Top Ten Tuesday with Elena: Favorite Movie Adaptations of Classics



Top Ten Tuesday is is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is about classics and bloggers could spin the topic however they liked. I chose to talk about my Top Ten Movie Adaptations of Classic Novels. I personally love classics, and I think they’re really worth the read. They have so much to offer and there’s no more thought-provoking book than a classic… They have also inspired so many contemporary writers, and no matter which period we live in, classic novels are evergreen.

This is proved by the many movie adaptations of these books. Some of them are spectacular and stay true to the classic and its characters. Some others end up leaving out important themes and crucial scenes, sometimes because of the running time, sometimes because some directors favor sceneries and the visual impact instead of the actual story.

Every movie adaptation is different and each one of us has their own favorites. I personally prefer those movies that try to stay true to the book as much as possible, and offer great scenography at the same time. And the longer they last, the better for me, because it means the director tried to convey the same feelings of the book. And of course there has to be great acting.

So here’s my list:

Pride and Prejudice, BBC TV Mini series, directed by Simon Langton, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth
Release date: 1995

Pride and Prejudice


Sense and Sensibility directed by Ang Lee, starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet
Release Date: 1995



Jane Eyre, TV Mini Series directed by Susanna Write, starring Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson
Release Date: 2006

Jane Eyre


Wuthering Heights directed by Peter Kosminsky, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche
Release Date: 1992

Wuthering eights


The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo di Caprio and Carrey Mulligan
Release Date: 2013






Dangerous Liaisons directed by Stephen Frears, starring John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer
Release date: 1988


Doktor Zhivago directed by David Lean, starring Omar Shariff and Julie Christie
Release Date: 1965


Romeo and Juliet directed by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey
Release Date: 1968

Romeo and Juliet


Les Misérables directed by Tom Hooler, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway
Release Date: 2012

Les Miserables


The Lord of The Rings directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood and Viggo Mortensen
Release Date: 2001


Now tell me, what are your favorite movie adaptations of classic novels? 🙂


About Elena

Literature is my passion. I love reading so much that I spend countless hours in bookstores and libraries. I have a soft spot for poetry and art. I like traveling and discovering new places. I can't do without a book.

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday with Elena: Favorite Movie Adaptations of Classics

  1. moonglint says:

    I love the Sense and Sensibility movie. Love the different take on the topic.
    My TTT


  2. Judith Stein says:

    Love your list Elena!
    Here are some of my films I can add to your great list.

    Anna Karenina (1997)
    Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy. (108 mins.)
    Director: Bernard Rose
    Stars: Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean, Alfred Molina, Mia Kirshner

    The Remains Of The Day (1993)

    The Book: Kazuo Ishiguro’s celebrated post-war novel, following a butler and his personal relationship with a former colleague.

    The Movie Version: A sumptuous adaptation courtesy of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant. Nominated for eight Oscars, and starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant.

    The Day Of The Jackal (1973)

    The Book: Frederick Forsyth’s 1971 page-turner about an assassin who’s hired to kill the French President.

    The Movie Version: Classic espionage thriller, in which Edward Fox’s ‘Jackal’ is enlisted to assassinate Charles de Gaulle.

    Lord Of The Flies (1963)

    The Book: William Golding’s apocalyptic drama about a group of British boys who end up stranded on a desert island.

    The Movie Version: So good that it was nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. Though dated, it remains an atmospheric adaptation.

    All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

    The Book: German author Erich Maria Remarque’s account of World War I, which unveils the struggles of German soldiers during the war.

    The Movie Version: A harrowing account of the war directed by Lewis Milestone. It’s considered one of the best war films ever filmed.

    The Godfather (1972)

    The Book: Epic crime novel written by Mario Puzo and originally published in 1969.

    The Movie Version: Adapted into a screenplay by Puzo himself, with a little help from director Francis Ford Coppola. Won three Academy Awards.

    To Kill A Mocking Bird (1962)

    The Book: Harper Lee’s one and only novel, but it was a biggy – it’s frequently on school reading lists, while Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom of the United States for her contribution to literature in 2007.

    The Movie Version: Directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck as American hero Atticus Finch.

    Grazie mille! Ciao


    • Elena says:

      Thank you for your recommendations, Judith! Awesome list!!! I’ll make sure to check these movies out. 🙂


  3. priscilla says:

    I love Dangerous Liaisons! I haven’t thought about that movie in a long time. I love the adaptations of E.M. Forster’s novels Howards End, A Room with a View, and A Passage to India.


    • Elena says:

      It’s a great movie, isn’t it? I loved how they brought the book to the screen. I haven’t seen the other movies you mentioned, so I’m looking forward to checking them out! Thanks for the recs 🙂


  4. Love your list! I would have to say one of mine is The Color Purple or Jurassic Park.

    Our TTT!


  5. Karen says:

    Tess of the D’Urbervilles with Nastasha Kinski beautiful although Peter Firth would never ever in a million years be my Angel.


    • Elena says:

      Thanks for sharing, Karen! I haven’t seen this one. I’m looking forward to watching it. 🙂


    • Judith Stein says:

      Agree with you Karen! Thank you for remembering me of the book /film.
      Natasha Kinski is a beautiful/great Tess. 😊


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