10 Movie Recommendations: Period Dramas Based on Books

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, sometimes you gotta watch the movie before you read the book. I know, I know, that can be a controversial statement. I am sure book lovers everywhere just scoffed. 

Hear me out — I am not talking about all books, but a particular subset of books. The classics can be a tough one to get into. When they were originally published, they were considered contemporary novels. Now, not so much. Between the etiquette, current events of the time, pop culture references, and whatever else I am missing, it can be hard to grasp. For heaven’s sake, everyone goes by Mr. This, Mrs. That, Lady What’s-Her-Name, and the list continues. Sometimes you just need a face to the name, especially when a bunch of people have the same surname…or they are part of the Russian aristocracy!

10 period dramas based on books

As for those of you who have already read the books or have no plans to (I forgive you), here is what is worthy of watching! 

Keep in mind, many of these books have been adapted into movies or mini series multiple times. For the purposes of this list (regardless of a more recent adaptation), my favourite will be listed. Except, of course, Pride and Prejudice. Please watch both! Read why here.

Pride and Prejudice (1995) (Miniseries)
Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker
Episodes: 6
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn
Length: 2h 9mins
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet
Length: 2h 16mins
Little Women (1994)
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst
Length: 1h 55mins
A Litte Princess (1995)
Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor bron, Liam Cunningham
Length: 1h 37mins
North and South (2004) (Miniseries)
Stars: Richard Armitage, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Tim Pigott-Smith
Episodes 4
War and Peace (2016) (Miniseries)
Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James
Episodes: 6
Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Stars: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth
Parts: 2
The Secret Garden (1987)
Stars: Gennie James, Barret Oliver, Jadrien Steele
Length: 1h 40mins
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell
Length: 3h 58mins

How many movies have you watched on this list? Which ones do you look forward to watching? Be sure to leave more recommendations below! Samantha loves nothing more than a good movie adaptation of a classic.




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