Wrapping up the final listings of the best selling books of all time further emphasized the fact that best-selling books or bestsellers, specially novels or novelettes, are the richest source of materials for films. The following books summed up the list of the best selling books adapted into films.
Best-selling book number 54 is The Women’s Room by Marilyn French, 1977 (Sold 20 M). It was adapted into a film for TV produced by ABC and starring Lee Remick and Ted Danson.
Best-selling book number 55 is What to Expect When You’re Especting by Heidi Murkoff, 1984 (Sold 20 M). It was adapted into film in 2012 by Director Kirk Jones, starring Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick.
Best-selling book number 56 is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, 1963 (Sold 19 M). It was made intyo an animated short in 1974 and adapted into a live action film in 2009 by Director Spike Jonze.
Best-selling book number 60 is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, 1994 (Sold 15 M). In 2012, it was adapted into an animated film aired thru Canada’s CCI Entertainment and Playhouse Disney.
Best-selling book number 62 is Shogun by James Clavell 1975 (Sold 15 M). In
1980, it was adapted into a nine-hour TV miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain and Toshiro Mifune.
Best-selling book number 64 is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, 1989 (Sold 15 M). It was adapted into in 2010 into a film for TV by a German-Canadian production firm with Ridley Scott’s Free Films.
Best-selling book number 66 is Perfume by Patrick Suskind, 1985 (Sold 15 M). It was adapted into a film directed by Tom Tykwerth in Germany.
Best-selling book number 67 is The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, 1995 (Sold 15 M). Robert Redford directed and starred in a film adaptation is 1998.
Best-selling book number 70 is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, 1978 (Sold 15 M). It was adapted into film in 2005, directed by Garth Jennings and starring Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell and Zooey Dechanel.
Best-selling nook number 71 is Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, 1997 (Sold 14 M). It was adapted into a 1999 TV movie directed by Mick Jackson.
Best-selling book number 72 is God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell, 1933 (Sold 14 M). It was adapted into a film in 1958 by Director Anthony Mann, starring Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray and Tina Louise.
Best-selling book number 74 is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, 1967 (Sold 13 M).
In 1983, it was adapted into film by Director Francis Ford Coppola, starring C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise and Leif Garrett.
Best-selling book number 75 is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, 1964 (Sold 13 M).It was adapted into a film in 1971, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder. In 2005—, it was adapted into film by Director Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.
Best-selling book number 76 is Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, 1987 (Sold 12 M). It was adapted into film in 2010 by Director Tran Anh Hung.
Best-selling book number 77 is Peyton Place by Grace Metallious, 1956 (Sold 12 M). It was made into a 1957 film directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner, Hope Lange, Lloyd Nolan, Diane Varsi and Russ Tamblyn. It ran as a TV series from 1964 to 1969.
Best-selling book number 78 is Dune by Frank Herbert, 1965 (Sold 12 M). In 1984, it was adapted into film by Director David Lynch, starring Kyle MacLachlan, Francesca Annis, Sting and Max von Sydow.
Best-selling book number 79 is The Plague by Albert Camus, 1947 (Sold 12 M).
In 1992, it was adapted into an Argentine-French-British film by Director Luis Puenzo, starring William Hurt, Robert Duvall and Raul Julia.
Best-selling book number 80 is No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, 1948 (Sold 12 M). In 2010, it was adapted into film by Director Genjiro Arato and starring Toma Ikata.
Best-selling book number 81 is The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris, 1967 (Sold 12 M). It was adapted into film in 1973 by Director Donald Driver, starring Johnny Crawford & Victoria Principal. Another film adaptation was by Director Daniel Millitz in 2006.
Best-selling book number 82 is The Bridges of Madison Country by Robert James Waller, 1992 (Sold 12 M). In 1995 it was adapted into film by Director Clint Eastwood, starring himself opposite Meryl Streep.
Best-selling book number 84 is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, 1958 (Sold 11 M). In1987. It was made into a TV miniseries by Director David Orere for the Nigerian Television Authority.
Best-selling book number 86 is The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, 1971 (Sold 11 M). In 1973, it was adapted into film by Director William Friedkin, starring Ellen Burtsyn, Max von Sydow and Linda Blair. Four years later was a sequel directed by John Boorman, starring Linda Blair. Finally in 1990, Exorcist III was directed by William Peter Blatty, the author of the novel.
Best-selling book number 87 is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, 1999 (Sold
10.5 M). In 2009, it was made into a British-German short animated film directed by Max Lang & Jakob Schuli.
Best-selling book number 88 is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1961 (Sold 10 M).
In 1970, it was adapted into film by Director Mike Nichols, starring Alan Arkin, Art Garfunkel, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight and Orson Welles.
Best-selling book number 89 is Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett, 1978 (Sold
10 M). It was adapted into film by Director Richard Marquand, starring Donald Sutherland in 1981.
Best-selling book number 91 is The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, 1957 (Sold
10 M). It was adapted into film in 2003 by Director Bo Welch, starring Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston and Dakota Fanning.
Best-selling book number 92 is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, 2002
(Sold 10 M). It was adapted into film in 2009 by Director Peter Jackson, starring Mark Walhberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Saoirse Ronan.
Best-selling book number 96 is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, 2003
(Sold 10 M). In 2007, it was adapted into film by Dirctor Marc Forster, starring Khalid Abdullah, Homayoun Ershadi, and Ahmad Khan Mahmoudzada.
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