Going through the list of 101 best-selling books of all time—the top twenty discussed in last week’s part of this series of articles—further proved our contention that books, specially novels, read by millions, will also be seen by millions when adapted into films.
Let us there go through the other best-selling books which were adapted into films through the years.
Best-selling book number 21 is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, 2007 (Sold 43 M) which was adapted into a two-part movie directed by David Yates. The first part was released on December 2010 and the second part on July 2011.
Best- selling no 24 is Angel and Demons by Dan Brown 2006 (Sold 39 M). It was made into a film in 2009, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor.
Best-selling book number 26 is War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 1869 (Sold 36 M). Its first film adapatation was in 1915 directed by Russian Vladimir Gardin. An American version was produced in 1956, directed by King Vidor and starring Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Mel Ferrer. A/1966-67—Soviet TV ran from 1966-67 directed by Sergei Bondarchuk.
Best-selling book number 27 is The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 1883 (Sold 35 M). It was made into an animated film by Walt Disney in 1940. Other animated films were produced in 1984 and 1996.
Best-selling book number 30 is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 1947 (Sold 30 M). It was adapted into a film in 1959, directed by George Stevens and starring Millie Perkns
Best-selling book number 31 is In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? By Charles Monroe Sheldon 1896 (Sold 30 M). Two film adaptation were produced in 1964 (directed by Ken Anderson) and 2013 (directed by Zack Lawrence).
Best-selling book number 32 is To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper 1960 (Sold 30 M). The film adaptation was made in 1962 directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck.
Best-selling book number 33 is Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann 1966 (Sold 30 M). It was adapted into film in 1967 by Director Mark Robson starring Susan Hayward, Barbara Perkins, Sharon Tate, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Lee Grant. TV series was made in 1981 and 1994.
Best-selling book number 34 is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 1936 (Sold 30M). It was made into a film in 1939 by Director Victor Fleming starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland.
Best-selling book number 37 is The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough 1977 (Sold 30 M). It was made into a TV miniseries in 1983 starring Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, Christopher Plummer and Jean Simmons.
Best-selling book number 39 is The Revolt of Mamie Stover by William Bradford Huie 1951 (Sold 30 M). It was made into a film in 1956 by Raoul Walsh starring Jane Russell.
Best-selling book number 40 is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson 2005 (Sold 30 M). In 2009, Millenium Trilogy was produced directed by Niels Arden Oplev while a 2011 Hollywood film was directed by David Fincher starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.
Best-selling book number 45 is Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell 1949 (Sold 25 M ). It was made into a film in 1984 by Michael Radford starring John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.
Best-selling book number 47 is The Godfather by Mario Puzo 1969 (Sold 21 M). It was made into a film in 1972 by Francis Ford Coppola with sequels in 1974 and 1990 starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden and Diane Keaton.
Best-selling book number 48 is Love Story by Erich Segal 1970 (Sold 21 M). It was adapted into a film in 1970 by Arthur Hiller starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.
Best –selling book number 50 is The Happy Hooker: Her Own Story by Xaviera Hollander 1972 (Sold 20 M). It was made into a film in 1975 by Nicholas Sgarro starring Lynn Redgrave.
Best-selling book number 51 is Jaws by Peter Benchley 1974 (Sold 20 M). It was made into a film in 1975 by Steven Spielberg starring Roy Schieder, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss.
Best-selling nook number 53 is Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder 1991 (Sold 20 M). It was made into a Norwegian film in 1999 by Erik Gustavson starring Silje Storstein.
(Part 6: Next week)
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