Charles Dickens is still one of Britain's leading authors.

by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 05 Jun 2019 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Various film/TV adaptations from the career of Dickens. I haven't seen all of them but the BBC productions are highly recommended, according to various reviews.

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1. David Copperfield (1970 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama

The legendary novel by Charles Dickens comes to life in this colorful interpretation directed by Delbert Mann.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Cyril Cusack, Edith Evans, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 489

2. A Tale of Two Cities (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

An ex-aristocrat from France and an alcoholic English lawyer find themselves crossing paths and in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.

Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing, Kenneth More, Barry Morse

Votes: 772

3. The Old Curiosity Shop (1979–1980)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The story of Nell Trent, a beautiful young girl. An orphan, she lives with her Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop in London.

Stars: Sebastian Shaw, Trevor Peacock, Natalie Ogle, Granville Saxton

Votes: 70

4. Hard Times (1977– )

203 min | Drama

Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Allen, Timothy West, Rosalie Crutchley, Jacqueline Tong

Votes: 97

5. Great Expectations (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: Joseph Hardy | Stars: Michael York, Sarah Miles, James Mason, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 405

6. Dombey and Son (1969– )

325 min | Drama

The dream of Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company, is to have a son to continue his business. Tragically, Dombey's wife dies shortly after giving birth to their son.

Stars: John Carson, Kara Wilson, William Moore, Christopher Sandford

Votes: 11

7. Bleak House (1959)

30 min | Drama, Crime

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Diana Fairfax, Colin Jeavons, Andrew Cruickshank, Iris Russell

Votes: 11

8. Oliver Twist (I) (1982 TV Movie)

103 min | Crime, Drama

The classic Charles Dickens tale of an orphan boy who escapes the horrors of the orphanage only to be taken in by a band of thieves and pickpockets.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Tim Curry, Michael Hordern, Timothy West

Votes: 462

9. Martin Chuzzlewit (1964– )

325 min | Drama

Some very greedy and selfish relatives are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewit's money. He is surrounded by all these sycophantic relatives that he truly despises whilst ill, each ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Raymond, Richard Pearson, Barry Jones, John Quentin

10. Our Mutual Friend (1958–1959)

30 min | Drama

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in 1860s London.

Stars: Paul Daneman, Zena Walker, David McCallum, Richard Leech

Votes: 7

11. Barnaby Rudge (1960)

30 min | Drama, History

Murder mystery interwoven with the historical events of England's Gordon riots of 1780, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Stars: John Wood, Barbara Hicks, Newton Blick, Neil McCarthy

Votes: 21

12. Nicholas Nickleby (1977)

330 min | Drama

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Stars: Nigel Havers, Peter Bourke, Derek Godfrey, Robert James

Votes: 118

13. The Pickwick Papers (1985)

360 min | Drama

The story follows Samuel Pickwick and three other members of The Pickwick Club as they travel throughout the English countryside by coach observing the phenomena of life and human nature, ... See full summary »

Stars: Nigel Stock, Clive Swift, Alan Parnaby, Jeremy Nicholas

Votes: 213

14. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

Votes: 12,885

15. Little Dorrit (2008)

TV-PG | 420 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 8,898

16. Oliver Twist (1962– )

30 min | Adventure, Family

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Stars: Bruce Prochnik, Max Adrian, Peter Vaughan, Carmel McSharry

Votes: 19

The first adaptation I've seen that I can describe as faithful to the novel.

17. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Crime, Drama

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 8,904

18. David Copperfield (1986– )

30 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Colin Hurley, Brenda Bruce, Simon Callow, Jeremy Brudenell

Votes: 66

19. Oliver Twist (1985)

360 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Stars: Ben Rodska, Eric Porter, Michael Attwell, Pip Donaghy

Votes: 305

20. Oliver Twist (1999– )

386 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist (Sam Smith) meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Stars: Sam Smith, David Ross, Julie Walters, Annette Crosbie

Votes: 748

21. Oliver Twist (2007–2008)

TV-PG | 176 min | Drama

The adventures of the orphaned Oliver Twist in Victorian London.

