The Best Movies Based on Short Stories
More than 500 movie fans have come together to cast their votes for the best movies based on short stories. Short stories offer filmmakers a unique opportunity to explore intricate and complex themes in a condensed format, while also allowing them to showcase their artistic flair.
The list of films highlighted here showcases some of the most acclaimed adaptations of short fiction, from classic tales like Cornell Woolrich's It Had to Be Murder (Rear Window) to more modern works like Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain. All these stories feature compelling characters, tight plotting, and moments that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
From horror flicks such as Stephen King's The Mist or Minority Report that leave viewers trembling in fear, to heartfelt dramas like Stand By Me and which move audiences with powerful performances - this list has something for everyone. Whether it is suspenseful crime thrillers such as Memento or whimsical fantasies inspired by fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood - each film offers its own unique take on beloved classics.
So if you're looking for an evening full of gripping drama and riveting storytelling then look no further than these top-rated movies based on short stories. Vote up your favorites now.
Based on Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn't ...more
- Released: 1994
- Directed by: Frank Darabont
Based on Stephen King's novella, The Body.After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), Vern Tessio (Jerry ...more
- Released: 1986
- Directed by: Rob Reiner
Based on Philip K. Dick's story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a bored construction worker in the year 2084 who dreams of visiting the colonized Mars. He visits "Rekall," a company that plants false memories into people's ...more
- Released: 1990
- Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Based on Daphne du Maurier's short story of the same name.Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home. She brings with her the gift of two love birds and they strike up a ...more
- Released: 1963
- Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Based on Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness.In Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a once-promising officer who ...more
- Released: 1979
- Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola