14 Movies Like Pride and Prejudice That Capture Its Charm Perfectly

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a masterpiece further immortalized through its 2005 film starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. The movie is timeless and offers a good balance between romance and social issues of the Regency era. Mr. Darcy is also a major plus in the equation. 

If you are a fan of period movies, here are 14 alternatives you can watch if you want something similar yet different from Pride and Prejudice.

1. Becoming Jane (2007)

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Starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy, Becoming Jane is a 2007 film directed by Julian Jarrold. If you love Jane Austen and her works, this movie will tell you the story of how she started in the industry.

Using Spence’s biography of Austen for inspiration, the movie starts from her early years as a literary genius who fell in love with Thomas Lefroy, her admirer and support in the literary world. 

2. Emma (2020)

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Emma, similar to Pride and Prejudice, is a 2020 film based on a Jane Austen novel with the same title.

The movie follows the story of Emma, a clever and rich matchmaker who can be meddlesome. As the story progresses, you see her learning the realities of life and the disappointments that happen in social circles, which is an authentic Austen move. 

3. Little Women (2019)

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Little Women is based on Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel. And while the novel was made into a movie several times, Greta Gerwig’s 2019 version easily takes the cake.

With an all-star cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and the iconic Meryl Streep, the movie is a Regency aesthetic masterpiece that anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice will appreciate. 

4. Anna Karenina (2012)

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Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was made into a film in 2012 by Joe Wright and recruited stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law. If you like Pride and Prejudice, seeing Keira Knightley alone is a great comfort when it comes to Regency-era films.

Set in 1874 Russia, it features the life of Anna as the wife of Alexei Karenin, an aristocratic Russian socialite. 

5. Mansfield Park (1999)

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Inspired by Austen’s satire, Mansfield Park discusses the author’s favorite topic, which is society’s focus on marriage for women

This film tells the story of a young girl, Fanny Price, who has set her heart on one man, leading her to turn down marriage proposals. While it should not be anyone’s business, she was still viewed negatively because of her reaction to the proposals. 

6. Love and Friendship (2016)

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If you want a Pride and Prejudice alternative, you don’t have to look far from Jane Austen’s works. The 2016 movie Love and Friendship is inspired by her novel, Lady Susan.

The movie revolves around Lady Susan, a widow who’s searching for suitable husbands for her and her daughter, Frederica. 

7. Northanger Abbey (2007)

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Northanger Abbey is a 2007 film that’s also based on one of Jane Austen’s novels Pride and Prejudice.

Directed by Jon Jones, the movie introduces a young girl named Catherine who loves reading Gothic novels and often imagines being in one as two men yearning for her affection. 

8. Persuasion (1995)

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Another movie based on a Jane Austen novel, Persuasion revolves around Anne, who first rejected the marriage proposal of one Frederick Wentworth and now that she’s almost a spinster, he finds his way back to her again.

While Carrie Cracknell’s 2022 version was interesting and innovative, Roger Michell’s 1995 classic has the vibe you often look for in a period movie. 

9. Atonement (2007)

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Another Jane Austen masterpiece, Atonement talks about the power that lies in words and storytelling.

In this 2007 movie, novelist Briony Tallis wanted to create a happy ending to a misinterpreted story she concocted when she was just 13 years old. Her vivid imagination paired with her storytelling prowess proved to be a dangerous combination for her older sister Cecilia. 

10. Jane Eyre (2011)

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Unlike most in this list, Jane Eyre is a movie based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel.

It narrates the story of young Jane as she takes on the new challenge of being a governess to Adele Varens and the confusion of falling for the Thornfield Hall master Edward Rochester. 

11. The Duchess (2008)

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Keira Knightley is the queen of period movies and this is also evident when she took the lead role in 2008’s The Duchess.

The movie follows the story of the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Cavendish, and her struggle to balance extreme pressure and blissful lavishness. 

12. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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Another masterpiece from Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility narrates the story of the Dashwood siblings as they struggle after the death of their father when they end up penniless. What’s the solution they can think of? Marriage! Now that’s an Austen story.

The film also features incredible actors Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman

13. Anna and the King (1999)

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A period drama similar to Pride and Prejudice, Andy Tennant’s 1999 Anna and the King focuses on the experiences of Anna Leonowens as she moved to Siam (now modern Thailand) from England with her son after her husband’s death.

She eventually fell for King Mongkut after being hired to be his children’s English tutor. 

14. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

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The 2008 The Other Boleyn Girl is a movie that is loosely based on the story of Anne Boleyn and the love triangle she had with King Henry VIII and her sister Mary.

This quasi-historical movie is captivating and intriguing like most period-piece films. 

Which among these movies is your favorite Pride and Prejudice alternative?

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