There have been 16 film versions of the book, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
(Including 5 silent films made between 1915 and 1926, to the latest film which comes out this year (2011).
- 1915: Jane Eyre starring Louise Vale.
- 1915: A version was released called The Castle of Thornfield.
- 1918: A version was released called Woman and Wife, directed by Edward José, adapted by Paul West, starring Alice Brady as Jane.1921: Jane Eyre starring Mabel Ballin and directed by Hugo Ballin.
- 1926: A youth version was made in Germany called Orphan of Lowood.
- 1934: Jane Eyre, starring Colin Clive and Virginia Bruce.
- 1943: I Walked with a Zombie is a horror movie loosely based upon Jane Eyre.
- 1944: Jane Eyre, with a screenplay by John Houseman and Aldous Huxley. It features Orson Welles as Mr. Rochester, Joan Fontaine as Jane, Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Reed, Margaret O’Brien as Adele and Elizabeth Taylor as Helen Burns.
- Joan Fontaine had earlier starred in Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based upon the novel of the same name which was influenced by Jane Eyre.
- 1952: Sangdil, a Hindi version, also known as Jane Eyre starring Madhubala.
- 1956: A version was made in Hong Kong called The Orphan Girl.
- 1963: A version was released in Mexico called El Secreto (English: “The Secret”)
- 1970: Jane Eyre, starring George C. Scott as Mr. Rochester and Susannah York as Jane. (Released in theatres in Europe but television in the United States. Also listed below.)
- 1972: An Indian adaptation in Telugu, Shanti Nilayam, directed by C. Vaikuntarama Sastry, starring Anjali Devi.
- 1978: A version was released in Mexico called Ardiente Secreto (English: “Ardent Secret”).
- 1996: Jane Eyre, directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring William Hurt as Mr. Rochester, Charlotte Gainsbourg as Jane, Elle Macpherson as Blanche Ingram, Joan Plowright as Mrs. Fairfax, Anna Paquin as the young Jane, Fiona Shaw as Mrs. Reed and Geraldine Chaplin as Miss Scatcherd.
- 2011: Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukunaga, starring Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre and Michael Fassbender as Rochester.
A timeless classic.)