List of films based on civics books

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A list of films that are based on books about common topics and issues in social science and political science.

Addiction[edit]

Alcoholism[edit]

India[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Devdas
देवदास
1936 P.C. Barua India Devdas Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay
শরৎচন্দ্র চট্টোপাধ্যায়
1917 Novella -

Mexico[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Under the Volcano 1984 John Huston USA Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry 1947 Novel -
  • ♠ The subject is the British consul in a Mexican town (based on Cuernavaca).

USA[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
The Lost Weekend 1945 Billy Wilder USA The Lost Weekend Charles Jackson 1944 Novel -
Leaving Las Vegas 1995 Mike Figgis USA Leaving Las Vegas John O'Brien 1990 Novel/
Memoir
John O'Brien (simulacrum)
The Doors 1991 Oliver Stone USA notes [1] (unpublished) for No One Here Gets Out Alive (uncredited) Jerry Hopkins & Danny Sugerman (both uncredited) 1980 Non-fiction Jim Morrison

Drug addiction[edit]

Germany[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Christiane F. 1981 Uli Edel West Germany Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo Christiane F. with Kai Herrmann & Horst Rieck (ghostwriters) 197? Non-fiction Christiane F.

UK[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Trainspotting 1996 Danny Boyle UK Trainspotting Irvine Welsh 1993 Novel -
The Seven Percent Solution 1976 Herbert Ross UK & USA The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. Nicholas Meyer 1974 Novel Sherlock Holmes

USA[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
The Boost 1988 Harold Becker USA Ludes Ben Stein 1982 Novel -
The Basketball Diaries 1995 Scott Kalvert USA The Basketball Diaries Jim Carroll 1978 Diary Jim Carroll
Permanent Midnight 1998 David Veloz USA Permanent Midnight Jerry Stahl 1995 Memoir Jerry Stahl

Sex addiction[edit]

USA[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Auto Focus 2002 Paul Schrader USA The Murder of Bob Crane: Who Killed the Star of Hogan's Heroes? Robert Graysmith 199? Biography Bob Crane

Civil rights[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Cry Freedom 1987 Richard Attenborough UK Biko Donald Woods 1978 Memoir Steve Biko, Donald Woods
In My Country 2004 John Boorman UK ? Country of My Skull Antjie Krog 1998 Memoir -
Goodbye Bafana aka The Color of Freedom 2007 Bille August UK, South Africa, Germany Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend James Gregory & Bob Graham 199? Memoir Nelson Mandela

USA[edit]

For slave revolts, see List of films based on war books — 1775–1898.

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Boycott * 2001 Clark Johnson USA Daybreak of Freedom:
the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Stewart Burns (editor) 1997 [2]¤ Non-fiction Martin Luther King, Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks
Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan * 1975 Marvin J. Chomsky USA Attack on Terror: The F.B.I. Against the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi Don Whitehead 1970 Non-fiction Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman
  • * TV movie.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Journalism[edit]

(Print and television)

Reporters[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Culloden [3] ♠ * 1964 Peter Watkins UK Culloden John Prebble 1962 Non-fiction -
All the President's Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula USA All the President's Men Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward 1974 Memoir Bob Woodward,
Carl Bernstein

Editors[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
All the President's Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula USA All the President's Men Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward 1974 Memoir Ben Bradlee

Publishers[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
All the President's Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula USA All the President's Men Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward 1974 Memoir Katharine Graham
  • ♠ Mrs. Graham is often mentioned but not dramatized.

Labour[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Daens 1992 Stijn Coninx Belgium, France, Netherlands Pieter Daens Louis Paul Boon 1971 Novel Adolf Daens


USA[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
The Grapes of Wrath [4] 1940 John Ford USA The Grapes of Wrath [5] John Steinbeck [6] 1939 Novel Okies
Mr. Majestyk 1974 Richard Fleischer USA Mr. Majestyk Elmore Leonard 1974 [2] Novel -

Manufacturing[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal * 1979 Mel Stuart USA The Triangle Fire (unofficial) Leon Stein (unofficial) 1962 Non-fiction Triangle Shirtwaist
  • * TV movie.

Mining[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
North Country 2005 Niki Caro USA Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law Clara Bingham & Laura Leedy Gansler 196? Non-fiction Lois Jenson
One of the Hollywood Ten 2000 Karl Francis Spain & UK Salt of the Earth: The Story of a Film Herbert Biberman 1965 Non-fiction Salt of the Earth [7]


Sports[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Eight Men Out 1988 John Sayles USA 8 Men Out Eliot Asinof 1963 Non-fiction Black Sox
Net Worth ♠ * 1995 Jerry Ciccoritti Canada Net Worth:
Exploding the Myth of Pro Hockey
David Cruise
& Alison Griffiths
1991 [8] Non-fiction
  • ♠ The hockey players in the wage dispute are Canadian; the club owners are American.
  • * TV movie.

