Fresh Takes on Timeless Tales: Movies Inspired by Classic Literature
Movie Recommendations

Adventures of Robin Hood. PG. 1938. DVD Action/Adventure
The Adventures of Robin Hood (television series). Not rated. 1955-1959. DVD 791.4572 ADV TV
Based on the legend of Robin Hood.
Alice. Not rated. 2009. DVD 791.4572 ALI TV
Alice in Wonderland. Not rated. 1933. DVD SF/Fantasy
Alice in Wonderland. PG. 2010.
DVD SF/Fantasy
and Blu-ray SF/Fantasy
Based on the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
As You Like It. PG. 2006. DVD Comedy
Based on As You Like It by William Shakespeare.
Beastly. PG-13. 2011. DVD SF/Fantasy and Blu-ray SF/Fantasy
Beauty and the Beast
(television series). Not rated. 1987-1990. DVD 791.4572 BEA TV
Based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.
Beowulf. PG-13. 2007. DVD Action/Adventure
Beowulf & Grendel. R. 2005. DVD Action/Adventure
Based on the epic poem Beowulf.
Black Orpheus. Not rated. 1959. DVD World (Portuguese)
Based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
Bride & Prejudice. PG-13. 2004. DVD Musical
Based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Bridget Jones’s Diary. R. 2001. DVD Comedy
Based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
The Claim. R. 2000. DVD Drama
Based on The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.
Clash of the Titans. PG. 1981. DVD SF/Fantasy
Clash of the Titans. PG-13. 2010. DVD Action/Adventure and Blu-ray Action/Adventure
Based on the Greek myth of Perseus.
Clueless. PG-13. 1995. DVD Comedy
Based on Emma by Jane Austen.
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia. R. 2000. DVD Drama
Based on Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Cruel Intentions. R. 1999. DVD Drama
Based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos.
Deliver Us from Eva. R. 2003. DVD Comedy
Based on The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.
A Double Life. Not rated. 1947. DVD Drama
Based on Othello by William Shakespeare.
Ella Enchanted. PG. 2004. Youth DVD
Based on the fairy tale Cinderella by The Brothers Grimm.
Ever After. PG-13. 1998. DVD Drama
Based on the fairy tale Cinderella by The Brothers Grimm.
Forbidden Planet. Not rated. 1956. DVD SF/Fantasy
Based on The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
G. R. 2002. DVD Drama
Based on The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.
Get Over It. PG-13. 2001. DVD Comedy
Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.
Gnomeo & Juliet. G. 2011. Youth DVD and Youth Blu-ray
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Great Expectations. R. 1998. DVD Drama
Based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
Grimm (television series). Not rated. 2011-. DVD 791.4572 GRI TV
Based on fairy tales by The Brothers Grimm.
Gulliver's Travels. PG. 2010. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy
Based on Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.
Hamlet. R. 2000. DVD Drama
Hamlet 2. R. 2008. DVD Comedy
Based on Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
I Have Found It. Not rated. 2000.  DVD World (Tamil)
Based on Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
Hercules, The Legendary Journeys (television series). Not rated. 1994-1999.
DVD 791.4572 HER TV
Based on the Greek myth of Hercules.
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story. Not rated. 2001. DVD 791.4572 JAC TV
Based on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jason and the Argonauts. G. 1963. DVD SF/Fantasy
Jason and the Argonauts. Not rated. 2000. DVD 791.4572 JAS TV
Based on the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts.
Kebab Connection. Not rated. 2005. DVD World (German)
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Kiss Me Kate. Not rated. 1953. DVD Musical
Kiss Me, Kate. Not rated. 2000. DVD 791.4572 KIS TV
Based on The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.
A Knight’s Tale. PG-13. 2001. DVD Action/Adventure
Based on "A Knight’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Lost in Austen. Not rated. 2008. DVD 791.4572 LOS TV
Based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Looking for Richard. PG-13. 1996. DVD 822.33 X6Lo
Based on Richard III by William Shakespeare.
Love’s Labours Lost. PG.  2000. DVD Musical
Based on Love’s Labours Lost by William Shakespeare.
