Movies Based on Books that I Have Read (and not seen)

by karink | last updated - 02 Dec 2014 | Public

I have been accused of only reading books that are being made into movies (or already have been). Here's a list of movies that have been or are being made into movies, where I've read the book but not watched the movie.

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1. Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry

Comedy, Romance | Announced

The four-year relationship of two New Yorkers are chronicled by items sold at an estate auction. Based on Leanne Shapton's book "Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the ... See full summary »

I got this book from the library but couldn't figure out why -- turns out I had read a news article about it being made into a movie and thought it sounded interesting. I'm curious how they'll turn the catalog into a movie, but it was an interesting read/look.

2. One Day (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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48 Metascore

After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Tom Mison

Votes: 117,684 | Gross: $13.84M

The book was an easy read, was surprised at the end. May eventually watch the movie, but may not.

3. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 99,793 | Gross: $33.08M

Another favorite of Roald Dahl, but I don't really have any intention of watching this one.

4. Harriet the Spy (1996)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.9
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Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. But when Harriet's friends find her secret notebook the tables are turned on her. Can she win her friends back and still keep on going with the spy business?

Director: Bronwen Hughes | Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Gregory Smith, Vanessa Chester

Votes: 8,517 | Gross: $26.54M

I LOVED this book as a kid -- I even kept my own notebook of observations. I do not plan on watching the movie though.

5. Never Let Me Go (2010)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.2
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69 Metascore

The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small

Votes: 120,654 | Gross: $2.43M

Beautiful book, but sad. I think I want to watch the movie, but now that it's no longer in theaters I'm not sure that I'll be able to make myself sit down to watch it.

6. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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44 Metascore

After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she's dreamed of having.

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Votes: 87,122 | Gross: $40.23M

The books were kind of fun, the first movie, okay. No plan to watch the second -- I hear it was bad.

7. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

5.9
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38 Metascore

A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack

Votes: 67,107 | Gross: $44.28M

The book was kind of fun (chick-lit), and I do love Isla Fisher. But from the previews, it looked like Hugh Dancy was too unnaturally tanned. We'll see. Could be fun.

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.2
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In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 54,894 | Gross: $8.40M

I'm not sure I knew they made a movie out of 1984, but here it is, with John Hurt!

9. Shopgirl (2005)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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62 Metascore

A film adaptation of Steve Martin's novel about a complex love triangle between a bored salesgirl, a wealthy businessman and an aimless young man.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

Votes: 21,934 | Gross: $10.28M

Was this the first book (novella) written by Steve Martin?

10. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Unrated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 35,554

11. Charlotte's Web (2006)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.3
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68 Metascore

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Director: Gary Winick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 30,751 | Gross: $82.99M

Yep, missed this one.

12. Stardust (2007)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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66 Metascore

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen

Votes: 225,904 | Gross: $38.63M

13. The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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55 Metascore

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

Votes: 398,848 | Gross: $144.84M

14. Running with Scissors (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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52 Metascore

Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 20,696 | Gross: $6.75M

15. Lay the Favorite (2012)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.8
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38 Metascore

Ex-private dancer Beth aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy--much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 9,632 | Gross: $0.02M

16. Toast (2010 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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57 Metascore

The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain.

Director: S.J. Clarkson | Stars: Oscar Kennedy, Victoria Hamilton, Colin Prockter, Ken Stott

Votes: 7,895

17. The Lovely Bones (2009)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

6.7
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42 Metascore

Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 134,346 | Gross: $43.82M

18. Ender's Game (2013)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.7
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51 Metascore

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 199,198 | Gross: $61.74M

19. Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)

PG | 86 min | Drama, Family

6.6
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Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.

Directors: Lyman Dayton, Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Joseph Ashton, Dave Matthews, Renee Faia, Mac Davis

Votes: 884

20. Beautiful Creatures (2013)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.2
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52 Metascore

Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Alden Ehrenreich

Votes: 74,241 | Gross: $19.45M

21. How I Live Now (2013)

R | 101 min | Romance, Thriller, War

6.5
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57 Metascore

An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay, Harley Bird

Votes: 24,017 | Gross: $0.06M

22. The Book Thief (2013)

PG-13 | 131 min | Drama, War

7.6
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53 Metascore

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer

Votes: 110,210 | Gross: $21.49M

23. $#*! My Dad Says (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

6.3
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A middle aged son moves in with his old fashion dad.

Stars: William Shatner, Jonathan Sadowski, Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso

Votes: 4,641

24. White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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51 Metascore

In 1988, a teenage girl's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Angela Bassett

Votes: 23,536 | Gross: $0.03M

25. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 307,592 | Gross: $27.11M

26. The Giver (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.5
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47 Metascore

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift

Votes: 97,437 | Gross: $45.09M

27. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 488,797 | Gross: $124.99M