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35 Great Movies Based on Books

This is an extra special weekend for me, dear readers, because this weekend I am in L.A.! I’m very excited to see some dear, dear friends for the first time in months, as well as getting to go to a friend’s wedding and watch him tie the knot with his fiancé. In honor of my weekend in LA LA Land, I’ve put together a list of some great movies based on books that you should all see (if you haven’t already). Some of these are familiar, while others might surprise you, so check them out and see if you spot any of your favorites.

Since this is obviously an incomplete list (35 titles doesn’t even begin to cover all the great movies based on books out there!), as always, do let me know if your favorites didn’t make this list so I can be sure that they make it onto the next post’s list. Enjoy!

Fight Club

Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel “Fight Club”

Schindler’s List

Based on Thomas Keneally’s 1982 novel “Schindler’s Ark”

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

 Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1972 novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Dream”


A 90’s retelling of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel “Emma”

The Green Mile

Based on Stephen King’s 1996 novel “The Green Mile”

Brokeback Mountain

Based on Annie Proulx’s short story “Brokeback Mountain” (1997)

The Princess Bride

Based on William Goldman’s 1973 novel “The Princess Bride”

The Godfather

Based on Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel “The Godfather”

American Psycho

Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel “American Psycho”

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Based on the first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings (1954)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Based on Truman Capote’s 1958 novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Gone With The Wind

Based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel “Gone With The Wind”

Apocalypse Now

A Vietnam-based retelling of Joseph Conrad’s novella “Heart of Darkness” (1899)

Revolutionary Road

Based on Richard Yates’ 1961 novel “Revolutionary Road”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Based on the first volume of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (1997)

The Shining

Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel “The Shining”

The Devil Wears Prada

Based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel “The Devil Wears Prada”


Based on Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel “Atonement”

A Clockwork Orange

Based on Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novella “A Clockwork Orange”

The Kite Runner

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, “The Kite Runner”

The Silence of the Lambs

Based on Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel “The Silence of the Lambs”

Life of Pi

Based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel “Life of Pi”

Girl, Interrupted

Based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir “Girl, Interrupted”


Based on Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel “Trainspotting”

The Notebook

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ 1996 novel “The Notebook”

The Wizard of Oz

Based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”

Forrest Gump

Based on Winston Groom’s 1986 novel “Forrest Gump”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Based on Helen Fielding’s 1996 novel “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” which itself is a re-telling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” (1813)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Based on the first book in Stieg Larrson’s Millennium  series trilogy, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2005)

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Based on Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Cloud Atlas

Based on David Mitchell’s 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas”

The Reader

Based on Bernhard Schlink’s 1995 novel, “The Reader” (orig. “Der Vorleser”)

Jurassic Park

Based on Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel “Jurassic Park”


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