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Film as Literature: Films Based on Books

Films Based on a Book




African Queen

African Queen by C.S. Forester

All Quiet on the Western Front

Im Westen Nichts Neues by Erich Maria Remarque

Apocalypse Now

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Apu Trilogy

Panther Panchali and aparajito by Bibhuti Bhusan Banaerjee


Aviator by Ernest Kellogg Gann

Apollo 13

Lost Moon by Jim Lovell

Ba wan bie ji

Farewell My Concubine by Lilian Lee

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray

Beautiful Mind

Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

Being There

Being There by Jerzy Kosinski

Best Years of Our Lives

Glory for Me by MacKinlay Toland

Bicycle Thief

Bicycle Thief by Luigi Bartolini

Big Sleep

Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Black Hawk Down

Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden

Blade Runner

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

Blue Angel

Professor Unrat (Professor Trash) by Heinrich Mann


Bostonians by Henry James


Carrie by Stephen King

Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Death in Venice

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann


Deliverance by James Dickey

Dr. Strangelove

Red Alert by Peter George


Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity by Raymond Chandler

Eyes Wide Shut

Traumnovelle/Rhapsody: A Dream Novel by Arthur Schnitzler

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story by Cameron Crowe

Forbidden Games

Jeux Interdits by Francois Boyer

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Los Cuatro Jinetes del Apocalipsis by Vincente Blasco Ibanez

French Lieutenant’s Woman

French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles

Full Metal Jacket

The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford

Ghost World

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes


Blue-Eyues Child of Fortune by Robert Shaw

Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara

Golden Bowl

Golden Bowl by Henry James

Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell


Graduate by Charles Webb

Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


McTeague by Frank Norris

Heat and Dust

Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Howard’s End

Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hug


16th Round by Rubin Carter


Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevski


Informer by Liam O’Flaherty

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney


Kitchen by Mahoko Yoshimoto

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler


Laura by Vera Caspary


Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Malcolm X

Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett


MASH by Richard Hooker

Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Night Has a Thousand Eyes Cornell Woolrich

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront by Budd Schulberg

Out of the Past

Build My Gallows High by Geoffrey Homes

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb


Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor by Randall Wallace


Jackson Pollock: An American Saga by Steven Naifeh

Prizzi’s Honor

Prizzi’s Honor by Richard Condon


Psycho by Robert Bloch

Raging Bull

Raging Bull by Jake LaMotta


Rebecca by Dauphne du Maurier

Remains of the Day

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Room with a View

Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Shining, The

The Shining by Stephen King

Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris


Spartacus by Howard Fast

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Surviving Picasso

Surviving Picasso by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington


Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

Third Man

Third Man by Graham Greene

This Gun for Hire

A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene

To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

Tom Jones

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Touch of Evil

Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson


D’entre les mort by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Woman in the Window

Once Off Guard by J.H. Wallis