Classic Women Authors’ Filmography

Cimarron - film version - Edna Ferber

It’s truly remarkable how many film 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 out anything important!


Louisa May Alcott

  • Little Women (1933)
  • Little Women (1949)
  • Little Women (1994)
  • Little Women (2019)
  • Little Men (1935)
  • Little Men (1941)
  • Little Men (1998)
  • The Inheritance (1997)
  • The Inheritance (2004)
  • An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008)

Jane Austen

  • Emma (1996)
  • Emma (1997)
  • Emma (2009, BBC)
  • Emma (2020)
  • Mansfield Park (1999)
  • Mansfield Park (2007, Masterpiece Theatre)
  • Northanger Abbey (1986, BBC)
  • Northanger Abbey (2007, Masterpiece Theatre)
  • Persuasion (1995)
  • Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  • Pride and Prejudice (1996, BBC miniseries)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2006)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  • Sense and Sensibility  (1981, BBC Video)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1971, BBC Video)

Enid Bagnold

  • National Velvet (1944)
  • The Chalk Garden (1964)

Anne Brontë

  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (2008)

Charlotte Brontë

  • Jane Eyre (1943)
  • Jane Eyre (1997)
  • Jane Eyre (2007, Masterpiece Theater)
  • Jane Eyre (2011)

Emily Brontë


Pearl S. Buck

  • The Good Earth  (1937)
  • Dragon Seed  (1944)
  • Pavilion of Women  (2001)

Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • The Secret Garden (1949)
  • The Secret Garden (1975)
  • The Secret Garden (1993)
  • A Little Princess (1939)
  • A Little Princess (1997)
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (1995)

Willa Cather

  • O Pioneers! (1992)
  • My Antonia (1995)

Agatha Christie

  • Marple: The Classic Mysteries Collection (1930-1989)
  • And Then There Were None (1945)
  • Endless Night (1972)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  • Death on the Nile (1978)
  • Seven Dials Mystery (1982)
  • The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
  • Evil Under the Sun (1982)
  • Miss Marple (1984-85)
  • Poirot: The Definitive Collection (1989)

Colette

  • Gigi (1958)
  • Cheri (2009)

Daphne Du Maurier

  • Jamaica Inn (1939)
  • The Birds (1963)
  • My Cousin Rachel (2017)
  • My Cousin Rachel (1952)
  • Rebecca (1940)
  • Rebecca (2003)
  • Frenchman’s Creek (2006)

George Eliot

  • Daniel Deronda (2003)
  • Middlemarch (2005)

Edna Ferber

  • Cimarron (1931)
  • So Big (1932)
  • Saratoga Trunk (1945)
  • Show Boat (1936)
  • Show Boat (1951)
  • Giant (1956)
  • Cimarron (1960)

Miles Franklin

  • My Brilliant Career (1979)

Elizabeth Gaskell

  • North & South (2005)
  • Cranford (2007)
  • Cranford: Return to Cranford (2010)
  • Wives and Daughters (2002)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  • The Yellow Wallpaper (2012)

Rumer Godden

  • The River (1951)
  • Loss of Innocence (1961) – retitled from The Greengage Summer
  • In this House of Brede (1975)
  • The Peacock Spring (1996)
  • Black Narcissus (1946)

Lorraine Hansberry

  • A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
  • A Raisin in the Sun (2008)

Lillian Hellman

  • Little Foxes (1941)
  • Children’s Hour (1961)

Patricia Highsmith

  • Strangers on a Train (1951)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
  • Ripley’s Game (2003)
  • Carol (adaptation of The Price of Salt, 2015)

Laura Z. Hobson

  • Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

Fannie Hurst

  • Imitation of Life (1934)
  • Imitation of Life (1959)

Zora Neale Hurston

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (2008)

Shirley Jackson

  • The Haunting (1963) (adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House)
  • The Haunting (1999) (adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House)
  • The Lottery (1996)
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019)

Madeleine L’Engle

  • A Wrinkle in Time (2011)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Mary McCarthy

  • The Group (1966/2009)

Carson McCullers

  • Member of the Wedding (1952)
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
  • Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)

Grace Metalious

  • Peyton Place (1957)

Margaret Mitchell

  • Gone With the Wind (1939)

L.M. Montgomery

  • Anne of Green Gables (1934)
  • Anne of Green Gables Trilogy (1986, 1987, 2000)

Anaïs Nin

  • Delta of Venus (1995)

Flannery O’Connor

  • The Displaced Person (1977)

Tillie Olson

  • Tell Me a Riddle (1980)

Baroness Emma Orczy

  • Beau Brocade (1916)
  • The Laughing Cavalier (1917) 
  • The Elusive Pimpernel (1919) 
  • I Will Repay (1923)
  • Two Lovers (1928)
  • The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1928)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
  • Spy of Napoleon (1936)
  • The Emperor’s Candlesticks (1937)
  • Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel  (1937)
  • The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

Sylvia Plath

  • The Bell Jar (1979)

Katherine Anne Porter

  • Ship of Fools (1965)

Beatrix Potter

  • The Beatrix Potter Collection (1992- BBC animated series)
  • The Tales of Beatrix Potter (2009)
  • Peter Rabbit (2018)

Ayn Rand

  • The Fountainhead (1949)
  • We the Living (1986)
  • Atlas Shrugged: Part One (2011)

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  • The Yearling (1947)

Jean Rhys

  • Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea (2006)

Vita Sackville-West

  • All Passion Spent (2006)

Françoise Sagan

  • Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Anna Sewell

  • Black Beauty (1999)
  • Black Beauty (2002)

Margery Sharp

  • Cluny Brown (1946)
  • Julia Misbehaves  (film adaptation of The Nutmeg Tree, 1948)
  • The Forbidden Street (film adaptation of Britannia Mews, 1949)
  • The Rescuers (animated film, 1977)
  • The Rescuers Down Under (animated film, 1990)

Mary Shelley

  • Frankenstein (1931)
  • Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)
  • Frankenstein (2004)

Betty Smith

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

Dodie Smith

  • 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  • 101 Dalmatians (1996)
  • 102 Dalmatians (2000)
  • I Capture the Castle (2003)

Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927)

P.L. Travers

  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Mary Poppins (2018)

Edith Wharton

  • Age of Innocence (1943)
  • Age of Innocence (1993)
  • Ethan Frome (1993)
  • The House of Mirth (2000)

Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • Mother Carey’s Chickens(1938)
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917 silent film)
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938 film starring Shirley Temple,
    much altered from the book, this is available to view in 5 parts)

Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Little House on the Prairie Complete Series (1974-82)
  • Little House on the Prairie (2005)
  • Little House on the Prairie – Movie Boxed Set (1983)

Virginia Woolf

  • Orlando (1993)
  • Mrs. Dalloway (1998)

2 Responses to “Classic Women Authors’ Filmography”

  1. And probably much more…. Anne with an E is the Netflix new Anne of Green Gable. The Brontë sisters have more adaptation too. Thanks for your search in these reviews.

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