Best Modern Adaptations of Classic English Literature

Clueless & Aisha

Emma by Jane Austen follows the story of rich, bratty girl who tries to set up a friend she takes pity on. 'Clueless', a 90s classic film, based on the novel has the same plot and similar characters, which also inspired the Bollywood movie 'Aisha'.

Bridget Jones Diary

This film is based on the novel of the same name which was actually inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The film follows a young woman's journey to self improvement and stop dating wrong men who meets a gentleman who at first seems snobbish.

She's The Man & Dil Bole Hadippa

Twelfth Night by Shakespeare is a story of Viola, disguised as a man, falls for Duke, who is in love with Olivia, who again has fallen for Olivia as a man. She's the Man and Dil Bole Hadippa follows the same story in a modern setting revolving around soccer and cricket.

Ram Leela

This story about the star crossed lovers from rival families is similar to that of Shakespeare's renowned play 'Romeo and Juliet'. Even the tragic ending of the film due to the misunderstanding is similar to the play.

She's All That & Pretty Woman

Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, 'She's All That' is a story of a young guy who makes a bet with his friends to transform the school nerd to be the prom queen. 'Pretty woman' is not the same as Shaw's play but loosely based on it.

The Dark Knight Rises

This Nolan movie is loosely based on Charles Dickens, 'A Tale of Two Cities'. The movie draws comparison between the fictional Gotham City and the turbulence of European cities before and during the French Revolution.

The Lion King & Haider

'Haider' and 'The Lion King' both inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet follows the journey of the protagonist and his journey of self discovery after his father's death while also defeating his villainous uncle.

10 Things I hate About You

This classic Rom-Com starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles follows the story of a Patrick who makes a bet that he can tame the shrewish Kate. The story is based on Shakespeare's play 'The Taming of the Shrew'