20 Films Adapted From the Classics

For centuries, novelists have wroted lots of stories which shows their inner thoughts. These stories is  romantic or stimulating, or masochistic or strange. These excellent stories have attracted countless people to remake them into film and television dramas. The original fans of the novel show great enthusiasm that they are either highly respected or degraded.

Next,  we will introduce 20 movies that have been adapted from famous novels. They are all classics. Do you think that the thick and dense texts is so difficult  to reading? Do you want to "read" the famous works by watching ?


Release Date
1994-12-21
  • Rate : 7
  • Production Companies : Columbia Pictures,
  • Director : Gillian Armstrong, Christine Wilson,
  • Stars : Winona Ryder,Gabriel Byrne,Trini Alvarado,
  • With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, male friends start to become a part of the household.
Release Date
2011-03-11
  • Rate : 7
  • Production Companies : BBC Films, Ruby Films,
  • Director : Cary Fukunaga,
  • Stars : Mia Wasikowska,Jamie Bell,Michael Fassbender,
  • After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever?
Release Date
2012-09-06
  • Rate : 6.60
  • Production Companies : Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Working Title Films,
  • Director : Martin Harrison, Joe Wright, Emma Thomas,
  • Stars : Arthur Nightingale,James Northcote,Duncan Wisbey,
  • Trapped in a loveless marriage, aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
Release Date
2013-05-10
  • Rate : 7.30
  • Production Companies : Village Roadshow Pictures, Bazmark Films, Warner Bros.,
  • Director :
  • Stars : Leonardo DiCaprio,Tobey Maguire,Carey Mulligan,
  • An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.
Release Date
1995-09-24
  • Rate : 8
  • Production Companies : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),
  • Director : Simon Langton,
  • Stars : Rupert Vansittart,Lynn Farleigh,Christopher Benjamin,
  • Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Produced by Sue Birtwistle and directed by Simon Langton, the serial was a BBC production with additional funding from the American A&E Network. BBC One originally broadcast the 55-minute episodes from 24 September to 29 October in 1995. The A&E Network aired the serial in double episodes on three consecutive nights beginning 14 January 1996. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. The New York Times called the adaptation "a witty mix of love stories and social conniving, cleverly wrapped in the ambitions and illusions of a provincial gentry".
Release Date
2011-09-05
  • Rate : 5.90
  • Production Companies : Oscilloscope Laboratories, Film4, Ecosse Films,
  • Director : Andrea Arnold,
  • Stars : Kaya Scodelario,James Northcote,Amy Wren,
  • A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte.
Release Date
2005-09-23
  • Rate : 6.60
  • Production Companies : R.P. Productions, ETIC Films, Runteam III Ltd.,
  • Director : Sylvette Baudrot,
  • Stars : Ben Kingsley,Jamie Foreman,Edward Hardwicke,
  • Oliver Twist the modern filmed version of Charles Dickens bestseller, a Roman Polanski adaptation. 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.
Release Date
2012-12-18
  • Rate : 7.30
  • Production Companies : Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, CAMERON MACKINTOSH,
  • Director : Tom Hooper, Paula Casarin,
  • Stars : Hugh Jackman,Russell Crowe,Anne Hathaway,
  • An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Release Date
2010-03-03
  • Rate : 6.40
  • Production Companies : Walt Disney Pictures, Team Todd, Tim Burton Productions,
  • Director : Tim Burton, Adam Holmes, Harald Kraut,
  • Stars : Johnny Depp,Anne Hathaway,Helena Bonham Carter,
  • Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called 'Underland,' she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne.
Release Date
2003-12-26
  • Rate : 5.90
  • Production Companies : Hallmark Entertainment, Showtime Networks, Flying Freehold Productions,
  • Director : Andrei Konchalovsky, Kieron Phipps, Jean Bourne,
  • Stars : Glenn Close,Patrick Stewart,Andrew Howard,
