Around this space, I think one thing we can safely say about most of us is that we’re all readers. Or at least we enjoy a good book now and again. This is why it surprises me to realize that I have not curated a list of films we, as bookworms, may enjoy. This epiphany hit me one night while watching a rom-com (with a book angle) with my mother. Needless to say, I knew this would need a remedy and thus this movies about books or films with bookworm characters is born.
This list is varied, like anything, and includes more serious drama as well as lighter fare, which as we all likely know, is my favorite. There’s bookworms, editors and even authors on this list. All of whom are in stories that range from historical depression to lighter romantic comedies. Either way, hopefully, there’s something for any interested viewer.
17 MOVIES ABOUT BOOKS
1: 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD (1987)
Someone told me about this one when I was asking about bookish titles. I honestly cannot remember who (sorry!) but it may have been Courtney. The plot follows a “trans-Atlantic romance.”
2: ALL FOR LOVE
Love this darling Hallmark film with Sara Rue. It’s all kind of sass and fun and features Rue as an author forced to work with a retired military man in order to infuse her story with more realism.
3: BECOMING JANE
Tells the story of the iconic author Jane Austen so naturally, despite its bittersweet story, I kind of have to include it.
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I have not seen this film, but with a title like this, it has to be a winner, right? It also has over 1,000 reviews with a four-star average rating.
5: BRIDGET JONES DIARY
Never seen any of these movies and honestly, I don’t have plans to. They follow a shy publishing employee that’s addicted to Austen, and the plot mirrors a kind of modern Pride & Prejudice re-telling. (Please note: this is R-rated.)
I’m not sure where this Canadian (where it’s produced) film originally made its debut, but in the U.S., it aired on UPtv. The story is of the lighter variety and is REALLY quite cute. Abby is a would-be junior book editor on the verge of possibly landing her dream job at a popular publishing house. All she has to do is find the perfect man for her would-be boss! Simple, right?
7: FUNNY FACE (1957)
It’s been years, but at one time, I did see this. I don’t remember it honestly, but the synopsis tells me it’s about a photographer and the shy bookshop owner he meets. Although I’m sure the bookstore part is slim.
8: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
This is a newer movie, but it’s a classic. There’s just something about it that I adore plus it has letters and a book that plays an important role to inspire the letters. Find ‘Guernsey’ streaming on Netflix
9: THE JANE AUTEN BOOK CLUB
Been a while since I watched this. It’s definitely more on the adult side of content, but it’s an entertaining film if you don’t mind wading through that.
10: LITTLE WOMEN (2019)
I’ll be honest, it kind of hurts adding this one to the list. Not because I don’t like the Little Women story, but because I don’t care for this version. However, I’m unusual as I think most people love it (it has high average star rating reviews) and it also, in my mind, has the most “author-ly” portrayal of Jo March.
11: LOOKING FOR MR. RIGHT
A Hallmark film (again), normally I wouldn’t add Hallmark to lists like this, but this (and All for Love) are cute. Sarah Lancaster stars as a struggling novelist in this fun rom-com who gets her life in quite a mix up! Watch for possible encore shows on the Hallmark Channel
12: LIBERAL ARTS
Never seen this one, but it seems to have good reviews. I’m a bit on the fence as to whether or not it’d be good (it follows a 19-year-old and a 30-something) however if it’s your vibe, you may like seeing Elizabeth Olsen in this dramedy. (PG-13, likely for plenty of adult content)
13: MISS POTTER
Another bittersweet story with Renee Zellweger playing the iconic Miss Beatrice Potter.
14: NOTTING HILL
Finally watched this Julia Roberts (90s) romantic drama this year. It’s good though not an all time favorite. The plot follows an American actress and a British book shop owner.
15: PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES
Unlike Funny Face, this is one Hepburn film I haven’t seen. It sounds funny though about a director’s assistant who helps a screenwriter act out his story to help his writer’s block. Different than a book or bookshop, yes, but it sort of still applies.
16: THE PROPOSAL
One of my ALL time favorite romantic comedies, this one follows Sandra Bullock as an editor and Ryan Reynolds as her overworked assistant who is looking to get a book published. Only what he doesn’t plan on is playing fiancé to his BOSS!
17: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
This has never been a favorite of mine, mostly because I’m not fond of everyone in the cast, but one cannot deny that it has quite the bookish angle. It’s heroine, Kathleen Kelly is a book shop owner who deeply appreciates novels. Tom Hanks’ Joe is a man quite the opposite who isn’t above putting the “little guy” out of business.
BONUS MENTION! PRIDE & PREJUDICE (2005)
I have to mention this one just because this adaptation shows a lot of scenes of Lizzie walking and some with her nose in a book, plus there’s the whole reading conversation in most if not all of the adaptation. Oh, yes, and you guys know how highly I think of this one.
What are some of your top movies about books? Have you seen any of these? Do you like any of these? Do you have any re-watch classics? Comment all of your favorites down below.
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