Afterword - Pre 1900 literary adaptationsby JohnFarrowKarrtorp | created - 11 Apr 2014 | updated - 25 Apr 2014 | Public
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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.
2. Troy (2004)
R | 163 min | Drama, History
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.
Votes: 475,236 | Gross: $133.38M
4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
Votes: 275,939 | Gross: $45.51M
6. Beowulf (2007)
PG-13 | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
Votes: 3,901 | Gross: $3.36M
Daniel Defoe: published 1722.
13. Tom Jones (1963)
Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Comedy, History
The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th-century England.
Votes: 11,135 | Gross: $37.60M
14. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."
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 »
16. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
R | 119 min | Drama, Romance
A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.
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.
Published in two parts: 1806 and 1831.
18. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 98,118 | Gross: $43.18M
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.
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.
Votes: 4,635 | Gross: $0.12M
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
25. Midshipman Easy (1935)
70 min | Adventure
A young man runs away to sea but finds more adventures than he was expecting.
Frederic Marryat. Published 1836.
26. If I Were for Real (1981)
99 min | Drama
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.
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.
Mikhail Lermontov. Written 1839.
29. Barry Lyndon (1975)
PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.
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.
Votes: 14,958 | Gross: $22.02M
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
Votes: 1,126 | Gross: $3.27M
Published 1847 - 50.
36. Vanity Fair (2004)
PG-13 | 141 min | Drama
Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia Sedley.
Votes: 20,608 | Gross: $16.14M
Published 1847 - 48.
37. Jane Eyre (2011)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.
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.
Votes: 1,476 | Gross: $0.67M
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.
Votes: 16,370 | Gross: $10.40M
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.
Votes: 3,412 | Gross: $1.94M
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 »
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.
Charles Dickens. Published 1860.
43. Les Misérables (2012)
PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical
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.
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.
Votes: 8,720 | Gross: $12.50M
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.
Jules Verne. Published 1870.
46. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family