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With Jerusha Hess' "Austenland," starring Keri Russell as a Jane Austen obsessive, hitting theaters August 16, and the 200th anniversary of Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" celebrated earlier this year, we rank the best screen versions of the romantic classic which sees the uniting of bright, stubborn Elizabeth Bennet with the breathlessly handsome yet slow-to-warm Mr. Darcy. Video below. For the P&P anniversary, Entertainment Weekly compiled a list of the many ways in which the novel has influenced pop culture over the years. While the classic has launched or cemented the careers of a number of A-list stars (hello, Colin Firth!), its effects also run deeper. EW posits that the now tried-and-true TV convention of romantic couples who love/hate each other comes straight from "P&P," and the novel has ultimately even renewed passionate U.S. interest in British culture (hello, "Downton Abbey"!). Meanwhile, Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy »

- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna

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