More Movies Based on Books

Looking for a good movie? Check out one of these past LitFlicks movies and the books they are based on.

Rebecca, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier Rebecca - Winter finds her married life dominated by the sinister, almost spectral influence of Maxim's late wife, Rebecca, who still rules from beyond the grave.  Based on the book Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

 Moneyball, based on the book by Michael Lewis Moneyball, by Michael Lewis Moneyball - The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.  Based on the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis.

 Argo, based on the book by Antonio J. Mendez Argo: how the CIA and Hollywood pulled off the most audacious rescue in history, by Antonio J. Mendez Argo - On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants storm the American embassy in Tehran and capture dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escape and a mid-level CIA agent named Antonio Mendez devises an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.  Based on the book Argo: how the CIA and Hollywood pulled off the most audacious rescue in history by Antonio J. Mendez.

 A movie based on the book "No Country for old Men" by Cormac McCarthy No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy (book)   No Country for Old Men - When a Vietnam veteran discovers two million dollars while wandering through the aftermath of a Texas drug deal gone horribly awry, his decision to abscond with the cash sets off a violent chain reaction in this crime drama.  Based on the book No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.

 Lone Survivor (DVD) Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell (book)   Lone Survivor - The story of four Navy SEALs sent on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative.  Based on the book Lone Survivor: the Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwig and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 a true story by Marcus Luttrell.

 To Have and Have Not (DVD) Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell (book) To Have and Have Not - During World War II, a charter boat operator in the Caribbean breaks his policy of neutrality and takes a job transporting a resistance member to Martinique.  Based on the novelk To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway.

 The Man Who Came to Dinner (DVD) The Man Who Came To Dinner by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart (book) The Man Who Came to Dinner - A famed author slips on the ice and is confined to the home of a bourgeois couple were he proceeds to plunge the household into chaos, ruling the place like a czar and meddling in everyone's love life.  Based on the play The Man Who Came to Dinner by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD cover) The Fellowship of the Ring: being the first part of the Lord of the Rings The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - The first movie in the Lord of the Rings series directed by Peter Jackson starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, and many more.  Based on the book The Fellowship of the Ring: being the first part of the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Remains of the Day (DVD) The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day - The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically proper butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper employed by a British lord who is unwittingly a Nazi dupe.  Starring Anthony Hopkins & Emma Thompson and directed by James Ivory.  Based on the novel Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

The Hunt for Red October by Tom ClancyThe Hunt for Red October - new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the United States coast under the command of Captain Ramius. The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it. At the same time, the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find Ramius too. Based on the novel The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

Into the Woods (dvd) The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo IshiguroInto the Woods - A modern musical twist on the fairy tales we all grew up with, Into the Woods finds the fates of Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood intertwined with those of a baker and his wife who want, more than anything, a baby.  Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, and Johnny Depp. Based on the musical Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

The Martian (dvd) The Martian by Andy Weir (novel)The Martian - Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm leaves him stranded on Mars. He is forced to use his wits and ingenuity to survive as a team of international scientists, as well as his crew mates, attempt to figure out a way to bring him home.  This film stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Jeff Daniels.  Based on the novel The Martian by Andy Weir.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (DVD) The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (novel)The Adventures of Robin Hood - Recounts the life and adventures of Robin Hood, who, with his band of followers, lived as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest dedicated to fight against tyranny.  This film stars Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland and is directed by Michael Curtiz & William Keighley.  Based on the novel The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle.

Bridge of Spies (dvd) Bridge of Spies by Ghiles WhittellBridge of Spies -  James Donovan is a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.   This film stars Tom Hanks & Mark Rylance and is directed by Steven Spielberg.  Based on the novel Bridge of Spies by Ghiles Whittell.

I AM Legend (DVD) I Am Legend by Richard MathesonI Am Legend - Robert Neville is the last human survivor in what is left of New York City. A pandemic has left only 1% of the population alive and most of those who survived are no longer human. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by the only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. This film stars Will Smith and is directed by Francis Lawrence. Based on the novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.

The Big Short by Michael Lewis (book) The Big Short (DVD)The Big Short (DVD)The Big Short - details the lead up to the U. S. mortgage housing crisis. Starring Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Marisa Tomei.  Based on the book The Big Short by Michael Lewis.

