Top 16 Heart-Warming Movies Like 'Pride and Prejudice'
What Films Are Like Pride And Prejudice?
Keira Knightley won immense critical acclaim for her lead role as Elizabeth Bennet in 2005 romantic drama Pride and Prejudice. Based on Jane Austen’s 1813 classic novel of the same name, the Joe Wright film was about five sisters from a British family. The film won several awards, including an Oscar nomination for Knightley.
Pride and Prejudice is considered one of the best romantic movies adapted from a novel. The performance by the principal characters makes critics and viewers sit back and acknowledge to the core. Even after 15 years, you won't get bored while watching this film once again with your loved ones. In fact, Pride and Prejudice marked a turning point in Keira Knightley’s career.
There are many flicks based on books that did not disappoint the fans at all. Here, we look at some of them. Let us take a look at 16 movies like Pride And Prejudice that'll keep you hooked until the credits roll.
Films Similar to Pride And Prejudice
- Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
- Me And The Earl and The Dying Girl (2015)
- Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
- The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
- The Spectacular Now (2013)
- The Great Gatsby (2013)
- The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)
- Eat Pray Love (2010)
- Atonement (2007)
- P.S. I Love You (2007)
- The Notebook (2004)
- A Walk to Remember (2002)
- Cruel Intentions (1999)
- Emma (1996)
- Sense And Sensibility (1995)
- Gone With The Wind (1939)
1. Crazy Rich Asians (2018):
Based on Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians turned out to be a massive box office success last year. Directed by John M Chu, the story revolves around an economics professor, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who accompanies her beau, Nick (Henry Golding) to a wedding in Singapore.
Rachel comes to know the filthy-rich background of Nick, a reality that turns her life into a roller-coaster. What follows is Rachel’s confrontations with her boyfriend’s disapproving mom and coteries of jealous socialites.
2. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Penned by Jesse Andrews, the novel was adapted into a movie later on. Released in 2015, the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directorial featured Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, and RJ Cyler Jon Bernthal in lead roles.
The plot revolved around an introvert, Greg (Mann), who is forced to befriend a leukemia patient, Rachel (Cooke), but later starts to like her company. Later on, he befriends Earl (Cyler), and the friendship blossoms between the trio. As Rachel’s health deteriorates, the friendship has its own shares of ups and downs.
The movie received a standing ovation at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Those looking for a film like Pride And Prejudice will love what this heart-warming flick brings to the table.
3. Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Set in 1870, the film based on Thomas Hardy’s novel was a widespread critical success. Carey Mulligan plays a headstrong independent woman, Bathsheba, who meets her neighbor, Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts).
Gabriel falls in love with Bathsheba but his proposal is rejected by her. The story leaps forward with several ups and downs in the lives of the two protagonists and how they deal with the situations they encounter.
Upon its release, the film received several accolades with the critics even rating the 2015 release as better than the 1967 adaptation, which featured Julie Christie in the lead role.
4. The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
A 16-year-old cancer patient bumps into another patient at a support group, thereby falling in love. Based on John Green’s novel of the same name, The Fault In Our Stars will move even the most stone-hearted person on this planet.
The two terminally ill friends bond over books and ultimately fall in love. The heartbreaking tale of two lovers who refuse to sit back and lament their fatal disease is an inspiration.
Shailene Woodley’s portrayal of the protagonist Hazel Lancaster won her tremendous accolades. Her on-screen chemistry with Ansel Algort, who plays the male lead Augustus, is praiseworthy.
5. The Spectacular Now (2013)
Directed by James Ponsoldt, The Spectacular Now is a movie based on Tim Tharp’s bestseller novel. Sutter, played by Miles Teller, is a carefree, 18-year-old party animal who doesn’t really give a damn about what the world thinks about him. Shattered after being dumped by his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson), a drunk Sutter is sloshed and falls asleep on a stranger’s lawn.
The next morning, he is woken up by a relatively introvert Aimee (Shailene Woodley), who actually owns the house. The unexpected encounter turns into a friendship and soon love blossoms between the duo.
The modest-budget release garnered exceptional reviews at various film events, iqncluding the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film also delivered an average performance at the box office, but is indeed a must watch if you relate to any of these characters.
If you're looking to catch some flicks like Pride and Prejudice, The Spectacular Now should be right up your alley.
6. The Great Gatsby (2013)
F Scott Fitzgerald’s imperishable novel, The Great Gatsby was adapted into a movie, which earned widespread acclaim. The Baz Luhrmann directorial even bagged two Oscars the following year.
Tobey Maguire plays a World War 1 veteran, Nick Carraway, who while receiving a psychiatric treatment narrates the story of a multi-millionaire tycoon, Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo Di Caprio. Gatsby is known to throw lavish parties with a hope that his ex-flame Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) might attend. After an awkward reunion, both Gatsby and Daisy have an affair but fate had something else in the store.
The 1920’s drama earned both criticism and praise. But it is a recommended watch if you are fond of the book and the stars who play the lead characters. The Great Gatsby also features Indian superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, who plays a cameo as Gatsby’s friend.
7. The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Bestselling author and filmmaker Stephen Chbosky in his second directorial stint turned his novel, The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Released in 2012, the tale of a student Charlie (Logan Lerman) suffering from clinical depression received favorable reviews from the critics and viewers.
The ensemble cast also comprising Harry Potter-fame actor, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller was praised upon the film’s release. The film deals with insecurities, same-sex relationships, bullying and homophobia. Though the movie gets off to a sluggish start, it soon gets into the groove as soon as every key player is introduced. I urge you to be patient with this poignant tale and let it work its magic on you.
