Books on Film: Novels Made into Major Motion Pictures

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Check-out this title About a Boy
Nick Hornby

Will is an egocentric, single bachelor set on not involving himself with children or long-term relationships. However, Will’s plan backfires when, in an effort to meet available women, he joins a support group for single parents.

 

Be Cool
Elmore Leonard

Chili Palmer wants to move into the recording industry, but he finds out his next big singing star may have ties to the mob.

 

The Bourne Identity
Robert Ludivum

A shooting victim, suffering from amnesia, finds himself with a Swiss bank account in the name of Jason Bourne, a professional assassin being manipulated by a top-secret American government organization to kill his arch rival, the dreaded Carlos.

 

Bridget Jones’s Diary
Helen Fielding

The daily journal of an English “singleton” who believes if she lost weight, stopped smoking, and developed “Inner Poise”, her life would be perfect.

 

Casino Royale
Ian Fleming

The first James Bond novel where 007 takes on a French communist and paymaster of a Soviet murder organization in a high-stakes game of baccarat.

 

Children of Men
P.D. James

Set in 2021, the human race is in danger of becoming extinct due to the infertility of all males. Theodore Faron, an Oxford historian, becomes involved with a group of revolutionaries determined to save society.

 

The Devil Wears Prada
Lauren Weisberger

A naïve, small-town girl fresh out of college gets a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, but finds the perks are overshadowed by the ultra-eccentric and demanding editor.

 

The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan

The story of four strong Chinese women and their relationships with their daughters—part of a new, blended generation.

 

Mystic River
Dennis Lehane

When his childhood friend’s daughter is murdered, Sean Devine is forced to confront a vigilante killer and a man with a dangerous secret.

 

What Was She Thinking? (Notes on a Scandal)
Zoë Heller

Sheba Hart’s world collapses when her affair with a male student is exposed by a new friend who becomes obsessed with her and the secrets they both hide.

 

The Princess Bride
William Goldman

A writer's view on life and art are revealed during his attempts to edit the children's classic that shaped his literary ambitions.

Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris

Clarice Starling, an FBI Academy trainee, hopes that her investigation of Dr. Hannibal Lecter will lead her to a serial killer named Buffalo Bill.