMDB Synopsis: Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

Why You Should Watch: I haven’t seen this film but it doesn’t seem generally well-liked. However, if you enjoy experimental filmmaking and adore Merchant-Ivory period dramas (they made this film), then give this one a try!

Kandukondain Kandukondain (I Have Found It) (2000)

IMDB Synopsis: An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility focusing on two sisters of opposing temperaments.

Why You Should Watch: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Bride and Prejudice) stars.

Lost in Austen (2008)

Amazon Synopsis: Lost in Austen is an ingenious reinvention of the classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, in which Jane Austen’s story is thrown off track by a very modern heroine, Amanda Price. 

Why You Should Watch: It’s funny, relatable, and entertaining. Plus, you can catch a young Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow) as Mr. Bingley.

Love & Friendship (2016)

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: It’s a wonderful adaptation of a lesser-known Jane Austen story.

Mansfield Park (1999)

Amazon Synopsis: This fun and sexy comedy tells a timelessly entertaining story where wealth, secret passions, and mischievous women put love to the test … with delightfully surprising results!

Why You Should Watch: Writer and Director Patricia Rozema brings a unique take to Austen’s story capturing the wit and satire sometimes missing from Austen adaptations.

Mansfield Park (2007)

Amazon Synopsis: In one of Austen’s most complex plots, Billie Piper (Doctor Who, The Ruby in the Smoke) stars as Fanny Price, who goes to live with prosperous relatives at Mansfield Park.

Why You Should Watch: It’s a pleasant (though not great) period drama and Billie Piper gives a good performance despite the flawed script. 

The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen (2011)

BBC Synopsis: Professor Amanda Vickery looks at how Jane Austen, an anonymous minor novelist in her lifetime, is 200 years later recognised as a unique British literary genius.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s all about Jane Austen, of course!

Marrying Mr. Darcy (2018)

Amazon Synopsis: A Hallmark Channel original movie. Newly engaged, Elizabeth Scott and Donovan Darcy plan a small wedding until Donovan’s socialite Aunt Violet gets involved. Reminded of their very different backgrounds, Elizabeth wonders if she should marry Mr. Darcy.

Why You Should Watch: It’s a feel-good sequel to Unleashing Mr. Darcy. If you love Hallmark movies, you’ll likely enjoy this one.

Material Girls (2006)

IMDB Synopsis: Two wealthy sisters, both heiresses to their family’s cosmetics fortune, are given a wake-up call when a scandal and ensuing investigation strip them of their wealth.

Why You Should Watch: While I haven’t seen this one, it’s described as a cute modern version of Sense and Sensibility starring the Duff sisters. 

Metropolitan (1990) 

Criterion Synopsis: One of the great American independent films of the 1990s, the surprise hit METROPOLITAN, by writer-director Whit Stillman, is a sparkling comedic chronicle of a young man’s romantic misadventures while trying to fit into New York City’s debutante society. Stillman’s deft, literate dialogue and hilariously highbrow observations earned this first film an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay. Beneath the wit and sophistication, though, lies a tender tale of adolescent anxiety.

Why You Should Watch: This film comes from the artistic visionary, Whit Stillman. Mansfield Park inspired the story.

Miss Austen Regrets (2008)

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: From the great cast to the fantastic script, this one can’t be missed.

Northanger Abbey (1987)

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: This adaptation is not a fan favorite but it’s still worth checking out to see the book come to life.

Northanger Abbey (2007)

Amazon Synopsis: Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is romance addict Catherine Morland in Jane Austen’s parody of gothic fiction. A budding romance is mysteriously cut short at a medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid fantasies.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s the best adaptation of Northanger Abbey so far. And the entire cast is fantastic.

Persuasion (1971)

Product Description: Persuasion (Jane Austen) (DVD)

Why You Should Watch: I haven’t seen this adaptation and it does have mixed reviews. But some people love it, so watch and judge for yourself!

