Poll: How Many Jane Austen Movie/TV Adaptions Have You Seen?


Let’s poke through the movie and TV adaptions of Jane Austen’s fiction and find out how many we’ve all seen. And tell us if we left off ones you love (bet we couldn’t find photos from them, so share your memories!).



What’s your fave? What’s the worst?


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27 Responses

  1. Tamara

    I’m a huge Janeite so I’ve seen almost all of them. There are some real turds. The old Northanger Abbey was probably the worst.

  2. LydiaR

    I used to hate Mansfield Park, but now I think it’s a misunderstood gem. My favorite version is the 1983 miniseries with Sylvestra le Touzel (what a fantastic name!). My favorite book is Persuasion, and the 1995 version with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds is the one I like best. My favorite adaptation, of course, is the 1995 Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle, though the film that first inspired me to read Austen was the 1940 Greer Garson version.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      As I get older, I appreciate Mansfield Park & Persuasion more, & I adore the Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds Persuasion. Needs to be a new Mansfield Park bec. I’m not quite satisfied with the previous adaptions yet.

  3. Melanie

    I’ve never bothered with the ’60s – ’80s versions, except the 1980 Pride and Prejudice. Are the others worth watching? Mansfield Park ’83 or Emma ’72 in particular?

    • Sarah Walsh

      Both are completely worth watching!! That Mansfield Park is probably my favorite of the BBC adaptations because the casting is spot-on a cross the board. And the Emma ’72 has my favorite Knightley. So many other Knightleys have come after him but he’s still the best IMO!

      • Melanie

        Good to know! Especially since neither of the other Mansfield Park adaptations is very good.

  4. Susan Pola Staples

    My favourite also is the Jennifer Ehle adaptation of P&P, with Romola Garai’s a second for P&P. I adored the Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson Sense & Sensibility. Persuasion with Amanda Root was good. Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park were not my favourite novels, so their adaptations are okay. The worst adaptation- – if you could call it that — is Sandition.
    What I would like to see is a longer adaptation of Persuasion.

  5. Trystan L. Bass

    I purposefully didn’t include any riffs on Austen, because there’s a million of those (Pride + Prejudice + Zombies is closer to the original story than Lost in Austen by some measures!). Only direct book adaptions — & there’s still a ton of those :)

    • Maggie May

      What about Clueless?

      And Kandukondain Kandukondain, the Tamil version of Sense & Sensibility. On YouTube with English subtitles, last I checked.

      Nope, better keep it simple.

  6. Karen K.

    Best: 95 P&P, 95 Persuasion, 95 S&S (95 was a GREAT year for Jane Austen!); also 2020 Emma. Worst: Sanditon, by far. Still haven’t watched any of the early adaptations except the 1940s P&P which was sort of silly. Those bonnets were insane, they looked like satellite dishes. Hated how they changed Lady Catherine at the end.

  7. Teresa Gadda

    Also Bride & Prejudice, Clueless, Bridget Jones’ Diary, and the mormon P&P (2003 movie). :-D I know you don’t count those, but I do!

  8. Saraquill

    I also watched 1999 Mansfield Park, but only the first 10 minutes or so, hence I didn’t choose it in the poll.

  9. MJ

    Favorite is Jennifer Ehle P&P, with Romola Garai Emma and Amanda Root Persuasion tied for second.

    Worst is Sanditon tied with Billie Piper Mansfield Park.

  10. Yanina

    Right now my favourite is Romola Garai’s Emma, just for the sheer liveliness and optimism she projects. And she is terribly cute with Johny Lee Miller!
    And I just wanted to use this comment to say huge thank you all for your site. I am in lockdown, as many of us are, and having lots of other health troubles makes is hardly bearable – and reading your new posts and browsing through older ones distracts and cheers me up when I really need it. It means a lot to me.

  11. Melanie

    My favorites are Pride and Prejudice ’95, Sense and Sensibility ’95, Persuaion ’95, and Emma 2020. Though I have to admit, I’ve watched the 2007 version a lot lately because I love Sally Hawkins’ performance, despite the ridiculous ending.

    And all you fellow Jennifer Ehle should check out her social isolation reading of Pride and Prejudice–she’s been posting a chapter a day on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFmsg7wl9MgznQS6YymdOWw

  12. Lily Lotus Rose

    My favorite is tied between Emma starring Gwenyth Paltrow and Sense and Sensibility starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. I’m not crazy about the Frances O’Connor version Mansfield Park (I also wasn’t crazy about the book), but compared to the recent altogether terrible, not-in-the-spirit-of-Austen Sanditon mini-series, Mansfield Park is a class act! I loathed Love & Friendship so much that I only watched a few minutes of it; I didn’t like the novella either. I understand purposefully eschewing riffs of Jane Austen (even though they are so much fun), but why choose a still from Austenland as the screen cap for this poll?

  13. Guest

    I’d seen everything but the pre-1990 stufff (with the exception of P&P 1980), my favorites are probably P&P 80, P&P 05, and S&S 95, though I also really liked the newest Emma, it falls in the same category as P&P 05 for me, truly perfect for brain fog days.

  14. Andy

    I prefer the ones form the early 2000s I guess it’s because they were the most recent movies when I had my “Austen phase”
    But the 80s version of Northanger Abbey is a guilty pleasure due to how ridiculous, sleazy and creepy the whole thing is. It’s like Jane Austen trying to be Rocky Horror. hahahha

  15. Alison

    After multiple viewings of all the adaptations from the 90s and newer, I started watching the 70s and 80s versions. Once you get over how dated it looks, they’re quite good. Persuasion is my favorite Austen book and the 1971 adaptation is the best. No weird running scene or awkward kissing.

  16. angharad

    I love the 1995 Persuasion, the 1995 Pride and Prejudice, and the Emma with Kate Beckinsale.

  17. Shannon Russell

    I love the Amanda Root Persuasion not only because the good cast and costumes but also because the soundtrack is so lovely. I did not care for the Sally Hawkins version of Persuasion but really the Billie Piper version of Mansfield park is the worst.