Classic Books on Film


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Pipe-smoking Huck rides a raft down the Mississippi with Jim, survives snake bites and con artists, and returns home to save the day. From Mark Twain.

The Age of Innocence
An adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about manners and morals in New York society in the 1870s.

All Quiet on the Western Front
A moving film about German boys' experiences as soldiers. Adapted from Erich Maria Remarque's great novel.

Anna Karenina
A Russian woman engages in an affair with a dashing officer. By Leo Tolstoy.

Bleak House
The classic story of decay and corruption in 19th Century England.

The Bostonians
A lush drama of the feminist movement in post-Civil War New England. From Henry James.

Call of the Wild
A dramatic tale of survival in the wilderness. By Jack London.

Captains Courageous
The classic sea story about a fisherman who teaches true values to a spoiled youngster. From Rudyard Kipling.

A Christmas Carol
A miserly old man discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

Daisy Miller
This Henry James melodrama is about a spoiled, socially naive American girl destroyed by European mores.

David Copperfield
The tale of an orphan in London who encounters an unforgettable group of characters.

Dodsworth
From the Sinclair Lewis novel, this is the story of a businessman-hero who is a dreamer and his culture-mad wife who longs to be enriched by life in Europe.

Emma
A delightfully witty comedy about love and matchmaking. Based on a Jane Austen novel about a benign busybody, Emma Woodhouse, so busy trying to arrange the lives of others that she is sidestepping her own.

Ethan Frome
A tale of a tragic love triangle in rural New England in the early 20th Century. From Edith Wharton.

Far from the Madding Crowd
The classic story, by Thomas Hardy, of a beautiful woman pursued by three suitors.

A Farewell to Arms
A haunting World War I love story. From Ernest Hemingway.

For Whom the Bell Tolls
The great screen romance during the Spanish Civil War. From Ernest Hemingway.

The Grapes of Wrath
From the John Steinbeck novel set in the Depression.

Great Expectations
The timeless story, by Charles Dickens, of an inexperienced country boy who is remade into an egotistical gentleman.

The Great Gatsby
The tragic tale, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, of ill-fated love between a wealthy man, Gatsby, and Daisy.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The deformed bellringer comes to the aid of the beautiful gypsy girl. From Victor Hugo.

Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontė's classic tale of a governess and her moody employer.

Jude the Obscure
A shocking examination, by Thomas Hardy, of Victorian England's hypocrisy.

The Jungle Book
The exciting adventure of a boy raised by wolves.

Kim
A rebellious English boy learns the dangers of espionage. From Rudyard Kipling.

Les Miserables
The epic tale, by Victor Hugo, of the suffering of humanity.

Little Dorrit
A young seamstress tries to overcome poverty and injustice.

The Man Who Would Be King
Two delightful English soldiers journey to Kafristan to become kings. By Rudyard Kipling.

Mansfield Park
A story of true virtue winning in stuffy 18th Century England. Based on a Jane Austen novel.

Mrs. Dalloway
The wife of a British M.P. thinks back to her youth and wonders. . . . By Virginia Woolf.

Mutiny on the Bounty
A rousing 18th-century sea adventure adapted from books by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
A taut murder mystery that unfolds in the slums of Victorian England.

Nicholas Nickleby
The story of a young man’s effort to protect his family from a cunning uncle and a harsh world.

Northanger Abbey
An enchanting tale of intrigue, romance, adventure, and mystery. From a Jane Austen novel.

Of Human Bondage
A crippled doctor falls for a nasty woman. By Somerset Maugham.

Of Mice and Men
Lenny and George seek happiness in a cruel world. By John Steinbeck.

The Old Curiosity Shop
A colorful tale of a foolish grandfather, a brutish dwarf, and Little Nell.

The Old Man and the Sea
Man versus nature in Cuba. From Ernest Hemingway.

Orlando
A young nobleman in Elizabethan England ventures through the centuries, changing into a woman, and ends up in modern times with a unique understanding of both sexes. By Virginia Woolf.

Persuasion
A woman rejects a poor man's marriage proposal; and, years later, he comes back into her life. From the Jane Austen novel.

The Pickwick Papers
A comic account, by Charles Dickens, of a rougish actor who survives by his wits.

The Portrait of a Lady
A splendid story, by Henry James, of an American young woman brought to England by her aunt.

Pride and Prejudice
A social satire by Jane Austen about five sisters looking for husbands.

The Prince and the Pauper
The timeless tale, by Mark Twain, of the beggar and the prince who switch places.

The Razor's Edge
An American soldier returns from World War I and questions the meaning of life. By Somerset Maugham.

Rebecca
A film based on Daphne du Maurier's novel.

The Red Badge of Courage
A moving Civil War drama based on Stephen Crane's haunting novel of the human side of war.

The Red Pony
A lonely boy loses faith in his father when his pony dies. By John Steinbeck.

The Reivers
A young boy's adventures and self-discovery in Mississippi during the early 1900s. By William Faulkner.

The Return of the Native
The lush Thomas Hardy story of a maiden's love for two young men.

Secret Agent
British spies are sent to Switzerland to hunt enemy agents. By Somerset Maugham.

Sense and Sensibility
Two sisters try to find romantic happiness in stodgy 19th Century England. From Jane Austen's novel.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro
A dying writer reflects on his life. By Ernest Hemingway.

St. Michael Had a Rooster
Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds on to his political ideals while struggling against madness in the loneliness of his prison cell. By Leo Tolstoy.

A Tale of Two Cities
Dickens’ classic story of the French Revolution.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Anne Brontė's wonderful story is brought to life.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
A poor farmer's daughter learns that she is descended from nobility, goes to live with rich relatives, is seduced by her evil cousin, and bears a child out of wedlock. By Thomas Hardy.

War and Peace
A story of three families during the Napoleonic Wars. By Leo Tolstoy.

The Wings of the Dove
This beautiful tale, by Henry James, contrasts a wealthy young American with European fortune hunters who are ultimately shamed by the dying heroine's goodness.

Wuthering Heights
Based on Emily Bronte's classic story of passion, hatred, and revenge.


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