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This research guide can be used as a companion to the ongoing Book Into Film program being hosted at Berkeley Public Library. Or use it as a stand alone resource to find information about film adaptations of books.
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If you would like more information about our ongoing Book Into Film program please click the "Submit a Link" button and fill in the boxes. You can also suggest titles for the program, register for the next program or ask other questions about film adaptations using this form. Or call us during open hours at (510) 981-6148.

Adaptation Resources

  • PBS: Comparing Film Adaptations of Shakespeare
    This site from PBS uses the many versions of Shakespeare's works which have been filmed to show how to examine the similarities and differences in adaptations of the same story. Fathom offers a lesson plan using Shakespeare, Frankenstein, and others for the same purpose.
  • Film Adaptations List
    UNH Manchester Library has put together an extensive list of films based on books, plays and short stories.
  • Based on the Book
    Mid-Continent Public Library has put together a handy list of 1,250 books, short stories, novels and plays that have been made into feature length films released in the US since 1980.

Books That Have Been Adapted Into Films

So many novels, short stories, plays, graphic novels and other kinds of books have been made into films that it would be impossible to list them all here. We have gathered here a list of some of our favorites that you can explore by borrowing the book, the movie or both from the Berkeley Public Library collection.

  • Coraline
    Novel by Neil Gaiman. 2009 film directed by Henry Selick. Screenplay by Henry Selick and starring Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman.
  • Fight Club
    Novel by Chuck Palahniuk. 1999 film directed by David Fincher, screenplay by Jim Uhls and starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton & Helena Bonham Carter.
  • The Grapes of Wrath
    Novel by John Steinbeck. 1940 film directed by John Ford. Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson and starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine.
  • Inherit the Wind
    Play by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee. 1960 film directed by Stanley Kramer. Screenplay by Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith and starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly.
  • Into the Wild
    Nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer. 2007 film directed by Sean Penn. Screenplay by Sean Penn and starring Emile Hirsch.
  • Mystic River
    Novel by Dennis Lehane. 2003 film directed by Clint Eastwood. Screenplay by Brian Helgeland and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon.
  • The Princess Bride  
    Book and screenplay by William Goldman. 1987 film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Robin Wright.
  • Shawshank Redemption
    Short story by Stephen King. 1994 film directed by Frank Darabont. Screenplay by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Novel by Harper Lee. 1962 film directed by Robert Mulligan. Screenplay by Horton Foote and starring Gregory Peck, John Megna, and Frank Overton.
  • Trainspotting
    Novel by Irvine Welsh. 1996 film directed by Danny Boyle. Screenplay by John Hodge and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller.

  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape
    Novel and screenplay by Peter Hedges. 1993 film directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Winter's Bone
    Novel by Daniel Woodrell. 2010 film directed by Debra Granik with screenplay by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini and starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt.

Library Books

Browse the library shelves for books and materials on film adaptations around the call number 791.436.

Featured books about film adaptations are listed below. Search for additional materials here:

Film Adaptation In The Hollywood Studio Era
Call Number: 791.436 D352f
A&M New Books

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I Read It At The Movies
Call Number: 791.436 Ax22i
Central A&M

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Now a Major Motion Picture
Call Number: 791.436 G31n
Central A&M

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Enser's Filmed Books & Plays
Call Number: 016.7914 En77
Central Reference


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