Award Shows List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources  

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List of the original source material for all Oscar-winning adapted screenplays. From Gone with the Wind to 12 Years a Slave, movies based on books have been among the most popular at the Academy Awards. Each year, the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay is awarded to the writer of a screenplay adaptation from another source. Most eligible screenplays are adapted from novels or books, but many also come from plays, short stories, TV teleplays, newspaper or magazine articles, and even other films. In fact, the screenplay for any movie sequel is considered an adaptation, as the sequel was based on the original story. And Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo were awarded this award for both The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), both based on the same novel. How many of these novels, non-fiction books, and short stories have you read? Have you seen any of the plays that were made into films? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
André Aciman

The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Ian McEwan - The Imitation Game (2014)

12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Solomon Northrup - Memoir - 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Master of Disguise, The is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Antonio J. Mendez - Book - Argo (2012)

The Accidental Billionaires is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources

Push is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Sapphire - Novel - Precious (2009)

Q & A is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Vikas Swarup - Novel - Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Cormac McCarthy - No Country for Old Men (2007) 

The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Kaui Hart Hemmings - Novel - The Descendants (2011)

Infernal Affairs is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Alan Mak and Felix Chong - Film - The Departed (2006)

Sideways is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Rex Pickett - Novel - Sideways (2004)

The Return of the King is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
J. R. R. Tolkien - Novel - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Annie Proulx - Short Story - Brokeback Mountain (2005)

The Pianist: The Extraordinary... is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources

A Beautiful Mind: The Life of ... is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources

Father of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Christopher Bram - Novel - Gods and Monsters (1998)

L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
James Ellroy - Novel - L.A. Confidential (1997)

Some Folks Call It a Sling Bla... is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Billy Bob Thornton - Short Film - Sling Blade (1996)

Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Winston Groom - Novel - Forrest Gump (1994)

Howards End is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
E. M. Forster - Novel - Howards End (1992)

Schindler's Ark is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Thomas Keneally - Novel - Schindler's List (1993)

The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Thomas Harris - Novel - The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Alfred Uhry - Play - Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Jane Austen - Novel - Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Les Liaisons dangereuses is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Christopher Hampton - Play, based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos - Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
E. M. Forster - Novel - A Room with a View (1986)

Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Karen Blixen (as Isak Dinsen) - Memoir - Out of Africa (1985)

Dances with wolves is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Michael Blake - Novel - Dances with Wolves (1990)

Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Larry McMurtry - Novel - Terms of Endearment (1983)

Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Peter Shaffer - Play - Amadeus (1984)

On Golden Pond is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Ernest Thompson - Play - On Golden Pond (1981)

Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Judith Guest - Novel - Ordinary People (1980)

The execution of Charles Horma... is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Thomas Hauser - Book - Missing (1982)

Midnight Express is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Billy Hayes and William Hoffer - Book - Midnight Express (1978)

Pentimento is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Lillian Hellman - Novel - Julia (1977)

All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (1976) - All the President's Men (1976)

Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Avery Corman - Novel - Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Ken Kesey - Novel - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
William Peter Blatty - Novel - The Exorcist (1973)

From Emperor to Citizen: the A... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Henry Pu Yi - Autobiography - The Last Emperor (1987)

M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three A... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
W. C. Heinz and H. Richard Hornberger (as Richard Hooker) - Novel - MASH (1970)

Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
James Leo Herlihy - Novel - Midnight Cowboy (1969)

The Lion in Winter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
James Goldman - Play - The Lion in Winter (1968)

In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
John Ball - Novel - In the Heat of the Night (1967)

A Man for All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Robert Bolt - Play - A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Boris Pasternak - Novel - Doctor Zhivago (1965) - 

The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources

The History of Tom Jones, a Fo... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Henry Fielding - Novel - Tom Jones (1963)

The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Mario Puzo - Novel - The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974)

Judgment at Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources
Abby Mann - Teleplay - Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)