15 Jane Austen Adaptations You Can Stream Online
If there’s a genre of film we can watch over and over again and never tire of, it’s Jane Austen adaptations. From the well known, like Emma and Pride & Prejudice, to the lesser known, like Mansfield Park, Sanditon, and Northanger Abbey, Austen novels have provided the world of cinema with bountiful opportunities for adaptation. When we find ourselves faced with choosing something to watch on movie night, these are the films we turn to. Some are brand new, others are decades old, but they all provide the period drama splendor we love to see on film. Read on for fifteen film and television adaptations of Austen novels that you can stream online. Find them at Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and enjoy dipping into the landscapes and language of Austen’s imagination.
The 1996 adaptation of Emma stars Gwyneth Paltrow as the titular matchmaker.
To stream: hulu.com
Kate Beckinsale, Samantha Morton, and Mark Strong star in this television movie.
This four-part BBC miniseries stars Romola Garai as Emma and Jonny Lee Miller as George Knightley.
The newest Austen adaptation is this lavish film version directed by Autumn de Wilde.
Love & Friendship (2016)
Whit Stillman directed this adaptation of Austen's epistolary novel Lady Susan.
Mansfield Park (1983)
This Mansfield Park miniseries premiered on the BBC in 1983.
Mansfield Park (1999)
Frances O’Connor and Jonny Lee Miller star in this Patricia Rozema-directed adaptation.
To stream: netflix.com
Northanger Abbey (2007)
Andrew Davies wrote the screenplay for this drama starring Felicity Jones and Carey Mulligan.
This period drama stars Amanda Root as protagonist Anne Elliot and Ciarán Hinds as her long-lost love, Captain Frederick Wentworth.
Pride & Prejudice (1995)
One of the most beloved Austen adaptations of all time, this 1995 miniseries stars Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth and Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Another benchmark Austen adaptation, this film was directed by Joe Wright and has a great cast headlined by Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
Sense & Sensibility (1981)
This seven-part BBC television series premiered in 1981.
Sense & Sensibility (1995)
Emma Thompson wrote and starred in this Academy Award-winning adaptation.
Sense & Sensibility (2008)
You’ll recognize several of the actors in this excellent BBC adaptation, which was filmed before they were household names.
Andrew Davies wrote the screenplay for this adaptation based on Austen’s unfinished novel Sandition.
What movies are you watching these days? What’s your favorite Jane Austen adaptation?