Mental disorder[edit]

19th century[edit]

Canada[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Beautiful Dreamers 1990 John Kent Harrison Canada Walt Whitman Dr. Maurice Bucke 1883 Biography insane asylum
20th century

USA[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Frances 1982 Graeme Clifford USA Shadowland William Arnold 198? Fictional biography Frances Farmer,
lobotomy
Mister Buddwing 1966 Delbert Mann USA Buddwing Evan Hunter 1964 Novel amnesia

Native issues[edit]

Australia[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 Phillip Noyce Australia Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence Doris Pilkington Garimara 1996 Non-fiction Molly Craig

USA[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
The Outsider 1961 Delbert Mann USA "The Outsider" from
Wolf Whistle and Other Stories
William Bradford Huie 1959 Non-fiction Ira Hayes

Penology[edit]

Roman Empire[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Barabbas 1961 Richard Fleischer Italy Barabbas Pär Lagerkvist [9] 1950 Novel Barabbas

Brazil[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Carandiru
Carandiru
2003 Hector Babenco Brazil & Argentina Carandiru Station [10]
Estação Carandiru
Dr. Dráuzio Varella 1999 Non-fiction/
Memoir
Carandiru massacre


France[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Papillon 1973 Franklin J. Schaffner USA Papillon Henri Charrière 1969 Memoir/
Novel
Henri Charrière

South Africa[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Goodbye Bafana aka The Color of Freedom 2007 Bille August UK, South Africa, Germany Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend James Gregory & Bob Graham 199? Memoir Nelson Mandela

UK[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Boy A 2007 John Crowley UK Boy A Jonathan Trigell 2004 Novel -
A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick UK A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 1962 Novel -
  • ♠ The earliest editions of the novel did not contain a glossary, or any indication that the slang was based on Russian.

Capital punishment[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Pierrepoint 1995 Adrian Shergold UK Executioner: Pierrepoint Albert Pierrepoint 1974 Memoir Albert Pierrepoint

USA[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Birdman of Alcatraz 1962 John Frankenheimer USA Birdman of Alcatraz Thomas E. Gaddis 1955 Non-fiction Robert Stroud
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang [11] 1932 Mervyn LeRoy USA I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang Robert Elliott Burns 1932 Autobiography Robert Elliott Burns

Capital punishment[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
The Executioner's Song * 1982 Lawrence Schiller USA The Executioner's Song [12] Norman Mailer 1980 Novel Gary Gilmore
Shot in the Heart * 2001 Agnieszka Holland USA Shot in the Heart Mikal Gilmore 1995 Non-fiction Gary Gilmore
  • * TV movie.

USSR[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 1970 Caspar Wrede UK & Norway One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [13] 1962 Novel -

Political prisoners[edit]

Greece[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Cell No. 5
To kelli miden ×
1975 Yannis Smaragdis Greece The Method: A Personal Account of the Tortures in Greece
Ανθρωποφύλακες (Anthropofylakes)
Periklis Korovesis
Περικλής Κοροβέσης
1969 Memoir Periklis Korovesis

South Africa[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Goodbye Bafana aka The Color of Freedom 2007 Bille August UK, South Africa, Germany Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend James Gregory & Bob Graham 199? Memoir Nelson Mandela

Poverty[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Barren Lives
Vidas Secas
1963 Nelson Pereira dos Santos Brazil Vidas Secas Graciliano Ramos 1938 Novel sertão

UK[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Broken Blossoms [15] 1919 D. W. Griffith USA "The Chink and the Child"
from Limehouse Nights
Thomas Burke 1916 Story Limehouse
Love on the Dole 1941 John Baxter UK Love on the Dole: a Tale of Two Cities Walter Greenwood 1933 Novel Salford

USA[edit]

Urban[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn 1945 Elia Kazan USA A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Betty Smith 1943 Novel Brooklyn
Last Exit to Brooklyn 1989 Uli Edel USA, UK,
West Germany
Last Exit to Brooklyn Hubert Selby Jr. 1964 Novel Brooklyn

Rural[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
Beggars of Life 1928 William A. Wellman USA Beggars of Life Jim Tully 1924 Novel hobos
The Grapes of Wrath [4] 1940 John Ford USA The Grapes of Wrath [5] John Steinbeck [6] 1939 Novel Okies
Sounder 1972 Martin Ritt USA Sounder [16] William H. Armstrong 1969 Novel sharecroppers
Conrack 1974 Martin Ritt USA The Water Is Wide Pat Conroy 1972 Memoir Sea Islands

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The families of Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson both objected to the book by Hopkins and Sugerman. The producers bought the rights to the notes, rather than the book itself.
    Source: Lavington (q.v.), p. 138.
  2. ^ a b Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the US Library of Congress.
    Source: Library of Congress Online Catalog.
  3. ^ Recipient of the BAFTA Award for Specialised Programmes in 1965.
  4. ^ a b Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1989.
  5. ^ a b Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.
  6. ^ a b Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.
  7. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1992.
  8. ^ Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of Library and Archives Canada.
    Source: Library Search.
  9. ^ Lagerkvist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1951.
  10. ^ Recipient of the Prêmio Jabuti in 2000.
  11. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1991.
  12. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1980.
  13. ^ Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970.
  14. ^ "Der erste Buch von Periklis Korovesis, der selbst ein Opfer der Folter der Junta ist, mit dem Titel «Anthropofylakes», auf griechisch «Ανθρωποφύλακες» (1969), beschreibt ausführlich die Foltermethoden der Militärpolizei ESA. Der buch ist auf viele Sprachen übersetzt worden: La filière, Seuil, 1969, Frankreich; The Method-A Personal Account of the Tortures in Greece, Allison & Busby, 1970 und Τhe Method, Panther, 1970, England [...]" Source: Folter während der griechischen Militärdiktatur (1967-1974), Krimpedia (German).
  15. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1996.
  16. ^ Recipient of the Newbery Medal in 1970.

Bibliography[edit]

Lavington, Stephen. Virgin Film: Oliver Stone, Virgin Books, London, 2004.

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