Maqbool. Not rated. 2003.  DVD World (Hindi)
Based on Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Mirror Mirror. PG. 2012.  DVD Comedy and  Blu-ray Comedy
Based on the fairy tale Snow White.
My Own Private Idaho. R. 1991.  DVD Drama
Based on Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare.
"O". R. 2001. DVD Drama
Based on Othello by William Shakespeare.
O Brother Where Art Thou? PG-13. 2001. DVD Comedy
Based on The Odyssey by Homer.
The Odyssey. PG-13. 1997. DVD 791.4572 ODY TV
Based on The Odyssey by Homer.
Omkara. Not rated. 2006. DVD World (Hindi)
Based on Othello by William Shakespeare.
Once Upon a Time (television series). Not rated. 2011-.
DVD 791.4572 ONC TV
and Blu-ray 791.4572 ONC TV
Based on classic fairy tales.
Orpheus. Not rated. 1949. DVD World (French)
Based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
Prospero's Books. R. 1991. DVD Drama
Based on The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Ran. R. 1985. DVD World (Japanese)
Based on King Lear by William Shakespeare.
Red Riding Hood. PG-13. 2011. DVD SF/Fantasy and Blu-ray SF/Fantasy
Based on the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood.
Richard III. R. 1995. DVD Drama
Based on Richard III by William Shakespeare.
Robin Hood. Not rated. 1922. DVD Action/Adventure
Robin Hood. Not rated. 1991. DVD Action/Adventure
Robin Hood
. PG-13. 2010. DVD Action/Adventure and Blu-ray Action/Adventure
Robin Hood
(television series). Not rated. 2006. DVD 791.4572 ROB TV
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. PG-13. 1991. DVD Action/Adventure
Robin of Sherwood (television series). Not rated. 1984-1986. DVD 791.4572 ROB TV
Based on the legend of Robin Hood.
Romeo & Juliet -- Get Married. Not rated. 2005. DVD World (Portuguese)
Romeo Must Die. R. 2001. DVD Action/Adventure
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. PG. 1990. DVD Comedy
Based on Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
Roxanne. PG. 1987. DVD Comedy
Based on Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.
Scotland, PA. R. 2001. DVD Drama
Based on Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Second Generation. Not rated. 2003. DVD Drama
Based on King Lear by William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare Retold. Not rated. 2005. DVD 791.4572 SHA TV
Based on Much Ado About Nothing, MacBeth, The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.
She’s All That. PG-13. 1999. DVD Comedy
Based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.
She’s the Man. PG-13. 2006. DVD Comedy
Based on Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.
Snow White & the Huntsman. PG-13. 2012.  
DVD Action/Adventure
and  Blu-ray Action/Adventure
Based on the fairy tale Snow White.
Sydney White. PG-13. 2007. DVD Comedy
Based on on the fairy tale Snow White.
Tangled. PG. 2010. Youth DVD and Youth Blu-ray
Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.
Tempest. PG. 1982. DVD Drama
Based on The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
10 Things I Hate About You. PG-13. 1999. DVD Comedy
10 Things I Hate About You (television series). Not rated. 2009-2010. DVD 791.4572 TEN TV
Based on The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.
A Thousand Acres. R. 1997. DVD Drama
Based on King Lear by William Shakespeare.
300. R. 2006. DVD Action/Adventure
Based on The Battle of Thermopylae from The History by Herodotus.
Throne of Blood. Not rated. 1957. DVD World (Japanese)
Based on Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Tin Man. Not rated. 2007. DVD 791.4572 TIN TV
Based on The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum.
Titus. R. 1999. DVD Drama
Based on Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare.
Troy. R. 2004. DVD Action/Adventure
Based on The Iliad by Homer.
Ulysses. Not rated. 1954. DVD Action/Adventure
Based on The Odyssey by Homer.
West Side Story. Not rated. 1961. DVD Musical and Blu-ray Musical
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Willa: An American Snow White. Not rated. 1996. Youth DVD
Based on the fairytale Snow White by The Brothers Grimm.
William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. PG-13. 1999. DVD Comedy
Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. R. 1997. DVD Drama
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. R. 2004. DVD Drama
Based on The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.