TOP 100*****

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.

Gone with the Wind 
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind 
500 Days of Summer 
Forrest Gump 
When Harry Met Sally 
Shawshank Redemption 
Slumdog Millionaire 
P.S. I Love You 
Fight Club 
Across the Universe 
The Patriot 
Hamlet (Zefferelli) 
Romeo & Juliet (Lurhman) 
Great Expectations 
All the President's Men 
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 
Toy Story III 
East of Eden 
Benjamin Button 
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 
Rain Man 
All the Right Moves 
Analyze This 
The Fockers 
Terms of Endearment 
Top Gun 
Kramer vs, Kramer 
A Few Good Men 
St. Elmo's Fire
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 
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 
American History X 
Love Actually 
Gangs of New York 
Sophie's Choice 
Apocalypse Now                        
The Godfather 
Doctor Zhivago
The Silence of the Lambs
The Usual Suspects
American Beauty                       
The Green Mile
The Sixth Sense
The Wizard of Oz
Black Swan
The Truman Show
A Beautiful Mind
Mystic River                   
Shutter Island

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

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