Movies Based on Books Coming Out in 2014

So I had a little problem. Recently I’ve been getting more and more into watching movies. Not like crazy, but about once a week — which is a lot for me. I’ve been hearing about all of these awesome movies coming out this year (especially the ones based on books!), but I kept getting worried that I wouldn’t be able to remember them all and would miss out on some good ones!

Problem solved! I did some research and came up with a list of (pretty much) ALL of the movies coming out in 2014 that are based on books. I’m sure that I’m missing a few — and there were one or two that I didn’t include just because I wasn’t interested in them — but otherwise I think that it’s pretty comprehensive.

I probably won’t go to see many of these in theaters, because it’s just not really something that I do, but I’m definitely planning on adding them all to my Netflix queue!

Movies Based on Books Coming Out in 2014

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (bookmovie) — February 7, 2014

Starring: Zoey Deutch & Lucy Fry

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger.

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Labor Day

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard (book, movie) — January 31, 2014

Starring: Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry—lonely, friendless, not too good at sports—spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele—a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly’s with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his “Husband for a Day” coupon, he still can’t make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart. But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand.

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (book, movie) — October 3, 2014

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck & Neil Patrick Harris

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents — the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.

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Monuments Men

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel (book, movie) — February 7, 2014

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett & John Goodman

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: “degenerate” works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

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Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (book, movie) — September 14, 2014

Starring: Dylan O’Brien & Kaya Scodelario

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up-the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

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A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby (book, movie) – March 21, 2014

Starring: Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette & Pierce Brosnan

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year’s Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper’s House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.

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Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin (book, movie) — February 14, 2014

Starring: Colin Farrell & Jessica Brown Findlay

New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (bookmovie) — August 22, 2014

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (book, movie) – 2014

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Juno Temple & Michael Sheen

Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth (book, movie) — March 21, 2014

Starring: Shailene Woodley & Theo James

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (book, movie) — December 25, 2014

Starring: Jack O’Connell & Domhnall Gleeson

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

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Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (book, movie) — June 6, 2014

Starring: Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed (book, movie) – 2014

Starring: Reese Witherspoon

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

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Alan Turing-The Enigma

Alan Turning: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges (book, movie [titled “The Imitation Game”]) — 2014

Starring: Kiera Knightley & Benedict Cumberbatch

Alan Turing (1912-54) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II ensured Allied-American control of the Atlantic… In 1945 he was a pioneer of electronic computer design. But Turing’s true goal was the scientific understanding of the mind, brought out in the drama and wit of the famous “Turing test” for machine intelligence and in his prophecy for the twenty-first century.

Drawn in to the cockpit of world events and the forefront of technological innovation, Alan Turing was also an innocent and unpretentious gay man trying to live in a society that criminalized him. In 1952 he revealed his homosexuality and was forced to participate in a humiliating treatment program, and was ever after regarded as a security risk. His suicide in 1954 remains one of the many enigmas in an astonishing life story.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (book, movie) — August 15, 2014

Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Meryl Streep & Taylor Swift

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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Serena by Ron Rash (book, movie) — 2014

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper

The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband’s life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her.

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (book, movie) — September 1, 2014

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult & Charlize Theron

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

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The Best of Me

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks (book, movie) — October 17, 2014

Starring: Michelle Monaghan & James Marsden

The heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (book, movie) — November 21, 2014

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss. The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

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One Fat Summer by Robert Lipsyte (book, movie) — 2014

Starring: Christina Hendricks & Madisen Beaty

Bobby Marks hates hot weaather. It’s the time when most people are happy to take off their heavy jackets and long pants. But for Bobby, who can’t even button the waist of his jeans or reach over his belly to touch his toes, spending the summer at Rumson Lake is pure torture. This particular summer promises to be worse than usual. His mom and dad can’t stop fighting. His best friend, Joanie, goes home to New York City unexpectedly and won’t tell him why. Dr. Kahn, the rich, stingy estate owner who hires him to manage the lawn, is trying to work Bobby to death before he can earn a single dime. And the local guy who worked for Dr. Kahn last summer is lurking around every corner, itching for a chance to catch Bobby alone, to pay him back for stealing the job.

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In Secret

Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola (book, movie [titled “In Secret”]) — May 16, 2014

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen & Tom Felton

Set in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a dingy haberdasher’s shop in the passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, this powerful novel tells how the heroine and her lover, Laurent, kill her husband, Camille, but are subsequently haunted by visions of the dead man and prevented from enjoying the fruits of their crime.

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Devils Knot

Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt (book, movie) — May 9, 2014

Starring: Reese Witherspoon & Colin Firth

For weeks in 1993, after the murders of three eight-year-old boys, police in West Memphis, Arkansas seemed stymied. Then suddenly, detectives charged three teenagers alleged members of a satanic cult with the killings. Despite the witch-hunt atmosphere of the trials, and a case which included stunning investigative blunders, a confession riddled with errors, and an absence of physical evidence linking any of the accused to the crime, the teenagers were convicted. Jurors sentenced Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to life in prison and Damien Echols, the accused ringleader, to death.

