From Aldous Huxley's intriguing Orson Welles/Joan Fontaine 1943 film, through Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton's 1983 BBC miniseries, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre has never been short of adaptations. This doesn't even count the approximately 64 billion Jane Eyre radio plays. A consistent trait of all the adaptations is the conversion of Jane and Rochester from plain or unhandsome to good-looking or downright stunning — a clear case of Adaptational Attractiveness.
The list of film and TV adaptations with a page on TV Tropes is as follows:
- Jane Eyre (1943): film directed by Robert Stevenson, co-adapted by Aldous Huxley and John Houseman, starring Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles.
- Jane Eyre (1970): TV film directed by Delbert Mann, starting Susannah York and George C. Scott.
- Jane Eyre (1973): BBC serial directed by Joan Craft, starring Sorcha Cusack and Michael Jayston.
- Jane Eyre (1983): BBC serial directed by Julian Amyes, starring Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton.
- Jane Eyre (1996): film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Hurt.
- Jane Eyre (1997): ITV telefilm directed by Robert Young, starring Samantha Morton and Ciarán Hinds.
- Jane Eyre (2006): BBC miniseries directed by Susanna White, starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens.
- Jane Eyre (2011): Film directed by Cary Fukunaga, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender