Movies based on books! Did you know in 2020, there would be approximately 40-50 Movies based on Books? But due to the COVID-19 situation around, it is quite safe to say that all Books with movies would be postponed for next year, 2021.
In this modern era, we could see a surge in the Books with movies being made. It might be so because they have built-in audiences mainly the most popular books. Or, it could be because the filmmakers either liked the book or they want to flex their creative muscles. Or both.
This can be both good and bad. Sometimes we get incredible movies that bring these books to life as well as introduce people to authors they have never read. Sometimes fans get a horrible version of a beloved book.
Presenting the best and full list of Movies based on Books.
FYI– Some are movies based on books, or plays, historical events, television shows, fairy tales, comic books, even games, and many are only inspiration taken from the books.
It is also claimed that Book adaptations account for up to 50 percent of all Hollywood films and are consistently rated amongst the highest-grossing at the box office, as aptly demonstrated by the commercial success of recent adaptations of the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.
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Here are the ‘Books with movies’ list with the same name
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austin
The novel follows the character development of Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist of the book, who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness.
The Hobbit- J. R. R. Tolkien
In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, The protagonist of our story, is a Hobbit. Who likes to live in the comfort of his hole. He hates the idea of going on adventures and prefer the peaceful environment of his home. Until one day Gandalf, the wizard ends up on his door…
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.
The Giver- Lois Lowry
It is a morally driven and interesting story about a young boy called Jonas who lives in a society free of crime and sadness.
It (novel)- Stephen King
The story follows the experiences of seven children as they are terrorized by an evil entity that exploits the fears of its victims to disguise itself while hunting its prey.
The Green Mile- Stephen King
It tells the story of death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe’s encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who displays inexplicable healing and empathetic abilities.
Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon
The novel centers around 17-year-old Madeline Whittier, who is being treated for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), also known as “bubble baby disease”.
The Goldfinch- Donna Tartt
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother.
The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett
the story of how Mary Lennox and her friends find independence as they tend their garden
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Brontë
(published under the pen name “Currer Bell”)
The novel follows the story of Jane, a seemingly plain and simple girl as she battles through life’s struggles. Jane has many obstacles in her life – her cruel and abusive Aunt Reed, the grim conditions at Lowood school, her love for Rochester and Rochester’s marriage to Bertha.
Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
The story revolves around the lives of four sisters growing up during and after the Civil War. With their father off fighting the war, the girls face the hardships and constraints of poverty and social expectations.
Emma (novel)- Jane Austen
It is set in the fictional country village of Highbury and the surrounding estates of Hartfield, Randalls, and Donwell Abbey and involves the relationships among people from a small number of families.
The Wonderful Wizard of OZ- L. Frank Baum
and illustrated by W. W. Denslow
Dorothy finds herself in new surroundings and is welcomed by the local inhabitants, who tell her she is in Oz. Dorothy’s only hope of escape is to see the great Wizard of Oz. But the Wizard will not help Dorothy and her friends unless they kill the Wicked Witch of the West!
Charlotte’s Web- E. B. White
and illustrated by Garth Williams
The novel tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte.
Bridge to Terabithia- Katherine Paterson
and Illustrator: Donna Diamond
Bridge to Terabithia is a work of children’s literature about two lonely children who create a magical forest kingdom in their imaginations.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.
The Maze Runner (series)- James Dashner
When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the center of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.
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Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
An extramarital affair between Anna and dashing cavalry officer Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky that scandalizes the social circles of Saint Petersburg and forces the young lovers to flee to Italy in a search for happiness. Returning to Russia, their lives further unravel.
The Shining- Stephen King
The story of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a recovering alcoholic who took the job as the caretaker of a historic hotel during their off-season. The evil forces deteriorated Jack’s sanity leading him to turn on his family.
The Godfather- Mario Puzo
The novel details the story of a fictional Mafia family in New York City, headed by Vito Corleone. Puzo’s dedication to The Godfather is “For Anthony Cleri”.
Where the Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
The story, focuses on a young boy named Max who, after dressing in his wolf costume, wreaks such havoc through his household that he is sent to bed without his supper.
The Three Musketeers- Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers is a historical adventure novel. It is in the swashbuckler genre, which has heroic, chivalrous swordsmen who fight for justice.
Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.
A Wrinkle in Time- Madeleine L’Engle
the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
The Turn of the Screw- Henry James
A young governess is sent to a great country house to care for two orphaned children. As she sets out to uncover the corrupt secrets of the house she becomes more and more convinced that something evil is watching her.
