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Film as Literature: Films Based on Short Story or Poem

Films Adapted from Short Stories or Poems



2001 Space Odyssey

The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke

All About Eve

Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr

Almos’ A Man

Almos’ A Man by Richard Wright

Andre’s Mother

Andre’s Mother by Terence McNally

Barn Burning

Barn Burning by William Faulkner

Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald


The Birds by Daphne du Maurier

Blue Hotel

Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane

Fall of the House of Usher

Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Golden Honeymoon

Golden Honeymoon by Ring Lardner

Greatest Man in the World

Greatest Man in the World by Ring Lardner

Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Ann Porter

Jolly Corner

Jolly Corner by Henry James

Land of Little Rain

Land of Little Rain by Mark Austin


Lifeboat by John Steinbeck

Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain

Man Who Knew Too Much

Man Who Knew Too Much by Charles Bennett

Masque of Red Death

Mask of Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Smith by Norman Krasna

O Brother Where Art Thou

Odyssey by Homer

Pit and the Pendulum

Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Premature Burial

Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe


The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Rear Window

It Had to Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich

Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt by Gordon McDonnell

Stage Fright

Man Running and Outrun the Constable by Selwyn Jepson

Tales of Terror

Morella, Black Cat and Cask of Amontillado, Fact in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allen Poe

Tom of Ligeia

Ligeia by Edgar Allen Poe

Wrong Man

True Story of Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero by Maxwell Anderson