Some of the greatest movies in the history of film were based on a short story. Authors like Edgar Allan Poe have inadvertently shaped the film industry with their literary classics that were eventually turned into movies. What are the best movies based on short stories? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
The movies on this list were all based on short stories or novellas and have been ranked by users as the best. The genres featured here range from classic black and white films to more recent box office hits. You might have read the short fiction or novella these films were based on, or maybe you are just learning that these movies were based on one.
This list features the best movies based on short stories including, The Shawshank Redemption, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Million Dollar Baby, Brokeback Mountain, and Minority Report. Vote up the best movies below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
- 1Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth
Directed by: Frank DarabontBased on Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.
- 2Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman
Directed by: Rob ReinerBased on Stephen King's novella, The Body.
- 3Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal
Directed by: Ang LeeBased on Annie Proulx's short story of the same name.
- 4Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone
Directed by: Paul VerhoevenBased on Philip K. Dick's story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.
- 5Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford
Directed by: Francis Ford CoppolaBased on Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness.
- 6Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter
Directed by: Stanley KubrickBased on Arthur C. Clarke's short story, The Sentinel.
- 7Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren
Directed by: Alfred HitchcockBased on Daphne du Maurier's short story of the same name.
- 8Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci
Directed by: Tim BurtonBased on Washington Irving's short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
- 9Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise
Directed by: Steven SpielbergBased on Philip K. Dick's short story of the same name.
- 10Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney
Directed by: Blake EdwardsBased on Truman Capote's novella of the same name.
- 11Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss
Directed by: Christopher NolanBased on Jonathan Nolan's short story, Memento Mori.
- 12Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Clint EastwoodBased on the short stories of Jerry Boyd.
- 13Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown
Directed by: Paul Michael Glaser"Based on a short papeback story by Richard Bachman aka Steven King"
- 14Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck
Directed by: Billy WilderBased on James M. Cain's story of the same name.
- 15Jessica Biel, Edward Norton
Directed by: Neil BurgerBased on Steven Millhauser's short story, Eisenheim the Illusionist.
- 16John Wayne, James Stewart
Directed by: John FordThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford... more
- 17Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett
Directed by: David FincherBased on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story of the same name.
- 18Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum
Directed by: David CronenbergBased on George Langelaan's film of the same name.
- 19Orson Welles, Trevor Howard
Directed by: Carol ReedBased on Graham Greene's novella of the same name.
- 20Christian Bale, Russell Crowe
Directed by: James MangoldBased on the short story of the same name by Elmore Leonard
- 21Meryl Streep, Robin Williams
Directed by: Steven SpielbergBased on the short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss
- 22Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves
Directed by: Scott DerricksonBased on the short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates
- 23Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker
Directed by: Spike JonzeBased on Maurice Sendak's story of the same name.
- 24John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara
Directed by: John FordThe Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars... more
- 25Sean Penn, Ben Stiller
Directed by: Ben StillerBased on the short story of the same name by James Thurber