There are several movies based on books and comics. When it comes to diaries and memoirs however, not many exist. Some might even say that the art of writing in a diary is dying, and may altogether disappear in the next few years. But movies on famous diarists keep the pleasures of diary keeping alive. Take Anne Frank, whose gut-wrenching story is famous all over the world on account of a small diary, which details the events that took place during the Holocaust. The diary was first made into a movie in 1959, titled The Diary of Anne Frank. In 2000, a mini-series called Anne Frank: The Whole Story was created, which starred Ben Kingsley and Lili Taylor. The diary style of writing has been quite popular, with several authors writing novels in a similar format. Do your favorite diary movies feature in our list?
Under the Tuscan Sun
Starring Diane Lane, the movie was based on the real life of writer Frances Mayes, who moved to Tuscany on a whim after her divorce. The movie received critical reception and the actress was nominated for Best Actress at the Golden Globe Awards.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
A series of books by Jeff Kinney sketch the life of middle-schooler Greg Heffley with many hand-written notes and illustrations of Greg’s daily adventures. Three films of the series have been released: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Based on Helen Fielding‘s novel, the British rom-com starred Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. A sequel, titled Bridget Jones’s Baby, is set to release in September 2016.
The Princess Diaries
A series of young adult novels by Meg Cabot made into movies brought actress Anne Hathaway into the limelight. A sequel was also made starring Chris Pine.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky about an introverted teenager’s experiences was made into a movie directed by Chbosky himself. The film stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.
Bram Stoker’s famous horror drama was adapted into several movies and plays. The 1958 film was the first in a series of Hammer Horror films directed by Terence Fisher, starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
The young adult novel by Louise Rennison was made into a film titled Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. The film follows teen Georgia Nicholson as she struggles with the pressures of puberty and finding a boyfriend.