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats- T. S. Eliot
A collection of T. S. Eliot’s poems which concern cats including Mr. Mistoffelees, and Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling
The adventures of Mowgli, the young man raised by wolves in the jungles of Central India, and his friends Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python, as they face the arch villain Shere Khan the tiger
On Chesil Beach- Ian McEwan
Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms, they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come and, unbeknownst to them both, the events of the evening will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Ella Enchanted- Gail Carson Levine
Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters and fairy godmothers, Ella’s spirited account of her quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant and enchanting tale about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself.
The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
Amir and Hassan grow up together in Kabul. The two are inseparable, and when twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament, his loyal friend promises to help him. But neither boy can predict what will happen to Hassan that afternoon – as the kites soar over the city – and how it will change their lives forever.
A Walk to Remember- Nicholas Sparks
Can you resist the depths of the human heart? Landon discovers the true depths of the human heart, and takes a decision that is so stunning it will lead him irrevocably down the road to manhood . . .
The Call of the Wild- Jack London
During the Goldrush, Buck is snatched away from his peaceful home and brought to the harsh and bitter Yukon to become a sled dog. Will he adapt, and learn to trust men? Or will his newly awakened primitive instincts lead him to search for the freedom he has never known?
News of the World- Jiles Paulette
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
The Nightingale- Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.
The BFG- Roald Dahl
On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant. Luckily it is the Big Friendly Giant, the BFG. But there are other giants in Giant Country who try to find human beans to eat. Can Sophie and her friend the BFG stop them?
Peter Pan and Wendy- J. M. Barrie
the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate Captain Hook.
The count of monte cristo- Alexandre Dumas
After a dramatic escape from prison, Dantès acquires a fortune at the Island of Monte Cristo, and returns to France as the mysterious and sought-after Count of Monte Cristo. With steely resolve, he sets about wreaking vengeance on those who conspired his ruination.
Is that it? No wait the above mentioned are books into movies with the same name as the book. But there are many other super hit movies based on Books, but with a different name than that of the books published. These books with movies either have a long book title or are less specific. So, those- books made into movies with an altered name.
Here are the ‘books made into movies’ with an altered name
Wiseguy- Nicholas Pileggi
movie name- Goodfellas
Nicholas Pileggi’s vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill—the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that “to be a wiseguy was to own the world,” who grew up to live the highs and lows of the mafia gangster’s life
Dracula- Bram Stoker
movie name- Bram Stoker’s Dracula
The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and a woman led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
The Knife of Never Letting Go- Patrick Ness
movie name- Chaos Walking
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he’s going to have to run…
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?- Philip K. Dick
movie name- Blade Runner
World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn’t ‘retiring’ them with his laser weapon,
The Invention of Hugo Cabret- written and illustrated by Brian Selznick
movie name- Hugo
Orphan, clock keeper and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity, but when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.
David Copperfield- Charles Dickens
(full title- The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield)
David Copperfield lives happily with his mother until she decides to marry the tyrannical Edward Murdstone.
movie name- The Personal History of David Copperfield
Schindler’s Ark- Thomas Keneally
movie name- Schindler’s List
story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland and who was transformed by the war into a man with a mission, a compassionate angel of mercy.
The Visible Filth- Nathan Ballingrud
movie name- Wounds
When Will discovers a cell phone after a violent brawl his life descends into a nightmare. He decides to keep the cell phone just until the owner returns and everything changes. Will’s discovered something unspeakable and it’s crawling slowly into the light.
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- Washington Irving
movie name- Sleepy Hollow
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is among the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity, especially during Halloween because of a character known as the Headless Horseman believed to be a Hessian soldier who was decapitated by a cannonball in battle.
Queen Bees and Wannabes- Rosalind Wiseman
movie name- Mean Girls
This groundbreaking book takes you inside the secret world of girls’ friendships, translating and decoding them, so parents can better understand and help their daughters navigate through these crucial years.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli
movie name- Love, Simon
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is -and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal.
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle- Hugh Lofting
movie name- Doctor Dolittle
Doctor Dolittle is a very special vet—because he knows how to talk to the animals! So when he hears that there’s a terrible sickness hurting all the monkeys in Africa, the good doctor knows he must go and help them.
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption- Stephen King
movie name- The Shawshank Redemption
A Stephen King novel telling of unfair imprisonment and escape.
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle.
movie name-Let It Snow
A snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, bringing together a group of highschool students. They soon find their friendships and love lives colliding, and and Christmas morning, nothing will be the same.
Nothing Lasts Forever- Roderick Thorp
movie name- Die Hard
High atop a Los Angeles skyscraper, an office Christmas party turns into a deadly cage-match between a lone New York City cop and a gang of international terrorists.
Now, is that it? Wait… This is the list of Movies based on Books. To Get the full list of 333 movies made so far- follow PaperbackSwap (external link).
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Wow amazing… Loved it!
Few books to movies, I didn’t know. Good luck.