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You’ve Seen the Movie…Now Read the Book!


You’ve Seen the Movie…Now Read the Book!

Winners of Academy Awards®  for Best Picture which are based upon Novels, Plays and Short Stories

The number following the movie title is the total number of Academy Awards won by that motion picture, including “Best Picture.” If the original title of the work is different than that of the movie, it is listed in italic print. Where there is no Dewey Decimal call number indicated, the book is shelved in the Adult Fiction under the author’s last name. The year listed after the author’s name is the original publication date of the book, play or story. For more information on movies based on previously published written works, see Enser’s Filmed Books and Plays (1928-1991) and The New York Times “Film Reviews” (1913-1988), or you can look up movie credits on the World Wide Web on a variety of Web sites, including The Internet Movie Database or the All-Movie Guide. The “Oscars®” are awarded in the Spring for motion pictures released during the previous year. The official Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Web site is at

Other books made into movies, and novelizations or movies after the fact, can be searched in the Lincoln City Libraries catalog by title and title keyword and searching for the name of the movie. All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department. 

Click the DVD icons in the list below to check on the availability of the motion picture versions of these “Best Picture” winners.

1930 formatdvd All Quiet on the Western Front [2] Erich Maria Remarque 1928 *
1931 formatdvd Cimarron [3] Edna Ferber 1929
1932 formatdvd Grand Hotel [1] Vicki Baum 1929 **
1934 formatdvd It Happened One Night [5] Samuel Hopkins Adams Night Bus (short story)
1935 formatdvd Mutiny on the Bounty [1] Charles B. Nordhoff and James Norman Hall 1932
1938 formatdvd You Can’t Take it With You [2] George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart [812.08 Kau] (Three plays by Kaufman & Hart)
1939 formatdvd Gone With the Wind [10] Margaret Mitchell 1936
1940   Rebecca [2] Daphne Du Maurier 1938
1941 formatdvd How Green Was My Valley [5] Richard Llewellyn 1940
1942 formatdvd Mrs. Miniver [6] Joyce Maxtone Graham (as “Jan Struther”) 1940
1943 formatdvd Casablanca [3] Murray Burnett Everybody Comes to Rick’s (play)
1945 formatdvd The Lost Weekend [4] Charles R. Jackson 1944
1946 formatdvd The Best Years of Our Lives [8] MacKinlay Kantor Glory for Me (novel)
1947 formatdvd Gentlemen’s Agreement [3] Laura Z. Hobson 1946
1948 formatdvd Hamlet [4] William Shakespeare [822.33 ShaS7nf] ca. 1600 The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke
1949 formatdvd All the King’s Men [3] Robert Penn Warren 1946
1950 formatdvd All About Eve [6] Mary Orr The Wisdom of Eve (short story)
1953 formatdvd From Here to Eternity [8] James Jones 1951
1956 formatdvd Around the World in 80 Days [5] Jules Verne 1872 ***
1957 formatdvd The Bridge on the River Kwai [7] Pierre Boulle 1954 The Bridge Over the River Kwai ****
1958 formatdvd Gigi [9] Colette 1944
1959 formatdvd Ben-Hur [11] Lew Wallace 1880
1961 formatdvd West Side Story [10] Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim (based upon a concept of Jerome Robbins) [Music 782.14 Ber] 1957 #
1963   Tom Jones [4] Henry Fielding 1749 The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling
1964 formatdvd My Fair Lady [8] Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner 1956 (based upon the play “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw 1912 [822 Sh2pyg]) ##
1966 formatdvd A Man For All Seasons [6] Robert Bolt 1960 A Man for All Seasons: A Play of Sir Thomas More [822 B63m Plays of Our Time]
1967 formatdvd In the Heat of the Night [5] John Ball 1965
1968 formatdvd Oliver! [6] Charles Dickens 1837 Oliver Twist, Or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. By “Boz” ###
1969 formatdvd Midnight Cowboy [3] James Leo Herlihy 1965
1972 formatdvd The Godfather [3] Mario Puzo 1969
1974 formatdvd The Godfather Part II [6] Mario Puzo 1969 The Godfather
1975 formatdvd One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest [5] Ken Kesey 1962
1979 formatdvd Kramer vs. Kramer [5] Avery Corman 1977
1980 formatdvd Ordinary People [4] Judith Guest 1976
1983 formatdvd Terms of Endearment [5] Larry McMurtry 1975 †
1984 formatdvd Amadeus [8] Peter Shaffer [822 Sha] 1980
1989 formatdvd Driving Miss Daisy [4] Alfred Uhry [812 Uhr] 1987
1990 formatdvd Dances With Wolves [7] Michael Blake 1988
1991 formatdvd The Silence of the Lambs [5] Thomas Harris 1988
1993 formatdvd Schindler’s List [7] Thomas Keneally 1982 (also known as “Schindler’s Ark“)
1994 formatdvd Forrest Gump [6] Winston Groom 1986
1996 formatdvd The English Patient [9] Michael Ondaatje 1992
2002 formatdvd Chicago [6] (based on the 1975 musical by Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb; based on a 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins) 1926 (play)
1975 (musical)
2003 formatdvd The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [11] J.R.R. Tolkien 1955
2004 formatdvd Million Dollar Baby: Stories From the Corner [4] F.X. Toole 2000 (originally known as “Rope Burns: Stories From the Corner“)
2007   No Country for Old Men [4] Cormac McCarthy 2005
2008 formatdvd Slumdog Millionaire [8] Vikas Swarup 2005 (originally known as “Q&A“)
2010 formatdvd The King’s Speech [4] Mark Logue 2010 (Biography George VI King of Britain)
2012 formatdvd Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History [3] Antonio J. Mendez and Matt Baglio 2012
2013 formatdvd 12 Years a Slave [3] Solomon Northup 1853 (Biography Northup)
2014 formatdvd Birdman [4] Raymond Carver Based, in part, on the 1981 short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
2015  formatdvd Spotlight  [6]  various reporters based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning stories by a variety of reporters, in The Boston Globe.
2016  formatdvd Moonlight  [8]  Tarell Alvin McCraney Based on author McCraney’s unpublished play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue
2017 formatdvd The Shape of Water [4] Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus Novel released in 2018, the year after the film’s release.
2020 formatdvd Nomadland  [6]  Jessica Bruder 2017 Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century  ††


