Movies Based on Nonfiction Books
Movie Recommendations

Alive. R. 1993. DVD Action/Adventure
Based on the book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Pier Paul Reed. 1974. (904.7 R).
All the President's Men. PG. 1976. DVD Drama
Based on the book All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. 1974. (973.924 B).
Apollo 13. PG. 1995. DVD Action/Adventure
Based on the book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell. 1994. (629.454 L).
A Beautiful Mind. PG-13. 2001. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book A Beautiful Mind: the Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar. 1998. (B N2515na).
The Big Year. PG. 2011. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy
Based on the book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik. 2004. (598.07234 O).
The Blind Side. PG-13. 2009. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. 2006. (796.332091 L).
Born on the Fourth of July. R. 1989. DVD Drama
Based on the book Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic. 1976. (959.70438 K).
Bound for Glory. PG. 1976. DVD Drama
Based on the book Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie. 1968. (784.4 G).
Capote. R. 2005. DVD Drama
Based on the book Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke. 1988. (B C2468cL).
Casino. R. 1995. DVD Drama
Based on the book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi. 1995. (364.106 P).
Chaplin. PG-13. 1992. DVD Drama
Based on the books My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin, 1964, (B C4644.my) and Chaplin: His Life and Art by David Robinson, 1985. (B C4644ro).
A Civil Action. PG-13. 1998. DVD Drama
Based on the book A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr. 1995. (346.73083 H).
Dangerous Beauty. R. 1998. DVD Drama
Based on the book The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer in Sixteenth Century Venice by Margaret F. Rosenthal. 1992. (B F82536ro).
Dead Man Walking. R. 1995. DVD Drama
Based on the book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States by Helen Prejean. 1993. (364.66 P).
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. PG-13. 2007. DVD World (French)
Based on the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. 1997. (362.19681 B).
Donnie Brasco. R. 1997. DVD Drama
Based on the book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone. 1987. (364.106 P).
The Duchess. PG-13. 2008. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. 1998. (B D5116fo).
Eat Pray Love. PG-13. 2010. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert. 2006. (910.4 G).
Fast Food Nation. R. 2006. DVD Drama
Based on the book Fast Food Nation: the Dark side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser. 2001. (394.10973 S).
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. R. 1998. DVD Comedy
Based on the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. 1971. (818.54 T4726.fe).
Freedom Writers. PG-13. 2007. DVD Drama
Based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. 1999.
(305.235 F).
Friday Night Lights. PG-13. 2004. DVD Drama
Based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger. 2003. (796.33262 B).
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. R. 2006. DVD Drama
Based on the book Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth. 1984. (B A6676bo).
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry. PG-13. 2004. DVD 959.70435 G
Based on the book Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War by Douglas Brinkley. 2004. (959.704345 B).
Gorillas in the Mist. PG-13. 1988. DVD Drama
Based on the book Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey. 1983. (599.8846 F).
Guns, Germs and Steel. Not rated. 2005. DVD 303.4 G
Based on the book Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. 1997. (303.4 D).
He’s Just Not That Into You. PG-13. 2009. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy
Based on the book He's Just Not That Into You: The No-excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. 2004. (306.7 B).
Hilary and Jackie. R. 1998. DVD Drama
Based on the book Hilary and Jackie by Hilary Du Pre. 1997. (B D9424hi).
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. R. 2009. DVD Comedy
Based on the book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Max Tucker. 2006 .
(306.7 M).
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Not rated. 1978. VHS Drama
Based on the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. 1969.
(B A5846.i).
In the Name of the Father. R. 1993. DVD Drama
Based on the book In the Name of the Father by Gerry Conlon. 1990. (B C7525.in).
The Informant! R. 2009. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy
Based on the book The Informant: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald. 2000 .
(364.168 E).
Into the Wild. R. 2007. DVD Drama
Based on the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. 1996. (917.98045).
Invictus. PG-13. 2009. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation by John Carlin. 2008 . (968.065 C).
