Novels on the Big Screen

Whether faithful adaptations or daring reimaginings, these are films that deserve to be appreciated alongside their printed progenitors.

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984 1984 1984 Michael Radford United Kingdom, 1984
913 The Age of Innocence The Age of Innocence Martin Scorsese United States, 1993
214 All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster) All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster) William Dieterle United States, 1941
600 Anatomy of a Murder Anatomy of a Murder Otto Preminger United States, 1959
782 The Apu Trilogy The Apu Trilogy    
886 L’argent L’argent Robert Bresson France, 1983
385 Army of Shadows Army of Shadows Jean-Pierre Melville France, 1969
645 The Ballad of Narayama The Ballad of Narayama Keisuke Kinoshita Japan, 1958
897 Barry Lyndon Barry Lyndon Stanley Kubrick United States, 1975
1042 Beau travail Beau travail Claire Denis France, 1999
411 Berlin Alexanderplatz Berlin Alexanderplatz Rainer Werner Fassbinder Germany, 1980
324 La bête humaine La bête humaine Jean Renoir France, 1938
765 The Black Stallion The Black Stallion Carroll Ballard United States, 1979
889 The Breaking Point The Breaking Point Michael Curtiz United States, 1950
Buchanan Rides Alone Buchanan Rides Alone Budd Boetticher United States, 1958
893 Certain Women Certain Women Kelly Reichardt United States, 2016
1176 Chilly Scenes of Winter Chilly Scenes of Winter Joan Micklin Silver United States, 1979
1043 Christ Stopped at Eboli Christ Stopped at Eboli Francesco Rosi Italy, 1979
131 Closely Watched Trains Closely Watched Trains Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia, 1966
1041 The Comfort of Strangers The Comfort of Strangers Paul Schrader Italy, 1990
1059 Crash Crash David Cronenberg Canada, 1996
David Golder David Golder Julien Duvivier France, 1930
962 Death in Venice Death in Venice Luchino Visconti Italy, 1971
Decision at Sundown Decision at Sundown Budd Boetticher United States, 1957
1135 Devil in a Blue Dress Devil in a Blue Dress Carl Franklin United States, 1995
902 Desert Hearts Desert Hearts Donna Deitch United States, 1985
745 Don’t Look Now Don’t Look Now Nicolas Roeg United Kingdom, 1973
1126 Double Indemnity Double Indemnity Billy Wilder United States, 1944
1136 Drive My Car Drive My Car Ryusuke Hamaguchi Japan, 2021
The Eight Mountains The Eight Mountains Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch Italy, 2022
904 Election Election Alexander Payne United States, 1999
The Emigrants/The New Land The Emigrants/The New Land    
398 Les enfants terribles Les enfants terribles Jean-Pierre Melville France, 1950
1011 Fail Safe Fail Safe Sidney Lumet United States, 1964
700 Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox Wes Anderson United States, 2009
175 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Terry Gilliam United States, 1998
430 The Fire Within The Fire Within Louis Malle France, 1963
1116 The Flight of the Phoenix The Flight of the Phoenix Robert Aldrich United States, 1965
Freaks Freaks Tod Browning United States, 1932
768 The French Lieutenant’s Woman The French Lieutenant’s Woman Karel Reisz United Kingdom, 1981
475 The Friends of Eddie Coyle The Friends of Eddie Coyle Peter Yates United States, 1973
435 The Furies The Furies Anthony Mann United States, 1950
31 Great Expectations Great Expectations David Lean United Kingdom, 1946
1201 Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson United States, 2022
974 The Heiress The Heiress William Wyler United States, 1949
1099 High Sierra High Sierra Raoul Walsh United States, 1941
The Home and the World The Home and the World Satyajit Ray India, 1984
426 The Ice Storm The Ice Storm Ang Lee United States, 1997
The Idiot The Idiot Akira Kurosawa Japan, 1951
781 In Cold Blood In Cold Blood Richard Brooks United States, 1967
1167 Imitation of Life Imitation of Life John M. Stahl United States, 1934
1058 The Irishman The Irishman Martin Scorsese United States, 2019
586 Island of Lost Souls Island of Lost Souls Erle C. Kenton United States, 1932
1199 La cérémonie La cérémonie Claude Chabrol France, 1995
549 The Last Picture Show The Last Picture Show Peter Bogdanovich United States, 1971
70 The Last Temptation of Christ The Last Temptation of Christ Martin Scorsese United States, 1988
1107 The Learning Tree The Learning Tree Gordon Parks United States, 1969
235 The Leopard The Leopard Luchino Visconti Italy, 1963
Les misérables Les misérables Raymond Bernard France, 1934
43 Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies Peter Brook United Kingdom, 1963
239 The Lower Depths The Lower Depths    
952 The Magnificent Ambersons The Magnificent Ambersons Orson Welles United States, 1942
