If you are looking for some good old romance, here are some regency movies you might enjoy.

Northanger Abbey (2008):

This is a short but sweet adaptation with fabulous performances from Felicity Jones and Carey Mulligan (Catherine and Isabella, respectively).  It also features J.J. Feild as a strikingly handsome Henry Tilney.  This is a must have!

Pride and Prejudice (2007):

This is wonderfully acted (especially by Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet) but the historically innacurate costuming is distracting at times.  The whole film has a melancholy feeling, but is a must see.

 Pride and Prejudice (1995):

This is hands down the best adaptation of Jane Austen for the screen.  Everything is historically accurate, and the actors are all wonderful.  Five stars!

Sense and Sensibility (1995):

Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Robert Hardy are at their best here, but this movie just can't top the later version.  Although in this one, the character of Meg is much more developed and interesting.  Funny and Sweet.

Sense and Sensibility (2008):

This is the best adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.  Hattie Morahan, Charity Wakefield, and David Morissey are fabulous.  The score is modern and evocative.  Overall, this film rocks!

Emma (1996):

Kate Beckinsale is a perfect Emma.  This adaptation is historically accurate and sweetly romantic.  The chemistry between all the couples is perfect.  Samantha Morton is an adorable Harriet Smith.

Emma (1996):

Fun and flirty, but Gwyneth Paltrow was not made to be Emma.  Overall the movie is nice, but with little emotional depth.  Watch but do not buy.

Persuasion (1995):

While the main characters in this adaptation are decidedly too old to play Anne and Frederick, they do a great job none the less.  This version is beautifully understatedly romantic.  Samuel West has a standout performance as the rogue Mr. Elliot.

Persuasion (2007):

Rupert Penry Jones is definitely the eye candy of this movie as Frederick.  The score and cinamatography of this film are spectacular and really evoke all the right emotions.  The parts of Anne and Mary are also wonderfully acted.  The ending is phenominally beautiful.

Mansfield Park (2007):

This an uplifting and bright adaptation, but is almost void of emotional depth.  A good choice for a rainy day when you need something frilly to uplift you.

Mansfield Park (1999):

This is nice, but slightly depressing.  Miss Crawford is too old to be a debutante, but Henry Crawford is dishy!  Good leads and supporting cast, especially Victoria Hamilton.  It won't hurt you to never watch this one.

Miss Austen Regrets (2008):

This is an interesting but depressing look at Jane Austen's life.  Olivia Willimas is great as Austen.  The movie does not do Jane's sister, Cassandra, any justice, but is mostly historically accurate and based on Austen's personal correspondence.  Watch, but do not buy.

Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006):

I have never seen this, but Brummell was a real historical character during Austen's time.  And James Purefoy is always worth watching.

Becoming Jane (2007):

I have never seen this one, but it seems to be historically acurate.  Anne Hathaway is perhaps too pretty to be Jane Austen, though.

Lost in Austen (2008):

I haven't seen this, but I heard it is great.


  Jane Austen's Books are must reads, but here are some more Regency-based novels.

 Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen series:

This riviting series reimagines Austen as a first rate sleuth.  The books are very historically accurate, and paint a vibrant picture of Jane.  Find out more at

Rosemary Stevens' Beau Brummell Mysteries:

I have not read these, but they seem charming and I hope to read them soon.  Find out more at

Charles Dickens:

Some of Dickens' books are from the period right after the Regency Era.  Little Dorrit is an especially good one.  The movie of it is great too.

Georgette Heyer's novels:

I have not read these either, but they look interesting and have been recommended by a reputable Jane Austen literature/fan site. Visit at

 Gothic Novels:

Books like "The Mysteries of Udolpho" by Anne Radcliffe that were written in or just previous to the Regency Era are great, if archaic, reads for the devoted Gothic Novel fan.  Many such books are mentioned in "Northanger Abbey".

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