The following are lists of my TOP 100 movies and novels (not in any particular order). The greatest difficulty in composing these lists was in choosing which films to eliminate in order to keep each list at 100. I love everything about watching films and reading books. I teach both film and literature, so, for me, the best of both worlds is watching adapatations. You will see a host of adaptations on each list, some have even made both lists. I view a film as a completely separate discourse from the novel. It’s always interesting to see how my interpretation matches up with a director’s.
MOVIES Titanic Gone with the Wind Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind 500 Days of Summer Neverland Gladiator Forrest Gump When Harry Met Sally Beaches Shawshank Redemption Slumdog Millionaire P.S. I Love You Fight Club Across the Universe The Patriot Hamlet (Zefferelli) Romeo & Juliet (Lurhman) Great Expectations Rocky All the President's Men Bobby Natural Born Killers Pulp Fiction The Color Purple On Golden Pond The Hours Thelma & Louise The Shining Steel Magnolias Good Will Hunting Dead Poet's Society The Breakfast Club Animal House The Secret Garden Pollyanna Up Toy Story III East of Eden Benjamin Button Monster Inception Revolutionary Road Little Children Marie Antoinette The Illusionist The Other Boleyn Girl The Help He's Just Not That Into You Jerry Maguire Eyes Wide Shut Scent of a Woman The Departed Casino Rain Man All the Right Moves Ghost Analyze This The Fockers Terms of Endearment Top Gun Kramer vs, Kramer A Few Good Men St. Elmo's Fire Flashdance An Officer and a Gentleman Pretty Women The Fighter The Lovely Bones Angel Heart Nine and 1/2 Weeks The Dark Night Brokeback Mountain Into the Wild Burn After Reading Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Ocean's Eleven Serendipity Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil American History X Se7en Psycho Love Actually Gangs of New York Sophie's Choice Apocalypse Now The Godfather Goodfellas Doctor Zhivago The Silence of the Lambs The Usual Suspects American Beauty The Green Mile Platoon The Sixth Sense The Wizard of Oz Black Swan The Truman Show A Beautiful Mind Mystic River Shutter Island NOVELS/PLAYS Handmaids Tale, Cat's Eye, Margaret Atwood The Reader, Bernhard Schlink The Red Tent, Anita Diamont The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini Davinci Code, Dan Brown Ghostwalk, Rebecca Scott Summer Sisters, Are You There God, It's Me Margaret, Judy Blume First Born & Rightfully Mine, Doris Mortman Little Altars Everywhere, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells One True Thing, Blessings, Black & Blue, Imagined London, Anna Quinlan Cape Cod, Richard Russo Lace, Lace II, Shirley Conran Love Story & Oliver’s Story, Eric Segal The Gift, Remembrance, Mixed Blessing, Family Album …Danielle Steele The Rainmaker, The Pelican Brief, A Time to Kill, The Firm… John Grisham Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austin Mrs. Dalloway & A Room of Her Own, Virginia Woolf Gone with The Wind, Margaret Mitchell The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald East of Eden, John Steinbeck The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer The Awakening, Kate Chopin Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway The Adventures of Huck Finn, Mark Twain King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Tempest, A Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare Night, Elie Weisel Tuesdays with Morrie, Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs Rainbow, Christopher Flinch Goddess, Anthony Summers Dianna, Andrew Morton A Woman Named Jackie, C. David Heymann Teacher Man, Frank McCourt Charlotte & Emily, Jude Morgan The Other Boleyn Girl, The Virgin's Lover, Philippa Gregory The Bronte Project, Jennifer Vandever A Separate Peace, John Knowles Go Ask Alice, Unknown Pigman, Paul Zindal The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton Lord of the Flies, William Golding Brian’s Song, William Blinn Pollyanna, Eleanor Porter A Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden Little Children, Abstinence Teacher, The Leftovers, Tom Perotta One Day, David Nicholls Fifty Shades Trilogy, E.L. James While I was Gone, Lost in the Forest, Sue Miller Before Women Had Wings, Connie May Fowler The Book of Ruth, Jane Hamilton Endless Love, Scott Spencer Scarlett, Alexandra Ripley A Woman of Substance, Barbara Taylor Bradford Beloved, Toni Morrison The Color Purple, Alice Walker All He Ever Wanted, A Wedding in December, Anita Shreve Skylight Confessions, Blackbird House, Alice Hoffman London, Edward Rutherford Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer The Morgesons, Elizabeth Stoddard