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, emotional, serious, atmospheric, captivating and touching films and TV shows about / with love and romance, society, love, romance, couples, runaway, adaptation, literature, greed and death 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), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Vanity Fair (2018), Anna Karenina (2012), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Wuthering Heights (2009), Persuasion (2007), Letters of a Portuguese Nun (2014), Hamlet (1996).

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, sincere, touching, realistic, sad ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: orphan, child's point of view, friendship, teenage life, small town, family relations, school, coming of age, adventure, parents and children, children's home, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: canada
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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, feel good, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: love, romance, happy ending, love affair, rich and poor, love triangle, love story, cousin cousin relationship, eligible bachelor, village life, countryside, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, victorian era, 1810s, georgian era
Place: england, london, europe
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Vanity Fair (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, witty
Plot: social differences, life philosophy, british, ambition, rise to the top, society, social climbing, dysfunctional family, unrequited love, life turned upside down, female protagonist, heir ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, georgian era
Place: england, london
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Anna Karenina (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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, colourful, talky, surreal ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, high society, imperial russia, infidelity, romance, suicide, aristocracy, love triangle, depression, love, adultery, tragic love ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 50s, 1930s, 1870s ...
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, moscow russia, europe
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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, dramatic, captivating, witty, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens, family outing
Plot: love, romance, prejudice, happy ending, love and romance, opposites attract, aristocracy, initially antagonists, fall in love, unlikely couple, wooing, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 18th century, 1790s, georgian era ...
Place: england, britain, london, europe, united kingdom
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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, sweet, colourful, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: forbidden love, shakespeare, tragic love, family feud, shakespeare's romeo and juliet, young love, unfulfillment, fall in love, romance, love story, parents and children, true love ...
Time: 1930s
Place: italy, paris france, england, new york, europe
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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, gothic, touching, serious, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: obsession, unfulfilled love, forbidden love, love affair, estate, family relations, social differences, love triangle, revenge, society, punishment, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, georgian era
Place: england, europe
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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: romantic, emotional, sentimental, stylized, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: love affair, fall in love, love, romance, love and romance, rich and poor, couple relations, relationships, family, society, love story, female protagonist ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 50s, 1810s, 18th century
Place: england, britain
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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: serious, emotional, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: convent, love, actor's life, love affair, forbidden love, filmmaking, religions or cults, romance, artists and showbiz, love and romance, society, religion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: portugal
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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, sexy ...
Plot: shakespeare, revenge, betrayal, tragedy, vengeance, medieval, royal family, ghost, funeral, intrigue, love and romance, tragic hero ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: europe, denmark, england
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Anna Karenina (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Tragic Anna leaves her cold husband for dashing Count Vronsky in 19th-century Russia.
Style: serious, emotional, psychological, realistic, epic ...
Plot: infidelity, betrayal, tragic love, love triangle, tragic hero, family relations, tragedy, unsupportive spouse, destructive relationship, fall in love, forbidden love, love affair ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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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: captivating, realistic, psychological, slasher
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: twists and turns, murder mystery, murder, escapades, private detective, mystery, riddles and clues, investigation, writer's life, crimes, resourceful, heroes ...
Time: 1920s
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Sense and Sensibility (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 174 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: sweet, sincere, feel good, witty, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: english countryside, society, sister sister relationship, romanticism, love and romance, romance, love, love triangle, wooing, rich and poor, rich man poor woman, countryside ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, georgian era
Place: london, europe, britain, england
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The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: 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, suspenseful, gloomy, clever ...
Plot: investigation, monastery, uncover truth, clergy, monk, medieval, murder, riddles and clues, twists and turns, religion, abbey, crimes ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, france, south of france, italy
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The Master and Margarita (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
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, mind bending, stylized, suspenseful, talky ...
Plot: witchcraft, chaos and mayhem, curses spells and rituals, deal with the devil, heaven and hell, devil, manipulation, society, good versus evil, supernatural, mystery, politics ...
Time: 1930s
Place: russia, moscow russia, jerusalem, israel, holy land ...
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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, witty, captivating, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, investigation, mastermind, murder mystery, private detective, friendship, partners, british, riddles and clues, mind game, intelligence, talented ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, scotland yard, europe
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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: atmospheric, captivating, talky, entertaining, intense ...
Plot: theater, shakespeare, medieval, live performance, theatre play, royal court, murder, sword fight, father son relationship, king, obsession, tragic hero ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, denmark
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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, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, intellectual ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing, kids, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, teachers and students, poetry, poet, philosophy, dedicated educator, youth, boarding school life, education ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university
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Julieta (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain, France, USA
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, melancholic, thought provoking, sexy, sentimental ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, loneliness, guilt, depression, childhood, death of husband, female nudity, mother daughter estrangement, psychology, autobiography, suicide, death ...
Time: 2010s, 90s, 80s
Place: spain, galicia, portugal, madrid
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Daisy Miller (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In this comedy of manners, the American Winterbourne tries to figure out the bright and bubbly Daisy Miller, only to be helped and hindered by false judgments from their fellow friends.
Style: talky, serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric
Audience: girls' night
Plot: class differences, culture clash, class society, tragic love, romance, moon, power relations, breeding, couples, master and servant, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: rome italy, switzerland, europe, italy
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Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel.
Style: tense, suspense, exciting, captivating
Plot: legends and myths, medieval, feud, supernatural, monster, adventure, sword fight, mythical creature, showdown, murder, creature, protector ...
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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: melancholic, touching, feel good, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: magic, adventure, mischievous children, wizards, dragon, imagination, parallel universe, children, magic wand, imaginary kingdom, heroic mission, fish out of water ...
Time: 90s
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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: dark fantasy, gothic, fairy tale, post modern
Plot: marriage, romantic obsession, tragic romance, ghost hunter, magical creature, abstract art, pop art, wine, student, secret, flashback, library ...
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: exciting, sincere, serious, captivating, tragic ending
Plot: friendship, secret, suspect, young love, adultery, politics, wealth, inheritance, wedding, murder, father son relationship, chase ...
Place: tibet, china, himalaya, persia
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No Shame (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A script fell to Isabel by chance. In reading it you realize it's the same story of the romance she had with the film director Mario Fabra, author of the script. Isabel decides appointment with Mario, who was not seen again, but at the moment ...
Style: semi serious, witty, humorous, suspense, biting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: couples, lovers reunited, ambition, lifestyle, rise to the top, ego clash, love and romance, showbiz, filmmaking, actor's life, youth, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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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: suspense, cynical, surreal, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: love and romance, society, human nature, introspection, fall in love, satire, unfulfillment, wooing, dark humor, 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: horse, literature, mongol, uniform, blood
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, philosophical, fairy tale, visually appealing, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, shakespeare, love, medieval, ghost, shakespeare's hamlet, manic, rivalry, tragic hero, dishonesty, head of state, unfulfillment ...
Time: middle ages
Place: russia, ussr, denmark
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Dev D (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Dev who, after spurning Paro's love due to a misunderstanding, turns to drugs and vodka for solace. Paro moves on but Dev still is in remorse. He meets Chanda, a prostitute with problems of her own. Dev likes her but his penchant for ...
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, serious, romantic, psychological ...
Plot: tragic love, self destructing, prostitute, drug abuse, drug addiction, human nature, couple relations, social differences, romance, society, slut, pimp ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, new delhi, delhi, india
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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: talky, touching, sexy, thought provoking, visually appealing ...
Plot: boarding school, teacher, coming of age, preparatory school, male nudity, science, marriage, catastrophe, adaptation, destiny, fantasy world, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, tokyo, new jersey, europe
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