Find out where to watch every Jane Austen movie and TV show right now. From streaming services such as Netflix and Prime Video to digital rentals, DVDs, and more.
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 film’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, theater productions, and even a couple of 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!
What you won’t find in this article is a list of numerous Jane Austen adaptations that have been lost and will likely never be available to watch. IE: The 1960 adaptation of Persuasion deleted due to the BBC cleanout.
The titles are organized alphabetically, so you can read through the entire list to find new Jane Austen movies and Jane Austen TV series to watch. Or you can jump to the movie/show you’re interested in finding.
I’ve also included reasons why you should consider checking out most of the adaptations. That said, I haven’t seen every production yet, so I may not always know if it is good or not (based on my subjective opinion, of course).
*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 only includes availability in the United States.
This list was last updated on July 17, 2020.
WHERE TO WATCH JANE AUSTEN MOVIES
(85 Jane Austen Movies & Shows In Alphabetical Order)
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PBS Synopsis: Lucy Worsley delves into the history of romance to uncover the forces shaping our very British happily ever after and how our feelings have been affected by social, political, and cultural ideas.
Where to Watch: PBS Passport
Why You Should Watch: Lucy Worsley always entertains while giving history lessons! Plus, you learn more about Jane Austen in this fun documentary.
2. Aisha (2010)
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.
Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video. You can also rent/buy on digital (Amazon, Vudu) and DVD (expensive).
Why You Should Watch: If you love romantic comedies, modern Jane Austen retellings like Clueless, or Bollywood movies, this one is for you.
IMDB Synopsis: Two women and a man start out their adult life with all good intentions to change the world and keep their love alive and vital, but as time shows them (and us), it’s not that easy.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: For a chance to see a rare adaptation.
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.
Where to Watch: Stream on Crackle. You can rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Because Jane Austen fans are fantastic! Austenland is also cheeky, romantic, witty, and hilarious. Plus, could there have ever been a better Jane than Keri Russell? JJ Feild and Jane Seymour also star.
TUBI 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.
Where to Watch: Stream on Pure Flix, Tubi, Dove Channel, Dove Channel Amazon add-on. You can also buy on Digital (Amazon, iTunes) and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: The premise is cute. 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.
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.
Where to Watch: You can stream on HBO, HBO MAX, HBO Amazon Add-on channel. You can also rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Watch for the unabashedly swoon-worthy romance. 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. Not to mention that epic dance between Jane and Tom Lefroy. Sigh!
Hoopla Synopsis: In this modern musical retelling of Jane Austen’s classic, sparks fly as a love/hate relationship ignites between a small-town beauty and a wealthy American who’s visiting her modest Indian village.
Where to Watch: Stream on Hoopla and Passionflix. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: There’s dancing, singing, romantic scenes in the rain, and it’s an excellent Bollywood retelling. Plus, the two leads are great. You also have Naveen Andrews (Lost) playing Mr. Balraj, aka Mr. Bingley.
Amazon Synopsis: A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.
Where to Watch: Stream on Showtime, Showtime on Amazon or Hulu, DirectTV, and FuboTV. Rent/Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Because when you can watch Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, you should watch Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Plus, the film is hilarious. Though it is Rated R so keep that in mind.
Besides Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones, Hugh Grant also steals the film as the hilarious bad boy Daniel Cleaver. Plus, not only did the author of the book, Helen Fielding, help write the script, but Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice 1995) and Richard Curtis (Love Actually) co-wrote the screenplay as well.
Movie Clip: 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.
Amazon Synopsis: Beloved screwball Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) struggles to make love last in this sequel with Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
Where to Watch: HBO, HBO Max, HBO Amazon Add-on, Hoopla, Directv. Rent/Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Because it’s influenced by both Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. And there’s never enough Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. And while not as good as the first film, it’s still a fun romantic comedy with a fantastic cast.
Amazon Synopsis: Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” Directed by Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.
