Films based on works by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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1. The Little Princess (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War.

Directors: Walter Lang, William A. Seiter | Stars: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter

Votes: 5,360

2. A Little Princess (1973– )

25 min | Drama

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Stars: Deborah Makepeace, Lesley Dunlop, Ruth Dunning, Alison Glennie

Votes: 70

3. A Little Princess (1986– )

163 min | Drama

A young girl accustomed to living luxuriously is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her rich father is suddenly broke and dies in far-off India.

Stars: Maureen Lipman, Amelia Shankley, Miriam Margolyes, Annette Badland

Votes: 558

4. A Little Princess (1995)

G | 97 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Rusty Schwimmer

Votes: 30,737 | Gross: $10.02M

6. Malenkaya printsessa (1997)

88 min | Family

The film is set in 1890s London. Sarah lived happily in India with her father, but when he was drafted into military service he placed Sarah in a boarding school in London. Sarah was lonely... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Grammatikov | Stars: Anastasiya Meskova, Lyanka Gryu, Igor Yasulovich, Alla Demidova

Votes: 80

7. Sarah... ang munting prinsesa (1995)

TV-G | 90 min | Drama, Family

The adventures of Sarah as she stays at Miss Minchin's boarding school.

Director: Romy Suzara | Stars: Camille Prats, Mat Ranillo III, Jean Garcia, Rio Locsin

Votes: 87

9. Back to the Secret Garden (2000)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy

Return to the magical place where hope and friendship grow. Back To The Secret Garden, the sequel inspired by the classic children's tale, The Secret Garden, leads us into a magical world ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Joan Plowright, Cherie Lunghi, Aled Roberts, Florence Hoath

Votes: 816

10. The Secret Garden (1975– )

G | 210 min | Drama, Family

In 19th-century India, little Mary Lennox is suddenly orphaned by cholera. Her only living relative is her crook-backed uncle, Archibald Craven, so Mary is sent to live at his estate on the... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Hollis Andrews, Hope Johnstone, William Marsh, Jacqueline Hoyle

Votes: 246

11. The Secret Garden (1949)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Family

A girl is sent to live with her uncle on his estate when her parents die. There she discovers much intrigue, family history and secrets and personal baggage. In particular, a screaming child and...a secret garden.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall, Dean Stockwell, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 2,465

12. The Secret Garden (1987 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Family, Drama

When spoiled English girl Mary Lennox (Gennie James), living in nineteenth century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Grint | Stars: Gennie James, Barret Oliver, Jadrien Steele, Michael Hordern

Votes: 1,460

13. The Secret Garden (1993)

G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

74 Metascore

A young, recently-orphaned girl is sent to England after living in India all of her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly-isolated surroundings, and its secrets.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott

Votes: 34,773 | Gross: $31.18M

14. The Secret Garden (1960– )

30 min | Drama

A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's estate. Her uncle is very distant due to the ... See full summary »

Stars: Gillian Ferguson, Hilary Mason, Prunella Scales, Stuart Hutchison

15. The Secret Garden (2020)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy | Completed

An orphaned girl discovers a magical garden hidden at her strict uncle's estate.

Director: Marc Munden | Stars: Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Edan Hayhurst

16. The Secret Garden (2017)

TV-G | 90 min | Family

Steampunk update of the classic tale by Frances Hodgson Burnett, with orphaned teen Mary Lennox discovering the magic and mystery of the secret garden.

Director: Owen Smith | Stars: Glennellen Anderson, Amanda Waters, Erin Leigh Bushko, Max River

Votes: 62

17. El jardín secreto (1984)

100 min | Drama

Lucia is a computer expert who relieves stress through secret nightly s&m sessions, where she plays the sub. One day, a letter from her supposedly dead ex lover arrives, so she and her new partner investigate the matter.

