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Top Films from Various Novelists and Playwrights

The lists below include films from a number of novelists and playwrights. In most cases, the films are adaptations of their novels or plays. In some cases, the authors wrote the screenplays for the films.

James M. Cain

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder 41
2 Out of the Past 1947 Jacques Tourneur 275
3 Mildred Pierce 1945 Michael Curtiz 409
4 Ossessione 1943 Luchino Visconti 1182
5 The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 Tay Garnett 1337
6 The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981 Bob Rafelson 2215

Raymond Chandler

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder 41
2 The Big Sleep 1946 Howard Hawks 181
3 Strangers on a Train 1951 Alfred Hitchcock 262
4 The Long Goodbye 1973 Robert Altman 503
5 Murder, My Sweet 1944 Edward Dmytryk 1545

Charles Dickens

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Great Expectations 1946 David Lean 362
2 Oliver! 1968 Carol Reed 698
3 Scrooge 1951 Brian Desmond Hurst 1343
4 Oliver Twist 1948 David Lean 1516
5 David Copperfield 1935 George Cukor 1907

Ian Fleming

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Goldfinger 1964 Guy Hamilton 241
2 Casino Royale 2006 Martin Campbell 660
3 From Russia with Love 1963 Terence Young 742
4 Dr. No 1962 Terence Young 770
5 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 Ken Hughes 1300
6 On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 Peter R. Hunt 1762
7 GoldenEye 1995 Martin Campbell 1777
8 Thunderball 1965 Terence Young 1969
9 The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Lewis Gilbert 2234

Graham Greene

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed 30
2 Brighton Rock 1947 John Boulting 988
3 Went the Day Well? 1942 Alberto Cavalcanti 1245
4 The Quiet American 2002 Phillip Noyce 1635
5 The Fallen Idol 1948 Carol Reed 1739

Oscar Hammerstein II

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The King and I 1956 Walter Lang 925
2 Oklahoma! 1955 Fred Zinnemann 1123
3 Carmen Jones 1954 Otto Preminger 1702
4 Show Boat 1936 James Whale 1776
5 Carousel 1956 Henry King 1991
6 South Pacific 1958 Joshua Logan 2061

James Hilton

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Goodbye Mr. Chips 1939 Sam Wood 1112
2 Camille 1936 George Cukor 1134
3 Mrs. Miniver 1942 William Wyler 1251
4 Lost Horizon 1937 Frank Capra 1310
5 Foreign Correspondent 1940 Alfred Hitchcock 1537

Stephen King

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Shining 1980 Stanley Kubrick 46
2 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Frank Darabont 58
3 Carrie 1976 Brian De Palma 269
4 Stand by Me 1986 Rob Reiner 352
5 The Green Mile 1999 Frank Darabont 580
6 Misery 1990 Rob Reiner 803
7 The Dead Zone 1983 David Cronenberg 1920
8 The Mist 2007 Frank Darabont 2162

Elmore Leonard

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Out of Sight 1998 Steven Soderbergh 670
2 Jackie Brown 1997 Quentin Tarantino 826
3 Get Shorty 1995 Barry Sonnenfeld 1328
4 3:10 to Yuma 2007 James Mangold 1754
5 The Tall T 1957 Budd Boetticher 1787
6 3:10 to Yuma 1957 Delmer Daves 1889
7 Hombre 1967 Martin Ritt 2302

Mario Puzo

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola 2
2 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola 20
3 Superman 1978 Richard Donner 339
4 The Godfather: Part III 1990 Francis Ford Coppola 615
5 Superman II 1980 Richard Lester 1287

J.K. Rowling

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 Chris Columbus 639
2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 Alfonso Cuarón 673
3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 David Yates 906
4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Mike Newell 979
5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 Chris Columbus 1536
6 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 David Yates 1707
7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 David Yates 1834
8 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 David Yates 1873

Bram Stoker

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Nosferatu 1922 F.W. Murnau 89
2 Dracula 1931 Tod Browning 424
3 Horror of Dracula 1958 Terence Fisher 690
4 Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979 Werner Herzog 830
5 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948 Charles Barton 1484
6 Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 Francis Ford Coppola 1698

H.G. Wells

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Voyage to the Moon 1902 Georges Méliès 367
2 The War of the Worlds 1953 Byron Haskin 692
3 The Invisible Man 1933 James Whale 694
4 Dead of Night 1945 Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, and Robert Hamer 839
5 Things to Come 1936 William Cameron Menzies 951
6 The Time Machine 1960 George Pal 1008
7 War of the Worlds 2005 Steven Spielberg 1418
8 Island of Lost Souls 1932 Erle C. Kenton 1783
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