Where to Watch: HBO Max. Rent/Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: To see more Bridget and Mark Darcy and find out how their story ends. Arguably better than the second movie, this is a rather enjoyable romantic comedy with Bridget hilariously bumbling through pregnancy. Warning: This film contains strong language.
Official Synopsis: Follow Cate as she moves to LA, meets dreamy Henry Tilney, navigates the Thorpes, and eats tacos with her brother Jimmy. Based on Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey!
Where to Watch: YouTube.
Why You Should Watch: If you’re into geek culture, Jane Austen, or web series, this is a fun one to check out.
Hallmark Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival.
When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue.
Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other.
But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate and rekindle her holiday romance.
Where to Watch: Watch on Fubo TV or Directv. Buy on Digital and DVD. The movie re-airs on the Hallmark Channel on Wednesday July 22, 2020, at 4/3 c.
Why You Should Watch: While I personally didn’t love this one, it does have Michael Rady as Mr. Darcy, and he’s always good.
13. Clueless (1995)
Netflix Synopsis: Meddlesome Beverly Hills high school student Cher gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover.
Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix, Freeform, Sling, Directv, You can also rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: This modern retelling of Emma is a classic and iconic teen comedy for a reason.
14. 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.
Where to Watch: Buy on DVD (only rare copies available). Some episodes are in low quality on YouTube.
Why You Should Watch: It’s a fun ’90s show starring Rachel Blanchard. The series lasted three seasons and starred some of the original cast members, so it’s a fun treat for fans of the movie.
Amazon Synopsis: From PBS and MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! – 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…
Where to Watch: PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel. Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: If you love British crime dramas and British period dramas, this is the perfect miniseries to watch. Overall, 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.
IMDb Synopsis: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: I haven’t seen it yet, but it sounds intriguing to watch a rare classic Dutch adaptation. English subtitles are available.
17. Doctors (2013)
What You Need to Know: A few episodes of this series are based on Jane Austen’s novels. I linked to a part of these episodes found on YouTube.
18. Emma (1972)
IMDb Synopsis: While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.
Where to Watch: YouTube (low quality). Buy on DVD.
Why You Should Watch: While I haven’t seen this adaptation yet, many viewers claim this is an incredible version full of wit.
19. Emma (1996)
Hoopla Synopsis: Emma is a mischievous beauty who sets up her single friends. But– she’s not very good at it, and makes a hilariously tangled mess of everyone’s lives, until she herself falls in love, finally freeing everyone from her outrageously misguided matchmaking!
Where to Watch: Hoopla, HBO, HBO MAX, HBO Amazon Add-on, Hoopla. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam shine onscreen together in this intelligent adaptation. Out of all the Emma adaptations, I think this one understands Jane Austen’s wit the most. The Emma role is Gwyneth Paltrow at her best. And it’s true to the essence of Jane Austen’s novel. And Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley is divine. He has the flirty Romantic Hero stare down pat.
20. Emma (2009)
BritBox Synopsis: Romola Garai is Jane Austen’s fickle heroine, fatally convinced she is good at matchmaking, but unaware she is playing a dangerous game that might finally force her to grow up.
Where to Watch: Britbox, Britbox Amazon Add-on. HBO MAX. Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Romola Garai is the period drama queen! Plus, with an excellent cast including Jonny Lee Miller and Michael Gambon, not to mention a script from Sandy Welch (Jane Eyre, North and South), it’s a must-see miniseries. Since this is a miniseries, there’s more time to explore Austen’s book. Plus, this is genuinely an excellent adaptation and my personal favorite.
21. Emma. (2020)
Amazon Synopsis: Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma.
Where to Watch: Buy on Digital and DVD/Blu-Ray.
Why You Should Watch: This is a fun adaptation with romance and humor. However, it is a polarizing version with mixed audience reactions. Still, the costumes are beautiful, the production design gorgeous, and Miranda Hart is perfect. Watch and decide for yourself how you feel about it!
Official Synopsis: Emma Approved is a modernized adaptation of Emma, a novel by Jane Austen.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: This web series won an Emmy! So, if you love web series, this is one of the better ones.
23. Emma (Musical)
Official Synopsis: EMMA, a timeless love story from one of the most widely read writers of all time, is a musical that will entice modern audiences to fall in love again with one of Jane Austen’s most adored characters. Paul Gordon’s critically acclaimed stage adaptation re-imagines Austen’s classic in mid-century modern yet keeps the language intact.
Where to Watch: Rent/buy on streamingmusicals.com.
Why You Should Watch: I have not seen this musical, but it sounds like a fun watch. If you enjoy modern adaptations or are a fan of musicals, now is the perfect time to check this stage adaptation out.
Official Synopsis: From Mansfield With Love is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park presented by Foot in the Door Theatre.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: I’m not overly familiar with this one, but a modern-day Mansfield Park sounds intriguing.
Amazon Synopsis: Nora and Mary are spoiled sisters living the good life in Beverly Hills until their loving father unexpectedly dies. Forced to live with an estranged aunt in East LA, the young women learn to connect with their roots in this hilarious romantic comedy.
Where to Watch: Prime Video (leaving July 31st), Pantaya, Pantaya Amazon Add-on, Directv. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: This modern-day Sense and Sensibility is a fun take on the story. It’s an enjoyable watch and better than the title suggests.
IMDb Synopsis: In Jane Austen’s Sanditon, Tom Parker and the new sea bathing resort of ‘Sanditon’ suffer a financial crisis but both are rescued by clever ex-banker Sidney Parker.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: To see another Sanditon continuation but with singing!
IMDb Synopsis: Historian Lucy Worsley visits the places and houses in England where Jane Austen spent time and which served as inspiration for the settings of her novels.
Where to Watch: YouTube.
Why You Should Watch: Lucy Worsley documentaries are always must-see entertainment.
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?
Where to Watch: Showtime, Fubo TV, Directv. Rent/buy on digital and DVD.
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… I also love how the film takes the regular guys in the story and transforms them into Romantic Heroes. It was a fun twist. Also, this is a great female positive movie to watch and discuss.
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.
Where to Watch: Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Kate Beckinsale stars in a faithful adaptation of the book. While lesser-known, it’s a worthy version worth checking out and has tons of witty dialogue.
Amazon 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.
Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, Hoopla, Vudu, or YouTube. You can also buy it on DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Understanding who Jane Austen was and what her life was like brings a greater understanding of the novels.
IMDb Synopsis: Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.
Where to Watch: DVD (very few copies available).
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!
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.
Where to Watch: Prime Video
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.
Official Synopsis: Here are the videos for The Jane Games. A web series in which Jane Austen and her characters abandon pride and good sense to compete on a modern-day reality show.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: If you’re a fan of reality TV, then this is the Jane Austen web series for you.
Amazon Synopsis: Priyurali Pilichindi is the story of two sisters. Elder one Soumya (Tabu) falls in love with aspiring film director Manohar(Ajit). Younger sister Meenakshi (Aishwarya Rai Bachhan) is admired by wounded Army Captain Bala (Mammooty) but likes Srikanth, a businessman who shares her passion for poetry. Complications arise when the sisters’ grandfather passes away, and they lose their family home.
Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video. Buy on DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Bride and Prejudice) stars in this Sense and Sensibility adaptation.
What You Need to Know: Found in season eight of Kraft Theatre. A copy may exist out there, but it is currently unavailable to watch anywhere.
What You Need to Know: Indian soap opera based loosely on Sense and Sensibility. I currently can’t find anywhere to watch this one.
Amazon Synopsis: A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its newest resident, a frustrated architect.
Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix. Rent/Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: While not overtly a Jane Austen adaptation, the film makes numerous references to Austen’s Persuasion with some comparable themes. If that’s not convincing enough, a persuasive article on JASNA argues why The Lake House is a loose retelling of Persuasion. Check it out and watch the film! You won’t want to miss the perfect chemistry between Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
Official Synopsis: My year-long video diary of my sisters, my best friend Charlotte, and eventually a guy named Darcy.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: This Emmy-winning web series started a movement. If you want to try out a web series for the first time, this is the one to watch as it’s outstanding.
BritBox Synopsis: Bored bank worker Amanda Price literally becomes lost in her favourite Austen book, after she finds a portal in her bathroom and swaps places with its heroine Elizabeth Bennet.
Where to Watch: Tubi, Britbox, Britbox on Amazon channel. Buy on Digital (Amazon) or DVD.
Why You Should Watch: For anyone who’s ever dreamed of marrying their own Mr. Darcy, this is the show for you. It’s completely unrealistic and completely fun. It’s funny, relatable, and entertaining. Plus, you can catch a young Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow) as Mr. Bingley. Elliot Cowan also appeals as the brooding Mr. Darcy. The interpretation of Wickham is unique too. Overall, if you don’t take it too seriously, this is a unique take on Pride and Prejudice.
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.
Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video. You can also rent/buy on digital and DVD.
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 see a film adaptation finally. Plus, Kate Beckinsale gives a fantastic performance as Lady Susan.
Amazon Synopsis: A funny and inspiring look into the billion-dollar romance fiction industry and its powerhouse of female writers and readers, a sisterhood that’s pioneering the digital revolution while finding fortune, fulfillment, and a global community.
Where to Watch: Prime Video, Hoopla, Kanopy, Directv. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: It is a fascinating documentary about romance novelists. Plus, it covers Jane Austen and the Romance Revolution – so check it out.
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.
Where to Watch: Prime Video. You can also buy it on DVD.
Why You Should Watch: It’s overall very faithful to the book.
Amazon Synopsis: A poor heroine is sent to live with wealthy relatives in 1800s England, where her wit and writing talent find the room, and circumstance, to grow.
Where to Watch: Hoopla, Passionflix. Rent/Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Writer and Director Patricia Rozema brings a unique take to Austen’s story capturing the wit, satire, and narrative voice sometimes missing from Austen adaptations. Some complain Rozema combined the novel with elements of Jane Austen’s own life. Personally, I find this adaptation to be brilliant and pure artistry.
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.
Where to Watch: Hoopla, PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel. Buy on Prime Video and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: It’s a pleasant (though not great) period drama, and Billie Piper gives a fine performance despite the flawed script. Plus, Hayley Atwell, James D’arcy, and Joseph Morgan also star.
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.
Where to Watch: YouTube (only partially); currently not on DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Because it’s all about Jane Austen, of course!
Hallmark Synopsis: Some six months after they first crossed verbal swords at a Washington D.C. dog show, schoolteacher Elizabeth Scott (Cindy Busby) and businessman/philanthropist Donovan Darcy (Ryan Paevey) are blissfully in love and newly engaged.
With Donovan in agreement, she looks forward to planning a small autumn wedding with the help of her mother and sister. After Donovan’s previously scornful Aunt Violet (Frances Fisher) makes a heartfelt apology for her past behavior, Elizabeth is glad to include her in the planning process.
As the weeks fly by and the arrangements for the wedding grow more elaborate, Elizabeth feels the burden of expectations she will face as Mrs. Darcy.
Worse still, Donovan himself is wrapped up in his work and increasingly unavailable to her. Reminded yet again of their tremendous differences in background and temperament, Elizabeth can’t help but ask herself: should she marry Mr. Darcy?
Where to Watch: FuboTV. Buy on Digital and DVD. The movie re-airs on the Hallmark Channel on August 17, 2020, at 6/5c.
Why You Should Watch: It’s a feel-good sequel to Unleashing Mr. Darcy and is Hallmark meets Pride and Prejudice in style, so if you’re in the mood for light-hearted entertainment this is a good choice. If you love Hallmark movies, you’ll likely enjoy this one.
