20 Academy Award-winning Films Based on Books

March 13, 2024

The 2024 Oscars are over. Oppenheimer won Best Picture. It was one of the five films based on books up for this year’s Best Picture award.

 

The others were: American Fiction, based on Erasure by Percival Everett; Killers of the Flower Moon, based on the book of the same title by David Grann; Poor Things, based on the book by the same title, by Alasdair Gray; and The Zone of Interest, based on the book by the same title, by Martin Amis. Oppenheimer, was based on American Prometheus, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

 

Here’s a list of 20 Academy Award-winning films that were based on books.

 

1. The Godfather (1972) – Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo.

 

2. The Godfather Part II (1974) – Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo.

 

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.

 

4. Schindler’s List (1993) – Directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally.

 

5. No Country for Old Men (2007) – Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy.

 

6. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Directed by Jonathan Demme, based on the novel by Thomas Harris.

 

7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – Directed by Milos Forman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey.

 

8. The English Patient (1996) – Directed by Anthony Minghella, based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje.

 

9. The Shape of Water (2017) – Directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel The Shape of Water by Daniel Kraus and Guillermo del Toro.

 

10. The Departed (2006) – Directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs and its sequels, which were based on the novel by Alan Mak and Felix Chong.

 

11. A Beautiful Mind (2001) – Directed by Ron Howard, based on the biography A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar.

 

12. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Directed by Danny Boyle, based on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup.

 

13. Forrest Gump (1994) – Directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on the novel by Winston Groom.

 

14. Gone with the Wind (1939) – Directed by Victor Fleming, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell.

 

15. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – Directed by David Lean, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle.

 

16. The French Connection (1971) – Directed by William Friedkin, based on the book by Robin Moore.

 

17. 12 Years a Slave (2013) – Directed by Steve McQueen, based on the memoir by Solomon Northup.

 

18. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) – Directed by Robert Mulligan, based on the novel by Harper Lee.

 

19. The Sound of Music (1965) – Directed by Robert Wise, based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp

 

20. Argo (2012) – Directed by Ben Affleck, based on the book “The Master of Disguise” by Tony Mendez and the article “The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” by Joshuah Bearman.

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