Films

When movie characters read books

When they're not saving the world, solving a crime or running to the airport in the rain, movie characters also do regular human stuff as well.

They eat sandwiches, mention other movies and read a whole load of books. In case you're interested in reading the same book as your favourite fictional character, we've assembled a list of the 30 most memorable movie/book match-ups.

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  • When movie characters read books

    A Fish Called Wanda

    Character: Otto West (Kevin Kline)

    Book: Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

  • When movie characters read books 1

    Apocalypse Now

    Character: Walter E Kurtz

    Book: The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

  • When movie characters read books 2

    Bad Teacher

    Character: Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz)

    Book: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • When movie characters read books 3

    Donnie Darko

    Character: Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal)

    Book: Twenty-One Stories by Graham Greene

  • When movie characters read books 4

    Friends with Kids

    Character: Kurt (Jon Hamm)

    Book: Cod by Mark Kurlansky

  • When movie characters read books 5

    When Harry met Sally

    Character: Harry Burns (Billy Crystal)

    Book: The Icarus Agenda by Robert Ludlum

  • When movie characters read books 6

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Character: Leaky Cauldron Customer (Ian Brown)

    Book: A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking

  • When movie characters read books 7

    Hot Fuzz

    Character: Sergeant Turner

    Book: Complicity by Iain Banks

  • When movie characters read books 8

    Hot Shots Part Deux

    Character: Topper Harley

    Book: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

  • When movie characters read books 9

    Inglourious Basterds

    Character: Shoshanna Dreyfus

    Book: The Saint In New York by Leslie Charteris

  • When movie characters read books 10

    It's a Wonderful Life

    Character: George Bailey (James Stewart)

    Book: The Adventures Of Tom Swayer by Mark Twain

  • When movie characters read books 11

    King Kong

    Character: Jimmy

    Book: Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

  • When movie characters read books 12

    Little Miss Sunshine

    Character: Dwayne Hoover (Paul Dano)

    Book: Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

  • When movie characters read books 13

    Matilda

    Character: Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson)

    Book: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  • When movie characters read books 14

    Natural Born Killers

    Character: Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis)

    Book: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

  • When movie characters read books 15

    Notting Hill

    Character: William Thacker (Hugh Grant)

    Book: Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernières

  • When movie characters read books 16

    Poltergeist

    Character: Steve Freeling (Craig T Nelson)

    Book: Reagan: The Man, The President by Various

  • When movie characters read books 17

    Pulp Fiction

    Character: Vincent Vega (John Travolta)

    Book: Modesty Blaise by Peter O'Donnell

  • When movie characters read books 18

    Serendipity

    Character: Sarah Thomas (Kate Beckinsale)

    Book: Love In the Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

  • When movie characters read books 19

    Addams Family Values

    Character: Morticia Addams (Anjelica Huston)

    Book: The Cat In The Hat by Dr Seuss

  • When movie characters read books 20

    The Book of Eli

    Character: Carnegie (Gary Oldman)

    Book: The Holy Bible by Various

  • When movie characters read books 21

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Character: Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt)

    Book: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

  • When movie characters read books 22

    The Hours

    Character: Laura Brown (Julianne Moore)

    Book: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

  • When movie characters read books 23

    The Reader

    Character: Michael Berg (David Kross)

    Book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

  • When movie characters read books 24

    The Wedding Crashers

    Character: John Beckwith (Owen Wilson)

    Book: Don't Jump: The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide by Traci Vogel

  • When movie characters read books 25

    The Shining

    Character: Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall)

    Book: The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger

  • When movie characters read books 26

    An American Werewolf In London

    Character: Alex Price

    Book: A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

  • When movie characters read books 27

    You've Got Mail

    Character: Kathleen Kelly

    Book: Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • When movie characters read books 28

    The Crow

    Character: T-Bird (David Patrick Kelly)

    Book: Paradise Lost by John Milton

  • When movie characters read books 29

    Gone With the Wind

    Character: Melanie Hamilton Wilkes (Olivia de Havilland)

    Book: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens