Great Expectations

by: Charles Dickens

Movie Adaptations

Further study Movie Adaptations

Great Expectations, 1934
Director: Stuart Walker
Notable cast: Phillips Holmes, Jane Wyatt, Florence Reed

In this film adaptation, Miss Havisham dies of natural causes rather than due to her burn accident.

Great Expectations, 1946
Director: David Lean
Notable cast: John Mills, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson

This film adaptation won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for three others. It is usually considered the most critically respected adaptation of the novel, and is often included on lists of the best British films.

Great Expectations, 1974
Director: Joseph Hardy
Notable cast: Michael York, Sarah Miles

Great Expectations, 1989
Director: Kevin Connor
Notable cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jean Simmons

A six-part miniseries, this adaptation is one of the most detailed, including plots and minor characters often left out of other adaptations.

Great Expectations, 1998
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Notable cast: Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft, Robert De Niro

This film adaptation shifts the plot to contemporary New York, with Pip renamed as Finn, an aspiring artist.

Great Expectations, 2012
Director: Mike Newell
Notable cast: Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, Gillian Anderson

This film adaptation received average reviews as well as some critiques about the casting of Miss Havisham as a much younger woman.