Classic literature movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant classic literature movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, emotional, atmospheric, melancholic and talky films and TV shows about / with society, love, literature, adaptation, runaway, love and romance, betrayal, mentor, friendship and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Mystery genres shot in UK, USA, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as classic literature: Anne with an E (2017), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Persuasion (2007), Vanity Fair (2018), Anna Karenina (2012), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Wuthering Heights (2009), Anna Karenina (1985), Letters of a Portuguese Nun (2014).

List of classic literature movies

Anne with an E (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for love and acceptance and for her place in the world. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in the late 1890’s, who, after an abusive childhood ...
Style: compassionate, touching, sincere, realistic
Plot: friendship, family relations, orphan, adventure, imaginary, child's point of view, teen romance, small town, parents and children, society, children's home, school ...
Time: 19th century
Place: canada
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Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Pride & Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters. If Mr. Bennet dies their house will ...
Style: romantic, witty, dramatic, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: opposites attract, romance, jane austen, prejudice, love and romance, aristocracy, couple relations, unlikely couple, happy ending, social differences, countryside, rich and poor ...
Time: victorian, victorian era, 19th century, 1790s, 18th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london
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Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.
Style: romantic, sincere, dramatic, feel good, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: romance, jane austen, happy ending, love triangle, love affair, love, inheritance, rich and poor, countryside, village life, fall in love, eligible bachelor ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, victorian era, georgian era, 1810s ...
Place: england, europe, london
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Persuasion (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Persuasion is the newest adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel of the same name published in 1818. Anne falls deeply in love with handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth at the age of nineteen.
Style: sentimental, romantic, emotional, stylized, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: jane austen, love affair, rich and poor, love, love and romance, fall in love, couple relations, navy, romance, love triangle, society, female protagonist ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s, 18th century
Place: britain, england
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Vanity Fair (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, witty
Plot: british, social differences, ambition, female protagonist, rise to the top, society, social climbing, life philosophy, dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, adaptation, unrequited love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, london
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Anna Karenina (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Trapped in a loveless marriage, aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
Style: stylized, emotional, sentimental, colourful, surreal ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, high society, aristocracy, cuckold, infidelity, tragic love, suicide, depression, love triangle, family relations, age difference, doubts and hesitations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg, moscow russia, europe
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Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young ...
Style: romantic, emotional, sweet, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: forbidden love, tragic love, romance, family feud, young love, unfulfillment, love and romance, parents and children, fall in love, true love, shakespeare, love story ...
Time: 1930s
Place: italy, europe, new york, england, paris france
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Wuthering Heights (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 142 min.
TV show
Story: Foundling Heathcliff is raised by the wealthy Earnshaws in Yorkshire but in later life launches a vendetta against the family.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, gothic, realistic
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: forbidden love, obsession, love affair, unfulfilled love, estate, social differences, family relations, love triangle, destructive relationship, society, punishment, revenge ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe
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Anna Karenina (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Tragic Anna leaves her cold husband for dashing Count Vronsky in 19th-century Russia.
Style: serious, emotional, psychological, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, tragic love, betrayal, love triangle, family relations, tragic hero, love affair, forbidden love, fall in love, unsupportive spouse, destructive relationship, tragedy ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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Letters of a Portuguese Nun (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 75 min.
Story: An actress is about to play the part of Mariana Alcoforado, a young nun from the convent of Beja who was writing five letters to her French lover, the officer De Chamilly. The actress, being the perfect embodiment of Mariana, will drive us to a ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: convent, actor's life, love affair, forbidden love, film within a film, romance, society, artists and showbiz, love and romance, filmmaking, religions or cults, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal
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The Master and Margarita (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 500 min.
TV show
Story: The Master and Margarita is a Russian TV mini-series, based on the novel written by Soviet writer Mikhail Bulgakov between 1928 and 1940.
Style: atmospheric, serious, stylized, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: deal with the devil, heaven and hell, black magic, chaos and mayhem, curses spells and rituals, manipulation, temptation, society, good versus evil, witchcraft, supernatural, religions or cults ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, ancient history
Place: russia, holy land, middle east, jerusalem, israel ...
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Hamlet (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 242 min.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: prince, murder, betrayal, royal family, funeral, shakespeare, intrigue, rivalry, love and romance, tragic hero, couples, royal court ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages, 1800s, 18th century
Place: denmark, europe, england
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Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, captivating, witty, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, riddles and clues, mind game, prodigy, mastermind, british, genius, sherlock holmes, partners, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
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Othello (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.
Style: tense, melancholic, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: black man white woman relationship, interracial relations, betrayal, vengeance, tragic love, murder, racism, jealousy, couples, love and romance, rivalry, friends ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 18th century, 1930s
Place: italy, venice, europe, mediterranean sea, england
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National Theatre Live: Hamlet (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 217 min.
Story: Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Strange) plays the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th ...
Style: intense, talky, captivating, epic, light ...
