EVERY Charles Dickens adaptation

by Basilesque | created - 26 Dec 2011 | updated - 28 Jan 2016 | Public

I have only included adaptations that:

-Can (hopefully) be found on DVD or VHS

-Take place within the original settings of the books - i.e. no modern retellings. Dickens' cultural legacy is so immense, this list would simply become too unwieldy if I tried to include all of the modern retellings of his stories.

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1. The Pickwick Papers (1952)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Langley | Stars: James Hayter, James Donald, Nigel Patrick, Joyce Grenfell

Votes: 373

2. The Pickwick Papers (1985– )

360 min | Drama

The story follows Samuel Pickwick and three other members of The Pickwick Club as they travel throughout the English countryside by coach observing the phenomena of life and human nature, ... See full summary »

Stars: Nigel Stock, Clive Swift, Alan Parnaby, Jeremy Nicholas

Votes: 157

3. Oliver Twist (I) (1922)

98 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Jackie Coogan, James A. Marcus, Aggie Herring, Lewis Sargent

Votes: 644 | Gross: $2.00M

4. Oliver Twist (1933)

Passed | 80 min | Drama

An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves.

Director: William J. Cowen | Stars: Dickie Moore, Irving Pichel, William 'Stage' Boyd, Doris Lloyd

Votes: 285

5. Oliver Twist (1948)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, John Howard Davies

Votes: 9,803

6. Oliver! (1968)

G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical

After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

Votes: 29,999 | Gross: $16.80M

7. Oliver Twist (1974)

91 min | Animation, Family

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Hal Sutherland | Stars: Josh Albee, Les Tremayne, Dal McKennon, Larry Storch

Votes: 134

8. Oliver Twist (I) (1982 TV Movie)

103 min | Crime, Drama

The classic Dickens tale of an orphan boy who escapes the horrors of the orphanage only to be taken in by a band of thieves and pickpockets.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Tim Curry, Michael Hordern, Timothy West

Votes: 410

9. Oliver Twist (1985)

360 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Stars: Ben Rodska, Eric Porter, Michael Attwell, Pip Donaghy

Votes: 260

10. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Oliver Twist (1997)

Unrated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Elijah Wood, David O'Hara, Alex Trench

Votes: 1,627

11. Oliver Twist (1999– )

386 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Stars: Sam Smith, David Ross, Julie Walters, Annette Crosbie

Votes: 709

12. Oliver Twist (2005)

PG-13 | 130 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

An adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Barney Clark, Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Swift, Ian McNeice

Votes: 28,279 | Gross: $1.99M

13. Oliver Twist (2007– )

176 min | Drama

The adventures of the orphaned Oliver Twist in Victorian London.

Stars: William Miller, Adam Arnold, Ryan Barr, Connor Catchpole

Votes: 2,203

14. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)

Approved | 108 min | Drama

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Merrall, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 530

15. Nicholas Nickleby (1977– )

330 min | Drama

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Stars: Nigel Havers, Peter Bourke, Derek Godfrey, Robert James

Votes: 95

16. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982)

540 min | Drama

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Stars: Alun Armstrong, Suzanne Bertish, Janet Dale, Jane Downs

Votes: 422

17. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001 TV Movie)

200 min | Comedy, Drama

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director: Stephen Whittaker | Stars: John Dallimore, James D'Arcy, Sophia Myles, Diana Kent

Votes: 908

18. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 10,538 | Gross: $1.59M

19. Mr. Quilp (1975)

G | 118 min | Musical

A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Anthony Newley, David Hemmings, David Warner, Michael Hordern

Votes: 55

20. The Old Curiosity Shop (1979–1980)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The story of Nell Trent, a beautiful young girl. An orphan, she lives with her Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop in London.

Stars: Natalie Ogle, Trevor Peacock, Granville Saxton, Sebastian Shaw

Votes: 59

21. The Old Curiosity Shop (1984)

G | 72 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The classic fictional tale of the adventures of Little Nell and her grandfather have been brought to the screen in this high quality entertaining animated feature for your kids and family.

