The list author says: "As a teacher of history and an avid reader of Regency and Victorian literature, such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, etc., I enjoyed putting this list of period romance movies together. Some of these movies have dark twists and turns but, ultimately, they all have happy endings. Ranking this many movies would be difficult so I have simply placed them in alphabetical order.
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If you prefer romance and would like to know what I consider the best choose, Victorian and Regency Romance Movies Â My Top 10.
If you would like to see period movies based on novels from the era select my list, Period Novels Â The Comprehensive Movie Guide.
If your interest is simply period movies select, The Comprehensive Guide to Period Movies and Miniseries
Finally, I have created a comprehensive movie guide of Jane Austen films. You can also find full-length reviews for many of these movies at my profile page.
"One of the few movies on this list adapted from a work by an American writer. Margaret Mitchell wrote the novel in 1936 and won a Pulitzer Prize for it the next year. Although not written during the period, the book and the movie adapted from it, remain enduringly popular."
"Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has been brought to stage and screen many times but this is the best adaptation to date. The 240-minute miniseries brings the novel to television in a faithful manner. As I write, the DVD for this 2007 Masterpiece Theatre version has not been released, but when it is it will become the definitive screen adaptation of the novel for years to come. Five stars!"
"Charlotte BronteÂs 1847 novel, Jane Eyre, is one of the most famous novels of Victorian literature. However, this 1971 adaptation starring George C. Scoot and Susannah York is not the best. Three stars."
"The 1868 novel by American writer Louisa May Alcott is a semiautobiographical rendering of her childhood in Concord, Massachusetts. This movie takes liberties with the text but it remains a good story that can be enjoyed on its own."
"This fascinating Hallmark Hall of Fame television film was adapted from a short story by Jack Finney. It is not strictly a period movie, more like a love story that spans time such as The Lake House. Unfortunately, it is no longer available new. I borrowed it from my local library and you can still buy it used on Amazon.com. I recommend it."
"This 1983 BBC miniseries is 261 minutes in length. While the budget was less than the 1999 version, and the actors were not as accomplished, this production is very close to the Austen story. Much of the dialogue is verbatim from the novel. Well worth watching. Four Stars."
"An excellent four-hour BBC mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's 1854 novel. Margaret Hale is forced to move with her parents from an idyllic country parsonage to the gritty industrial town of Milton after her father leaves the ministry. In Milton she meets the mill owner Mr. Thornton. This is a romance in the spirit of Pride & Prejudice. Also see Wives & Daughters. Five Stars for both!"
"Because of the rather complex family relationships in this movie, you need to watch it a few times or read Jane AustenÂs novel. Both are good choices. This was Jane AustenÂs last completed novel. It was published posthumously in 1817."
"Although not written during the period, this 1977 adaptation of the first four novels by Winston Graham has the feel of Victorian era drama. Clearly made for television, the production budget was adequate but not lavish. It remains a compelling story. Unfortunately, it is no longer available new but you can still buy it used on Amazon.com or borrow it from the library."
"Made in 1996, this superb 300-minute long A&E/BBC mini-series is an adaptation of Jane Austen's 1813 novel. Although the opening scene is not in the book, whole pages of text are presented verbatim. Five Stars!"
"This is a 1985 BBC mini-series. As with the 1996 version, the opening scene is radically altered from AustenÂs novel, but again whole pages of text are presented verbatim. Regrettably, the acting is like that of a stage production with long lines of dialogue. They often stood tall and stiff with only slight interaction with the set and sadly limited facial expression or feeling. Three stars."
"An excellent 375-minute long BBC mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's 1865 novel. She was writing this novel in 1865 when she died unexpectedly at the age of 55. The last few pages of the novel were completed from her notes. This is an excellent adaptation. A Victorian romance in the spirit of Jane Austen. Also see North & South. Five Stars for both!"