7 Classic Books That Were Made Into Movies for Your Viewing Pleasure

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Movies Based Off Classic Books

You've likely read a classic novel or two in your lifetime. After all, they're often part of middle and high school curriculum (though we all seem to have that friend who aces the tests without reading the book). Those classic books often get made into movies for people to enjoy, many of which become classics themselves!

Books and movies are two amazing forms of entertainment and take a lot of time and effort to make for readers and viewers to enjoy. That's part of what makes them so special. Especially with the classic books made into movies, you can feel the enduring longevity.

There's a reason many classics have remained classics and continue to inspire emotion in readers no matter how many years have passed. The very same can be said for the film adaptations, including the ones on this list. They all have heart.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


There's a good chance you're familiar with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Perhaps you read it in high school (I know I did) or even read it for fun as a fan of classic romances. Over the years, Pride and Prejudice has been adapted several times for both the big and small screens. There 1940 and 2005 film adaptions, along with TV mini-series made that aired in 1980 and 1995.

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2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple, is a classic, and so is the 1995 film adaptation. The 1992 epistolary novel is a difficult, yet important, book to read. In some ways, the movie is more difficult to watch when you see just everything Celie goes through. The Color Purple has also been made into a musical and a radio drama!

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3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is another novel you may have read in school. It's also another book that has seen numerous adaptation since its 1925 publication. A silent film adaption was released in 1926, followed by more movie adaptations in 1949, 1974, 2000, and 2013.

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4. A Wrinkle in Time

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The first book in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet, A Wrinkle in Time has everything both kids and adults could want in a good old fantasy novel: travel through time and space, the fight between good and evil, love, rescue missions, and more! The book has been adapted twice, once as a made-for-TV movie in 2003 and again in 2018. Make sure to read L'Engle's wonderful novels and then immerse yourself into the beautiful world of Meg Murray!

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5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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When I was a kid, one of my favorite books and movies was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I loved the idea of having a secret place filled with beautiful plants all to myself, and maybe you do too! Adaptions of The Secret Garden have been released in 1949, 1987, and 1993, along with a few sequel movies and a 1975 TV series. A new adaption of the novel is projected to come out April 2020.

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6. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is definitely a play you're familiar with whether you've read it or not. It's had such a huge cultural impact that nearly everyone at least knows the gist of what it's about. Because of just how popular and enduring the play is, it's had a lot of film adaptations including ones in 1968, 1996, and 2013. This doesn't even count looser adaptations like West Side Story.

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7. We Have Always Live in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson is known for her frightening, eerie tales, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle is among the best of them. We Have Always Lived in the Castle has only recently gotten an adaptation. The movie debuted at the LA Film Festival in September 2018 and had a wider release in May 2019.

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