11 Award Winning Movies Based On Novels

  • THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

1.THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, it is the most commercially successful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s fantasy novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written in the 1900s. However, by the late 20th century the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz had become more recognized than the book on which it was based. It won many awards namely ‘Best picture’, ‘best special effects and cinematography’ and ‘best music and original song’ among others.

  • THE GODFATHER (1972)

2.THE GODFATHER (1972)Based on the best-selling 1969 novel written by Mario Puzo, Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, this movie shows the Corleone family under patriarch of Vito Corleone focusing on the transformation of one of his sons from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss. At the 45th Academy Awards, the film won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay.


  • THE EXORCIST (1973)

3.THE EXORCIST (1973)When a charming 12-year-old girl takes on the characteristics and voices of others, doctors say there is nothing they can do. As people begin to die, the girl’s mother realizes her daughter has been possessed by the devil and that her only possible hope lies with two priests and the ancient rite of demonic exorcism.The award winning film ‘The Exorcist’ is based on the 1971 horror novel written by American writer William Peter Blatty. Directed by William Friedkin, The Exorcist is said to be one of the most horrifying movies ever made. Starring Lynda Blair And Max Von Sydow, this film has won many awards including Academy Award for Best Writing and Golden Globe Award for Best Director -Motion Picture.


  • THE SHINING (1980)

4.THE SHINING (1980)A family staying at an isolated hotel for the winter are unaware of a sinister presence which slowly influences the father into violence, while making his psychic son sees horrific apprehensions from both past and the future. Produced and Directed by Stanley Kubrick ‘The Shining’ is a 1980 psychological horror film based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel.
Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd this masterpiece film was said to be based on true hauntings. This film has also won two awards.


  • GOODFELLAS (1990)

5.GOODFELLAS (1990)A young man who grows up in the mob works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. He enjoys his life of money and luxury, but is oblivious to the horror that he causes. A drug addiction and a few mistakes causes complications in his attempt to rise to the top. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the critically acclaimed movie, Goodfellas, was based on the crime book ‘Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family’ written by Nicholas Pileggi. The book was based on the real life story of Henry Hill Jr., starring Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta this film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.



6.THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)Jack Crawford (An FBI Agent) wants Clarice Sterling (a top student at a FBI training academy) to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. This movie is based on the book of the same name written by Thomas Harris. He based the character of Hannibal Lecter on a convicted killer he had met at a prison in Mexico.



7.SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)Based on the 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally, this film is about Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who together with his wife Emilie Schindler saved more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories during World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this war/drama film has won more than 20 awards.


  • JURASSIC PARK (1993)

8.JURASSIC PARK (1993)This film is based on the science fiction novel Jurassic Park written by Michael Crichton. In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, palaeontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt. This film has won over 10 Awards.

  • FORREST GUMP (1994)

9.FORREST GUMP (1994)Forrest Gump, a man with low IQ, has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether its fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most is his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny. The film is based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom This film has won a staggering amount of awards rounding up to 25.


  • HARRY POTTER (2002-2011)

10.HARRY POTTER (2002-2011)A boy called Harry Potter learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and he possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards.
There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths. These

globally recognized and appreciated series are based on the books written by J.K Rowling. It has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards over the span of its eight-film series.

  • ROOM (2015)

11.ROOM (2015)A woman and her young son are held captive for years in an enclosed space until they finally gain their freedom allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson this film was adapted from Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel. This drama/thriller has won over 20 Awards including Critic’s choice for best young performer.

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