Plot: live performance, royal court, dealing with death, medieval, theater, runaway, theatre production, stage performance, castle, culture clash, tragic hero, shakespeare ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, denmark
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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Western
Country: USA, Germany, Ireland, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A bet pits a British inventor, a Chinese thief and a French artist on a worldwide adventure that they can circle the globe in 80 days.
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adventure, friendship, race against time, escapades, scientist, wager, on the road, painting, train ride, steampunk, balloon, queen victoria ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 21st century, year 2004 ...
Place: london, france, paris france, england, europe ...
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Hamlet (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: murder, tragic hero, poisoning, revenge, state affairs, parents and children, royal family, family relations, unfulfillment, dishonesty, prince, spirit ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, europe, england
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Agatha and the Truth of Murder (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1926, with her personal life in tatters and her writing in crisis, a young Agatha Christie decides to solve a real-life murder.
Style: psychological, realistic, twists and turns, captivating
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: agatha christie, murder mystery, investigation, riddles and clues, writer's life, private detective, loner, crimes, mystery, escapades, danger, murder ...
Time: 1920s
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The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, gloomy, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: clergy, investigation, monastery, monk, uncover truth, riddles and clues, god or devil, murder, temptation, execution, danger, serial killer ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, italy, south of france, france, southern france
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Sense & Sensibility (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: This is the acclaimed 2008 BBC adaptation of the famous Jane Austen novel. While it originally aired as a 3-part miniseries, this home video release includes a single uninterrupted version of the entire film.
Style: romanticism, sincere, sweet, witty, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: sister sister relationship, jane austen, society, english countryside, romance, love triangle, wooing, love and romance, rich and poor, love, rich man poor woman, unrequited love ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe, britain
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The Hollow Crown (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
TV show
Story: The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, epic, harsh ...
Plot: royal family, king, prince, queen, rivalry, battles, political intrigue, power struggle, heir heiress, politics, betrayal, lovers ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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The Pagemaster (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Tyler knows a lot about accidents. So much so, he is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While in an old library, he is mystically transported into the unknown world of books, and he ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, stylized, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, mischievous children, magic, fantasy world, young heroes, imaginary, getting home, fish out of water, imaginary kingdom, heroic mission, imagination, dragon ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
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Let Us Go and Burn Her Body; Or, The Devil Done Let Out (2005)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A young female paranormalist is pursued by a man claiming to be the devil in human form.
Style: romanticism, fairy tale, post modern, gothic
Plot: marriage, strategy, murder, unconsciousness, library, capture, lucifer, sexual repression, piano, philosophy, student, insanity ...
Time: victorian era
Place: oklahoma
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Prince of the Himalayas (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Set in ancient Tibet under the shadow of the Himalayas, the young prince Lhamoklodan learns of his father's mysterious death and returns to the Kingdom Jiaobo. Troubled by his mother's sudden remarriage to his uncle Kulo-ngam, he swears to ...
Style: serious, exciting, sincere, captivating, tragic ending
Plot: friendship, secret, politics, suspect, young love, adultery, wealth, inheritance, wedding, pursuit, father son relationship, murder ...
Place: himalaya, tibet, china, persia
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Julieta (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The film spans 30 years in Julieta’s life from a nostalgic 1985 where everything seems hopeful, to 2015 where her life appears to be beyond repair and she is on the verge of madness.
Style: emotional, sentimental, art house, thought provoking, colourful ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, guilt, loneliness, depression, mother daughter estrangement, secret, childhood, death, psychology, friendship, death of husband, hospital ...
Time: 1990s, 80s, 90s, 2010s
Place: spain, madrid, galicia, portugal
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Posthumous Memories (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Portugal, Brazil
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Free adaptation of Machado de Assis' classic. The narrator is a rich dead man, who tells us about his life and times, making fun of both.
Style: contemplative, suspense, cynical, surreal, semi serious ...
Plot: introspection, human nature, love and romance, society, fall in love, wooing, satire, unfulfillment, nudity (full frontal - brief), coffin, horse drawn carriage
Time: 19th century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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The Charming Traveller (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Story: Between passengers of the steamship there is a dispute on, whether that there are in Russia righteous persons? Nobody wants to tell about the life. And only one priest, though warns that he "the big sinner", decides to tell the history.
Plot: literature, horse, blood, mongol, uniform
Place: russia
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Hamlet (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Shakespeare's 17th century masterpiece about the "Melancholy Dane" was given one of its best screen treatments by Soviet director Grigori Kozintsev. Kozintsev's Elsinore was a real castle in Estonia, utilized metaphorically as ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, stylized, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: ghost, unfulfillment, dishonesty, head of state, rivalry, tragic hero, betrayal, state affairs, palaces castles and temples, manic, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, russia
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, teacher, literature, poetry, dedicated educator, poet, philosophy, student, professor, suicide, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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The Browning Version (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The ...
Style: touching, talky, clever, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: infidelity, boarding school, dishonesty, love and romance, hopes, youth, college, college life, self discovery, love affair, teachers and students, boarding school life ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
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