Books on Film

Illustrated list of books made into movies

Books on Film

British Fiction

British Drama

American Fiction

American Drama


Cinema books

Welcome to Books on Film.

 Many of the world's great novels and plays have been made into films, and watching the film can be a help in getting to know the essence of a work quickly and enjoyably. A film brings a book's characters, setting, and action to life in front of our eyes and can show us in 90 minutes or so the essentials of a story which might take us weeks to read. The wide availability of movies online and on DVD has made movies more accessible than ever before.

When studying a play, a film can be particularly helpful because the work is designed to be performed rather than read. In the case of novels, watching the movie can never be a complete substitute for reading the book. A movie is necessarily a condensed and selective interpretation of the book. Some directors will have attempted a faithful rendition of the characters and themes, while others will have simply selected aspects the book as a basis for a movie.

Within each category the list is arranged chronologically by the authors' dates. Each category also has a name index at the top. To see more information about the movies click the cover picture. I have included some television adaptations, films of plays, and film and TV documentaries about authors.

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