21 Movies Based on Pulitzer Prize Winners ...


21 Movies Based on Pulitzer Prize Winners ...
21 Movies Based on Pulitzer Prize Winners ...

There are 13 Pulitzer Prizes awarded annually but it is always the prize for fiction that garners the most attention. There have been some real tours de force of literature that have been Pulitzer Prize winners so it’s no surprise they have been turned into movies.

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The Road

Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, The Road is a captivating but brutally tragic tale of a father and son who are doing their very best to survive in what was once the United States, but is now a desolate wasteland due to a disastrous apocalypse.

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The Road is a post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat, based on the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. It stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and son struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Set in a dystopian future, the film follows an unnamed man and his young son as they make their way through an unnamed American landscape, struggling against the harsh elements and desperate survivors.

The Road is a powerful and emotionally charged story of hope, love, and survival in a world gone mad. It is a story of a father and son who must make their way through a desolate landscape, battling harsh elements, desperate survivors, and their own inner demons in order to survive. The film explores themes of morality, faith, and the power of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds.

The film was praised for its powerful performances, stunning visuals, and emotionally resonant story. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Cinematography, and won the 2009 Cannes Film Festival's coveted Palme d'Or.


The Hours

The Hours is a wonderful film based on the novel by Michael Cunningham, about three generations of women who all have unique and varying connections to the story of Mrs. Dalloway.

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The Magnificent Ambersons

This great movie inspired by the winning novel by Booth Tarkington is about the lives, loves, dramas and secrets of an aristocratic American family in the 1870s.

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The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton’s novel is brought to vibrant life in this big screen adaptation, filled with scandalous love affairs and New York high society in the late 1800s.

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Gone with the Wind

How great is it that one of the best novels of all time turned out to be one of the best movies of all time as well? Margaret Mitchell’s novel is just as vivid and gripping on the page as it is on the screen.

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The Yearling

The Yearling was the bestselling book of 1938, and the film was a huge success that has continued to be much loved over the generations.

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The Grapes of Wrath

This film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath remains one of America’s great film achievements, starring Henry Fonda as the head of a migrant family making their way from the dust bowl to California.

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The Color Purple

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse. The movie based on Alice Walker's book garnered 11 Oscar nominations, sadly winning none.

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All the King’s Men

All The King’s Men was inspired by Robert Penn Warren’s prize winning novel of the same name, and was so well received that it was the Oscar for Best Picture that year it came out.

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South Pacific

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical was based on a Pulitzer prize winner for fiction and subsequently became a Pulitzer prize winner for drama, and when it get adapted for the big screen it became pretty much an instant cinematic classic, with some of the best musical theatre songs ever.

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The Caine Mutiny

Based on the novel by Herman Wouk, this film tells the gripping tale of a ship’s crew who begin to turn on their mentally unstable captain.

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Meryl Streep is a tour de force in this big screen adaptation of the sensational prize winning play written by John Patrick Shanley about a nun’s suspicions of a priest’s wrong doings.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Based on Ernest Hemingway's award winning novel, the movie tells the story of an aging fisherman battling against the elements of the sea

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A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams bagged the prize for drama in 1948 for this American classic, and the film adaptation gave us Marlon Brando at his very best alongside the stunning Vivien Leigh.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

A prize winning play by Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof provided Elizabeth Taylor with the perfect material to show us that she was one of the great stars that Hollywood has ever seen.

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You Can’t Take It with You

This hilarious story was originally a three-part comedy play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman that was turned in to a movie in 1938 and was so successful that it won Best Picture at the Oscars.

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Glengarry Glen Ross

David Mamet’s award winning play is brought to life with the help of stars like Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemon, Kevin Spacey and Ed Harris. A great story about a group of salesmen who will do anything to beat the odds.

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Alice Adams

Booth Tarkington’s prize winning 1921 novel proved to be one of Katharine Hepburn’s most memorable film performances of the 1930s.

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Thornton Wilder’s 1927 prize winning novel was made into a film in 2004 starring big names like Robert De Niro and Kathy Bates, and centers around a tragic accident and a priest’s search for meaning.


The Way West

A.B. Guthrie, Jr’s 1949 novel was turned in to a sweeping classic Western starring Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum about a group of pioneers travelling from Missouri to Oregon.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Another case of a film being just as beloved as its original novel, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is regarded to be both one of the best novels and movies of the last one hundred years.

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How many have you seen? And how many of the books/plays have you read. Are you putting any of these are your to see/read list?

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Excellent choices! I remembered films I haven't seen in a long time, I will look for them and watch them again, except the ones about war or the western, I don't enjoy those.

I have watched the road and it's very good

I never get bored of watching Gone With the Wind. 

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