Discover the Magic of Books on the Big Screen

Books have always been a source of inspiration for Hollywood, with many successful films being adaptations of literary classics. However, the genre has expanded to include movies that revolve around books and bookstores.

One such film that captures the essence of the street bookselling world is our very own documentary, ‘BookWars’. This remarkable feature film delves into the lives and loves of street booksellers, offering unique perspectives on life.

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BookWars‘ is a bookseller documentary that exposes the untamed world of street booksellers in New York City. This unique and engaging bookseller movie chronicles their lives, their loves, and their captivating perspectives on life. If you’re looking for a raw and authentic portrayal of the street bookselling culture, this film is a must-watch. See it instantly on Amazon Video, Tubi TV, and other platforms!

Explore the Allure of Books and Bookstores with These Must-Watch Films

While ‘BookWars’ offers a captivating glimpse into the street bookselling world, there are several other films that celebrate the magic of books and bookstores. Here are eight bookish films that every bibliophile should watch:

1. The Bookshop (2018)

Set in the 1950s, ‘The Bookshop’ follows widow Florence Green as she sets up a bookshop in a small seaside town. However, her passion for books isn’t shared by everyone, and she faces resistance from an influential member of the town. This beautiful period piece, based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, is a must-watch for any book lover.

2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

This historical romance film tells the story of a British writer who travels to the island of Guernsey in search of inspiration. She discovers a unique book club, romance, and the island’s German-occupied history. Based on the book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, this film is a charming tribute to the power of books.

3. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

Based on the true story of a 20-year correspondence between a New York City bibliophile and a London-based bookseller, ’84 Charing Cross Road’ is a heartwarming film that explores the bond formed over a shared love of literature. Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins deliver outstanding performances in this must-see adaptation.

4. Funny Face (1957)

This classic Golden Age musical stars Fred Astaire as a high fashion photographer and Audrey Hepburn as a cautious bibliophile working at a bookstore. Their lives take an unexpected turn when a spontaneous photo shoot captures their hearts. With stunning costumes, memorable songs, and a captivating story, ‘Funny Face’ is a delightful film for any book lover.

5. Notting Hill (1999)

‘Notting Hill’ tells the story of a travel bookshop owner who finds himself swept up in a whirlwind romance with Hollywood’s biggest celebrity. This charming rom-com, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, is a feel-good film that celebrates the magic of books and unexpected love.

6. Devotion (1946)

Starring Hollywood legends Ida Lupino, Olivia de Havilland, and Nancy Coleman, ‘Devotion’ follows the lives of the Brontë sisters as they navigate their love lives and their passion for writing. This classic film beautifully combines romance, conflict, and a deep appreciation for literature.

7. Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

For fans of Jane Austen, this film is a must-watch. It centers around a book club formed to support a newly divorced librarian and explores how Austen’s works impact the group members’ own lives. ‘Jane Austen Book Club’ is a cinematic journey into the enduring themes of Austen’s novels.

8. The Fast Company Trilogy (1938, 1939)

This trilogy of films follows the adventures of rare-book dealers as they solve mysteries and unravel murder plots. With a stellar cast and a touch of bookish comedy, these films are sure to entertain any bibliophile.

9. BookWars (2000)

No list of films about books and bookstores would be complete without a mention of ‘BookWars’, a gritty and hilarious bookseller documentary about the literary subculture of the streets of New York City. See ‘BookWars’ instantly on Amazon Video, Tubi TV, and other platforms!

Films about Books and Bookstores: Immerse Yourself in the Bookish World

These nine films offer a range of experiences for bibliophiles, from heartwarming period dramas to whimsical musicals. So grab some popcorn, curl up with a cozy blanket, and immerse yourself in the magical world of books on the big screen.