Some of my most favorite movies have been made from books. Admittedly, there’s also quite a few have been made from rather bad books (but that’s a list for another day, as is the list of bad movies made from great books.)

Here’s 20 films I can watch over and over again, from books I could read over and over again. As with previous lists, I’m limiting myself to one per author, otherwise we’d have more Raymond Chandler, Alistair MacLean, James Cain, Graham Greene and Philip K Dick among others.

  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Big Sleep
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • The Exorcist
  • Angel Heart (Falling Angel)
  • L.A. Confidential
  • The Village of the Damned (The Midwich Cuckoos)
  • The Dead Zone
  • Where Eagles Dare
  • The Thirty Nine Steps
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • The Ipcress File
  • Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?)
  • Harper ( The Moving Target )
  • Brighton Rock
  • Three Days of the Condor (Six Days of the Condor)
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Psycho
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Lord of the Rings