We all know that the book is better than the film, in most cases. But sometimes the powers that be get it right. Here are some books that were made into Oscar-nominated, or even Oscar-winning, Best Picture movies! Go back and read the originals, or watch the films on DVD.

Here’s a sampling of some of the Oscar Picture titles available at the Dublin Library…

Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier (Best Picture winner, 1940)

Double Indemnity, by James Cain (Best Picture nominee, 1944)

Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak (Best Picture nominee, 1965)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey (Best Picture winner, 1975)

A Room with a View, by E. M. Forster (Best Picture nominee, 1984)

The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler (Best Picture nominee, 1988)

The English Patient, by Michael (Best Picture winner, 1996)

Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand (Best Picture nominee, 2003)

Atonement, by Ian McEwan (Best Picture nominee, 2007)

Moneyball, by Michael Lewis (Best Picture nominee, 2011)

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (Best Picture nominee, 2012)

Bridge of Spies, by Giles Whittell (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

The Martian, by Andy Weir (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Room, by Emma Donoghue (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Arrival, by Ted Chiang (Best Picture nominee, 2016)

Are you playing along with our 2018 Reading Challenge? There’s a category for “Book made into a film or television show,” so you can get one book closer to finishing!

Need help finding a book? Drop by the library and ask us. We’re always happy to help you find your next great read.