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Victorian & Regency Romance Movies

Kyle Pratt
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.

At this time I have four other lists of Victorian and Regency movies. Click on my picture, to the right. That will take you to my Amazon.com profile. From there you can select from a number of listmania lists I have created.

If you prefer romance and would like to know what I consider the best choose, Victorian and Regency Romance Movies – My Top 10.

If you would like to see period movies based on novels from the era select my list, Period Novels – 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.

Thank you."
Bleak House
Bleak House
"Charles Dickens is not known as a romance writer but, despite the name of the novel and movie, he did a good job.  Stars Gillian Anderson of The X-Files."
Daniel Deronda
Daniel Deronda
"Based on the Victorian novel by George Eliot, it features Jewish characters in a favorable light—uncommon for the period."
Emma
Emma
"Both versions of Emma take liberties with Jane Austen’s 1815 novel and both don’t have sufficient time to fully develop the plot however, this BBC movie has more of the feel of the Regency period."
Emma
Emma
"As mentioned above, both versions take liberties with the novel.  This movie with only 121 minutes has to hurry parts but Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Mr. Knightly have excellent on screen chemistry."
Gone with the Wind (Four-Disc Collector's Edition)
Gone with the Wind (Four-Disc Collector's Edition)
"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."
The Inheritance
The Inheritance
"The movie is based on the novel by American writer Louisa May Alcott.  I have not read the novel but the story is good and can be enjoyed on its own."
Masterpiece Theatre: Jane Eyre
Masterpiece Theatre: Jane Eyre
"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!"
Jane Eyre (1971)
Jane Eyre (1971)
"Charlotte Bronte’s 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."
Little Women (Collector's Series)
Little Women (Collector's Series)
"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."
The Love Letter
The Love Letter
"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."
Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park
"The novel by Jane Austen was published in 1814.  This 1999 adaptation is a good, if somewhat loose, version of the story."
Mansfield Park (BBC 1986)
Mansfield Park (BBC 1986)
"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."
The Moonstone
The Moonstone
"Based on the 1868 novel by Victorian writer Wilkie Collins, this is a combination Victorian detective and romance story.  Also see The Woman in White, by Collins, both are excellent stories."
North and South (BBC)
North and South (BBC)
"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!"
Northanger Abbey (BBC)
Northanger Abbey (BBC)
"The least faithful adaptation of a Jane Austen novel. The novel was published posthumously in 1817. Both the novel & movie make reference to popular romance novels of the period."
Persuasion
Persuasion
"Because of the rather complex family relationships in this movie, you need to watch it a few times or read Jane Austen’s novel.  Both are good choices.  This was Jane Austen’s last completed novel.  It was published posthumously in 1817."
Poldark 1 [VHS]
Poldark 1 [VHS]
"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."
Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition)
Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition)
"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!"
Pride & Prejudice
Pride & Prejudice
"This 2005 adaptation from Universal Studios is a very good adaptation of the novel, but Jane Austen writes a leisurely-paced novel that cannot be adequately presented in 129 minutes.  Four stars."
Pride and Prejudice (BBC Miniseries)
Pride and Prejudice (BBC Miniseries)
"This is a 1985 BBC mini-series.  As with the 1996 version, the opening scene is radically altered from Austen’s 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."
Sense & Sensibility (Special Edition)
Sense & Sensibility (Special Edition)
"A good adaptation of the Jane Austen novel published in 1811."
Under the Greenwood Tree
Under the Greenwood Tree
"Adapted from an 1872 novel by Thomas Hardy.  He considered it one of his lesser works but it is a fine period romance."
Wives and Daughters
Wives and Daughters
"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!"
The Woman in White
The Woman in White
"Wilkie Collins, considered this 1859 novel his greatest achievement.  It is darker than The Moonstone, also written by him. Both are excellent stories."