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3. Pride & Prejudice (1995)

Definitive in nearly every way, which is saying something, considering the numerous adaptations of this Jane Austen classic. Fitzwilliam Darcy has been played by everyone from Laurence Olivier to Matthew Macfadyen, but it was Colin Firth, and his iconic self-baptism in that lake, that made legions of fans swoon. Jennifer Ehle never gets the love she deserves for her Elizabeth Bennet, but she did win the 1995 Best Actress BAFTA over Prime Suspect‘s Helen Mirren, no small feat. (Firth lost to Cracker‘s Robbie Coltrane.) (Own it on DVD.)

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.