List of plays adapted into feature films

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This is a list of plays that have been adapted into feature films. The title of the work is followed by the work's author, the title of the film, and the year of the film. If a film has an alternate title based on geographical distribution, the title listed will be that of the widest distribution area.

Shakespeare plays[edit]

The Guinness Book of Records lists 410 feature-length film and TV versions of William Shakespeare's plays as having been produced, which makes him the most filmed author ever in any language.[1]

The Internet Movie Database lists Shakespeare as having writing credit on 1,171 films, with 21 films in active production, but not yet released, as of June 2016. The earliest known production is King John from 1899.[2]

Other plays[edit]

Play Playwright Film Film director
8 femmes Robert Thomas 8 Women (2002) François Ozon
The 24th Day Tony Piccirillo The 24th Day (2004) Tony Piccirillo
27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and The Longest Stay Cut Short or The Unsatisfactory Supper[3] Tennessee Williams Baby Doll (1956) Elia Kazan[4]
1776 Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards 1776 (1972) Peter H. Hunt
Abe Lincoln in Illinois Robert E. Sherwood Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) John Cromwell
Abie's Irish Rose Anne Nichols Abie's Irish Rose (1928)
The Admirable Crichton J. M. Barrie The Admirable Crichton (1957) Lewis Gilbert
Agnes of God John Pielmeier Agnes of God (1985) Norman Jewison
Alfie Bill Naughton Alfie (1966)[5] Lewis Gilbert
Alfie (2004)[5] Charles Shyer
Amadeus Peter Shaffer Amadeus (1984) Miloš Forman
American Buffalo David Mamet American Buffalo (1996) Michael Corrente
Anastasia Marcelle Maurette Anastasia (1956)[6] Anatole Litvak
Anastasia (1997) Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
Angel Street Patrick Hamilton Gaslight (1940)[7] Thorold Dickinson
Gaslight (1944)[7] George Cukor
Annie Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan Annie (1982) John Huston
Annie (1999) Will Gluck
Annie: A Royal Adventure! (1995) Bille Woodruff
Annie (2014) Will Gluck
Annie Get Your Gun Herbert and Dorothy Fields Annie Get Your Gun (1950) George Sidney
Annie Get Your Gun (1957) Vincent J. Donehue
Annie Get Your Gun (1967) Clark Jones
Another Country Julian Mitchell Another Country (1984) Marek Kanievska
Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph Kesselring Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Frank Capra
As Is William M. Hoffman As Is (1986) Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Assunta Spina Salvatore di Giacomo Assunta Spina (1915) Gustavo Serena; written by Gustavo Serena and Francesca Bertini
Ay Carmela! José Sanchis Sinisterra Ay Carmela ! (1990) Carlos Saura
Bad Girl Viña Delmar Bad Girl (1931)
Bar Girls Lauran Hoffman Bar Girls (1994)[8] Marita Giovanni
Barefoot in the Park Neil Simon Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Barstool Words Josh Ben Friedman Barstool Words (2006)
Bashir Lazhar Évelyne de la Chenelière Monsieur Lazhar (2011)[9] Philippe Falardeau
Beautiful Thing Jonathan Harvey Beautiful Thing (1995)
Becket or The Honor of God Jean Anouilh Becket (1964)
Becky Sharp Langdon Mitchell Becky Sharp (1935)
