Jane Eyre Trailers

Jane Eyre Adaptations

Jane Eyre, the classic 1847 novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, has been a beloved favorite of generations of readers. It is no surprise, then, that it has been adapted a number of times for the screen. The story, which traces the tumultuous life of heroine Jane Eyre from childhood to adulthood, telling the story of her loveless childhood and her enduring love for the Byronic hero, Mr. Rochester, master of Thornfield Hall, is rife with drama and romance and its easy to see how it lends itself to the medium of film. With so many versions available, we at EIL have decided to provide you with the trailers for our favorite adaptations for screens both big and small.

Here is the trailer for Jane Eyre (1943) starring Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, and Margaret O’Brien, generally regarded as the classic version.

For those wanting a deeper treatment, there’s the 11-part 1983 BBC miniseries:

As a bonus, we are also pleased to provide this one-hour radio adaptation of Jane Eyre by the NBC University Theatre, starring Deborah Carr (1949).


If you found this trailer for Jane Eyre to be helpful in visualizing the story and characters, you may enjoy some of our other Introduction to Literature (E1) videos.

If you’d like to learn more about the life and work of this author, we recommend checking out our Charlotte Brontë Biography or the collection of Charlotte Brontë’s poetry available on the EIL site.


When will you read Charlotte Brontë’s writing in Excellence in Literature?

E1.4 Focus text: Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

E1.4 Honors text: Villette, or another work by Charlotte Brontë

E4.8 Honors text: Jane Eyre (if you did not read it earlier)