Afterword - Pre 1900 literary adaptations

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1. Ulysses (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, History

A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano, Anthony Quinn, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 3,354

2. Troy (2004)

R | 163 min | Drama, History

56 Metascore

An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Votes: 475,236 | Gross: $133.38M

3. The Avenger (1962)

95 min | Adventure, Drama

Aeneas leads escapees from the Trojan war to new land in Italy, and must deal with new threats to his people.

Director: Giorgio Venturini | Stars: Steve Reeves, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Carla Marlier, Mario Ferrari

Votes: 339

4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 275,939 | Gross: $45.51M

5. Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli (1981)

100 min | Biography, Drama

From an authentic Viking saga, Outlaw tells the story of a family blood feud, set in 10th century Iceland.

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson | Stars: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson, Kristján Jóhann Jónsson, Þráinn Karlsson

Votes: 289

6. Beowulf (2007)

PG-13 | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

59 Metascore

The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel, who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's Mother, who begins killing out of revenge.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, Robin Wright

Votes: 158,955 | Gross: $82.16M

7. Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010 Video)

R | 88 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Dante journeys through the nine circles of Hell -- limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery -- in search of his true love, Beatrice.

Directors: Victor Cook, Mike Disa, Sangjin Kim, Shûkô Murase, Jong-Sik Nam, Lee Seung-Gyu, Yasuomi Umetsu | Stars: Graham McTavish, Vanessa Branch, Steve Blum, Peter Jessop

Votes: 7,868

Dante 1265–1321

8. The Water Margin (1972)

R | 81 min | Action, Drama

Tells the story of the 108 Heroes who stood up against a corrupt government. Each hero has his own unique fighting skill, but they are all willing to die to uphold justice.

Directors: Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao, Wu Ma | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Kuan Tai Chen, Chung Wang

Votes: 616

Shi Nai'an (Chinese: 施耐庵; pinyin: Shī Nài'ān, ca. 1296–1372), was a Chinese writer from Suzhou. Water Margin, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, is attributed to him.

9. The Decameron (1971)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic, Vincenzo Amato

Votes: 9,398

10. The Canterbury Tales (1972)

NC-17 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti

Votes: 6,370

11. Don Quixote (2000 TV Movie)

120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Adapted from the work of Miguel de Cervantes, this is the story of a hidalgo, fanatic for chivalry novels, who loses his sanity and believing to be a knight named Don Quixote de La Mancha, ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams

Votes: 1,560

Miguel Cervantes. Published in two parts 1605 and 1615.

12. Moll Flanders (1996)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

The daughter of a thief, young Moll (Robin Wright) is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive Priest lead Moll to rebel as a ... See full summary »

Director: Pen Densham | Stars: Robin Wright, Morgan Freeman, Stockard Channing, John Lynch

Votes: 3,901 | Gross: $3.36M

Daniel Defoe: published 1722.

13. Tom Jones (1963)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

77 Metascore

The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th-century England.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine, Rachel Kempson

Votes: 11,135 | Gross: $37.60M

Published 1749.

14. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Jeremy Northam, Rob Brydon, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 12,235 | Gross: $1.25M

First installment published in 1759

15. Candide (1960)

88 min | Comedy

Based on the classic novel "Candide" by Voltaire, but set in the World War II era. In this story, Candide, a young Westphalian born in the castle of Thunder-ten-tronckh, is driven out of ... See full summary »

Director: Norbert Carbonnaux | Stars: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Pierre Brasseur, Daliah Lavi, Michel Simon

Votes: 117

Published 1759.

16. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 62,531 | Gross: $34.70M

French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in four volumes by Durand Neveu from March 23, 1782.

17. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 13,397

Published in two parts: 1806 and 1831.

18. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the title opposites.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 98,118 | Gross: $43.18M

Published 1811.

19. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

TV-PG | 327 min | Drama, Romance

While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 72,458

Published 1813

20. The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

182 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Gustaw Holoubek

Votes: 4,635 | Gross: $0.12M

Published 1815.

21. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

R | 123 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hulce

Votes: 49,805 | Gross: $22.01M

Mary Shelley 1818.

22. Mary Shelley's Frankenhole (2010–2017)

TV-MA | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror

After mastering immortality, mad scientist Victor Frankenstein turns his attention to time travel, creating a number of wormholes connected to his Eastern European village, allowing him ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeff Bryan Davis, Britta Phillips, Mark Rivers, Scott Adsit

Votes: 784

23. Ivanhoe (1952)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard (Norman Wooland) and put him back on the throne.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders

Votes: 7,845

Published 1820.