The Beggar's Opera John Gay The Beggar's Opera (1953)
The Big Knife Clifford Odets The Big Knife (1955)
Blithe Spirit Noël Coward Blithe Spirit (1945)
Blue Denim James Leo Herlihy Blue Denim (1959)[10] Philip Dunne
Born Yesterday Garson Kanin Born Yesterday (1950)
Born Yesterday (1993)
The Boys in the Band Mart Crowley The Boys in the Band (1970)
Breaker Morant: A Play in Two Acts Kenneth G. Ross Breaker Morant (1980)
Brighton Beach Memoirs Neil Simon Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)[11] Gene Saks
A Bronx Tale Chazz Palminteri A Bronx Tale (1993)
The Browning Version Terence Rattigan The Browning Version (1951)
The Browning Version (1955)
The Browning Version (1985)
The Browning Version (1994) Mike Figgis
Bug Tracy Letts Bug (2007)
Bus Stop and People in the Wind William Inge Bus Stop (1956) Joshua Logan
Butterflies Are Free Leonard Gershe Butterflies Are Free (1972) Milton Katselas
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Chicago Maurine Dallas Watkins Chicago (2002)
Closer Patrick Marber Closer (2004)
The Connection Jack Gelber The Connection (1961)
Crimes of the Heart (1978) Beth Henley Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman (1951) László Benedek
Death of Yazdgerd Bahram Beyzai Death of Yazdgerd (1982) Bahram Beyzai
Haute Surveillance (1947) Jean Genet Deathwatch (1965) Vic Morrow
Desk Set William Marchant Desk Set (1957) Walter Lang
A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen A Doll's House (1918)
A Doll's House (1922) Charles Bryant
A Doll's House (1943) Ernesto Arancibia
A Doll's House (1959)
A Doll's House (1973) Joseph Losey
A Doll's House (1973)[12] Patrick Garland
Doubt: A Parable John Patrick Shanley Doubt (2008)
Dracula Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston Dracula (1931)
Dracula (1979)
Equus Peter Shaffer Equus (1977)[13] Sidney Lumet
God of Carnage Yasmina Reza Carnage (2011)[14] Roman Polanski
Goodbye Again George Haight and Allan Scott Goodbye Again (1933)
Happy Birthday, Wanda June Kurt Vonnegut Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)
Harvey Mary Chase Harvey (1950)
Holiday Philip Barry Holiday (1930)
How to Marry a Millionaire Akins, Eunson & Albert How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Idioglossia Mark Handley Nell (1994)[15] Michael Apted
Incendies Wajdi Mouawad Incendies (2010)[16] Denis Villeneuve
Indiscreet Norman Krasna Indiscreet (1958)
Inherit the Wind Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Inherit the Wind (1960 film) Stanley Kramer
It's Only the End of the World Jean-Luc Lagarce It's Only the End of the World (2016)[17] Xavier Dolan
The Jazz Singer Samson Raphaelson The Jazz Singer (1927)[18]
Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (1967) Purushottam Darvhekar Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (2015)
The Lady of the Camellias Alexandre Dumas, fils Kameliadamen (1907)
Camille (1909)
La Dame aux Camélias (1910)
La Signora delle Camelie (1915)
Camille (1915)
Camille (1917)
Camille (1921)
Damen med kameliorna (1925)
Camille (1926)
La Dame aux Camélias (1934)
Camille (1936)
La Dame aux Camélias (1953)
La Mujer de las camelias (1954)
La Dame aux Camélias (1980)
Camille (1984)
Life During Wartime Keith Reddin The Alarmist (1997)
The Lion in Winter (1966) James Goldman The Lion in Winter (1968)

