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The Best Jane Austen Based Movies Every Fan Should Watch

The novels written by Jane Austen have each been adapted to film several times, and surprisingly
many were not even set in the same century as the original story.

Fans may also be surprised to find out which of the more modern movies were based on this writer’s
work, movies like Clueless, Bride and Prejudice, Becoming Jane, and from Prada to Nada.

Here we’ve chosen the versions that capture the essence of the books the most.

Emma 1996

With a firm grounding in the humour section, the 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma is an entertaining watch to say the least.

The story captures the match making undertakings of a bubbly Emma in the 19 th century, when public courting was still of the very innocent variety.

Emma Woodhouse, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, portrays a bored socialite who entertains herself
with misguided attempts at playing cupid.

There are a few dramatic scenes of misguided affections, hurt feelings, and unhappy friends, but in
the end, everyone, including Emma find their own true happiness after a bit of a change of perspective, all without the benefit of her meddling.

Pride and Prejudice 2005

Based on the 1813 novel, this version of Pride and Prejudice stars a beautiful Keira Knightley. A
house in the country with the five Bennet sisters, tells a story of a over the top mother intent on
getting her daughters married off quickly and beneficially, a father repressed by the women in his
life and the daughters, each completely different from one another.

The story centres on Elizabeth Bennet (Knightly) and Mr Darcy, a well-to- do out of towner, who
against his better judgment falls for the unexceptional Elizabeth.

Much drama and upset ensues, where Mr Darcy should have taken some time to reflect on his
behaviour, but much like a good wager at Australian betting sites, they finally come to their senses and
the realisation that they are meant to be together.

Persuasion 1995

Based on the 1817 novel, Persuasion is directed by Roger Michell, and follows the story of Anne
Elliot (Amanda Root) and Captain Frederick Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds) whose proposal she rejected eight years earlier, because she was convinced by others that his prospects were lacking.
As the two become reacquainted, the spark from years before is reignited much to the
disappointment of external parties.

Following their first encounter since the rejected proposal, a whirlwind of ill-intentioned
declarations of affection eventually lead to Anne and Wentworth together again, sailing away on a
naval ship.

Sense and Sensibility 1995

1995 was a popular year for Austin based films, Sense and Sensibility, based on the 1811 novel, stars
Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson who also wrote the script.

Kate and Emma play the Dashwood sisters, Elinor (Emma) and Marianne (Kate), who’s wealthy
family loses its fortune leaving the sisters to face a reality they have never imagined.

Their only choice is to marry into money and Hugh Grant (Edward Ferrars) and Alan Rickman
(Colonel Brandon) are the prospective targets.
After being ejected from their home, and Fanny ensuring that the sisters receive nothing, both Elinor
and Marianne find their happily ever after. Elinor with Edward, who becomes a vicar under colonel
Brandon’s patronage, and Marianne who marries Brandon.

Centuries after her death, the novels written by Jane are still being enjoyed and adapted to cinema, and are even incorporating the undead.

© David Nusair