Jane Eyre versions and their ranking...in my oh so Eyre-filled mind!

by amiNotAwake | created - 10 Oct 2011 | updated - 01 Feb 2012 | Public

yes I do pun above.;) As the title says just a ranking of the Jane Eyre films/miniseries I've seen ranked from best(1) to worst (5) Though for me worst isn't necessarily awful.

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1. 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: 17,550

What I like: Development of Jane and Rochester's relationship and dialogue therein. The only version of the five I've seen where you understand how they come to love eachother, and just how deep that connection is. So many of the great moments between Jane and Rochester and their very revealing conversations are kept true to spirit.

Portrayal of Rochester's Character- his moodiness, obsession and possesiveness with Jane, early sarcasm and cynicism are all best in this one though his look is a little off. Just a LITTLE mind you.

Meeting scene

Portrayal of Sinjin and Sisters- so often this part of the story is rushed over and St. John, Diana, and Mary are very often not given real characters. Here they present them wonderfully.

Reunion scene

Didn't Like: Adele Very short portrayal of Jane's Childhood

2. 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: 73,495 | Gross: $11.24M

What I like: Jane as a whole (Character and Look) Mia is an amazing Jane. Captures her passion, restraint, intelligence, understanding, the essence of Jane Eyre

Rochester as a whole (Character and Look)

Proposal Scene (The 'bleeding inwardly' line just wrenches at one's heart)

Wedding Scene and Meeting the Wife

Pleading Scene-Fassbender captured the extremeties in Rochester's character brilliantly. Jane's struggle, yet determination and strength-Mia got it all perfect.

Atmosphere-I truly felt in the novel, at Thornfield.

Non-linear plot-maybe I'm being a little radical but I loved this new form.

Didn't Like: Brevity of story, background, relationship devolpment

3. 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: 2,794

What I like: Jane's Look

Grace Poole/Bertha mystery is shown best in this version

Fire Scene - Best of Dalton

Rochester's Pleading - Dalton also did very well in this scene. You truly feel his desperate need for Jane.

Didn't like:

Zelah's performance as Jane Poor Production

4. 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: 8,380 | Gross: $5.20M

What I like: Young Jane/ Portrayal of Jane's childhood and the oh so rare inclusion of Ms. Temple

Reunion Scene

Didn't like: William Hurt as Rochester; he only worked in Rochester's vulnerable moments. Jane was a ghost of what she should be.

5. 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: 7,057 | Gross: $3.82M

People who know me would assume I'd like this version best since I've always been into classic movies.

The BEST part is Jane's childhood. They did an excellent job. Peggy Ann Garner as little Jane is perfection. Little Taylor did well also. Orson Welles was okey-dokey, but I very much did not like Joan Fontaine. Blaaacchh. Bad casting there, bad acting. Never really understood her appeal. Maybe I just need to see her in more films.

Anyways overall okay. Forgettable.

6. Jane Eyre (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 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: 2,432

Didn't hate this version but overall just fell flat. Where William Hurt was all vunerability in '96 Ciarian Hinds was all roughness and angst.

I have only seen this one once and it was quite a while ago. Maybe a revisit will joggle my memory and I'll be able to list some good qualities as I did with the others.

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