Director: Carlos Suárez | Stars: Assumpta Serna, Xabier Elorriaga, Taida Urruzola, Cecilia Roth

Votes: 43

18. Cedie (1996)

TV-G | 114 min | Family

The story concerns an American boy named Cedie Erol, who at an early age finds that he is the sole heir to a British earldom and leaves New York to take up residence in his ancestral castle... See full summary »

Director: Romy Suzara | Stars: Tom Taus, Ronaldo Valdez, Jaclyn Jose, Mark Gil

Votes: 26

19. The Dawn of a Tomorrow (1915)

50 min | Drama

A young girl who lives in the slums of London, is in love with a cunning thief. She persuades him to give up his life of crime. Meanwhile, an eccentric millionaire, who has been diagnosed ... See full summary »

Director: James Kirkwood | Stars: Mary Pickford, David Powell, Forrest Robinson, Robert Cain

Votes: 15

21. The Fair Barbarian (1917)

50 min | Comedy, Romance

An Englishman who has made his fortune in America decides to return to England. He takes his daughter, Octavia, to pay a visit to her relatives, especially Miss Belinda Bassett, an aunt ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Thornby | Stars: Vivian Martin, Clarence Geldart, Douglas MacLean, Jane Wolfe

22. The Family Secret (1924)

70 min | Drama

A modest man unknowingly has a baby with a woman from a affluent family.Through a series of coincidences he is reunited with his daughter, forcing the family to confront its secrets.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Baby Peggy, Gladys Hulette, Frank Currier, Lucy Beaumont

Votes: 113

24. A Lady of Quality (1913)


News is received by Sir Jeoffrey, a dissolute roué, whose contempt for the other sex extends even to his own daughters, of the arrival of another female child in the family. The mother dies... See full summary »

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Cecilia Loftus, House Peters, Peter Lang, Hal Clarendon

25. A Lady of Quality (1924)

Clorinda Wildairs breaks off an affair with the unscrupulous Sir John Ozen to become engaged to a rich nobleman, Mertoun, the Duke of Osmonde. Clorinda accidentally kills Sir John when he, ... See full summary »

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Virginia Valli, Lionel Belmore, Margaret Seddon, Peggy Cartwright

26. Heirs and Graces (1926)


An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Carmen Boni, Bonaventura Ibáñez, Arnold Kent, Gianna Terribili-Gonzales

27. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1914)


The earl of Dorincourt is a descendant of a long line of illustrious ancestors whose escutcheon has never been stained by dishonor of any kind. His oldest son and heir, Bevis, grows up to ... See full summary »

Director: F. Martin Thornton | Stars: H. Agar Lyons, Gerald Royston, Jane Wells, Bernard Vaughan

Votes: 8

28. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)

Passed | 112 min | Drama

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

Directors: Alfred E. Green, Jack Pickford | Stars: Mary Pickford, Claude Gillingwater, Joseph J. Dowling, James A. Marcus

Votes: 266 | Gross: $0.90M

29. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Passed | 102 min | Drama, Family

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 1,676

30. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980 TV Movie)

103 min | Drama, Family, Romance

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental Lord, who oversees the trust.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Ricky Schroder, Alec Guinness, Eric Porter, Colin Blakely

Votes: 3,803

31. Louisiana (1919)

50 min | Comedy, Romance

Louisiana is a mountain girl living in North Carolina (though named for her mother's home state). A poor girl, she is sent by her father to work in a resort hotel in order to obtain some ... See full summary »

Director: Robert G. Vignola | Stars: Vivian Martin, Robert Ellis, Noah Beery, Arthur Allardt

32. The Making of a Lady (2012 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama

After losing her employment, Emily accepts a proposal that will give her a secure future. But she soon finds trapped in her new family's deception.

Director: Richard Curson Smith | Stars: Lydia Wilson, Maggie Fox, Sarah Ridgeway, Joanna Lumley

Votes: 1,186

33. The Pretty Sister of Jose (1915)

50 min | Romance, Drama

Pepita, a radiant and merry Spanish beauty, and her playful brother Jose, witness their mother, whose faded beauty led her husband to abandon her for another, plunge a dagger into her ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Marguerite Clark, Jack Pickford, Edythe Chapman, Gertrude Norman

34. Secret Love (1916)

60 min | Drama

In an English mining town during the 1870's, Joan Lowrie falls in love with Fergus Derrick, the new chief engineer who vows to improve working conditions. Joan's father Don, however, runs ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Jack Curtis, Helen Ware, Dixie Carr, Harry Carey

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