Brokeback makes best book-to-film shortlist

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Gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain has been included in a shortlist of the top 50 books adapted into a film.

The list, which is being organised by the Guardian and the British Book Marketing Society, recognises literature which has been turned into successful movies.

It will be voted by readers on the internet and in bookshops.

The winner will be announced at the Guardian Hay literary festival in May.

Books on the list embrace a variety of genres and include stories which have led to Stephen Spielberg classics as well as cult films such as Stand by Me and Clockwork Orange.

The full list of nominees are:


Alice in Wonderland American Psycho

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Brighton Rock

Catch 22

Charlie the Chocolate Factory

A Clockwork Orange

Close Range (inc Brokeback Mountain)

The Day of the Triffids

Devil in a Blue Dress

Different Seasons (inc The Shawshank Redemption)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (aka Bladerunner)

Doctor Zhivago

Empire of the Sun

The English Patient

Fight Club

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Get Shorty

The Godfather



Heart of Darkness (aka Apocalypse Now)

The Hound of the Baskervilles


The Jungle Book

A Kestrel for a Knave (aka Kes)

LA Confidential

Les Liaisons Dangereuses


Lord of the Flies

The Maltese Falcon

Oliver Twist

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


The Outsiders

Pride and Prejudice

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Railway Children


The Remains of the Day

Schindler’s Ark (aka Schindler’s List)

Sin City

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

The Talented Mr Ripley

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Through a Glass Darkly

To Kill a Mockingbird


The Vanishing

Watership Down