The Lion in Winter (2003)

Anthony Harvey

A. Konchalovsky

Long Day's Journey into Night Eugene O'Neill Long Day's Journey into Night (1962) Sidney Lumet
The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore Tennessee Williams Boom! (1968)[19] Joseph Losey
The Miss Firecracker Contest (1979) Beth Henley Miss Firecracker (1989) Thomas Schlamme
'night, Mother Marsha Norman 'night, Mother (1986)
Ofoti John Wheatcroft The Boy Who Loved Trolls (1984) Harvey Laidman
L'Oiseau Bleu (The Blue Bird) Maurice Maeterlinck The Blue Bird (1910)
The Blue Bird (1918)
The Blue Bird (1940)
The Blue Bird (1970)
The Blue Bird (1976)
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up J. M. Barrie Peter Pan (1924)
Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan (2003)
The Petrified Forest Robert E. Sherwood The Petrified Forest (1936)
Prelude to a Kiss Craig Lucas Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw My Fair Lady (1964)
Rabbit Hole David Lindsay-Abaire Rabbit Hole (2010)
The Rocky Horror Show Richard O'Brien The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Rope Patrick Hamilton Rope (1948) Alfred Hitchcock
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) Tom Stoppard
Seventh Heaven Austin Strong Seventh Heaven (1927)[20] Frank Borzage
Seventh Heaven (1937)[20] Henry King
Sexual Perversity in Chicago David Mamet About Last Night... (1986)[21] Edward Zwick
About Last Night (2014)[21]
Six Degrees of Separation John Guare Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Still Life Noël Coward Brief Encounter (1945) David Lean
A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Elia Kazan
They Might Be Giants James Goldman They Might Be Giants (1971)
Thunder Rock Robert Ardrey Thunder Rock (1942)
Twelve Angry Men Reginald Rose Twelve Angry Men (1954)
12 Angry Men (1957)[22] Sidney Lumet
Venus in Fur David Ives La Vénus à la Fourrure (2013) Roman Polanski
When We Are Married J. B. Priestley When We Are Married (1943)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)


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  1. ^ Young, Mark (ed.). The Guinness Book of Records 1999, Bantam Books, 358; Voigts-Virchow, Eckartm (2004), Janespotting and Beyond: British Heritage Retrovisions Since the Mid-1990s, Gunter Narr Verlag, 92.
  2. ^ Brooke, Michael. "Shakespeare on Screen: The Bard from Beerbohm Tree to Branagh". Screenonline. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ Kazan, Elia (2009). Kazan on Directing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 196.
  4. ^ An editor's section in Kazan on Directing, (Kazan, Elia (2009). Kazan on Directing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 196.) describes how Williams and Kazan collaborated on the story. Kazan as being the one who first put the two plays together, although The Long Stay is a secondary plot arc. Kazan initially wrote the story with a vengeful, violent ending, while Williams advocated a more ambiguous ending. Kazan acquiesced, and is not credited as a writer. Williams was involved in the writing periodically throughout filming.
  5. ^ a b Gardner, Lyn (27 January 2012). "Alfie". The Guardian.
  6. ^ 'Film Of Anastasia', The Times, 23 Sep.1953, p2
  7. ^ a b Fristoe, Roger. "Gaslight (1940)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  8. ^ Holden, Stephen (April 7, 1995). "Bar Girls (1994) FILM REVIEW; Where the Girls Are. (Not the Beach.)". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Wyatt, Nelson (29 January 2012). "Journey to Oscars began at the theatre for Canadian makers of 'Monsieur Lazhar'". The Canadian Press.
  10. ^ Staff (December 31, 1958). "Review: 'Blue Denim'". Variety.
  11. ^ Ebert, Roger (December 25, 1986). "Brighton Beach Memoirs". Chicago Sun-Times.
  12. ^ Canby, Vincent. "A Doll s House (1973)". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  13. ^ Smith, Richard Harland. "Equus (1977)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  14. ^ Hopewell J. & Keslassy E. (1 November 2010). "Polanski's 'Carnage' rolls out sales". Variety. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  15. ^ Maslin, Janet (December 14, 1994). "Nell (1994) FILM REVIEW: NELL; A Woman Within a Wild Child, As Revealed by Jodie Foster". The New York Times.
  16. ^ Wyatt, Nelson (24 February 2011). "Author of Incendies, the play, praises movie version". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  17. ^ Galuppo, Mia (12 February 2016). "Canadian Helmer Xavier Dolan on Adapting 'It's Only the End of the World'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  18. ^ Bradley, Edwin M (2004). The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography of 171 Features, 1927 Through 1932. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-2029-4.
  19. ^ "Trash and Treasure: John Waters on 'Boom!'". MovieTime. ABC Radio National. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Notes for Seventh Heaven (1937)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  21. ^ a b "About Last Night 2014". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  22. ^ Variety film review; February 27, 1957, p. 6.