Books have been inspiring Hollywood since the industry first emerged. Many of cinema’s earliest hits were adaptations of literary classics like ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Frankenstein.’ And while this bookish craze continues today, over the years the genre has expanded to include not just adaptations. Below are the four bookish films every bibliophile should watch.

Funny Face (1957)

Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn star as Dick Avery, a charismatic high fashion photographer, and Jo Stockton, a cautious bibliophile, and employee at Embryo Concepts bookstore, in this 1957 musical. When Dick interrupts Jo at work with an impromptu photoshoot, he unintentionally captures her, subsequently changing their lives forever. With songs by the Gershwin brothers, costumes by Edith Head and direction by Stanley Donen, Funny Face is a classic Golden Age musical in every way imaginable.

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

Based on Helene Hanff’s critically acclaimed memoir by the same name, 84 Charing Cross Road centers on the real-life, 20-year correspondence between Hanff (Anne Bancroft), a New York City bibliophile, and Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins), a London-based bookseller. In the film, Hanff contacts Doel about a hard-to-find book. What she gets — in addition to her book — is a 20-year friendship. Over the course of the movie, the two bond over literature, modern culture, history, and even Yorkshire pudding.

The Bookshop (2018)

Set in the 1950s, widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) is a bibliophile in every sense of the word. But when she moves to the small seaside town of Hardborough, England to set up a bookshop, it becomes clear that her passion isn’t a shared one as an influential member of town (Patricia Clarkson) sets out to close the shop. It’s up to Florence to show the community how magical reading can be. Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel by the same name, The Bookshop is a beautiful period piece chock-full of books.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

Lily James leads Netflix’s historical romance about a British writer who sails to the island of Guernsey in search of inspiration for her newly contracted column in The Times Literary Supplement. But her weekend getaway takes an unexpected detour when she discovers romance, an unusual book club, and Guernsey’s German-occupied history. Based on the 2008 book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is a charming appreciation of books and the writing life.

The movie is so rarely as good as the book! That’s why we love to watch movies set in bookshops and inspired by readers. These eight — from classic rom-coms like Notting Hill to historical dramas like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society — will delight book lovers.

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