Henry and June: One of the many stories made of this great love affair between the erotic writer and diarist, Anias Nin, one of my favorites, and Henry Miller.
The Great Gatsby: There's a new one being made with Leo DiCaprio, but I will forever see Robert Redford as Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy...
Posession: Neil LaBute’s 2002 adaptation of A.S. Byatt’s Booker Prize-winning literary detective novel/love story where 2 hot scholars study a pair of Victorian-era poets who might have had an affair. Between the two parallel storylines, LaBute beautifully captures the eroticism of the written word — in both its writing (in the past) and its interpretation (in the present).
Adaptation: Screenwriter Charlie Kauffman’s clever 2002 meditation on writing, film, fiction, and fact concerns his own aborted attempt to adapt Susan Orlean’s nonfiction book The Orchid Thief into a studio screenplay;
The Hours: A beautiful book made into a beautiful movie.
The story of three very different people who share the feeling that they've been living their lives for someone else. Virginia Woolf (Kidman) struggles in 1920's London to begin writing her first great novel, Mrs. Dalloway, while attempting to overcome the mental illness that threatens to engulf her. Laura Brown (Moore), a young wife and mother in post-World War II Los Angeles, is just starting to read Mrs. Dalloway, and is so deeply affected by it that she begins to question the life she has chosen for herself. Then, in contemporary New York City, Clarissa Vaughan (Streep) is a modern-day mirror image of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway as she plans what may be the final party for her friend and former lover, Richard (Harris), who is dying of AIDS.
Something's Gotta Give: One of my favorite movies - the story of a writer (Diane Keaton) who gets into a love triangle between a man her age (Jack Nicholson) and hot younger doctor (Keanu Reeves) as she writes to deal with it all. Great midlife love story with interesting people to watch. Great sets and wardrobe too.
Shakespeare: Any movie done by Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, HenryV, Othello, Love's Labour's Lost, and As You Like It) is a wonderful way to discover the plays modernized yet if you have had trouble understanding them or not ever seen a version where the cadence of the actors really conveyed what Shakespeare meant. Branagh is gifted in bringing that out. If you are a classicist, you must see Hamlet with Lawrence Olivier:
Would love to hear your suggestions in the comments!