David Copperfield movie coverThe Big Short (DVD)David Copperfield book coverDavid Copperfield - is a classic Dickens' story about an orphaned boy who, with the help of a kindly aunt, escapes his stepfather's cruelty and grows up to become a successful author.  Starring Lionel Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, and W.C. Fields and directed by George Cukor.  Based on The Personal History of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

The Shawshank Redemption movie coverThe Big Short (DVD)The Shawshank Redemption book coverThe Shawshank Redemption - Two convicts, one white and one black, never give up the dream of freedom, and together they turn hope and friendship into an uplifting bond no prison can ever take away. Starring Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman and directed by Frank Darabont. Based on the story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.

Me Before You movie cover Me Before You book coverMe Before You - Louisa “Lou” Clark moves from one job to help her family make ends meet. She becomes the caregiver of Will Traynor, a wealthy banker who became paralyzed a few years earlier. Will is cynical, but his outlook on life begins to change the longer he’s around Lou. Starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.  Based on the book of the same title by Jojo Moyes.

After the movie find out what happens next in Jojo Moyes' sequel After You.

Captain America Civil War DVD coverCaptain America Civil War graphic novel coverCaptain America: Civil War - Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a dangerous rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Scarlett Johansson. Based on the  Marvel comics Civil War #1-7 by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.

Murder on the Orient Express DVD coverMurder on the Orient Express book coverMurder on the Orient Express - Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express, but the train becomes caught in a snowstorm. When one of the passengers is discovered murdered, his investigation begins. Starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, and many others. Based on the novel of the same title by Agatha Christie.

1984 (movie cover) 1984 (book cover)1984 - Although George Orwell’s novel was first published in 1949, and even though the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s prophetic, dystopian vision of the future seems timelier than ever. This film adaptation stars John Hurt and Richard Burton, and is a faithful adaptation of the original novel. Remember: Big Brother is watching!

Arrival (DVD)Story of Your Life (Short Story) Arrival - When mysterious spacecraft appear around the globe, an elite team is brought together to investigate.  Linguist Louise Banks and her team are on a race against time to communicate with the visitors in order to keep humankind from global war. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, this film is based on the novel Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang.

The Girl With All the Gifts (DVD)The Girl with all the Gifts Book Cover The Girl with All the Gifts  - In a near dystopian future, a fungal disease has ravaged humanity where free will is lost, and the afflicted are turned into flesh-eating “hungries.” The only hope is a group of children who crave flesh but keep their ability to think and feel. A group of these children go to school at a rural army base in Britain as doctors search for a vaccine, but when the base is invaded, several survivors, including one of the children, embark on a perilous journey of survival. Starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, & Paddy Considine, this film is based on the book The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey.

The Exorcist DVD coverThe Exorcist  - When the 12-year-old daughter of a visiting actress begins behaving bizarrely and whose behavior becomes violent, it begins to appear that the girl is actually possessed by the devil. An exorcist, Father Merrin, is called in to help, and a battle for the girls’ soul ensues.  Starring Ellyn Burstyn, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, and Max von Sydow, this film is based on the novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

Fahrenhiet 451 DVD coverFahrenheit 451 book cover Fahrenheit 451 - Help us celebrate Banned Books week with a screening of Fahrenheit 45, a visionary parable of a society gone awry, in which firemen burn books and the state suppresses learning. Meanwhile, the citizenry sits by in a drug-induced and media-saturated indifference.  Starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner.  Based on the novel Fahreinheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Lion (movie cover) A Long Way Home (Book Cover) Lion - Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, far from his home and family. He learns to survive in the city of Kolkata before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later he sets out to find his lost, first family.  Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara.  Lion is based on the book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley.

Fences movie coverThree Plays by August Wilson incl. Fences (book cover)Fences- Troy Maxsen is a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. He once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was too old by the time the majors began admitting black players. When Troy’s son is offered the chance to meet a college football recruiter, Troy’s bitterness grows.  Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and Stephen Henderson.  Fences is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson.

The Maltese Falcon (movie cover) The Maltese Falcon (book cover) The Maltese Falcon - After the death of his partner, San Francisco private eye Sam Spade is dragged into a quest for a priceless statuette. Starring Humphrey Bogart & Mary Astor and directed by John Husten. The Maltese Falcon is based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett.

- It is 1943 and most of America’s young men are off to war. A wealthy candy manufacturer decides to start an all-female baseball league in order to keep the sport alive, as well as to make some extra money. Starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Jon Lovitz. A League of Their Own is based on the book of the same title by Sarah Gilbert.

- In May 1940, German forces quickly advanced in to France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. In desperation, Britain sends civilian ships and boats to help military ships transport over 330,000 Allied troops to England in a little over a week as the Germans continue to close in. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy. Dunkirk is based on the book The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord.