Classic Women Authors’ Filmography

Cimarron - film version - Edna Ferber

It’s truly remarkable how many adaptations have been made from the works of classic women authors. This is just a sampling. Make sure also to see the listing of movies about classic authors in Biopic Films Inspired by Women Authors’ Lives. The following is a selected list; make sure to let us know if we’ve left anything important out!

Louisa May Alcott

Jane Austen

Enid Bagnold

Anne Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

Emily Brontë

Pearl Buck

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Willa Cather

Agatha Christie


Daphne Du Maurier

George Eliot

Edna Ferber

Miles Franklin

Elizabeth Gaskell

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Rumor Godden

Lorraine Hansberry

Lillian Hellman

Laura Z. Hobson

Fannie Hurst

Zora Neale Hurston

Shirley Jackson

Madeleine L’Engle

Mary McCarthy

Carson McCullers

Grace Metalious

Margaret Mitchell

L.M. Montgomery

Anaïs Nin

Flannery O’Connor

Tillie Olson

Sylvia Plath

Katherine Anne Porter

Beatrix Potter

Ayn Rand

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Jean Rhys

Vita Sackville-West

Anna Sewell

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Betty Smith

Dodie Smith

Harriet Beecher Stowe

P.L. Travers

Edith Wharton

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Virginia Woolf

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