Far and away, my very favorite author is Jane Austen. I wish, of course, that she’d written more in her short life — she was only 42 when she died. Her characters are realistic, her social commentary both humorous and dead serious and thoroughly accurate. While I’m jealously protective of her books, fellow Austen fans will agree that there have been quite a few films based on them that are almost as spectacular… here are 7 of my own favorite Jane Austen movies.
1. Sense & Sensibility
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This film was made from a screenplay adapted by Emma Thompson, faithful to the original by Jane Austen, but updated to make it more involving, and to make it flow better. Thompson also stars in the movie, along with Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, and Hugh Grant. Watch carefully and you’ll also see a surly Hugh Laurie well before his role on House.