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The Best Movies Based on Poems

Updated May 20, 2019 536 votes 41 voters 1.7k views35 items

List RulesVote up the best movies based on or inspired by poems.

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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  • 1
    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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    Released2000

    Directed byRon Howard

    This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Braveheart
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    13

    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Mulan
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    10

    Mulan

    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

    Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    24
    2

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    George Clooney, John Goodman

    Released2000

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
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    10

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Troy
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    16

    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana

    Released2004

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Troy is a 2004 epic period war film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, loosely based on Homer's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Beowulf
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    8

    Beowulf

    Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2007

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Beowulf is a 2007 American motion capture computer-animated fantasy film directed by Robert... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Jabberwocky
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    8

    Jabberwocky

    Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin

    Released1977

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Jabberwocky is a 1977 British fantasy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam. The name... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The Set-Up
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    The Set-Up

    Robert Ryan, Wallace Ford

    Released1949

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Set-Up is a 1949 American film noir boxing drama directed by Robert Wise and featuring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Horton Hears a Who!
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    10

    Horton Hears a Who!

    Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey

    Released2008

    Directed bySteve Martino, Jimmy Hayward

    Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure comedy film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Gunga Din
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    8

    Gunga Din

    Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine

    Released1939

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Gunga Din is a 1939 RKO adventure film directed by George Stevens and starring Cary Grant,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Howl
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    8

    Howl

    James Franco, Jon Hamm

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

    Howl is a 2010 American experimental film which explores both the Six Gallery debut and the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Raven
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    8

    The Raven

    Alice Eve, John Cusack

    Released2012

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    The Raven is a 2012 American mystery thriller film directed by James McTeigue and based on a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Short Cuts
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    13

    Short Cuts

    Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Short Cuts is a 1993 American drama film directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Color of Pomegranates
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    The Color of Pomegranates

    Sofiko Chiaureli, Vilen Galstyan

    Released1968

    Directed bySergei Parajanov

    The Color of Pomegranates is a 1969 Soviet film written and directed by Sergei Parajanov. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Bright Star
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    13

    Bright Star

    Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw

    Released2009

    Directed byJane Campion

    Bright Star is a 2009 film based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Helen of Troy
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    2

    Helen of Troy

    Brigitte Bardot, Stanley Baker

    Released1956

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Helen of Troy is a 1956 Warner Bros. epic film, based on Homer's Illiad and Odyssey. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Pumpkinhead
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    10

    Pumpkinhead

    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen

    Released1989

    Directed byStan Winston

    Pumpkinhead is a 1988 American supernatural horror film. It was the directorial debut of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Padmaavat
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    Padmaavat

    Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor

    Released2018

    Directed bySanjay Leela Bhansali

    Padmaavat is a 2018 Indian epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, loosely... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    The Man from Snowy River
    5
    2

    The Man from Snowy River

    Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge T. Miller

    The Man from Snowy River is a 1982 Australian drama film based on the Banjo Paterson poem The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    The Raven
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    2

    The Raven

    Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price

    Released1963

    Directed byRoger Corman

    The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Casey at the Bat
    5
    2

    Casey at the Bat

    Wallace Beery, Sterling Holloway

    Released1927

    Directed byMonte Brice

    Casey at the Bat is a 1927 silent film, directed by Monte Brice, written by Ernest Thayer,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Return to Snowy River
    5
    2

    Return to Snowy River

    Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton

    Released1988

    Directed byGeoff Burrowes

    Return to Snowy River (a.k.a. The Man from Snowy River II and The Untamed) is a 1988... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Tale of Tsar Saltan
    The Tale of Tsar Saltan is a 1984 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Lev... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Beowulf
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    Beowulf

    Rhona Mitra, Patricia Velásquez

    Released1999

    Directed byGraham Baker

    Beowulf is a 1999 science fiction fantasy action film loosely based on the Old English epic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button