Top Period Dramas From The Jane Austen Film Club

My absolute must have, can't do without Period Dramas. Just the keepers here! Please let me know which of your faves I have forgotten and I'll add them!

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1.
Emma (2009 Mini-Series)
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Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home... (240 mins.)
“ This one is at least as good as the Gwyneth Paltrow version. And it's a miniseries, so you get to enjoy it much longer. Romola Garai is so much fun to watch and Jonny Lee Miller is...is...(sigh)... ” - jennyallworthy
 
2.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites. (136 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Emma Thompson's masterpiece. Need I say more? ” - jennyallworthy
 
3.
North & South (2004 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. (58 mins.)
“ Watch this to see one of the sexiest men ever to don a cravat and it will become one of your all time faves because of the wonderful story and acting. Shot in gorgeous, bleak Edinburgh. North and South of England, by the way...NOT the civil war story. ” - jennyallworthy
 
4.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. (327 mins.)
“ I warped my DVDs playing this one (after I wore out my VHS tapes). The wet shirt scene is legendary in Britain and was even included in the Bridget Jones books. ” - jennyallworthy
 
5.
Emma (1996)
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In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
“ "Marry me. Marry me my wonderful, darling friend." Could any woman resist Jeremy Northam? I think not. ” - jennyallworthy
 
6.
Cranford (2007 TV Series)
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In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town. (60 mins.)
“ Warm, fuzzy and a feast for the senses. For when you have had enough of the new millenium. A who's who of English acting royalty. ” - jennyallworthy
 
7.
Wives and Daughters (1999 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend. (301 mins.)
“ Little Molly Gibson will have your heart. But will she have Roger's? ” - jennyallworthy
 
8.
Screen Two (1985 TV Series)
Episode: Persuasion (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded...
“ With a rollicking nautical score and one of the best kisses ever (it's on the cover for goodness sake) you cannot spend a better 2 hours. ” - jennyallworthy
 
9.
The Way We Live Now (2001 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings... (300 mins.)
“ For Matthew McFadyen's bad boy Felix and Cillian Murphy's angelic face alone this one would be worth a watch. But there is soooooo much more. Might make you think of Bernie Madoff? ” - jennyallworthy
 
10.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ Shakespeare was never this enjoyable in high school. ” - jennyallworthy
 
11.
A Knight's Tale (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight. (132 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ Anachronistic in the best possible way. And you get to see Paul Bettany's bottom! Can't live without this one. ” - jennyallworthy
 
12.
The Princess Bride (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Inconceivable.

No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Anybody want a peanut?

As you wish. ” - jennyallworthy
 
13.
Impromptu (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand. (107 mins.)
Director: James Lapine
“ A film about Chopin. Probably not incredibly historically correct, but very entertaining and very hilarious. Really. ” - jennyallworthy
 
14.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. (230 mins.)
“ The best version of Jane Eyre. Lots of other good ones, but this one is the best! ” - jennyallworthy
 
15.
Northanger Abbey (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. (84 mins.)
Director: Jon Jones
“ Jane Austen's lightest novel done in a lovely light style. The leads couldn't get any cuter. Who cares if it was filmed in Ireland instead of Bath? ” - jennyallworthy
 
16.
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A new adaptation of the classic novel by Henry Fielding of the life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones... (314 mins.)
“ An 18th century sex romp. Really. Brian Blessed is a howl. Literally. ” - jennyallworthy
 
17.
Bleak House (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system (510 mins.)
“ A Masterpiece. Very dark and very addictive. You must see this, but make sure you are not distracted. One bathroom break without pausing and you'll miss a critical detail. ” - jennyallworthy
 
18.
Gosford Park (2001)
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The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ The ensemble piece to end all ensemble pieces. Another treasure of talent and fun. ” - jennyallworthy
 
19.
Anne of Green Gables (1985 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination. (199 mins.)
“ Canada's gift to the world. I dare you not to fall in love with Anne. ” - jennyallworthy
 
20.
The Buccaneers (1995 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Four American girls go to England to find husbands. (212 mins.)
Director: Philip Saville
“ How many hoop skirts can you fit into one production? Lots, apparently. American girls invade the English aristocracy in the Victorian period. What a story! Love it! ” - jennyallworthy
 