457 Magnificent Obsession Magnificent Obsession Douglas Sirk United States, 1954
567 The Makioka Sisters The Makioka Sisters Kon Ichikawa Japan, 1983
1160 Malcolm X Malcolm X Spike Lee United States, 1992
803 The Manchurian Candidate The Manchurian Candidate John Frankenheimer United States, 1962
661 Marketa Lazarová Marketa Lazarová František Vláčil Czechoslovakia, 1967
827 McCabe & Mrs. Miller McCabe & Mrs. Miller Robert Altman United States, 1971
535 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Nagisa Oshima United Kingdom, 1983
860 Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce Michael Curtiz United States, 1945
1119 Miracle in Milan Miracle in Milan Vittorio De Sica Italy, 1951
774 Mister Johnson Mister Johnson Bruce Beresford United States, 1990
363 Mouchette Mouchette Robert Bresson France, 1967
1205 Mudbound Mudbound Dee Rees United States, 2017
973 My Brilliant Career My Brilliant Career Gillian Armstrong Australia, 1979
220 Naked Lunch Naked Lunch David Cronenberg Canada, 1991
32 Oliver Twist Oliver Twist David Lean United Kingdom, 1948
894 The Piano Teacher The Piano Teacher Michael Haneke France, 2001
29 Picnic at Hanging Rock Picnic at Hanging Rock Peter Weir Australia, 1975
Poil de carotte Poil de carotte Julien Duvivier France, 1932
1158 The Power of the Dog The Power of the Dog Jane Campion United States, 2021
1022 The Prince of Tides The Prince of Tides Barbra Streisand United States, 1991
948 The Princess Bride The Princess Bride Rob Reiner United States, 1987
637 Purple Noon Purple Noon René Clément France, 1960
135 Rebecca Rebecca Alfred Hitchcock United States, 1940
1208 The Roaring Twenties The Roaring Twenties Raoul Walsh United States, 1939
775 A Room with a View A Room with a View James Ivory United Kingdom, 1986
630 Rosemary’s Baby Rosemary’s Baby Roman Polanski United States, 1968
1129 Rouge Rouge Stanley Kwan Hong Kong, 1987
869 Rumble Fish Rumble Fish Francis Ford Coppola United States, 1983
17 Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy, 1976
667 Seconds Seconds John Frankenheimer United States, 1966
1182 The Servant The Servant Joseph Losey United Kingdom, 1963
1130 Shaft Shaft Gordon Parks United States, 1971
315 Shoot the Piano Player Shoot the Piano Player François Truffaut France, 1960
755 Le silence de la mer Le silence de la mer Jean-Pierre Melville France, 1949
13 The Silence of the Lambs The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme United States, 1991
441 The Small Back Room The Small Back Room Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom, 1949
164 Solaris Solaris Andrei Tarkovsky Soviet Union, 1972
452 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Martin Ritt United States, 1965
888 Stalker Stalker Andrei Tarkovsky Soviet Union, 1979
728 Sundays and Cybèle Sundays and Cybèle Serge Bourguignon France, 1962
1013 Teorema Teorema Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy, 1968
697 Tess Tess Roman Polanski United Kingdom, 1979
La tête d’un homme La tête d’un homme Julien Duvivier France, 1933
880 They Live by Night They Live by Night Nicholas Ray United States, 1948
536 The Thin Red Line The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick United States, 1998
234 The Tin Drum The Tin Drum Volker Schlöndorff Germany, 1979
1213 To Die For To Die For Gus Van Sant United States, 1995
910 Tom Jones Tom Jones Tony Richardson United Kingdom, 1963
1204 Trainspotting Trainspotting Danny Boyle United Kingdom, 1996
1191 The Trial The Trial Orson Welles France, 1962
1172 Two Films by Marguerite Duras Two Films by Marguerite Duras    
410 Under the Volcano Under the Volcano John Huston United States, 1984
677 The Uninvited The Uninvited Lewis Allen United States, 1944
920 The Virgin Suicides The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola United States, 1999
10 Walkabout Walkabout Nicolas Roeg United Kingdom, 1971
983 War and Peace War and Peace Sergei Bondarchuk Soviet Union, 1966
1037 The War of the Worlds The War of the Worlds Byron Haskin United States, 1953
748 Watership Down Watership Down Martin Rosen United Kingdom, 1978
1215 Werckmeister Harmonies Werckmeister Harmonies Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky Hungary, 2000
White Mane White Mane Albert Lamorisse France, 1953
1031 Wildlife Wildlife Paul Dano United States, 2018
470 Wise Blood Wise Blood John Huston United States, 1979
916 Women in Love Women in Love Ken Russell United Kingdom, 1969
96 Written on the Wind Written on the Wind Douglas Sirk United States, 1956
Xala Xala Ousmane Sembène Senegal, 1975
279 Young Törless Young Törless Volker Schlöndorff Germany, 1966
570 Zazie dans le métro Zazie dans le métro Louis Malle France, 1960