Stars: William Miller, Adam Arnold, Morven Christie, Louis Edleston

Votes: 2,713

22. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982)

540 min | Drama

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Stars: Alun Armstrong, Suzanne Bertish, Janet Dale, Jane Downs

Votes: 466

23. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001 TV Movie)

200 min | Comedy, Drama

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director: Stephen Whittaker | Stars: John Dallimore, James D'Arcy, Sophia Myles, Diana Kent

Votes: 1,009

24. The Old Curiosity Shop (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Drama

When young Nell Trent's grandfather loses the investment money of wharf owner Daniel Quilp with cards, Quilp develops an everlasting urge to get him put in the madhouse. Nell and her grandfather flee the city.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Alan Barry, Adam Blackwood, Tom Courtenay, Brian de Salvo

Votes: 243

25. The Christmas Carol (1949 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy

Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

Director: Arthur Pierson | Stars: Vincent Price, Taylor Holmes, Patrick Whyte, Robert Clarke

Votes: 308

26. Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens (1959– )
Episode: A Christmas Carol (1959)

25 min | Drama

Basil Rathbone stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in a short television Christmas Carol performance. Spare, but elementally complete, its host, Fredric March, provides connecting narratives between the scenes.

Directors: Ross MacKenzie, Neil McGuire | Stars: Fredric March, Basil Rathbone, Alexander Gauge, Michael McCarthy

Votes: 45

27. A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice

Votes: 8,613

28. Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)

385 min | Drama

Some very greedy and selfish relatives are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewit's money. He is surrounded by all these sycophantic relatives that he truly despises while ill, each ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Chambers, Julia Sawalha, Keith Allen, Philip Franks

Votes: 791

29. Dombey & Son (1983)

295 min | Drama

The dream of Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company, is to have a son to continue his business. Tragically, Dombey's wife dies shortly after giving birth to their son.

Stars: Julian Glover, Shirley Cain, Zelah Clarke, Kenton Moore

Votes: 152

30. David Copperfield (1974–1975)

300 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Ian Hogg, David Troughton, Patience Collier, David Yelland

Votes: 79

31. David Copperfield (1999)

Unrated | 185 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick, James Thornton

Votes: 4,152

32. David Copperfield (2000 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Michael Richards, Eileen Atkins, Anthony Andrews

Votes: 1,024

33. Hard Times (1994)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama

In the first part of this adaptation by Peter Barnes, we are introduced to Tom and Louisa.

Stars: Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, Alan Bates, Beatie Edney

Votes: 265

34. A Tale of Two Cities (1980)

240 min | Drama

During the turbulent days of the French Revolution, Frenchwoman Lucie Manette falls in love with Englishman Charles Darnay who's hiding his true identity and purpose.

Stars: Paul Shelley, Ralph Michael, Sally Osborne, Vivien Merchant

Votes: 84

35. A Tale of Two Cities (1989)

188 min | Drama, History, Romance

Two men, one an aristocrat, and one a drunken lawyer, fall in love with the same woman during the early stages of the French Revolution.

Stars: James Wilby, Xavier Deluc, Serena Gordon, John Mills

Votes: 338

36. Great Expectations (1981– )

30 min | Drama

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Stars: Gerry Sundquist, Tim Munro, Derek Francis, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 143

37. Great Expectations (1989)

303 min | Drama

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Stars: Jean Simmons, John Rhys-Davies, Ray McAnally, Anthony Calf

Votes: 374

38. Great Expectations (1999 TV Movie)

168 min | Drama

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Justine Waddell, Charlotte Rampling, Laura Aikman

Votes: 1,697

39. Great Expectations (2011–2012)

60 min | Drama

The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor.

Stars: Douglas Booth, Jack Roth, Ray Winstone, David Suchet

Votes: 7,291

40. Our Mutual Friend (1976)

50 min | Drama

Based on the Dickens novel, tells the story of a young man who's inherited fortune hangs on his marriage to a woman he's never met. But many have their eyes on his fortune and scheme to ... See full summary »

Stars: Lesley Dunlop, John McEnery, Nicholas Jones, Leo McKern

Votes: 91

41. Our Mutual Friend (1998)

350 min | Drama

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.

Stars: Paul McGann, Keeley Hawes, Dominic Mafham, David Bradley

Votes: 2,328

42. David Copperfield (2009 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: Ambrogio Lo Giudice | Stars: Giorgio Pasotti, Maya Sansa, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Stefano Dionisi

Votes: 44

43. A Tale of Two Cities (1958)

117 min | Drama, History, Romance

During the turbulent days of the French Revolution, Frenchwoman Lucie Manette falls in love with Englishman Charles Darnay, who's hiding his true identity and purpose.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Dorothy Tutin, Cecil Parker, Stephen Murray

Votes: 1,387

44. The Pickwick Papers (1952)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Langley | Stars: James Hayter, James Donald, Nigel Patrick, Joyce Grenfell

Votes: 480

45. Oliver Twist (I) (1922)

Passed | 98 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Jackie Coogan, James A. Marcus, Aggie Herring, Lewis Sargent

Votes: 733 | Gross: $4.36M

Very ordinary.