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Life of Crime

The Switch by Elmore Leonard (book, movie [titled “Life of Crime”]) — September 5, 2014

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins & Isla Fisher

Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they’re out, they’re joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn’t figure the lowlife husband wouldn’t want his lady back. So it’s time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing — with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who’s hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.

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Trash by Andy Mulligan (book, movie) — 2014

Starring: Rooney Mara & Martin Sheen

In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city. One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

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Hector and the Search for Happiness (book, movie) — 2014

Starring: Toni Collete, Simon Pegg & Rosamund Pike

Once upon a time there was a young psychiatrist called Hector who was not very satisfied with himself. . . .
Hector is very good at treating patients in need of his help. But he can t do much for those who are simply dissatisfied with life, and that is beginning to depress him. When a patient tells him he looks in need of a vacation, Hector takes a trip around the world to learn what makes people happy and sad. As he travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, he lists his observations about the people he meets. Is there a secret to happiness, and will Hector find it?

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Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman (book, movie) — 2014

Starring: Dakota Fanning & Elizabeth Banks

Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party take a wrong turn down an unfamiliar Baltimore streets and encounter an abandoned stroller with an infant inside. What happens next is shocking and terrible, and three families are irreparably destroyed. Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from “kid prison” to begin their lives over again. But the secrets swirling around the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police — all the adults in Alice and Ronnie’s lives. And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances.

Any of these look interesting to you? Any you hadn’t already heard of?


15 responses to “Movies Based on Books Coming Out in 2014

  1. Okay, first, I want to say that I’m sorry for neglecting you awesome little blog >_< Commenting hasn't been something I've been very good at for the past couple months, haha.

    Second, I really love that magazine cover (movie poster?) for Gone Girl. It's just so deliciously morbid and dark. Her dead expression, him embracing her possessively… I love it! It makes me want to read the book, actually 😛

    Third, I can't believe I haven't read The Fault in Our Stars yet. But I will! Because movie!Hazel and movie!Augustus look so adorable together and it seems like their story is very touching, judging from the movie trailer and the opinions of readers in general. Also: feels. I love feeling all the feels.

    And are you as excited for Mockingjay as I am? Because I'm really excited 😀

    • HELL YES I am as excited for Mockingjay as you!! 🙂 Can’t WAIT.

      It’s okay that you haven’t commented in a while! I understanding. It happens to the best of us!

      I really like the magazine cover for Gone Girl, too. I don’t think it’s a movie poster, but it probably should be haha. The book was SO GOOD, and I’m really excited for the movie! Especially after seeing that cover haha.

    • I wasn’t a fan of The Maze Runner book, but I’ll probably end up seeing the movie anyway, just because I’m interested to see how they’ll do it and stuff.

  2. Thanks for the run down, I had no idea The Giver and Gone Girl were getting made into movies, yay! This post just goes to show that many movies are based on books, we just don’t know about it half the time. BTW just tried to follow you on Twitter but your links weren’t linking properly.

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  6. Umm wow, I was only aware about half of these. Awesome list, Miranda!

    It is so weird that Dark Places is also going to be a movie but all we hear about is Gone Girl, Gone Girl, Gone Girl which I’m not even excited at this point because Flynn changed the ending. Ugh.

    I’m so much looking forward to Serena ’cause I love Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and I just know they’d be awesome in this movie, too. Aaand the trailer for The Monuments Men was so good. Matt Damon is such a fine actor.

    As for YA adaptations. I do want to watch Divergent soon and have no hope beyond being mortified while watching Vampire Academy. But I do hope that The Maze Runner turns out to be a great movie ’cause Dylan o’Brien is in it. I want The Fault in Our Stars to be amazing, too and I’ve yet to read If I Stay but I hope it’s a good adaptation, as well. But I’m mostly just very, very excited for Mockingjay: Part I because hello, it’s gonna be awesome.

    • Haha yeah I pretty much feel exactly the same as you about everything you said. Especially Serena…I’m SO excited! I actually just re-watched The Silver Linings Playbook last weekend and it made me even more excited to see them together again.

      I’m only sort of excited about The Maze Runner because I wasn’t a fan of the book (and didn’t even end up finishing the series!), but I still think I want to see the movie just because I think it’d be a cool adaptation with the maze and everything.

      I haven’t read If I Stay either, but I’m going to before I see the movie and I’m SO excited for The Fault in Our Stars. It’s one of my all-time favorite books and I’m really hoping the movie does it justice.

      And, yeah, obviously…Mockingjay: Part I wins everything. It’s going to be freaking amazing.

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