8. Eat Pray Love (2010)
Julia Roberts needs no introduction in terms of her acting prowess. She has proved herself with several flicks like Pretty Woman and Notting Hill as a romantic actress. However, the 2010 release, Eat Pray Love, based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s critically acclaimed novel, was a class apart.
The movie follows the aftermath of an ugly divorce, as the protagonist embarks on her journey to self-discovery. Revealing anything else will spoil the fun, and I wouldn't want that. It's best if you experience this heart-warming flick first-hand.
Julia was praised for her portrayal of the fiercely independent Elizabeth in the film. The stability in her performance is what makes you sit back and just enjoy her mesmerize you with her stellar performance.
9. Atonement (2007)
Two years after he successfully adapted Pride And Prejudice, Joe Wright had another feather in his cap, Keira Knightley, reunited with the director in Ian McEwan’s Atonement, a war-romance drama.
Released in 2007, the film traces the love story between Cecilia (Knightley) and Robbie (James McAvoy), who are separated due to a lie peddled by the female protagonist’s sister. Their paths once again cross during World War II when Robbie is released from the prison and is sent to the Battle of France.
The heartbreaking tale of love, despair, and deceit won a lot of accolades at various film events, including the Oscars.
10. P.S I Love You (2007)
Hillary Swank and Gerald Butler stole our hearts in this tragic romantic drama, which hit the theatres in 2007. Directed by Richard LaGravense, P.S. I Love You is based on the novel of the same name by Cecilia Ahem.
Holly and Gerry are a married couple based in upscale Manhattan. Their marital life is replete with intimacy and occasional fights. Suddenly, Gerry dies of a brain tumor and his better half is left alone, grieving the loss of someone whom she passionately loved. All she has now is a series of letters by Gerry, which helps her rediscover self.
The film received mixed reviews from the critics and fans alike, but if you are fond of watching non-cliche romantic films like Pride And Prejudice, you shouldn’t miss out on this one.
11. The Notebook (2004)
Noah and Allie are undisputedly considered one of the most romantic on-screen characters of all time. The roles portrayed by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams was instrumental in making The Notebook a spectacular box office success upon its theatrical release in 2004.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes, the cinematic adaptation of the bestseller is known for the iconic dialogues still quoted by people till date. The beautifully-crafted romance between two lovers despite the difference in their backgrounds followed by separation and reunion will leave you poignant.
Recently, it was announced that The Notebook will be adapted into a Broadway Musical, triggering a lot of excitement. While we wait for it, catch up on the origional.
12. A Walk To Remember (2002)
If you thought The Notebook was the only literary marvel of Nicholas Sparks, you are mistaken. His novel A Walk To Remember was adapted into a movie, which is considered as one of all time classics.
Starring Shane West and Mandy Moore, the 2002 romantic drama follows the tale of an aimless high-school brat who falls in love with a girl whom he once despised. What unfolds is a tumultuous relationship between the two sweethearts. Set in North Carolina, London (Shane) and Jamie (Mandy)’s tale turned out to be a box office success despite negative reviews by the critics.
Make sure you carry enough tissue papers before beginning to watch the movie.
13. Cruel Intentions (1999)
Based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos in 1782, Cruel Intentions set the box office on fire when it hit the theatres 20 years ago.
The teen romance flick was based on the life of wealthy teenagers attending high school in New York, instead of the backdrop of France as per the original novel. The story of deceit and sexual fantasies appealed to the audience as the grey character of Kathyrn played by Sarah Gellar was appreciated.
Reese Witherspoon and Christine Baranski also delivered spectacular performances in the film, which returned for two successive sequels. In case you are keen to watch a film with a plot different from a cliche boy meets girl story, Cruel Intentions must be on your watchlist. It can even shake you to the core.
14. Emma (1996)
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma is a 1996 film based on the novel by Jane Austen. Directed by Douglas McGrath, the film revolves around a British woman in the 19th-century era.
Emma is fond of playing a matchmaker and set up people with each other. When she tries to set up her friend Harriet with someone, the matchmaking attempt changes her life forever.
Paltrow was lauded for her performance in the movie. The film went on to win an Oscar for the Best Original Score. If you're looking for some hearty movies like Pride and Prejudice, Emma should be right up your alley.
15. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Life of Pi-fame Taiwanese filmmaker, Ang Lee is known for his path-breaking work. More than two decades ago, he helmed a film based on a novel by Jane Austen with the same name.
Sense and Sensibility contributed to overwhelming popularity in Austen’s literary marvels. The film centers around the Dashwoods, whose life takes an ugly turn after the head of the family passes away, leaving finances in the doldrums. Daughters Elinor (Emma Thompson) and Marianne (Kate Winslet) are caught up in their messed love lives, and now they also have to take care of the family. How they deal with this precarious situation makes up for the rest of the story.
The film saw Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet share the screen space, which proved to be a milestone in their careers. It is a must-watch movie for women.
16. Gone With The Wind (1939)
The vintage poster of this movie, with a man and a woman involved in a passionate kiss, adorns the walls of many living rooms. The classic poster is from Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Gone With The Wind, which was adapted into a movie with the same name.
Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) is secretly in love with Ashley (Clark Gable), who is set to marry his cousin. Set in the backdrop of the American Civil War in 1861, Scarlett relentlessly follows Ashley, only to unite with her after her proposal is turned down by her flame.
The film received widespread critical acclaim and won eight Academy awards including the Best Actress honors for Vivian while the director Victor Fleming too won the coveted trophy. Gone With The Wind has been dramatized and evaluated across various forms of media and countries throughout the years.
So, what are you waiting for? All you need to do is quickly add these movies in your watchlist and binge them with your loved one. If you have any suggestions for movies similar to Pride And Prejudice, let me know in the comments section.