Roald Dahl was a prolific writer whose works inspired many classic and quirky films. The top movies based on Roald Dahl books adapt his complex, fascinating stories with humor, whimsy, and a little bit of darkness. This is a list of the greatest Roald Dahl movie adaptations including everything from James and the Giant Peach to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to 36 Hours.
What films will you find on this list of Roald Dahl books made into movies? Dahl himself wrote the screenplay for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which featured Gene Wilder in the title role. But after the movie was released, Dahl objected to many of the rewrites that he didn't approve. The Witches is another good movie based on one of his novels. The segments in Four Rooms are loosely based on several of Dahl's adult short stories. Other good films featured on this list of the best Roald Dahl movies include Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The BFG.
Which Roald Dahl movie is your favorite? Vote your personal picks up to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
Directed by: Danny DeVitoMatilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same name.... more
Directed by: Mel StuartWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the... more
Directed by: Henry SelickJames and the Giant Peach is a 1996 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di... more
Directed by: Brian CosgroveThe BFG is a 1989 British animated film based on the 1982 book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was first shown on Christmas Day 1989 on ITV in the UK. It was also released to theaters along with... more
Directed by: Nicolas RoegThe Witches is a 1990 comedy-fantasy film based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and produced by Jim Henson Productions for Lorimar Film Entertainment and... more
Directed by: Wes AndersonFantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean and... more
Directed by: Robert ZemeckisThe Witches is a 2020 American dark fantasy horror comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on the novel by Roald Dahl. A little boy stumbles across a conference of witches while staying with... more
Directed by: Tim BurtonCharlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is the second film adaptation of the 1964 British book of the same name by Roald Dahl and stars Johnny... more
Revolting RhymesRob Brydon, Bertie Carvel
Directed by: Gavin MillarDanny, the Champion of the World is a 1989 film starring British Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons, with his son, Samuel Irons, in the title role. It is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by... more
Esio TrotJames Corden, Judi Dench
Directed by: George Seaton36 Hours is an American suspense film, based on the short story "Beware of the Dog" by Roald Dahl. The picture stars James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, and Rod Taylor and was directed by George Seaton.... more