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There are some movies that everybody knows come from a book-- The Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, the comic books turned movies like Superman, Spiderman, and Fantastic Four, and many classic novels. But there are a wealth of others that have flown slightly under the radar.

Take a look at some of these book titles that are available at our library that have been turned into movies or television series.

If you liked this list, and want to see some adult and teen book titles that have been made into movies, check out this list on our Wiki [Children's Edition]

Feel free to add to this list by creating an account and editing this page.

*Because so many classic novels have been turned into movies (and so many versions of each have been done), they are generally not included in this list. Also not included are the very popular superhero comic books that have been made into films in recent years. This list is intended to help readers find that many popular movies were actually books first, and since these are well-known adaptations, have been excluded from this list.

*Please note that JMRL does not own all of the corresponding movies or TV shows.

Adult Fiction

This list includes adult and young adult titles because many movies crossover into both age groups.


  • 24 Hours by Greg Iles (Film title: Trapped [2002])
  • 3:10 to Yuma by Elmore Leonard (Film title: 3:10 to Yuma [2007])

A through D

  • Be Cool by Elmore Leonard (Film: 2005)
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn (Film: 2010)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (Film: 1998)
  • Big Fish by Daniel Wallace (Film: 2003)
  • Bourne Series by Robert Ludlum (Film titles: Bourne Identity [2002], Bourne Supremacy [2004], and Bourne Ultimatum [2007])
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris (Film: 2000)
  • Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernières (Film title: Captain Corelli's Mandolin [2001])
  • Deadwood by Pete Dexter (Film Title: Wild Bill [1995])

E through H

  • Emma by Jane Austen (Film Title: Clueless [1995])
  • Hannibal by Thomas Harris (Film: 2001)
  • Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris (Film: 2007)
    • See also: Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Film: 2011)
  • Holes by Louis Sachar (Film: 2003)
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (Film: 2006)
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Film: 2002)

I through L

  • Jaws by Peter Benchley
  • Jumper by Steven Gould (Film: 2008)
  • Killshot by Elmore Leonard (Film: 2009)
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

M through O

  • Misery by Stephen King (Film: 1990)
  • Oil! by Upton Sinclair (Film title: There Will Be Blood [2007])

P through R

  • Push by Sapphire (Film title: Precious [2009])
  • Q & A by Vikas Swarup (Film Title: Slumdog Millionaire (2008))
  • Relic by Douglas Preston (Film: 1997)

S through T

  • Sahara by Clive Cussler (Film: 2005)
  • Sabrina Fair by Samuel Albert Taylor [Film Titles: Sabrina (1954) and (1995)]
  • Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella [Film Title: Field of Dreams (1989)]
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Film: 2004)
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (Film title: Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker [2006])
  • Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen [Film Title: Striptease (1996)]
  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare [Film Titles: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and Kiss Me, Kate (1953)]
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare [Film Titles: Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Yellow Sky (1948) and The Tempest (2010)]
  • Timeline by Michael Crichton (Film: 2003)
  • True Grit by Charles Portis (Films: 1969 and 2010)
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare [Film Title: She's the Man (2006)]
  • The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
Twilight (Film: 2008)
New Moon (Film: 2009)
Eclipse (Film: 2010)
Breaking Dawn (Films: Part 1 - 2011, Part 2 - 2012)

U through Z

Adult Nonfiction

  • Capote by Gerald Clarke (Film: 2005)
  • Finding Fish by Antwone Fisher (Film title: Antwone Fisher [2002])
  • Jarhead by Anthony Swofford (Film: 2005)
  • Lost Moon by Jim Lovell (Film title: Apollo 13 [1995])
  • Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam (Film title: October Sky [1999])