Sunday, 30 April 2017

Books Made into Movies

When a book is adapted to make a movie, it at least lays the foundation of a strong script. Novels have been adapted into movies right from the advent of the movie industry. Some of the movies based on books become the most acclaimed movies of all time. Here, I have listed down 39 of the novels made into movies which went on to become the biggest successes the movie industry. This list is not in any particular order.

SNNovelAuthorNovel First PublishedMovie NameDirectorMovie Release Year
1The GodfatherMario Puzo1969The GodfatherFrancis Ford Coppola1972
2Gone with the WindMargaret Mitchell1936Gone with the WindVictor Fleming1939
3The Wondeful Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum1900The Wizard of OzVictor Fleming1939
4The GraduateCharles Webb1963The GraduateMike Nichols1967
5Schindler's ArkThomas Keneally1982Schindler's ListSteven Spielberg1993
The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tollkein
The Fellowship of the RingPeter Jackson2001
The Two TowersPeter Jackson2002
The Return of the KingPeter Jackson2003
7Le Pont de la Riviere KwaiPierre Boulle1952The Bridge on the River KwaiDavid Lean1957
8The African QueenC. S. Forester1935The African QueenJohn Huston1951
9PsychoRobert Bloch1959PsychAlfred Hitchcock1960
10One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestKen Kesey1962One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestMilos Forman1975
11The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck1939The Grapes of WrathJohn Ford1940
12The Maltese FalconDashiell Hammett1929The Maltese FalconJohn Huston1941
13The Treasure of the Sierra MadreB. Traven1927The Treasure of the Sierra MadreJohn Huston1948
14To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee1960To Kill a MockingbirdRobert Mulligan1962
15Midnight CowboyJames Leo Herlihy1965Midnight CowboyJohn Schlesinger1969
16Doctor ZhivagoBoris Pasternak1957Doctor ZhivagoDavid Lean1965
17The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klax KlanThomas Dixon Jr.1905The Birth of a NationD. W. Griffith1915
18A Clockwork OrangeAnthony Burgess1962A Clockwork OrangeStanley Kubrick1971
19JawsPeter Benchley1974JawsSteven Spielberg1975
20From Here to EternityJames Jones1951From Here to EternityFred Zinnemann1953
21All Quiet on the Western FrontErich Maria Remarque1929All Quiet on the Western FrontLewis Milestone1930
22MASH: A Novel About Three Army DoctorsRichard Hooker1968MASHRobert Altman1970
23D'entre les mortsBoileau-Narcejac1954VertigoAlfred Hitchcock1958
24The Silence of the LambsThomas Harris1988The Silence of the LambsJonathan Demme1991
25ShaneJack Schaefer1949ShaneGeorge Stevens1953
26The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International ConspiracyRobin Moore1969The French ConnectionWilliam Friedkin1971
27Forrest GumpWinston Groom1986Forrest GumpRobert Zemeckis1994
28Wuthering HeightsEmily Bronte1847Wuthering HeightsWilliam Wyler1939
29Dances with WolvesMichael Blake1988Dances with WolvesKevin Costner1990
30In the Heat of the NightJohn Ball1965In the Heat of the NightNorman Jewison1967
31All the President's MenCarl Bernstein and Bob Woodward1974All the President's MenAlan J. Pakula1976
32SpartacusHoward Fast1951SpartacusStanley Kubrick1960
33Mutiny on the BountyCharles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall1932Mutiny on the BountyFrank Lloyd1935
34Sophie's ChoiceWilliam Styron1979Sophie's ChoiceAlan J. Pakula1982
35An American TragedyTheodore Dreiser1925A Place in the SunGeorge Stevens1951
36WiseguyNicholas Pileggi1986GoodfellasMartin Scorsese1990
37The Last Picture ShowLarry McMurtry1966The Last Picture ShowPeter Bogdanovich1971
38The SearchersAlan Le May1954The SearchersJohn Ford1956
39Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Philip K. Dick1968Blade RunnerRidley Scott1982

Have you read any of these books which were made into movies? Considering that these novels and non-fictions were considered supreme enough to be translated into movies, I shall recommend them as some of the books you got to read.

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