The 15 Greatest Movies with Novels as Source Material

Not only are these great movies, but the novels on which they are based are classics, too. If you’re in a reading group, why not read the book, then watch the movie? I only chose novels, no non-fiction (i.e., A Beautiful Mind) or drama (i.e., Much Ado About Nothing). Movies are listed alphabetically.

  1. Ben-HurNovel by Lew Wallace
  2. The Bridge on the River KwaiNovel by Pierre Boulle
  3. Field of DreamsField of Dreams – Based on Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
  4. The GodfatherNovel by Mario Puzo
  5. Gone with the WindNovel by Margaret Mitchell
  6. The Grapes of WrathNovel by John Steinbeck
  7. The Lord of the RingsNovel by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. The Maltese FalconNovel by Dashiell Hammet
  9. Master and CommanderNovel by Patrick O’Brian
  10. The NaturalNovel by Bernard Malamud
  11. A Room with a ViewNovel by E.M. Forster
  12. The SearchersNovel by Alan Lemay
  13. ShaneNovel by Jack Schaefer
  14. To Kill a MockingbirdNovel by Harper Lee
  15. 2001: A Space OdysseyNovel by Arthur C. Clarke

What are your favorite movies based on novels? Leave a comment and let me know.

Deacon Nick

Nick Senger is a husband, a father of four, and a Catholic school teacher, vice principal and technology coordinator. He taught junior high literature and writing for over 25 years, and has been a Catholic school educator since 1990. In 2001 he was named a Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the National Catholic Education Association.

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