The year is ending, which means the best movies are all about to come out.
But as you might expect, a lot of those movies are based on popular, acclaimed, and award-winning books. And while you don’t always have to read the book before watching the movie, some of these novels, nonfiction books, comics, and short stories are excellent.
Here are the book-to-movie adaptations coming out this fall. We included the release dates for each movie, so you know how much time you have left to read the books.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the next Marvel movie, 'Doctor Strange,' which takes its plot points from the comic book series. The original books are available on Marvel Unlimited, or you can check out the more recent 'Doctor Strange' series published by Marvel.
The French novel 'Oh...' by Philippe Djian is the basis for 'Elle,' a wild thriller starring Isabelle Huppert about a woman who's raped and then stalks her assailant.
'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' by Ben Fountain is one of the most acclaimed comic novels of the past few years. The satirical story about an Iraq War Veteran being celebrated at the Super Bowl is directed by Oscar-winner Ang Lee.
The sci-fi epic 'Arrival,' starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, is adapted from Ted Chiang's award-winning short story 'Stories of Your Life.' It's about a scientist tasked with communicating with aliens.
In 2001, J.K. Rowling published a small 'Harry Potter' spinoff volume 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' It's a book cataloguing different magical creatures 'written' by Newt Scamander. Now, she's written a screenplay with the same name about Scamander's adventures in 1920s New York.
The revenge thriller 'Nocturnal Animals' looks like it's going to be a critical favourite this year. It's based on the relatively obscure but acclaimed novel 'Tony and Susan' by Austin Wright.
'Lion' is based on a true story, told in the book 'A Long Way Home' by Saroo Brierley, about a boy who accidentally boarded a train in Calcutta, was adopted, and then tries to find his real parents again as an adult.
Martin Scorsese's long-in-production film 'Silence' will finally come out this year. An adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel about two Jesuit priests in conflict with feudal lords in Japan, it stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver.
'A Monster Calls' is based on the award-winning fantasy novel by Patrick Ness about a boy who meets a mysterious monster while his mother struggles with cancer.
The classic August Wilson play 'Fences' is finally making it to the big screen with Denzel Washington directing, and Viola Davis starring alongside him. It's about a black former baseball player in the 1950s trying to support his family.
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe are going to star in 'Hidden Figures,' an adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's book about three African-American women who worked on NASA's Project Mercury and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon.
Dennis Lehane's crackling gangster thriller 'Live By Night' is the basis for Ben Affleck's movie adaptation.
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