EVERY Brontë adaptation

by Basilesque | created - 21 Apr 2011 | updated - 21 Apr 2011 | Public

Every adaptation of the Brontë sisters' works that is available to watch today - as well as a couple of notable exceptions - or rather, glaring omissions.

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1. Jane Eyre (1934)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama, Romance

A meek governess and her mysterious employer strike up a romantic relationship.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Virginia Bruce, Colin Clive, Beryl Mercer, David Torrence

Votes: 293

2. Jane Eyre (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Romance

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, Peggy Ann Garner

Votes: 6,803 | Gross: $3.82M

3. Jane Eyre (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Jane Eyre is an orphan, sent to Lowood school, and eventually becomes a governess at Thornfield hall to a girl named Adele. While she is there, many strange things happen and eventually she... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: George C. Scott, Susannah York, Ian Bannen, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 802

4. Jane Eyre (1973– )

275 min | Drama, Romance

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Stars: Sorcha Cusack, Michael Jayston, Hazel Clyne, Megs Jenkins

Votes: 399

5. Jane Eyre (1983)

239 min | Romance

A young governess falls in love with her mysterious employer, but a terrible secret puts their happiness at risk.

Stars: Zelah Clarke, Timothy Dalton, Carol Gillies, James Marcus

Votes: 2,681

6. Jane Eyre (1996)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There she learns to become a teacher and eventually seeks ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: William Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anna Paquin, Nic Knight

Votes: 8,155 | Gross: $5.20M

7. Jane Eyre (1997 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama, Romance

Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is filmed yet again. The story of the Yorkshire orphan who becomes a governess to a young French girl and finds love with the brooding lord of the manor is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Deborah Findlay, Laura Harling, Joanna Scanlan, Ben Sowden

Votes: 2,359

8. Jane Eyre (2006– )

TV-PG | 230 min | Drama, Romance

A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 16,887

9. Jane Eyre (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Su Elliot

Votes: 71,045 | Gross: $11.24M

10. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 14,107

11. Abismos de pasión (1954)

91 min | Drama, Romance

A partial retelling of Wuthering Heights in 19th century Mexico.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Irasema Dilián, Jorge Mistral, Lilia Prado, Ernesto Alonso

Votes: 941

Mexican adaptation of Wuthering Heights. . .

12. Wuthering Heights (1967– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

Emily Bronte's classic story of destructive passion and immortal love.

Stars: Ian McShane, Angela Scoular, John Garrie, Anne Stallybrass

Votes: 52

13. Wuthering Heights (1970)

G | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Doomed lovers Catherine and Heathcliff are torn apart by their own selfishness and hate.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Anna Calder-Marshall, Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Pamela Brown

Votes: 1,448

14. Wuthering Heights (1978– )

300 min | Drama

An eternally romantic love story between Heathcliff and Catherine.

Stars: Ken Hutchison, Brian Wilde, Pat Heywood, John Duttine

Votes: 119

15. Wuthering Heights (1985)

130 min | Drama, Romance, Mystery

Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and his stepsister Catherine fall in love, but when she marries a wealthy man, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge, even well into the next generation.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Fabienne Babe, Lucas Belvaux, Sandra Montaigu, Alice de Poncheville

Votes: 277 | Gross: $0.62M

Jaque Rivette adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

16. Arashi ga oka (1988)

143 min | Drama

A retelling of Emily Bronte's tale of vengeance and obsessive love, set in medieval Japan.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Yûko Tanaka, Rentarô Mikuni, Tatsuo Nadaka

Votes: 153

Japanese retelling of Wuthering Heights.

17. Wuthering Heights (1992)

PG | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

A man becomes obsessed with vengeance when his soul mate marries another man.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer, Sophie Ward

Votes: 10,628

18. Wuthering Heights (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and his stepsister Catherine fall in love, but when she marries a wealthy man, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge, even well into the next generation.

Director: David Skynner | Stars: Robert Cavanah, Peter Davison, Orla Brady, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 793

19. Sparkhouse (2002– )

180 min | Drama, Romance

The relationship between childhood sweethearts, a farmer's daughter and boy from a rich family, turns tumultuous in this modern interpretation of Wuthering Heights

Stars: Sarah Smart, Joe McFadden, Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Farrell

Votes: 594

Modern retelling of Wuthering Heights.

20. Wuthering Heights (2003 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Two lovers engage in a passionate but thwarted romance in this modern adaptation of the classic novel.

Director: Suri Krishnamma | Stars: Erika Christensen, Mike Vogel, Christopher Masterson, Johnny Whitworth

Votes: 933

MTV "adaptation" of Wuthering Heights. . .

21. Wuthering Heights (2009)

TV-PG | 142 min | Drama, Romance

Foundling Heathcliff is raised by the wealthy Earnshaws in Yorkshire but in later life launches a vendetta against the family.

Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Lancashire

Votes: 7,062

22. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996– )

159 min | Drama

In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves, Sarah Badel

Votes: 2,068

The sole screen adaptation of Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Anne wrote one other book: Agnes Grey, a vastly under-appreciated little classic, of which no film version has ever been made. A good film or television adaptation of Agnes Grey would be greatly appreciated by Brontë fans and period drama fans worldwide.

23. Villette (1970– )

45 min | Drama

Based on a Charlotte bronte novel of the same name. A younger English woman who finds herself without any prospects travels to the continent on a bold journey. She finds a home in a girls ... See full summary »

Stars: Judy Parfitt, Peter Jeffrey, Mona Bruce, Bryan Marshall

Votes: 6

Not available on DVD.

Forget Jane Eyre, THIS is Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece. And this obscure BBC production, not available to watch in any form, is the only attempt ever made at bringing it to the screen.

Shame on you, Auntie Beeb. Shame.

24. Shirley (1922)


Workmen wound a mill-owner when he installs machinery.

Director: A.V. Bramble | Stars: Carlotta Breese, Clive Brook, Harvey Braban, Joe Nightingale

Not available on DVD.

Charlotte Brontë's third novel. Methinks a new screen adaptation is long overdue.

The only remaining Brontë book that hasn't yet been mentioned in this list is Charlotte Brontë's The Professor, of which no film adaptation has ever been made.