21.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ This one lives inside me. Every time I watch it, I lose myself in the story and the music. ” - jennyallworthy
 
22.
A Child's Christmas in Wales (1987 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
It's Christmas Eve in Wales. A young boy named Thomas is excited about the holiday, but he's also disappointed because it's raining instead of snowing... (55 mins.)
Director: Don McBrearty
“ A Christmas story for period drama lovers in Dylan Thomas' own wonderful words. ” - jennyallworthy
 
23.
Daniel Deronda (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness. (210 mins.)
“ George Eliot's gripping and slightly disturbing novel with some of the best eye candy ever (dresses and men). ” - jennyallworthy
 
24.
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues. (97 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
“ Light, witty and gorgeous. Just like Oscar Wilde would have wanted it to be. ” - jennyallworthy
 
25.
An Ideal Husband (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is... (97 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
“ Another Oscar Wilde classic. A bit darker than Earnest, but still lots of fun. And truth. ” - jennyallworthy
 
26.
Miss Potter (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success. (88 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
“ Just adorable. With bunnies. ” - jennyallworthy
 
27.
Victoria & Albert (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837... (200 mins.)
Director: John Erman
“ Victoria Hamilton is wonderful as her namesake. Colin Firth's brother Jonathan Firth is also brilliant as Prince Albert. Enjoy. ” - jennyallworthy
 
28.
The Young Victoria (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
“ A really good version of Victoria's story, especially if you don't have time for the 2001 miniseries. ” - jennyallworthy
 
29.
A Room with a View (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Travel to Italy in Edwardian times. Mmmmmmm. ” - jennyallworthy
 
30.
Little Dorrit (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father... (30 mins.)
“ Another classic Dickens done to perfection by Andrew Davies and the Beeb. Couldn't possibly have been done better. ” - jennyallworthy
 
31.
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress. (53 mins.)
“ As long as you can stand a dash of adorable in your life, you'll love this TV series. ” - jennyallworthy
 
32.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ Love it. Helena Bonham Carter looking a bit less mad than usual and Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle onscreen together again. Love it. ” - jennyallworthy
 
33.
Love Actually (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ I know this is not a period drama, but I love this film so there it is. Must watch every year about a month before Christmas. American Thanksgiving would be just about right (I'm Canadian). ” - jennyallworthy
 
34.
The Duchess (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. (110 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
“ More heartbreaking because it is true. Princess Diana's great great great great aunt had a very similar story and it is told beautifully in this film. ” - jennyallworthy
 
35.
Billy Elliot (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ Can the 1980s be considered period drama now? If so, this one is on this list legitimately. If not, who cares, it's my list. Will make your heart soar. ” - jennyallworthy
 
36.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
“ Series one was gripping stuff. Can't wait for series two. ” - jennyallworthy
 
37.
The Help (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
“ I just watched this one again last night. Definitely deserves to be on this list. ” - jennyallworthy
 
38.
Lady Jane (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward... (142 mins.)
Director: Trevor Nunn
“ Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Elwes as babies. OK, teens? Another one that isn't perfectly historically correct but ever so fun to watch. ” - jennyallworthy
 
39.
Vanity Fair (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure... (50 mins.)
“ I apologize ahead of time for the musical score, but otherwise, Natasha Little is the perfect Becky Sharpe, the center of Thackeray's "novel without a hero". She is the woman we all love to hate. ” - jennyallworthy
 
40.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A free-spirited yet naive country girl is caught between her wealthy, manipulative "cousin" Alec and the handsome, educated farmer Angel Clare in this Victorian tragedy from novelist Thomas Hardy. (180 mins.)
Director: Ian Sharp
“ Visually stunning and soooo sad. ” - jennyallworthy
 
41.
Mansfield Park (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband... (112 mins.)
Director: Patricia Rozema
“ I know it is not faithful to the book, but it is truly wonderful. OK, Sir Thomas is a little creepy, as is Fanny's father, but otherwise it's great! ” - jennyallworthy
 
42.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ The younger generation's Pride and Prejudice. It's lovely. The muddy hems version! ” - jennyallworthy