Louisa May Alcott’s enduring classic Little Women has been textbook adaptation fodder dating back to the silent film era. Since the novel’s 1868 release, Little Women has been reimagined as a musical for TV and Broadway, an opera, a radio show, a Japanese anime series, and seven feature films—the newest of which comes from writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird).
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, and Timothée Chalamet, Gerwig’s adaptation appears to inject new life into a much-picked-over piece of IP. See how Gerwig’s vision stacks up with a few of the Little Women of yesteryear.
Little Women (1933)
Directed by George Cukor
Starring Katharine Hepburn (Jo), Joan Bennett (Amy), Jean Parker (Beth), and Frances Dee (Meg)
Little Women (1949)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Starring June Allyson (Jo), Elizabeth Taylor (Amy), Margaret O’Brien (Beth), and Janet Leigh (Meg)
Little Women (1994)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
Starring Winona Ryder (Jo), Kirsten Dunst (Amy), Claire Danes (Beth), and Trini Alvarado (Meg)
Little Women (2018)
Directed by Clare Niederpruem
Starring Sarah Davenport (Jo), Elise Jones (Amy), Allie Jennings (Beth), and Melanie Stone (Meg)