  • King Henry II (Patrick Stewart) keeps his wife, Eleanor (Glenn Close) locked away in the towers because of her frequent attempts to overthrow him. With Eleanor out of the way he can have his dalliances with his young mistress (Yuliya Vysotskaya). Needless to say the queen is not pleased, although she still has affection for the king. Working through her sons, she plots the king's demise and the rise of her second and preferred son, Richard (Andrew Howard), to the throne. The youngest son, John (Rafe Spall), an overweight buffoon and the only son holding his father's affection is the king's choice after the death of his first son, young Henry. But John is also overly eager for power and is willing to plot his father's demise with middle brother, Geoffrey (John Light) and the young king of France, Phillip (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Geoffrey, of course sees his younger brother's weakness and sees that route as his path to power. Obviously political and court intrigue ensues
Release Date
0001-01-01
  • Rate : 0
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Release Date
1999-04-25
  • Rate : 6.40
  • Production Companies : Fox Searchlight Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Taurus Film,
  • Director :
  • Stars : Rupert Everett,Calista Flockhart,Kevin Kline,
  • Shakespeare's comedy about two couples in love with the wrong partners, and how they are finally brought together rightly, thanks in part to the bungling work of Puck. It is completely in the language of the Bard, with Pfeiffer as the Fairy Queen and Kline as the one turned into her evening's lover with donkey ears.
Release Date
1939-12-15
  • Rate : 7.90
  • Production Companies : Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,
  • Director : Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood,
  • Stars : Vivien Leigh,Clark Gable,Olivia de Havilland,
  • The spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner is forced to use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty, following Maj. Gen. William Sherman's destructive "March to the Sea,” during the American Civil War.
Release Date
2004-09-03
  • Rate : 6.70
  • Production Companies : Movision,
  • Director :
  • Stars : Al Pacino,Jeremy Irons,Joseph Fiennes,
  • In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
Release Date
1996-08-02
  • Rate : 6.70
  • Production Companies : Miramax Films, Haft Entertainment, Matchmaker Films,
  • Director : Jean Bourne,
  • Stars : Gwyneth Paltrow,Ewan McGregor,Toni Collette,
  • In this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, pretty socialite Emma Woodhouse entertains herself by playing matchmaker for those around her. Her latest "project" is Harriet Smith, an unpretentious debutant, while Emma herself receives the attentions of the dashing Frank Churchill. However, Emma's attempts at matchmaking cause more problems than solutions and may ultimately jeopardize her own chance at love and happiness.
Release Date
2007-04-01
  • Rate : 7.10
  • Production Companies : WGBH, Clerkenwell Films,
  • Director : Adrian Shergold,
  • Stars : Sally Hawkins,Rupert Penry-Jones,Alice Krige,
  • Persuasion is the newest adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel of the same name published in 1818.Anne (Sally Hawkins) fell deeply in love with handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones) at the age of nineteen.
Release Date
1995-10-13
  • Rate : 5.5
  • Production Companies : Hollywood Pictures, Cinergi Pictures Entertainment,
  • Director :
  • Stars : Demi Moore,Gary Oldman,Robert Duvall,
  • Set in puritanical Boston in the mid 1600s, the story of seamstress Hester Prynne, who is outcast after she becomes pregnant by a respected reverend. She refuses to divulge the name of the father, is "convicted" of adultery and forced to wear a scarlet "A" until an Indian attack unites the Puritans and leads to a reevaluation of their laws and morals.
Release Date
2008-12-25
  • Rate : 7.40
  • Production Companies : Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Kennedy/Marshall Company, The,
  • Director : David Fincher, Sharron Reynolds, Joyce Heftel,
  • Stars : Cate Blanchett,Brad Pitt,Tilda Swinton,
  • Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Release Date
0001-01-01
  • Rate : 0
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Release Date
1954-12-29
  • Rate : 6.90
  • Production Companies : Halas and Batchelor Cartoon Films,
  • Director : John Halas, Joy Batchelor,
  • Stars : Maurice Denham,
  • A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong when corrupt pigs hijack it for their personal gain.