2017 Oscars Films Based on Books


Some of the greatest films of all time are often based on books, from novels, biographies, and many others. Here are the books that inspired the films nominated in the 89th Academy Awards.

13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

About the film: it is a biographical war film which follows six members of a security team who must defend the American compound in Benghazi, Libya following terrorist attacks on September 11, 2012.

About the book: Authored by Mitchell Zuckoff and released in 2014, it depicts a terrorist attack by Islamist militants at the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. It is told from the point of view of the compound’s defenders, and does not address any of the political controversy surrounding the attacks.


About the film: Twelve unidentified flying objects have arrived on Earth. Louise, played by Amy Adams, is a linguistics expert brought in to work with the military in answering an incredibly important question: why are they here?

About the book: Originally published as Stories of Your Life and Others, this work by Ted Chiang explored the concepts of determinism, language, and the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis. It won the 2000 Nebula Award for Best Novella and the 1999 Sturgeon award.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

About the film: Starring an ensemble cast including Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, and Ezra Miller, it follows magizoologist Newt Scamander’s adventures in 1920s New York.

About the book: Although first released in 2001, this original screenplay captures J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut.

Hidden Figures

About the film: A biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, it tells the story of African American women mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race. The film stars Taraji Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson.

About the book: This non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly chronicles the struggles of female African-American mathematicians who functioned as ‘human computers’ – using pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space.

Jungle Book

About the film: This fantasy adventure musical tells the awe-inspiring story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who sets out on a journey of self-discovery with his loving animal guardians while evading the human-hating Shere Khan.

About the book: A classic tale that mixes fantasy, myth, and magic while exploring the importance of self-discovery.


About the film: Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. It features the struggles experienced by two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor and spread their faith.

About the book: Released in 1966, this historical fiction novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo tells the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan and is then persecuted in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”). It won the 1966 Tanizaki Prize and has earned the distinction as Endo’s finest work as well as one of the best novels of the century.


About the film: Tom Hanks plays Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 which crash landed in the Hudson River in January 2009. It follows the investigation and controversy that followed the so-called ‘Miracle on the Hudson’.

About the book: A memoir written by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow describing the events of US Airways Flight 1549 discusses leadership, responsibility, and service, along with Sullenberger’s life story.

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