From epic tales of war and romance to beloved animated musicals, this list includes information about the best movies based on poems. Some movies based on poems stay true to the source material while other films adapted from poems create new storylines. Some of the best movies based on poems have even won Academy Awards.
What films will you find on this best movies based on poems list? Braveheart has to be near the top. This 1995 film – directed, produced, and starring Mel Gibson – was based on the poem The Wallace by Blind Harry. Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture as well as several other honors. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is another great movie inspired by a poem.
Nightmare Before Christmas was based on a poem written by Tim Burton in 1982. Other good films based on poems include Troy, Beowulf, and Horton Hears a Who.
Which movies based on a poem do you think are the best? Give your favorites a vote up and and add any good options we may have missed.
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