In 1962, director Robert Mulligan managed to take what was already a much-loved book, and turn it into one of the greatest films of all time.
A box-office smash, it now ranks 25th on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest American movies ever. In addition, Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck, who won an Oscar for his performance as the principled and courageous lawyer, was named by the AFI as the greatest movie hero of the 20th century - not a bad accomplishment considering the substantial competition.
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