If she swoons at the mention of Mister Darcy, grab your girlfriend and watch these four movies like "Pride and Prejudice." Whether your girl prefers the Colin Firth (1995) or the Matthew Macfadyen (2005) version of Jane Austen’s first novel, both films capture romance from a decidedly female perspective and include the most aggravatingly delicious hero in English literature. Granted it isn't the most realistic depiction of the male gender, but that is not the point. These four flicks share a similar romantic streak and a similarly inept but handsome charmer as the dude of her dreams.
"Sense and Sensibility" – If she loved "Pride & Prejudice," this 1995 version of Austen’s second novel, directed by Ang Lee, shares the same wit and romantic flair. Emma Thompson, who also won an Academy Award for her screenplay, plays older sister Elinor to passionate Marianne (Kate Winslet). The sisters Dashwood have lost their father, and move with their widowed mother and youngest sister to a humble cottage. But they soon have a trio of gentlemen callers: Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Greg Wise, all handsome, all British. Yet the film subtly weaves in the class conflicts and strict social rigors of the era.
"Bridget Jones’ Diary" – Author Helen Fielding yanked the story of "Pride and Prejudice" out of the staid, old English countryside and drops it into modern day London. Bordering on spinster, Bridget Jones enjoys a saucy affair with her bad-boy boss, until sullen and deprecating Mark Darcy keeps showing up in her life. This fun and faithful adaption of wildly popular novel replaces the usual rom-com saccharine with dry British wit. The bumbling, but good-spirited Bridget (Renee Zellwegger) drinks too much and always manages to say exactly the wrong thing. Foul-mouthed friends and the delectable twosome of Hugh Grant and Colin Firth as her male co-stars will definitely satisfy any girlfriend's “Pride and Prejudice” craving.
"Clueless" - Another modern-day rendition of the Jane Austen classic, "Clueless" provides both fashion and matchmaking fun for the ladies. Director Amy Heckerling, of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” fame, returns to the high school setting with this updated adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma." Alicia Silverstone plays Cher Horowitz, a spoiled Beverly Hills teenager, whose widowed father gives her everything she could ever need. In search of a project, she decides to transform awkward duckling Brittany Murphy into a fellow princess. With Paul Rudd as her nerdy, but aggravating love interest, the movie retains the Austen humor and sly romance.
"Four Weddings and a Funeral" – This ensemble romantic comedy may not steal a plot from Jane Austen, but it does share a similarly incisive droll wit about love. Much like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy of “Pride and Prejudice,” Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie McDowell) cannot see how perfect they are for each other. They are also surrounded by a large group of friends similarly confused in romantic relationships, with an exquisite supporting cast including Kirsten Scott Thomas, Simon Callow and Mr. Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson. The interplay between the light comedy and the darker themes will satisfy the thinking woman’s taste for a love story.