Also note: The 1998 Best Picture, Shakespeare in Love, was written by screenwriter Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard and is based on the life, times, and plays of William Shakespeare, particularly “Romeo and Juliet.”

* original published in German, “Im Western Nichts Neues”
** originally published in German, “Menschen Im Hotel”
*** originally published in French, “Le Tour du Monde en Quatre-Vingt Jours”
****  originally published in French, “Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai”
# inspired by the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, written ca. 1594 and titled “The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet” in one of its earliest authoritative editions, which was itself based upon a poem, “The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet” written by Arthur Brooke in 1562, which was based in turn upon a French translation of an Italian work “La sfortunata morte di dui infelicissimi amanti” by Matteo Bandello (1485-1561), with the characters “Romeo e Giuletta”. Elements of the story also appear in earlier Italian works, “Il Novellino” written by Masuccio Salemitano in 1474, and “Istoria novellamente ritrovata di due Nobili Amanti” by Luigi da Porto; similarly, “Hamlet” is based upon an English play from the 1580s, probably written by Thomas Kyd, and can be traced back to Norse/Icelandic folklore.
## translated into German from the English original for premiere in Germany; published in English in 1920
### first published in serial form under the full title in “Bentley’s Miscellany”, 1837-1839, and then as a book in 3 volumes; second edition shortened to Oliver Twist; “Boz” was Dickens’ early pen name
filmed partially in Lincoln, Nebraska
†† filmed partially in Scottsbluff, Nebraska


Original printed list March 1999 bwc | Last updated May 2023 sdc — includes the Academy Awards through 2023