Persuasion (1995)

Amazon Synopsis: Seven years after their breakup, a spinster and an impoverished sailor attempt to rekindle their aborted romance.

Why You Should Watch: This adaptation is period drama perfection.

Persuasion (2007)

Amazon Synopsis: Seven years after their breakup, a spinster and an impoverished sailor attempt to rekindle their aborted romance.

Why You Should Watch: While some complain about the now-famous scene of Anne running through Bath, I’ve come to love this emotional adaptation. Plus, Rupert Penry Jones as Captain Wentworth is altogether swoony. Oscar-nominated actress, Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot also proves her acting depth in this role. 

Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Amazon Synopsis: Oscar ® -winning adaption of Jane Austen’s comic classic about five husband-hunting sisters in 19th-century England.

Why You Should Watch: Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson are wonderful as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. 

Pride And Prejudice (1980)

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: While this one doesn’t receive as much attention as the popular later adaptations, this miniseries is also good.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

IMDB Synopsis: While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

Why You Should Watch: Jennifer Ehle brings a lovely amount of wit to the role of Elizabeth Bennet. 

Pride and Prejudice (2003)

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: The two leads have good chemistry. If you like wacky humor, you might enjoy this modern-day adaptation.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Amazon SynopsisThe story is based on Jane Austen’s novel about five sisters – Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet – in Georgian England. Their lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man (Mr. Bingley) and his best friend (Mr. Darcy) arrive in their neighborhood.

Why You Should Watch: Because Mr. Darcy walking toward Elizabeth at sunrise, may make your heart skip a beat.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Amazon Synopsis: Elizabeth Bennet a master of martial arts, and Mr. Darcy, a fierce zombie killer, must swallow their pride in order to conquer the undead.

Why You Should Watch: With a great cast including Lily James, this one’s enjoyable and fun. Just don’t take it too seriously. 

Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball (2013)

Amazon Editorial Review/Description: Documentary offering new insight into Jane Austen’s novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by recreating the Netherfield ball which provides the setting for the two lead characters’ first meeting. Amanda Vickery and Alastair Sooke, along with a team of professionals, put on a regency ball at Chawton House, taking into account various aspects including music, dance, food and clothing.

Why You Should Watch: I haven’t seen this one but it sounds fun!

Scents and Sensibility (2010)

Product Description: Based on the novel Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Elinor and Marianne find themselves penniless after their father’s fortune is taken away. As they look for ways to pay the bills, they encounter people who judge them and try to keep them down in the dumps.

Add falling in love into the mix and determining who to trust becomes a mine field. Can the sisters find a balance between relying on their hearts and using good sense without losing everything they hold dear?

Why You Should Watch: It’s cheesy but fun. 

Sense and Sensibility (1971)

IMDB Synopsis: Mrs. Dashwood and her two daughters, Elinor and Marianne, are faced with the prospect of Mrs. Dashwood’s stepson and his wife moving into their home at Norland.

Why You Should Watch: I haven’t seen this version yet but it sounds like a must-see adaptation as it covers much of the book.

Sense and Sensibility (1981)

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: To see a close adaptation of the book.

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Amazon Synopsis: Emma Thompson stars in the captivating romance based on Jane Austen’s classic novel of two sisters’ search for love in strict Victorian society.

Why You Should Watch: For the Oscar-winning script from Emma Thompson and the incredible cast – including a young Kate Winslet and a scene-stealing Hugh Laurie in a small role.

Sense and Sensibility (2008)

Product Description: From acclaimed writer Andrew Davies (BBCs Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth) comes this enchanting new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel about love and marriage. 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 warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip and innuendo.

Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. 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 one of the best Jane Austen adaptations in existence. 

Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016)

Amazon Synopsis: In this modern day spin on “Pride & Prejudice,” Elizabeth Scott enters her first dog show where she meets aristocratic & rude dog show judge, Donovan Darcy. But in true Jane Austen style, they begin to see that each may have more than meets the eye.

Why You Should Watch: This is a great Hallmark romantic comedy.


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