Movies Based on Humorous Books
Movie Recommendations

All of these movies are located in the Comedy section unless otherwise noted.


About a Boy. PG-13. 2002. DVD
Based on the book About a Boy by Nick Hornby. 1998.
All Creatures Great and Small. Not rated. 1978-1990.
DVD 791.4572 ALL TV
Based on the book All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. 1972.
American Splendor. R. 2003. DVD
Based on the comic book series American Splendor (1986-1987) by Harvey Pekar and Our Cancer Year (1994) by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner.
Be Cool.  PG-13. 2005. DVD
Based on the book Be Cool by Elmore Leonard. 1999.
The Big Bounce. PG-13. 2004. DVD
Based on the book The Big Bounce by Elmore Leonard. 1969.
Big Trouble. PG-13. 2002. DVD
Based on the book Big Trouble by Dave Barry. 1999.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Not rated. 1961. DVD
Based on the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. 1958.
Breakfast on Pluto. R. 2005. DVD
Based on the book Breakfast on Pluto by Pat McCabe. 1998.
Bridget Jones’s Diary. R. 2001. DVD
Based on the book Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. 1996.
Cheaper by the Dozen. G. 1950.  DVD
Cheaper by the Dozen. PG. 2003. DVD
Based on the book Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth. 1948.
Cold Comfort Farm. PG. 1995. DVD
Based on the book Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. 1932.
Confessions of a Shopaholic. PG. 2009. DVD
Based on the books Confessions of a Shopaholic (2001) and  Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (2002) by Sophie Kinsella.
The Commitments. R. 1991. DVD Drama
Based on the book The Commitments by Roddy Doyle. 1987.
The Devil Wears Prada. PG-13. 2006. DVD
Based on the book The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. 2003.
Le Divorce. PG-13. 2003. DVD
Based on the book Le Divorce by Diane Johnson. 1997.
Election. R. 1999.  DVD
Based on the book Election by Tom Perrotta. 1998.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. R. 1993. DVD
Based on the book Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins. 1976.
Fever Pitch. PG-13. 2005. DVD
Based on the book Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby. 1992.
The First Wives Club. PG. 1996. DVD
Based on the book The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith. 1992.
Forrest Gump. PG-13. 1994. DVD Drama
Based on the book Forrest Gump by Winston Groom. 1986.
Fried Green Tomatoes. PG-13. 1991. DVD Drama
Based on the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Café by Fannie Flagg. 1987.
Get Shorty. R. 1995. DVD
Based on the book Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard. 1990.
A Good Year. PG-13. 2006. DVD
Based on the book A Good Year by Peter Mayle. 2004.
Hanging Up. PG-13. 2000. DVD
Based on the book Hanging Up by Delia Ephron. 1995.
Heartburn. R. 1986. DVD
Based on the book Heartburn by Nora Ephron. 1983.
High Fidelity. R. 2000. DVD
Based on the book High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. 1995.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back. R. 1998. DVD
Based on the book How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan. 1996.
How to Deal. PG-13. 2003. DVD
Based on the books Someone Like You (1998) and That Summer (1996) by Sarah Dessen.
Just Like Heaven. PG-13. 2005. DVD
Based on the book If Only It Were True by Marc Levy. 2000.
Legally Blonde. PG-13. 2001. DVD
Based on the book Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown. 2001.
The Milagro Beanfield War. R. 1988. DVD
Based on the book The Milagro Beanfield War John Nichols. 1974.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. PG-13. 2008. DVD
Based on the book Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson. 1938.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Not rated. 1948. DVD
Based on the book Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House by Eric Hodgins. 1946.
Must Love Dogs. PG-13. 2005. DVD
Based on the book Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook. 2002.
The Nanny Diaries. PG-13. 2007. DVD
Based on the book The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. 2002.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. PG-13. 2008. DVD
Based on the book Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. 2006.
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies. Not rated. 1960. DVD
Based on the book Please Don’t Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr. 1957.
Postcards from the Edge. R. 1990. DVD
Based on the book Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher. 1987.
Practical Magic. PG-13. 1998. DVD
Based on the book Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. 1995.
Primary Colors. R. 1998. DVD
Based on the book Primary Colors by Anonymous. 1996.
The Princess Bride. PG. 1987. DVD
Based on the book The Princess Bride by William Goldman. 1973.
Smoke Signals. PG-13. 1998. DVD
Based on the book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. 1993.
Someone Like You. PG-13. 2001. DVD
Based on the book Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman. 1998.
Suburban Girl. PG-13. 2007. DVD
Based on stories from The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. 1999.
Thank You For Smoking. R. 2005. DVD
Based on the book Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckle. 1994.
The Thin Man. Not rated. 1934. DVD Action/Adventure
Based on the book The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. 1934.
Tom Jones. Not rated. 1963. VHS
Based on the book Tom Jones by Henry Fielding. 1749.
The Treatment. Not Rated. 2006. DVD
Based on the book The Treatment by Daniel Menaker. 1998.
What Just Happened. R. 2008. DVD
Based on the book What Just Happened? byArt Linson. 2002.
The World According to Garp. R. 1982. DVD
Based on the book The World According to Garp by John Irving. 1978.