The Best Paper To Projector Films

Welcome to the best Paper to Projector Films list! Motion pictures that draw inspiration from novels, stories, even songs are a big part of every genre - including drama. Most of the time, these literary templates are classic novels and bestsellers, but sometimes filmmakers do choose stories that are not so well known but they recognize the potential for the big screen. We've focused on films with a literary background, and if you want more you can always check out the extensive library at CinemaParadiso.co.uk. We've compiled a list with some of the best Paper to Projector films, and we guarantee you'll find something you like. Between classics and some newly released films, let this list be your inspiration for the next movie night.
  • Schindler's List (1993)

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    3h 7min

    Schindler's List is a drama film that should be on everyone's watch list. This historical epic is directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally. Schindler's List focuses on the incredible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. The film additionally stars Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley among others. This seven Academy Awards winner won't leave you indifferent, even though it depicts horrors of WWII, it also shows the courage and warmth humanity is capable of. Schindler's List is a cinematic masterpiece and you need to see it at least once. Get it on DVD and Blu-ray to enjoy in more extra content.

    Director:
    Steven Spielberg
    Cast:
    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
    Genre:
    Drama, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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    2h 27min

    Based on J.K. Rowling's first novel, that she struggled to get published, the film weaves a truly magical tale of Harry who learns he's a powerful wizard on his 11th birthday. The Philosopher's Stone is the one that set in motion the franchise which spawned eight films plus the two spin-off prequels, Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Check out the film series on 4K Blu-ray and enjoy the picture, sound and storytelling quality that has made this franchise and its characters beloved all over the world.

    Director:
    Chris Columbus
    Cast:
    Daniel Radcliffe, Leslie Phillips, Rupert Grint
    Genre:
    Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Children & Family, Action & Adventure
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray
  • Middlemarch (1993)

    6h 15min

    Middlemarch, while technically being a miniseries not a film, is a perfect continuation of the best Paper to Projector Films list. This is a 375-minutes adaptation of the 1871 novel by George Eliot, more famous pen name of Mary Anne Evans, set in a fictional English town. The story follows doctor Lydgate and Dorothea Brooke, one an ambitious young physician and the other still seeking purpose in life. The adaptation stars Juliet Aubrey, Rufus Sewell, Douglas Hodge and Patrick Malahide. You can rent the miniseries right now on multiple DVDs and get additional content such as the making of Middlemarch and 30 minutes of the original music.

    Director:
    Anthony Page
    Cast:
    Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge, Robert Hardy
    Genre:
    Drama, Romance, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD
  • Gone with the Wind (1939)

    3h 44min

    This film has given us one of the most famous quotes in film history, and it's a big screen adaptation so of course it deserves a place on the best Paper to Projector Films list. Drama focuses on the life of southern belle Scarlett, tangled love affairs and her survival through the tragic history during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Gone with the Wind is adapted from Margaret Mitchell's novel of the same name and stars epic screen romance duo, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. The film is a multiple Academy Award winner, ten golden statuettes to be exact, including best director and best picture. For the fans of this great film and movie buffs in general, Blu-ray edition brings plethora of additional content.

    Director:
    Victor Fleming
    Cast:
    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell
    Genre:
    Collections, Classics, Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Little Women (1994)

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    114 minutes

    Little Women had several adaptations and this 1994 is our next entry for the best Paper to Projector Films list. This family drama is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name, and it's the fourth film adaptation of the classic. Coming-of-age story set during the American Civil War, Little Women follows the childhood adventures of the free-spirited March sisters. The cast of the film is truly all-star with Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale and Susan Sarandon among others. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Ryder, and you can rent it on DVD now and enjoy in special features that accompany the feature.

  • Rebecca (1940)

    126 minutes

    Psychological thriller drama Rebecca is the first American project of director Alfred Hitchcock and it's based on Daphne du Maurier's novel of the same name. This is the story of the second Mrs. de Winter (Joan Fontaine) which she becomes when she marries Maximilian "Maxim" de Winter (Laurence Olivier) after just two weeks of meeting each other. The real plot begins when they come back to the de Winter estate and she discovers how much the deceased first Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca, still has a hold over everything. For the fans, Hitchcock's signature cameo appearance takes place near the end when he's seen walking, back turned to the audience. DVD edition brings you closer to his genius with extra content including extracts from Francois Truffaut's book - Hitchcock.

  • Catch-22 (1970)

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    117 minutes

    Mike Nichols' Catch-22 is our next entry on the best Paper to Projector Film list, and it's a cinematic adaptation of Joseph Heller's satirical novel. Black comedy drama has been a classic since its publication and it even spawned its own phrase - catch-22, a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape. The plot of the film centres around a small group of flyers in the Mediterranean in 1944 with a man trying desperately to be certified insane. The cast included Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Martin Balsam, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, and Orson Welles. We recommend seeing it on DVD because it's a real treat for proper film buffs to watch this feature with commentary by Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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    2h 4min

    Voted the greatest film hero of the 20th century by the AFI, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) is the centre of the film To Kill a Mockingbird alongside his on-screen daughter Scout. The film is directed by Robert Mulligan and is based on Harper Lee's 1960 somewhat autobiographical Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and until 2015 her only published book. Atticus Finch is a Southern lawyer who puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent a black man accused of rape. Trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout. You can see this cinematic masterpiece on Blu-ray to fully enjoy the experience of the classic, as well as a feature-length documentary on the making of To Kill a Mockingbird called Fearful Symmetry.

    Director:
    Robert Mulligan
    Cast:
    Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton
    Genre:
    Drama, Collections, Classics
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Pride and Prejudice (1995)

    5h 27min

    Possibly the most beloved adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice is this television miniseries starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. Firth is almost always mentioned as the best Mr. Darcy. Here's a bit of trivia for the fans: the series inspired author Helen Fielding to write the popular Bridget Jones novels and their screen adaptations in which Colin Firth plays the character named Mark Darcy. The series was an immediate hit and took its place among the greatest ever television dramas. DVD, and Blu-ray, edition of Pride and Prejudice makes a perfect weekend for the fans of Georgian period with 327 minutes of television, and including special features such as The Making of Pride and Prejudice.

    Director:
    Simon Langton
    Cast:
    Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker
    Genre:
    TV Dramas, Collections, Drama, TV Classics, TV Romance
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring (2001)

    2h 51min

    What better to top the best Paper to Projector Films list than this almost greater than life franchise called The Lord of The Rings? The Fellowship of the Ring is the first instalment in the series and it's based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, an epic high-fantasy novel. Here we're introduced to Frodo, a young hobbit, and his eight companions set on a perilous journey to Mordor in order to destroy the Ring. Directed by Peter Jackson, LOTR is an epic tale of good versus evil, as well as a story of friendship and sacrifice. The film stars a brilliant array of thespians including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving and many more.

    Director:
    Peter Jackson
    Cast:
    Elijah Wood, Alan Howard, Andy Serkis
    Genre:
    Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
We hope you'll enjoy in these titles as we believe these are some of the best Paper to Projector Films. If you're in need of more drama, try browsing our extensive collection of over 90,000 titles, and don't forget you can rent DVD and Blu-ray with our Free Trial offer!

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