6 Films Every Literature Student Must Watch

Happy Monday, people! Today we kick off a series of weekly articles for students, where each article will feature the best films based on a particular academic subject. It is incredible how much more fun academics get when blended beautifully with entertainment and the following list will prove it.

The subject of the week is English literature. What better way to kick off this series than with the art of writing itself? No, we're not talking about films that were merely adaptations of the greatest literary works, but films that are about the very essence of literature itself. These films are like a fantasy trip for literature aficionados. Enjoy!


Midnight in Paris (2011)
A fantastic Woody Allen film, which is literally a nostalgic trip down memory lane, featuring some of the greatest figures of not only literature but also the bygone era. Surprise followed by surprise.

Dead Poets Society (1989)
Robin Williams 
shines as an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. Carpe diem!

Big Fish (2003)
Another fantasy film, it beautifully portrays the art of storytelling. It is the enchanting story of a father and son, but it's really the story of stories themselves. Stories are only as great as they are told.

Finding Neverland (2004)
Starring Johnny Depp, the semi-biographical film is about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
How can we miss anything about the father of literature? The film depicts an imaginary love affair involving Viola de Lesseps and playwright William Shakespeare while he was writing Romeo and Juliet.

Finding Forrester (2000)
Student Jamal befriends a reclusive writer (played by Sean Connery) through whom he refines his talent for writing and comes to terms with his identity. Although not a true story, it was inspired by writer J.D. Salinger.

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