Pride and Prejudice is an American romantic comedy film based on a classic novel by Jane Austen. Directed by Andrew Black, the movie is released on December 5, 2003, with Kam Heskin, Orlando Seale and Lucila Solá as the main cast. A story of a writer-wannabe who unexpectedly finds love in an arrogant businessman, Pride and Prejudice is regarded as one of the most successful films in the international scene that year.
Check out other movies like “Pride and Prejudice” that have a touch of classicism, making you visualize how challenging it is to fall in love back then.
1. Sense and Sensibility
Release Date: January 26, 1996
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet
Adopted from another Jane Austen classic novel, the movie tells the story of a family caught between poverty and love. When Mr. Dashwood dies, the eldest son is left with inheritance, but not his second wife and three daughters, Margaret, Elinor and Marianne. Although a kind relative takes them, their lack of money hampers Elinor and Mariaane to find a wealthy lover. Elinor gets close with the rich Edward Ferrars, but their families separate them in disapproval. Meanwhile, Mrs. Jennings matches Marianne to the wealthy Colonel Brandon, but she is already attracted to John Willoughby, a brave and dashing young man. These circumstances complicate everything.
2. Jane Eyre
Release Date: April 22, 2011
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell
Despite having an awful childhood, Jane Eyre is able to step out into the world to further test herself. She becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall and lives a happy life, until she meets Mr. Rochester, who both shakes her peaceful world and brings more bliss into it. He is the master of the house; cold, mysterious and hasty… but the only man who captures Jane’s heart. They get close and fall in love. It seems Jane has finally found her heaven on earth. But Mr. Rochester has a terrible secret that might destroy Jane’s happiness forever.
3. Miss Potter
Release Date: March 9, 2007
Director: Chris Noonan
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson
The life story of one of the most beloved children’s book author, Beatrix Potter, the movie tells her journey on love, success and happiness. Beatrix Potter is living in London, all thirty-year-old and single. Her parents, who are both social climbers, are annoyed by her attitude of turning down all worthy suitors. The animals are her only friends; they are her inspiration to write beautiful stories for children. Norman Warne, Beatrix’s publisher, falls in love with her and helps her with the success of her stories. Norman, too, offers her to escape. Will she run away from her demanding parents and leave London for him?
4. Little Women
Release Date: December 25, 1994
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst
March sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up in a loving household. The family that they have is a nearly perfect one, only their mother is mostly away, so is their father who is out fighting in the American Civil War. Soon, the sisters have to face life on their own. And although they are a close family, they have their own share of arguments and struggles. But for these little women, a family will always remain a family. Together, they deal with whatever life brings to them, including men who start being their friends but later become part of their family.
5. North Anger Abbey
Release Date: January 20, 2008
Director: Jon Jones
Cast: Geraldine James, Michael Judd, Julia Dearden
Catherine Morland stays with the Allen family in Bath and is expecting to have the kind of adventure she has been reading in Gothic novels. Living with the childless Allen family gives her the opportunity to see the world and socialize. She gets to meet John Thorpe, a good friend of her brother, James. Then she comes across a good-looking young man named Henry Tilney, and his sister, Eleanor. The Tilney siblings invite Catherine to their estate, the North Anger Abbey. Again, influenced by her favorite novels, Catherine expects to experience the kind of romance found in books. However, she soon realizes that wealth and social status matter when it comes to love.
6. Becoming Jane
Release Date: August 10, 2007
Directors: Julian Jarrold
Cast: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters
A life and love story of the legendary English writer Jane Austen, the movie is about a young Irishman lawyer, Tom Lefroy, who is sent by his cold sponsor and uncle to Hampshire country estate. There, she meets Jane Austen, the rebellious daughter of a local reverend. Having different and contradicting views, Tom and Jane clash at first. But eventually, their dog-and-cat set-up turns into a love-birds one. Together, they have to face the society and their own families to fight for their love.
7. The Duchess
Release Date: October 10, 2008
Director: Saul Dibb
Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper
Georgiana Spencer gains the title Duchess of Devonshire at a young age of 17. She finds out, though, that the marriage she’s put into is a loveless one and her sole purpose is to provide the Duke, her husband, a male successor. However, she has been unlucky with having a son. Instead, she produces two daughters, with numerous miscarriages. It takes many years for her to finally give the Duke a male heir. But it’s too late; her husband has grown very cold with her and develops an affair with another woman. Hurt and betrayed, Georgiana takes revenge by making a life for herself, being active in politics and living an extravagant life.
8. Mansfield Park
Release Date: December 25, 1999
Director: Patricia Rozema
Cast: Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola
Fanny Price is only 10 when she moves to live at Mansfield Park, an estate owned by her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Despite being poor, Fanny grows up as a brilliant and diligent writer, with an extraordinary mind and moral values. She becomes close with Thomas’ younger son, Edmund. Her beauty is also noticed by Henry Crawford, a neighbor. Sir Thomas pushes Edmund and Crawford’s match, but is disappointed. Fanny, having a mind of her own, asks Henry to attest his worth. As circumstances complicate their lives, Fanny has to evaluate the gentlemen’s actions, as well as to guard her heart.
9. Pretty Woman
Release Date: March 23, 1990
Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander
Edward is a wealthy businessman who runs a legal but cruel company. He takes over other businesses and then trade them off one by one. When he travels to California for a business trip, he thinks that he needs an escort, so he hires Vivian, a beautiful prostitute he meets in Los Angeles. In exchange of money, she has to stay with him for the coming week and accompany him in social gatherings and business meetings. They have liked each other since day one, but who would have thought that their set-up full of pretention can lead to a serious relationship.
Release Date: April 12, 1940
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
She is a shy, self-conscious woman living in Monte Carlo. She meets the rich and gorgeous Maxim de Winter, a widower. They date, fall in love, get married and go back to Manderley, Maxim’s huge country estate located at Cornwall. They have an almost perfect marriage, only Max is still hunted by his first wife’s death. Rebecca dies in a boat accident a year ago. When the new Mrs. de Winter and the family’s long-time housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, have had an argument, the latter reveals that Rebecca still has a hold on anyone she has left behind, including her – their – husband.