24. The Red and the Black (1954)

113 min | Drama, Romance

It's no holds barred for Julian in pursuit of upward mobility. Although expected to channel career aspirations into the Church of the post- Napoleonic era, his intensely romantic liaisons ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Gérard Philipe, Antonella Lualdi, Antoine Balpêtré

Votes: 543

Published 1830.

25. Midshipman Easy (1935)

70 min | Adventure

A young man runs away to sea but finds more adventures than he was expecting.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Hughie Green, Margaret Lockwood, Harry Tate, Robert Adams

Votes: 85

Frederic Marryat. Published 1836.

Based on Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector published 1836.

27. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)

Approved | 108 min | Drama

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Merrall, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 642

Published 1838 - 39.

28. Hero of Our Time (1967)

83 min | Drama

In an adaptation of Mikhail Lermontov's classic 19th century Russian novel "A Hero of Our Time", soldier Pechorin battles with love and fate in the Caucasus.

Director: Stanislav Rostotskiy | Stars: Vladimir Ivashov, Aleksey Chernov, Svetlana Svetlichnaya, Aleksandr Orlov

Votes: 64

Mikhail Lermontov. Written 1839.

29. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History

89 Metascore

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 142,708

Thackeray 1844.

30. The Three Musketeers (1973)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure

A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York

Votes: 14,958 | Gross: $22.02M

Published 1844.

31. The Count of Monte Cristo (1998)

400 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Edmond Dantes is unjustly sent to prison for 18 years. He escapes to reclaim his fiancée Mercedes and revenge against his nemesis, Mondego.

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi

Votes: 5,879

Published 1844.

32. The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, History

The Four Musketeers defend the queen and her dressmaker from Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Michael York, Raquel Welch, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain

Votes: 9,496 | Gross: $19.10M

based on the book 20 years later published in 1845.

33. Queen Margot (1994)

R | 159 min | Biography, Drama, History

Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez

Votes: 15,895 | Gross: $2.02M

Dumas. Published 1845.

34. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 15,730 | Gross: $0.76M

Emily Bronte 1847.

35. The Iron Mask (1929)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, History

King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte, Dorothy Revier, Vera Lewis

Votes: 1,126 | Gross: $3.27M

Published 1847 - 50.

36. Vanity Fair (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia Sedley.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Romola Garai, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Votes: 20,608 | Gross: $16.14M

Published 1847 - 48.

37. Jane Eyre (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Su Elliot

Votes: 78,700 | Gross: $11.24M

Charlotte Bronte 1847.

38. The Scarlet Letter (1926)

Passed | 115 min | Drama

After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Henry B. Walthall, Karl Dane

Votes: 1,476 | Gross: $0.67M

Published 1850.

39. Moby Dick (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 16,370 | Gross: $10.40M

Published 1851

40. Madame Bovary (1991)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire marries a dull country doctor. To escape boredom, she throws herself into love affairs with a suave local landowner and a law student, and runs up ruinous debts.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-François Balmer, Christophe Malavoy, Jean Yanne

Votes: 3,412 | Gross: $1.94M

Published 1856

41. The Woman in White (1997 TV Movie)

Unrated | 125 min | Mystery, Thriller

Based upon Wilkie Collins' Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Tara Fitzgerald, Justine Waddell, Andrew Lincoln, Susan Vidler

Votes: 1,006

Wilkie Collins. Published 1859.

42. Great Expectations (1946)

Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: David Lean | Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager, Jean Simmons

Votes: 21,289

Charles Dickens. Published 1860.

43. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 299,824 | Gross: $148.81M

Victor Hugo. Published 1862.

44. War and Peace (1956)

PG | 208 min | Drama, Romance, War

Napoleon's (Herbert Lom's) tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman

Votes: 8,720 | Gross: $12.50M

Published 1869.

45. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1973)

60 min | Animation, Family

Animated version of Jules Verne's classic. Teacher and sailor, hired by US Government to destroy a submarine monster, are captured by Captain Nemo and taken to a fantastic adventure underseas on Nautilus submarine.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Star: Bernard Cowan

Votes: 90

Jules Verne. Published 1870.

46. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2