50 books that make great films (Grand Finale)

In our last ’50 books that make great films’ post, we round out the list with the final 10 selections. A huge thank you to the staff members that participated in this series – it wouldn’t have been possible without you, and I hope it’s been as fun to follow as it was to organise!

Visit our previous posts to see the other 40 titles. As usual, let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Previous posts: [Part One] [Part Two] [Part Three] [Part Four]


dickDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner)

It’s a bit different from the book but it’s a brilliant film! [Submitted by Gaynor and Penny]

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick | First Published: 1968 | Film Release: 1982| Genre: Drama Fantasy



emEmma (Clueless)

There have been numerous Emma adaptations but one of the best (and most fun) is Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. Although it’s classed as a teen film, anyone can enjoy it and that yellow tartan number is iconic! [Submitted by Penny]

Emma by Jane Austen | First Published: 1815 | Film Release: 1995 | Genre: Teen Film Romance



girl-withThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This series is shocking and thrilling. There have been two adaptations, a Swedish version starring Sven-Bertil Taube, released in 2009 and 2011 Hollywood adaptation starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Both versions are recommendable! [Submitted by Marcus]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson| First Published: 2005 | Film Release: 2009 or 2011 | Genre: Drama Thriller


greatThe Great Gatsby

Set in the 1920s, The Great Gatsby is decadent and mildly self-absorbed. I think Baz Luhrmann did a decent job with the film but it’s not for everyone. (Penny isn’t much of a fan).

[Submitted by Adam]

Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald | First Published: 1925 | Film Release: 2013 | Genre: Drama Romance


maryMary Poppins

One word – supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [Submitted by Steph]

Mary Poppins by P.L Travers | First Published: 1934 | Film Release: 1964 | Genre: Fantasy Musical





Persepolis is a great animated film which brings Marjane Satrapi’s fascinating story to life. [Submitted by David]

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi | First Published: 2000 | Film Release: 2008 | Genre: Biography Drama



zombiesPride Prejudice and Zombies

It’s faithful to the text and pretty ridiculous. Good mindless fun. [Submitted by Craig and Leanne]

Pride Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith| First Published: 2009 | Film Release: 2016 | Genre: Action Thriller (unintentional Comedy)




The book is a classic. The 1940 adaptation by Alfred Hitchcock is a classic and Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are fantastic in their respective roles. [Submitted by Steph]

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier| First Published: 1938 | Film Release: 1940 | Genre: Drama Thriller



theshiningThe Shining

The book and film follow Jack Torrance as he fills the position of winter caretaker for at Overlook hotel. This book cemented King’s pre-eminence in the horror genre. Worth a read AND watch. [Submitted by Penny]

The Shining by Stephen King | First Published: 1977| Film Release: | Genre: Drama Thriller



True Grit

There are two adaptations, the 1969 classic with John Wayne and the 2010 remake with Jeff Bridges. The Cohen brothers did a great job and the cinematography is brilliant. [Submitted by Adam]

True Grit by Charles Portis | First Published: 1968 |Film Release: 2010| Genre: Adventure Drama Western


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