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Top 10 Movies All Bookworms MUST Watch

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Diandra D'Alessio
Readers and film buffs unite! For this list, we’re looking at movies that are perfect for book lovers. Fair warning – there are some spoilers ahead! Our list includes Matilda, The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, The Lord of the Rings, Midnight in Paris, and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Movies For Bookworms.
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Top 10 Movies For Bookworms


Readers and film buffs unite! Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movies for Bookworms.

For this list, we’re looking at movies that are perfect for book lovers. Fair warning – there are some spoilers ahead!

#10: “Amélie” (2001)


Books let us unleash our imagination to the fullest, and Amélie shows us just how powerful this can be. In this classic French film, Amélie is a young woman who is equal parts shy and creative. While she appreciates the simpler things in life, she also has a vivid imagination, using it to enrich the lives of those around her. In carrying out her random acts of kindness, Amélie learns that making others happy makes her happy too, and proves that great stories aren’t hard to find. In fact, they’re all around us.

#9: “The Hours” (2002)


Based on a 1999 novel, this movie intertwines the stories of three women living in three different eras. Part biopic, part drama, “The Hours” looks at author Virginia Woolf as she writes “Mrs. Dalloway,” and how her famous novel impacts fictional characters Laura Brown and Clarissa Vaughan. All three women directly or indirectly cope with mental illness, and Woolf’s novel helps them work through pivotal moments, whether it’s the birth of a child or the death of a close friend. A poignant film about love, loss, and literature, it’s a fitting homage to a talented writer and her legacy.

#8: “Midnight in Paris” (2011)


In this time-travelling comedy, Gil Pender is a writer trying to finish his first novel while on vacation with his fiancée and her parents. Gil is struggling with his work, and soon finds that he and his bride-to-be aren’t on the same page. Everything changes one night on the streets of Paris, when Gil suddenly finds himself in the Roaring Twenties. Meeting such literary giants as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Stein, Gil gets some much-needed inspiration, and keeps coming back night after night to relive the nostalgia. But as much as books let us escape to a different time and place, Gil realizes that there’s no time like the present.

#7: “Stranger than Fiction” (2006)


You might sometimes feel that your life feels like a book or a movie – but what if really was? In this movie, IRS agent Harold Crick learns from a mysterious narrator that he will soon die. Faced with the inevitability of his demise, Harold makes the most of his numbered days. That is, until he tracks the narrator down – successful novelist Karen Eiffel. Harold is Karen’s character, and she struggles to kill him off while writing her next book. Juggling fate and freedom, Harold learns that while some endings are set in stone, we are the authors of our own stories.

#6: “Matilda” (1996)


Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this movie is about a bright girl with telekinetic powers. Unfortunately for Matilda, her parents are abusive and won’t let her go to school. So like any precocious mind, she teaches herself the basics, and finds solace through reading. Eventually, she attends Crunchem Hall, and faces another foe in the ruthless Principal Trunchbull. But just like Matilda’s parents, Trunchbull is no match for Matilda’s intellect. Friendly teacher Miss Honey is one of the few people to recognize Matilda’s gifts, and ends up adopting her. Funny and heart-warming, this movie teaches us to nurture each other’s talents.

#5: “The Princess Bride” (1987)


This cult classic begins with a familiar scene – a man reading a book to his grandson, who is home sick from school. But this isn’t just any old story. It’s an epic tale of fencing, vengeance, romance, and Westley’s quest to save the love of his life, Princess Buttercup, from an unhappy marriage to Prince Humperdinck. And while we’re enjoying the book onscreen, the grandson gets a pretty good picture too, thanks to his lively grandpa. A tribute to storytelling, The Princess Bride is both hilarious and timeless.

#4: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991; 2017)


It really is a tale as old as time. In this classic Disney film, the reclusive and hot-tempered Beast keeps Belle in his castle as a prisoner. Cursed with a frightening appearance, the Beast will only become human again when he finds true love. It takes some time for Belle to break the ice, but she bonds with the Beast over his impressive library. Others have mocked Belle for being a bookworm, but the Beast jumps at the chance to give her any book she wants. Belle is understandably thrilled, and in both the 1991 and 2017 versions of the film, viewers are treated to some serious library porn.

#3: “The Lord of the Rings” franchise (2001-03)


J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous book series inspired this epic fantasy trilogy. Filmed on location in New Zealand, the Lord of the Rings saga focuses on Frodo Baggins and his Fellowship, who travel to Middle-earth in a quest to defeat evil by destroying the One Ring. The books are some of the cornerstones of the fantasy genre. Tolkien fans will note many differences from page to screen, which has made these adaptations somewhat controversial. Still, having won a record 17 Academy Awards, they’re among the most beloved and successful film series of all time.

#2: “Dead Poets Society” (1989)


This movie features one of Robin Williams’ most popular roles, and for good reason. In 1959, John Keating becomes the new English teacher at Welton Academy, launching a school year that his students will never forget. He not only teaches the boys poetry, but he also inspires them to become poets themselves, harnessing their creativity and helping them to live in the moment. However, Keating’s teaching methods can only take the boys so far, and a sudden tragedy threatens to end the Dead Poets Society once and for all. Even so, Keating’s students have learned more than they ever could’ve imagined, inside and out of the classroom.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are some honourable mentions:

“Capote” (2005)

“Moonrise Kingdom” (2012)

“Ruby Sparks” (2012)

#1: “Harry Potter” franchise (2001-11)


This iconic franchise became the bestselling book series and second highest grossing film series of all time, and it’s easy to see why. Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the Potterverse have inspired millions of readers, and their stories are just as captivating on screen as they are on the page. And in watching the films, we also get to see the characters grow inside and out as they fight foe after foe. Whether you’re a bookworm or a film buff, the seven novels and eight movies will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the power of magic.
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