Jane Eyre (1983) *****

This 1983 adaptation is one of the most faithful to the book and benefits from an excellent Rochester (a pre-Bond Timothy Dalton), opposite the picture perfect Zelah Clarke as Jane. Oddly, this break did not enhance her career and she is now retired from acting.

Although the book veers more towards piety and religion than passion and Gothic romance, film versions have always taken the central ‘thread’ between Rochester and Jane as the main driving plot.

If you love the book, or period drama, or Gothic heroes, or the quiet heroine who is ‘calm at the mouth of hell’, then this is the version for you.