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.
Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.
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.
What You Need to Know: Rare copies apparently exist! So, keep your eyes peeled. However, there is no current way to watch.
Amazon Synopsis: In Whit Stillman’s Oscar-nominated classic, a group of young upper-class Manhattanites are in the midst of their gala debutante season when an unusual outsider joins them and stirs things up.
Where to Watch: The Criterion Channel, Showtime on Amazon, FuboTV. Buy on DVD.
Why You Should Watch: This film comes from the artistic visionary, Whit Stillman. It’s also loosely based on Mansfield Park.
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?
Where to Watch: Prime, Britbox, Britbox on Amazon channel. Buy on Digital (Amazon video) or DVD.
Why You Should Watch: This is an excellent film about Jane Austen everyone should watch as soon as possible. From the excellent cast to the fantastic script, this one can’t be missed. Olivia Williams, as Jane, also gives an incredible performance.
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.
Where to Watch: Prime Video and on DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Read our review.
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.
Where to Watch: Hoopla, PBS Masterpiece Amazon Add-on Channel. Buy on digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Because it’s the best adaptation of Northanger Abbey so far. My only complaint about this adaptation is that it’s too short! A young Felicity Jones stars as Catherine and the perfectly cast JJ Feild steals the hearts of women everywhere with his flirty and fun, Mr. Tilney. Overall, while brief, this adaptation captures the essence of Austen’s gothic romance. You can also watch a young Carey Mulligan in a key role.
Official Synopsis: Northbound is a modern take on Jane Austen’s NORTHANGER ABBEY, created by Anya Steiner.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: Another one I’m not familiar with, but it looks good!
What You Need to Know: Episodes of this show included various adaptations of Jane Austen, including Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Emma. I linked to an uploaded episode of Persuasion. However, it doesn’t have English subtitles. I couldn’t find any other ways to watch this.
What You Need to Know: The link brings you to a copy on YouTube, but there are no subtitles for this Pride and Prejudice adaptation from Italy. It is the only way to watch currently.
Product Description: Persuasion (Jane Austen) (DVD)
Where to Watch: YouTube. 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!
Amazon Synopsis: Seven years after their breakup, a spinster and an impoverished sailor attempt to rekindle their aborted romance.
Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: This movie is period drama perfection. Arguably the best Persuasion adaptation, it has excellent writing with memorable performances.
Amazon Synopsis: Seven years after their breakup, a spinster and an impoverished sailor attempt to rekindle their aborted romance.
Where to Watch: DVD.
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.
IMDb Synopsis: With characters freely inspired in the universe of the English writer Jane Austen, the series is a romantic story that takes place in the fictional locality of Vale do Café, in the early twentieth century.
Where to Watch: There is no way to watch this adaptation currently.
Amazon Synopsis: Oscar ® -winning adaption of Jane Austen’s comic classic about five husband-hunting sisters in 19th-century England.
Where to Watch: HBO MAX. Rent/Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson are wonderful as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. While the adaptation makes a few significant departures from the book, this is a hilarious classic film worth watching.
What You Need to Know: The British Film Institute has a copy of this adaptation. So, maybe they’ll release this 6-part miniseries on DVD one day. For now, you can catch a few minutes of the production on YouTube by clicking on the above link.
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.
Where to Watch: Prime video. Buy on Digital and DVD.
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: This is the definitive Pride and Prejudice and the most successful TV period drama ever. Starring Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle and a fabulous supporting cast, this BBC/A&E co-production pulsates with energy as lively, witty Elizabeth Bennet charms smouldering, haughty Darcy against a backdrop of a picture postcard countryside, small-town assembly rooms and stately English homes.
Where to Watch: Hulu, Britbox, Britbox on Amazon channel, HBO MAX, Tubi, BYU TV. Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: This is arguably one of the best period dramas ever made. Because of the success of this adaptation, many more followed. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth sparkle onscreen together. If you haven’t watched this iconic miniseries yet, watch as soon as possible! It’s absolute perfection. You should also watch for Colin Firth’s romantic gaze.
