Great Novels on Film


The Accidental Tourist
After the death of his son, Macon Leary, a travel writer, seems to be sleep walking through life.

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 Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain's classic tale of youthful adventure.

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.

Ben-Hur
Charlton Heston plays a peace-loving prince of Judea who leads his nation against the wrath of the Romans. Karl Tunberg was nominated for an Oscar for Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

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.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) wants to marry a millionaire but falls for the writer (George Peppard) who lives next door. Directed by Blake Edwards.

The Buccaneers
Four lovely American women look for romance in London. From Edith Wharton.

Cannery Row
The story of a former baseball star who becomes involved with a prostitute. From John Steinbeck.

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

Catch 22
Based on Joseph Heller's book, this zany film captures the insanity of Army life during WW 2. Starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Bob Newhart, Buck Henry, and many more great actors. The script is by Buck Henry.

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

The Citadel
From the A. J. Cronin best-selling novel about doctors' struggles with their consciences. Nominated for an Oscar for their screenplay were Ian Dalrymple, Elizabeth Hill, and Frank Wead.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A blacksmith is sent back in time to dazzle the medieval folks. From Mark Twain.

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. By Charles Dickens.

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. Starring Walter Huston as the hero, Ruth Chatterton as the wife, and Mary Astor as the women who appreciates Dodsworth's true value. Sidney Howard was nominated for a Screenplay Oscar.

Dragon Seed
Katharine Hepburn stars in the Pearl Buck story of a Chinese town devastated by the Japanese occupation. Also starring Walter Huston and Agnes Moorehead. Hepburn plays an Oriental.

Emma
A delightfully witty comedy about love and matchmaking. Based on a Jane Austen novel.

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

Eye of the Needle
A cold-hearted German spy becomes interested in a love-starved woman on a deserted British island. From Ken Follett’s novel. Starring Donald Sutherland.

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. Starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.

The Grapes of Wrath
From the John Steinbeck novel set in the Depression. Starring Henry Fonda. Nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay was Nunnally Johnson.

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.

Islands in the Stream
A stirring story, by Ernest Hemingway, of a father's reunion with his sons just before World War II.

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.

The Killers
Two killers investigate their victim's life to find out who hired them and why. From Ernest Hemingway.

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

Klondike Fever
From Jack London.

L'Argent
A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is, which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to turn to crime and murder. From Leo Tolstoy.

The Last Tycoon
F. Scott Fitzgerald's last novel deals with Hollywood.

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

The Letter
A murderer claims she acted in self-defense. By Somerset Maugham.

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

The Long Hot Summer
A sultry tale of sexuality and bigotry. By William Faulkner.

The Lover
An adolescent French girl becomes the lover of a well-to-do Chinese man in 1920s Saigon, but their love is forbidden by the social order of the era. Filmed in Vietnam. Not really a war movie, but well worth watching just for the spectacular Vietnam scenes. Writers: Gerard Brach and Jean-Jacques Annaud, from the novel by Marguerite Duras. Stars: Jane March and Tony Leung.

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
A mysterious stranger shows up in an honest town. By Mark Twain.

The Man Who Would Be King
Two delightful English soldiers journey to Kafristan to become kings. Sean Connery and Michael Caine are, respectively, Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan, a pair of lovably roguish British soldiers who set out to make their fortunes by conning the priests of remote Kafiristan into making them kings. By Rudyard Kipling.

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

MASH
A black-comedy of a crazy medical unit during the Korean War. This exceptional movie stars Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, and Gary Burghoff. As antiwar as they come.

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

Mutiny on the Bounty
A rousing 18th-century sea adventure adapted from books by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. The cast includes Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh, Clark Gable as Fletcher Christian, and Franchot Tone. Oscar nominees for Screenplay were Jules Furthman, Talbot Jennings, and Carey Wilson.

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

The Mysterious Stranger
A Mark Twain story about the power of imagination.

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

Night Sun
Evocative film about an idealistic, sensitive young man, who wishes to find inner peace in a world of temptation. By Leo Tolstoy.

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. Starring: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis.

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

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

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

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.

Our Mutual Friend
The body of John Harmon, a young man returning from South Africa to claim his inheritance, is pulled from the River Thames, setting in motion the plot of Charles Dickens's darkest and most complex novel.

Painted Veil
A love triangle story, by Somerset Maugham, set in China.

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.

Pudd'nhead Wilson
An unforgettable story, by Mark Twain, of mistaken identities.

Rain
A free-spirited young woman makes a preacher quiver with lust in the South Seas. By Somerset Maugham.

Random Harvest
Ronald Coleman is an amnesiac who falls in love with Greer Garson. Based on a James Hilton novel. The nominees for an Oscar for their screenplay were George Froeschel, Claudine West, and Arthur Wimperis.

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

Rebecca
A Hitchcock film based on Daphne du Maurier's novel. Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine. Robert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison were nominated for an Oscar for their screenplay.

The Red Badge of Courage
Audie Murphy, the most decorated WW II soldier, stars in this moving Civil War drama based on Stephen Crane's haunting novel of the human side of war. Directed by John Huston.

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.

Rigoletto
From Victor Hugo.

Ruy Blas
From Victor Hugo.

The Sea Wolf
A gentleman who is rescued at sea is forced to work as a sailor. By Jack London.

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.

Shadowlands
About writers C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger. Director: Richard Attenborough.

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 Tarnished Angels
Based on the William Faulkner novel Pylon. An engaging story of air circus barnstormers.

The Tenant of Windfell 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.

The Thin Man
Based on a Dashiell Hammett detective novel, this is a murder mystery and a sophisticated screwball comedy. Starring William Powell as Nick Charles and Myrna Loy as Nora Charles. Oscar nominees for adaptation were Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.

To Have and Have Not
A tough guy joins French freedom fighters and falls for a sultry drifter during World War II. By Ernest Hemingway.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge. Starring Gregory Peck.

To the Lighthouse
One of Virginia Woolf's best works brought to the silver screen. A lecturer, his family, the spinster Aunt Lily, an old friend, and a student, Charles Tansley, spend a summer in an isolated house in Cornwall just before World War I.

Tortilla Flat
A tale of friendship and love among fishermen and farmers in a California shanty town. By John Steinbeck.

The Turn of the Screw
A governess fights the forces of darkness for the souls of two children. By Henry James.

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

Wee Willie Winkie
An enchanting little girl and her widowed mother move to a British Army outpost in India. By Rudyard Kipling.

White Fang
A thrilling Jack London tale of friendship, courage, and strength.

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. With Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. Screenplay Oscar nominees were Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.


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