Stars: John Benton, Jason Blackwell, Wallas Eaton, Penne Hackforth-Jones

Votes: 23

22. The Old Curiosity Shop (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Drama

When young Nell Trent's grandfather loses the investment money of wharf owner Daniel Quilp with cards, Quilp develops an everlasting urge to get him put in the madhouse. Nell and her grandfather flee the city.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Alan Barry, Adam Blackwood, Tom Courtenay, Brian de Salvo

Votes: 205

23. The Old Curiosity Shop (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Sophie Vavasseur, Gina McKee

Votes: 598

24. Barnaby Rudge (1960– )

30 min | Drama

Murder mystery interwoven with the historical events of England's Gordon riots of 1780, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Stars: John Wood, Barbara Hicks, Newton Blick, Neil McCarthy

Votes: 16

25. Scrooge (1935)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Edwards | Stars: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran, Mary Glynne

Votes: 1,485

26. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 5,169

27. The Christmas Carol (1949 TV Short)

Not Rated | 25 min | Drama, Short, Fantasy

Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

Director: Arthur Pierson | Stars: Vincent Price, Taylor Holmes, Patrick Whyte, Robert Clarke

Votes: 193

28. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve...

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 17,107

30. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)

Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano

Votes: 2,152

31. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Director: Burny Mattinson | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 8,272 | Gross: $21.00M

32. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

Votes: 10,010

33. A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice

Votes: 7,010

34. Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Family

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: Simon Callow, Kate Winslet, Nicolas Cage, Jane Horrocks

Votes: 1,527

35. A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski, Jennifer Love Hewitt

Votes: 1,547

36. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 86,614 | Gross: $137.86M

37. Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)

385 min | Drama

Some very greedy and selfish relatives are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewit's money. He is surrounded by all these sycophantic relatives that he truly despises whilst ill, each ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Chambers, Julia Sawalha, Keith Allen, Philip Franks

Votes: 690

38. Dombey & Son (1983– )

30 min | Drama

The dream of Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company, is to have a son to continue his business. Tragically, Dombey's wife dies shortly after giving birth to their son.

Stars: Julian Glover, Shirley Cain, Zelah Clarke, Kenton Moore

Votes: 102

39. David Copperfield (1935)

Passed | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lawton, Edna May Oliver, Elizabeth Allan

Votes: 3,278

40. David Copperfield (1970 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama

The legendary novel by Charles Dickens comes to life in this colorful interpretation directed by Delbert Mann.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Cyril Cusack, Edith Evans, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 428

41. David Copperfield (1974– )

300 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Ian Hogg, David Troughton, Patience Collier, David Yelland

Votes: 71

42. David Copperfield (1986– )

30 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Colin Hurley, Brenda Bruce, Simon Callow, Jeremy Brudenell

Votes: 45

43. David Copperfield (1993 TV Movie)

92 min | Family, Animation

An animated version of the classic David Copperfield story. Filled with music, color, and anthropomorphic versions of the classic characters.

Director: Don Arioli | Stars: Sheena Easton, Kelly LeBrock, Julian Lennon, Howie Mandel

Votes: 149

44. David Copperfield (1999– )

Unrated | 185 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick, James Thornton

Votes: 3,670

45. David Copperfield (2000 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Michael Richards, Eileen Atkins, Anthony Andrews

Votes: 916

46. Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House (1985– )

391 min | Drama, Crime

The great case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, an obsession to all involved. Then a question of inheritance becomes a question of murder.

Stars: Diana Rigg, Denholm Elliott, Suzanne Burden, Jonathan Moore

Votes: 292

47. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Drama

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 7,641

48. Hard Times (1977– )

60 min | Drama

Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Allen, Timothy West, Rosalie Crutchley, Jacqueline Tong

Votes: 70

49. Hard Times (1994– )

100 min | Drama

Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest ... See full summary »

Stars: Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, Alan Bates, Beatie Edney

Votes: 218

50. Little Dorrit (1987)

G | 357 min | Drama, Romance

Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy Dorrit ... See full summary »

Director: Christine Edzard | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Max Wall

Votes: 914 | Gross: $1.03M