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.
Where to Watch: Prime, TUBI. Rent/buy digital and DVD.
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, and the two leads have good chemistry. If you like wacky humor, you might enjoy this modern-day adaptation. On a fun note, if you went to high school or college around this time, you’ll recognize the authentic fashion, which is fun! Plus, aspiring young writers will relate to Elizabeth Bennet.
Amazon Synopsis: The 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.
Where to Watch: Netflix. Rent/buy on digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: While the debate of which adaptation is the best (this one or the ’95 adaptation) rages on, I choose to love them equally for different reasons. This adaptation uses artistic cinematography, a gorgeous score, color schemes, etc. to help tell the story visually.
On the other hand, the ’95 adaptation focuses on presenting a close reading of Jane Austen’s novel. Both visions work. So, watch this one to appreciate Joe Wright’s visual artistry.
You should also watch because Mr. Darcy walking toward Elizabeth at sunrise, may make your heart skip a beat.
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.
Where to Watch: FXNow, Directv. Rent/buy on digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: With a great cast including Lily James, this one’s enjoyable and fun. Just don’t take it too seriously. If you love genre literary mashups, this movie’s great!
Amazon Synopsis: All five of Reverend Bennet’s daughters are still single. When the very eligible Will Darcy arrives in town, Mrs. Bennet sets her sights on the handsome bachelor for daughter Lizzie.
Where to Watch: Urban Movie Channel (Amazon Add On)
Why You Should Watch: This is a fun, unique take on Pride and Prejudice. Plus, Jackée Harry gives a memorable performance as Mrs. Bennet.
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.
Where to Watch: DVD
Why You Should Watch: I haven’t seen this one, but it sounds fun!
Official Synopsis and Description: Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?
Pride & Prejudice, based on the classic novel by Jane Austen, is a new musical adaptation by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (Broadway’s Jane Eyre). The show was filmed at the Tony Award-winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA., where it played its world premiere from December 4, 2019, to January 4, 2020, and established an all-time box office record. The production was directed by TheatreWorks’ Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley and choreographed by Dottie Lester-White.
Where to Watch: Rent/buy on streamingmusicals.com.
Why You Should Watch: I haven’t watched it yet, but from what I have heard, it has some catchy songs. It looks like a fun and cute adaptation.
Hallmark Synopsis: Darcy (Chabert) has always worked hard to prove herself and be successful on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together.
As Darcy spends time with her family and Luke, she starts to realize what matters most in life and sets out to mend her relationship with her father, and possibly fall in love. Based on the book of the same title by Melissa de la Cruz.
When to Watch: Fubo TV, Directv. Buy on Digital and DVD. The movie re-airs on Hallmark on July 19, 2020, at 6/5c.
Why You Should Watch: While it doesn’t resemble Jane Austen’s story much, it’s an enjoyable Hallmark production.
Official Description: RATIONAL CREATURES – chart your own course, fall (back) in love. A modern, inclusive story inspired by Jane Austen’s PERSUASION.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: If you’re looking for a diverse Jane Austen adaptation and enjoy web series, you should check this one out! I haven’t seen it yet, but it sounds good.
What You Need to Know: I wasn’t able to find any DVD copies, but they may exist out there. You can watch the documentary in low quality on YouTube.
Where to Watch: BritBox, Britbox on Amazon Channel. Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: The sci-fi comedy series has the crew go to “Jane Austen World” in the 1997 episode, “Beyond a Joke.”
IMDb Synopsis: A young woman struggles for independence and identity in a small Florida tourist town.
Where to Watch: Unfortunately, the movie is challenging to find. However, there is a low-quality version of the movie uploaded to YouTube. And I found DVD import copies on Amazon.
Why You Should Watch: This ’90s film starring Ashley Judd pays homage to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.
