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)

4 Responses to “Classic Women Authors’ Filmography”

  1. Great website, thank-you! Maybe include films of: Alice Walker, The Colour Purple, 1985. Henry Handel Richardson, The Getting of Wisdom, 1978 (Australian, first published 1910, and as well known in Australia as My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin)

    • Thank you, Laura. I’ve added Henry Handel Richardson to our wish list of writers to cover. I only include deceased authors, which is why I don’t have Alice Walker up there. I’d love to learn more about HHR. I love My Brilliant Career (the book more than the film!) …

  2. 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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