All the Best Picture Winners That Are Based on Novels


Of the 85 films since 1928 that have won an Oscar for Best Picture, more than a third have been based on novels or short stories (and one novella). Here’s the complete list:


Best Pictures Based on Novels

2008 – “Slumdog Millionaire” (novel by Vikas Swarup)
2007 – “No Country for Old Men” (novel by Cormac McCarthy) 
2004 – “Million Dollar Baby” (short story by F.X. Toole)
2003 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (novel by J.R. Tolkien)
1994 – “Forrest Gump” (novel by Winston Groom)
1991 – “The Silence of the Lambs” (novel by Thomas Harris)
1990 – “Dances With Wolves” (novel by Michael Blake)
1983 – “Terms of Endearment” (novel by Larry McMurtry)
1980 – “Ordinary People” (novel by Judith Guest)
1979 – “Kramer vs. Kramer” (novel by Avery Corman)
1975 – “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (novel by Ken Kesey)
1974 – “The Godfather Part II” (novel by Mario Puzo)
1972 – “The Godfather” (novel by Mario Puzo)
1969 – “Midnight Cowboy” (novel by James Leo Herlihy)
1968 – “Oliver!” (novel by Charles Dickens)
1967 – “In the Heat of the Night” (novel by John Ball)
1963 – “Tom Jones” (novel by Henry Fielding)
1959 – “Ben-Hur” (novel by Lew Wallace)
1958 – “Gigi” (novella by Colette)
1957 – “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (novel by Pierre Boulle)
1956 – “Around the World in 80 Days” (novel by Jules Verne)
1953 – “From Here to Eternity” (novel by James Jones)
1949 – “All the Kings Men” (novel by Robert Penn Warren)
1947 – “Gentleman’s Agreement” (novel by Laura Z. Hobson)
1946 – “The Best Years of Our Lives” (novel by MacKinlay Kantor)
1945 – “The Lost Weekend” (novel by Charles R. Jackson)
1941 – “How Green Was My Valley” (novel by Richard Llewellyn)
1940 – “Rebecca” (novel by Daphne Du Maurier)
1939 – “Gone with the Wind” (novel by Margaret Mitchell)
1935 – “Mutiny on the Bounty” (novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall)
1934 – “It Happened One Night” (short story by Samuel Hopkins Adams)
1931 – “Cimarron” (novel by Edna Ferber)
1930 – “All Quiet on the Western Front” (novel by Erich Maria Remarque)


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