Films & TV Shows Based Off One Read Books

The DBRL One Read program is celebrating 20 years this year, so I thought it would be interesting to look back and see how many of the books selected by the program have been turned into films and TV shows. The list below includes all the titles (and runner ups) available with a link to the DVDs in the catalog.

2019 One Read

Film: “Nomadland” directed by Chloé Zhao (unreleased on DVD in the US)
Based on the book: “Nomadland” by Jessica Bruder

2019 Runner Up

Film: “News of the World” by Paul Greengrass
Based on the book: “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles

2017 Runner Up

Film: “Hidden Figures” directed by Theodore Melfi
Based on the book: “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly

2015 Runner Up

Series: “The Good Lord Bird” created by Ethan Hawke
Based on the book: “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride

2014 One Read

Film: “The Boys of ’36” directed by Margaret Grossi
Based on the book: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown

2014 Runner Up

Film: “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” directed by Ang Lee
Based on the book: “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain

2011 One Read

Film: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” directed by George C. Wolfe
Based on the book: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

2011 Runner Up

Film: “The Help” directed by Tate Taylor
Based on the book: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

2007 One Read

Film: “Water for Elephants” directed by Francis Lawrence
Based on the book: “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

2005 One Read

Film: “Ender’s Game” directed by Gavin Hood
Based on the book: “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card

2005 Runner Up

Film: “The Kite Runner” directed by Marc Forster
Based on the book: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

2004 Runner Up

Film: “Life of Pi” directed by Ang Lee
Based on the book: “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel

2003 One Read

Film: “To Kill a Mockingbird” directed by Robert Mulligan
Based on the book: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

2003 Runner Up

Film: “Bel Canto” directed by Paul Weitz
Based on the book: “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett

2002 One Read

Film: “Plainsong” directed by Richard Pearce
Based on the book: “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf

One Read Adaptations In Development

There’s also quite a few One Read titles that are in development to become films and tv shows as well. A few of these have been stuck in development for quite a while and are unlikely to get made, while others will be coming to a screen near you as soon as later this year. The list below includes the ones I’ve found in development with a link to information about the potential adaptation found on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).


Keep your eyes on our new DVDs for updates if and when these titles become available.


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