Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Film Versions of 99 Classic 19th Century Novels

 


This list of classic novels includes novellas and short novels for children, but not short stories or plays. Sometimes there may be little to distinguish ‘novella’ and ‘long short story’ in terms of word-count but if the work was published separately under its own title it’s usually considered a novella, if it’s part of a larger collection it’s generally considered a short story.

Some of these works have been filmed many times in many countries, starting in the silent era. I’ve included only the most famous adaptations and they are all movie, not TV, adaptations.

Of course all film adaptations leave out elements of the original book and make changes, but I’ve used the word ‘loosely’ below to indicate significant alterations of structure or to show that the film-makers have changed the time or place in which the story is set.

I’ve given the novel’s author and year of publication, then the country and year of release of the movie. The title of the film is the same as the book unless otherwise stated.


1.          The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain, 1884)
Film: (US, 1939) (US, 1960) (US, 1985) The Adventures Of Huck Finn (US, 1993)
2.          The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conon Doyle, 1892) 
Film: (US, 1939)
3.          The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain, 1876)
Film: (US, 1938) Tom Sawyer (US, 1973)
4.          Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll, 1865)
Film: Alice in Wonderland (US, 1933) Alice in Wonderland (US, 1951, cartoon) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  (UK, 1972) Alice (Cz, 1988) Alice in Wonderland (US, 2010)
5.          Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy, 1877) 
Film: (US, 1935) (UK, 1948) (US, 1997)
6.          Around The World In 80 Days (Jules Verne, 1873)
Film: (US, 1956) (UK, 2004)
7.          The Awakening (Kate Chopin, 1899)
Film: Grand Isle (US, 1991)
8.          Barry Lyndon (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1844)
Film: (UK, 1975)
9.          Billy Budd (Hermann Melville, 1891)
Film: (US, 1962)
10.      Black Beauty (Anna Sewall, 1877)  
Film: (UK, 1971) (US, 1994)
11.      The Bostonians (Henry James, 1886)
Film: (US, 1984)
12.      The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1880)
Film: (US, 1958)
13.      Captains Courageous (Rudyard Kipling, 1897)
Film: (US, 1937) (US, 1977) (US, 1996)
14.      The Charterhouse of Parma (Stendhal, 1839)
Film: (Fr, 1948)
15.      A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens, 1843)
Film: A Christmas Carol AKA Scrooge (UK, 1951) Scrooge (UK, 1970) loosely as Scrooged (US, 1988)
16.      A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Mark Twain, 1889)
Film: (US, 1949, musical)
17.      Confessions Of An English Opium Eater (Thomas De Quincey, 1821)
Film: very loosely as Confessions Of An Opium Eater  (US, 1962)
18.      The Count Of Monte Christo (Alexandre Dumas, 1845)
Film: (US, 1934) (Fr, 1954) (US, 1961) (US, 2002)
19.      Cousine Bette (Honore De Balzac, 1846)
Film: (US,98)
20.      Crime And Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1866)          
Film: Raskalnikov (Ger, 1923) Crime And Punishment (US, 1935) loosely as Crime And Punishment  USA (US, 1959) loosely as Crime and Punishment in Suburbia (US, 2000) Crime And Punishment (US, 2002)
21.      Daisy Miller (Henry James, 1878)
Film: (US, 1974)
22.      David Copperfield (Charles Dickens, 1850)
Film: (US, 1935)
23.      Dead Souls (Nikolai Gogol, 1842)
Film: (Russ, 1960)  
24.      The Death Of Ivan Ilyich (Leo Tolstoy, 1886)
Film: loosely as Ivansxtc (US,  2000)
25.      Dracula (Bram Stoker, 1897)
Film: (US, 1931) (UK, 1958) (US, 1979)
26.      Effi Briest (Theodor Fontane. 1894)
Film: (Ger, 1974)
27.      Elective Affinities (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 1809)
Film: (Italy, 1996)
28.      Emma (Jane Austen, 1815)
Film: very loosely as Clueless (US, 1995) Emma (US,1996)
29.      Eugene Onegin (Aleksandr Pushkin, 1833)(a novel in verse)
Film: Onegin (UK, 1999)
30.      The Europeans (Henry James, 1878)
Film: (US, 1979)
31.      Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy, 1874)
Film: (UK, 1967)
32.      Fathers And  Sons (Ivan Turgenev, 1862)
Film: (Russ, 1959)
33.      Frankenstein  (Mary Shelley, 1818)
Film:  Frankenstein (US, 1931) Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (US, 1994)
34.      Germinal (Emile Zola, 1885) 
Film: (Fr, 1993)
35.      Great Expectations (Charles Dickens, 1861)
Film: (UK, 1946) (US, 1998)
36.      The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo, 1831)
(US, 1923) (US, 1939) (Fr, 1957) (US, 1996, cartoon)
37.      The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1868)
Film: loosely (Jap, 1951)
38.      The Invisible Man (HG Wells, 1897)
Film: The Invisible Man (US, 1933) very loosely as Hollow Man (2000)
39.      The Island of Dr Moreau (HG Wells, 1896)
Film: The Island of Lost Souls (US, 1933) The Island of Dr Moreau
(US, 1977) The Island of Dr Moreau (US, 1996)
40.      Ivanhoe (Walter Scott, 1819)
Film: (US, 1952)
41.      Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte, 1847)
Film: (US, 1944) (Ital, 1996) (UK, 2010)
42.      Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (Jules Verne, 1864)
Film: (US, 1959) (US, 2008)
43.      Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy, 1896) 
