They Tried Anyways: A List of Attempts at Filming the Unadaptable

Films made out of books considered to be unadaptable.

Suggestions welcomed.

  • Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake
  • Ulysses
  • Bloom
  • The Dead
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Cruel Passion
  • Marquis de Sade: Justine
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Breakfast of Champions
  • Naked Lunch
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • The Stranger
  • The Plague
  • Atlas Shrugged: Part I
  • Atlas Shrugged: Part II
  • Atlas Shrugged: Part III
  • Lolita
  • Lolita
  • Inherent Vice
  • Time Regained
  • Crash
  • High-Rise
  • Orlando
  • To the Lighthouse
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Under the Volcano
  • American Psycho
  • Johnny Got His Gun
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Norwegian Wood
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • As I Lay Dying
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • Watchmen
  • Adaptation.
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • Radio Free Albemuth
  • On the Road
  • The Trial
  • The Trial
  • Metamorphosis
  • Metamorphosis
  • The Castle
  • The Castle
  • The Castle
  • The Dark Tower
  • The Call of Cthulhu
  • Nostromo
  • Life of Pi
  • Midnight's Children
  • Cosmopolis
  • A Cock and Bull Story
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • Catch-22
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer