I love lists.  I have discovered some of my very favorite novels to read and re-read from scouring detailed book lists.  This is a list devoted to excellent books that have been adapted into fine feature films.  I have tried to include a variety of genres that appeal to wide audiences. Please let me know what you think!  Which titles do you think I should add?  Feedback is always welcome  – especially since I’ve capped my list at 50. Enjoy!


1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ~ J.K. Rowling

2. The Hunger Games ~ Suzanne Collins

3. Divergent ~ Veronica Roth

4. The Fault in our Stars~ John Green

5. To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee

6. The Diary of a Young Girl ~ Anne Frank

7. The Outsiders ~ S.E. Hinton

8. Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist ~ Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

9. Holes~ Louis Sachar

10. The Princess Bride ~ William Goldman

11. A Walk to Remember ~ Nicholas Sparks

12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower ~ Stephen Chbosky

13. The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak

14. Stardust ~ Neil Gaiman

15. The Spectacular Now ~ Tim Tharp

16. The Bridge to Terabithia ~ Katherine Paterson

17. Speak ~ Laurie Halse Anderson

18. Warm Bodies ~ Isaac Marion

19. The Lord of the Rings ~ J.R.R. Tolkein

20. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

21. Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

22. The Shining ~ Stephen King

23. The Godfather ~ Mario Puzo

24. Interview With The Vampire ~ Anne Rice

25. Dracula  ~ Bram Stoker

 

26. The Silence of the Lambs ~ Thomas Harris

27. Jurassic Park ~ Michael Crichton

28. The Bourne Identity ~ Robert Ludlam

29. Gone with the Wind ~ Margaret Mitchell

30. Memoirs of a Geisha ~ Arthur Golden

31. The Devil Wears Prada ~ Lauren Weisberger

32. Cold Mountain ~ Charles Frazier

33. The Da Vinci Code ~ Dan Brown

34. Alice in Wonderland ~ Lewis Carroll

35. The Cider House Rules ~ John Irving

36. The Joy Luck Club ~ Amy Tan

37. The Count of Monte Cristo ~ Alexandre Dumas

38. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ~ Stieg Larsson

39. Pay it Forward ~ Catherine Ryan Hyde

40. The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

41. The Hobbit ~ J.R.R. Tolkein

42. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story ~ John Berendt

43. Heart of Darkness ~ Joseph Conrad

44. The Secret Life of Bees ~ Sue Monk Kidd

45. The Help ~ Kathryn Stockett

46. Of Mice and Men ~ John Steinbeck

47. The Kite Runner ~ Khaled Hosseini 

48. Life of Pi ~ Yann Martel

49. Seabiscuit: An American Legend ~ Laura Hillenbrand

50. The Thorn Birds ~ Colleen McCullough