Film: Jude (UK, 1996)
44.      Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883)
Film: (US, 1948) (US, 1960) (UK, 1971)
45.      King Solomons Mines (H. Rider Haggard, 1885) 
Film: (UK, 1937) (US, 1950) (US, 1985)
46.      La Bete Humaine (Emile Zola, 1890)
Film: (Fr, 1938)
47.      La Reine Margot (Alexander Dumas, 1845)
Film: (Fr, 1954) (Fr, 1994)
48.      Last Of The Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper, 1826)
Film: (US, 1936) (US, 1992)
49.      Le Colonel Chabert (Honore De Balzac, 1832)
Film: (Fr, 1943) (Fr, 1994)
50.      Le Pere Goriot (Honore De Balzac, 1835)
Film: (Fr, 1945)
51.      Les Miserables (Victor Hugo, 1862)
Film: (US, 1935) (Fr, 1995) (US, 1998)
52.      The Light That Failed (Rudyard Kipling, 1890)
Film: (US, 1939)
53.      Little Dorrit (Charles Dickens, 1857)
Film: (1988)
54.      Little Lord Fauntleroy (Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1886)
Film: (US, 1936) (US, 1980)
55.      Little Women (Louisa May Alcott, 1869)
Film: (US, 1933) (US, 1949) (US, 1994)
56.      Lorna Doone (R.D Blackmore, 1869)  
Film: (US, 22) (UK, 1934) (US, 1951)
57.      Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert, 1857)  
Film: (Fr, 1934) (US, 1949) (Fr, 1991)
58.      Mansfield Park (Jane Austen, 1814)
Film: (UK, 1999)
59.      The Master of Ballantrae (Robert Louis Stevenson, 1889)
Film: (US, 1953)
60.      The Mill On The Floss (George Eliot, 1860)
Film: (UK, 1937)
61.      Moby Dick (Hermann Melville, 1851)
Film: (US, 1930)  (US, 1956)  (US, 1998)
62.      The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins,1868)
Film: (US, 1934)
63.      Nana (Emile Zola, 1880)
Film: (Fr, 26) (It, 1982)
64.      Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens, 1839)
Film: (UK, 1947)
65.      Oblomov (Ivan Goncharov, 1859)
Film: A Few Days from the Life of I.I. Oblomov (Rus, 1979)
66.      Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens, 1839)
Film:  (UK, 1948) (UK, 1968, musical) (UK, 2005)
67.      Persuasion (Jane Austen, 1817)
Film: (UK, 1995)
68.      Pickwick Papers (Charles Dickens, 1837)
Film: (UK, 1952)
69.      The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde, 1891)
Film: (US, 1945)
70.      The Portrait of a Lady (Henry James, 1881)
Film: (UK, 1996)
71.      Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen, 1813)
Film: Pride and Prejudice (US, 1940) loosely as Bride and Prejudice (US, 2004) Pride and Prejudice (UK, 2005)
72.      The Prince And Pauper (Mark Twain, 1881)
Film: (US, 1937) (US, 1978) (US, 2000)
73.      The Red And The Black (Stendhal, 1830)
Film: (Fr, 1954)
74.      The Red Badge Of Courage (Stephen Crane, 1895)
Film: (US, 1951)
75.      The Return of the Native (Thomas Hardy, 1878)
Film: loosely (US, 2010)
76.      Rob Roy (Walter Scott, 1817)
Film: (US, 1995)
77.      The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850)
Film: (Ger, 1973) (US, 1995)
78.      Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen, 1811)
Film: (UK, 1995)
79.      She (H.Rider Haggard, 1887)
Film: (US, 1935) (UK, 1965)
80.      Silas Marner (George Eliot, 1861)
Film: (UK, 1985)
81.      The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886)
Film: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (US, 1920) Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (US, 1932) Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (US, 1941) loosely as Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (UK, 1971) loosely as Dr Jekyll and Ms Hyde (US, 1995)
82.      A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens, 1859)
Film: (US, 1935) (UK, 1958)
83.      Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy, 1891)
Film: Tess (UK, 1979)
84.      Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K. Jerome, 1889)
Film : (UK, 1933) (UK, 1956)
85.      Therese Raquin (Emile Zola, 1867)
Film: (Fr, 1953)
86.      The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas, 1844)
Film : (US, 1921) (US, 1948)  (UK, 1974) (US, 1993)
87.      The Time Machine (HG Wells)
Film: (US, 1895) (US, 1960) (US, 2002)
88.      Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886)
Film: (US, 1934) (US, 1950) (UK, 1972)
89.      The Turn of the Screw (Henry James, 1898)
Film: The Innocents (1961, Jack Clayton)
90.      20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Jules Verne, 1870) 
Film: (US, 1954)
91.      Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852)  
Film: loosely (Fr, 1965)
92.      Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847)
Film: Becky Sharp (US, 1935) Vanity Fair (US, 2004)
93.      War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy, 1869)
Film: (US, 1956) (Russ,1968)
94.      The War Of The Worlds (HG Wells, 1898)
Film: (US, 1953) (US, 2005)
95.      The Water Babies (Charles Kingsley, 1863)
Film: (UK, 1978, cartoon)
96.   Washington Square (Henry James, 1880)
Film: The Heiress (US, 1948) Washington Square (US, 1997)
97.      The Woman In White (Wilkie Collins, 1860)
Film: (US, 48)
98.      The Woodlanders (Thomas Hardy, 1887)
Film: (UK, 1987)
99.      Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte, 1847)
Film: (US, 1939) (UK, 2011)



2 comments:

  1. I love this list much better than any other available out there, I've read many of these great work of literature as a young girl but have watched very few of their adaptions now with the help of this list i'm going to find and watch as many of them...thanks

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