Jarhead. R. 2005. DVD Drama
Based on the book Jarhead: A Marine's chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford. 2003 . (956.7044245 S).
JFK. R. 1991. DVD Drama
Based on the books On the Trail of the Assassins: My Investigation and Prosecution of the Murder of President Kennedy by Jim Garrison, 1988, (973.922 G) and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs, 1989. (973.922 M).
Julie and Julia. PG-13. 2009. DVD Drama
Based on the books Julie and Julia: My year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell, 2009, (641.5092 P) and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, 2006 . (B C5359.my).
The King and I. G. 1956. DVD Musical
Based on the book Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. 1944. (915.93 L).
Malcolm X. PG-13. 1992. DVD Drama
Based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X. 1965.
(B X15.au).
Marie Antoinette. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama
Based on the book Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser. 2001. (B M3344fr).
Marley and Me. PG. 2008. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy
Based on the book Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Berendt. 1994. (975.8724 B).
A Mighty Heart. R. 2007. DVD Drama
Based on the book A Mighty Heart: the Brave Life and Death of my Husband Danny Pearl by Mariane Pearl with Sarah Crichton. 2003. (B P3594pe).
Moneyball. PG-13. 2011. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. 2004 . (796.35764 L).
Nicholas and Alexandra. PG. 1971. DVD Drama
Based on the book Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K Massie. 1967. (947.08 M).
October Sky. PG. 1999. DVD Drama
Based on the book Rocket Boys: A Memoir by Homer Hickman. 1998. (629.1092 H).
Oranges & Sunshine. R. 2010. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys. 1994. (304.894 H).
127 Hours. R. 2010. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston.
2004
. (796.5223 R).
Out of Africa. PG. 1985. DVD Drama
Based on the book Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. 1937. (916.762 D).
The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio. PG-13. 2005. DVD Drama
Based on the book The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How my Mother Raised 10 kids on 25 Words or Less by Alan M. Dershowitz. 2001. (B R9884ry).
The Pursuit of Happyness. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama
Based on the book The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe and Mim Eichler Rivas. 2006. (332.62 G).
Restrepo. R. 2010. DVD 958.1047 R
Based on the book War by Sebastian Junger. 2010. (958.1047 J).
Reversal of Fortune. R. 1990. DVD Drama
Based on the book Reversal of Fortune: Inside the Von Bulow Case by Alan M. Dershowitz. 1986. (345.7302523 D).
The Right Stuff. PG. 1983. DVD Drama
Based on the book The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. 1979. (629.10973 W).
Running with Scissors. R. 2006. DVD Comedy
Based on the book Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs. 2002 .
(B B9721.ru).
Seven Years in Tibet. PG-13. 1997. DVD Drama
Based on the book Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. 1953. (915.15 H).
Sleepers. R. 1996. DVD Drama
Based on the book Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra. 1995. (364.1066097471 C).
The Social Network. PG-13. 2010. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich. 2009. (338.7613023 M).
The Soloist. PG-13. 2009. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
Based on the book The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez. 2008. (787.2092 L).
Sybil. Not rated. 1985. DVD 791.4572 SYB TV
Based on the book Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber. 1973. (616.85236 S).
Syriana. R. 2005. DVD Drama
Based on the book See no Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism by Robert Baer. 2002. (327.1273 B).
Taking Woodstock. R. 2009. DVD Comedy
Based on the book Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte. 2007. (306.7662092 T).
21. PG-13. 2008. DVD Drama
Based on the book 21: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich. 2002. (364.172 M).
We Bought a Zoo. PG. 2011. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy
Based on the book We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee. 1994. (590.7342092 M).
A Year in Provence. Not rated. 1993. DVD 791.4572 YEA TV
Based on the books A Year in Provence 1989, and Toujours Provence 1991, by Peter Mayle. (944.9 M).
Zodiac. R. 2007. DVD Drama
Based on the book Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed by Robert Graysmith. 2002. (364.1523 G).