75. Sanditon (2019)
Amazon Synopsis: Writer Andrew Davies brings Jane Austen’s unfinished last novel vividly to life. The village of Sanditon is becoming a fashionable spa resort full of intrigues and dalliances. Changing alongside it is the unconventional Charlotte Heywood.
Where to Watch: PBS Passport, PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel. Buy on digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: While this Jane Austen inspired adaptation has been polarizing, it is overall a fantastic romantic period drama series. You can read our seven reasons it deserves a second season in our review HERE.
HMN Synopsis: A modern take on Jane Austen where two well-to-do sisters (Ashley Williams and Marla Sokoloff) learn their family fortune has vanished, so they work together to create a new business as they both find themselves charmed by new men in their lives.
Where to Watch: Roku, Directv, Hallmark Movies Now, Hallmark Movies Now Amazon Channel, Pure Flix, TUBI, IMDB TV. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
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. It’s cheesy but fun. Marla Sokoloff (Fuller House) also stars.
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.
Where to Watch: YouTube and on DVD.
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.
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.
Where to Watch: Prime Video and on DVD.
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: Emma Thompson stars in the captivating romance based on Jane Austen’s classic novel of two sisters’ search for love in strict Victorian society.
Where to Watch: Starz, Starz Amazon Channel, DirecTV. Rent/buy digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: It’s an overall gem and one of the best Jane Austen adaptations ever made. 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. Plus, Alan Rickman gives a perfect performance as Colonel Brandon.
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?
Where to Watch: Prime Video and Hulu. Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: This is a fantastic adaptation of the book with a talented 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. There’s also a fun duel between Colonel Brandon and Willoughby.
Hallmark Synopsis: The film centers on Christmas enthusiast party planners Ella (Krakow) and her sister, Marianne, who clash with their client, Edward (MacFarlane), who is a not-so-jolly toy company CEO. Starring Erin Krakow, Luke Macfarlane and Kimberley Sustad.
Where to Watch: Fubo TV. The movie re-airs on July 17, 2020, at 5/4 c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Why You Should Watch: Erin Krakow of When Calls the Heart stars in this loose Jane Austen retelling.
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.
Where to Watch: Fubo TV. Buy Digital/DVD. Hallmark Channel re-airs the film on August 21, 2020, at 10:00 AM/9:00 C.
Why You Should Watch: This is a great Hallmark romantic comedy. Dog shows, Pride and Prejudice, and Hallmark. It’s a fun combination!
Official Synopsis: Welcome to Sanditon is a modernized adaptation of the unfinished Jane Austen manuscript, Sanditon.
Where to Watch: YouTube
Why You Should Watch: This web series comes from the same team that brought you The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and Emma Approved.
What You Need to Know: This children’s show adapted both Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. You can watch low-quality versions on YouTube. There may be a few rare DVD copies of the entire series out there.
Amazon Synopsis: Multiple Academy Award winner Tom Hanks reunites with his Sleepless in Seattle co-star, Meg Ryan, and director, Nora Ephron, to discover love at first byte in this on-line romantic comedy.
Where to Watch: HBO Max. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: While not a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the movie pays homage to Austen’s story throughout, and no doubt the relationship between Joe and Kathleen was influenced by Elizabeth and Darcy. Plus, this is one of the best rom-coms ever made. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan sizzle onscreen together!
IMDB Synopsis: A single woman focused on her career in New York is forced to deal with the aftermath of a failed relationship when an ex-boyfriend hires her company.
What You Need to Know: While many details haven’t been released yet, Alicia Witt was cast in the lead role, and she’s a wonderful actress. It should be interesting to see how Persuasion adapts to a modern story. Release date unknown, but it is completed and Myriad Pictures bought worldwide rights to distribute.
What are your favorite Jane Austen movies? Do you have a favorite Jane Austen book, and why? What do you plan to watch? Let me know in the comments!
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