If you don’t have the time to read thousands of pages, you can watch these Charles Dickens films. The following movies translate the famous English author's books onto the screen and contain both literal and modern interpretations. Settle back, enjoy the movies, and you’ll be able to appear smarter next time that people discuss a Charles Dickens novel.

  1. “Great Expectations” This Charles Dickens film modernizes the classic novel and sets it in New York City. Ethan Hawke stars as a poor young man who sets out to win the heart of a beautiful rich young woman played by Gwyneth Paltrow. The movie boasts a number of stars including Robert De Niro, Chris Cooper, and Hank Azaria.

  2. “A Christmas Carol” A classic Christmas tale, this Charles Dickens story has been told again and again. Jim Carrey recently starred as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Disney version of the Charles Dickens movie. “The Muppet Christmas Carol” also presents a light-hearted, children’s version of the holiday adventure.

  3. “Oliver!” This Charles Dickens film from 1968 provides a musical version of the novel, “Oliver Twist.” Oliver is a young orphan who suffers through the trials of an oppressive orphanage before joining up with a group of young pickpockets led by the wily Fagin.

  4. “Nicholas Nickleby” A recently made Charles Dickens film, this movie adapts the novel of the same name. Nicholas is left without a dime when his father dies and finds himsel taken advantage of by a mercenary uncle. He must save what remains of his family, but soon is shipped off to a horrible boarding school.

  5. “David Copperfield” Although a made-for-TV movie, this Charles Dickens film is well-made and offers a famous cast of actors. Daniel Radcliffe stars as David in his youth, before the actor rose to Harry Potter fame. Maggie Smith (who also appears in the “Harry Potter” series), appears as David’s aunt.

-Layla Sinclair