Directed by David Jones.
100 minutes; released 1987.
A New York writer with a passion for literature writes to a London bookstore in search of rare classics. A good-natured, reserved Englishman answers her request, beginning a relationship that spans two continents and two decades.
Directed by Spike Jonze.
114 minutes; released 2002.
Hired to adapt a novel for the movies and frustrated by the experience, a screenwriter begins to write a screenplay about himself trying to write a screenplay, all the while hounded by his twin brother, an action movie screenwriter.
Directed by Daniel Lee.
102 minutes; released 1996.
Tsui Chik, a librarian and former member of a superhuman commando unit known as Squad 701, must leave his quiet life when his old unit terrorizes Hong Kong.
Directed by Terry Gilliam.
142 minutes; released 1985.
When a daydreaming bureaucrat in the Ministry of Information becomes involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mysterious woman, he falls victim to his escapist fantasies. This 3-part DVD set includes the Theatrical release, the longer director's cut, "The Production Notebook," and the "Love Conquers All" version.
Directed by Joss Whedon et al.
44-minute episodes; released 1997.
A young woman fights vampires and other monsters as she also tackles being a teenager. She has help from her friends and guidance from her high school librarian.
Directed by Jack Woods.
82 minutes; released 1970.
Deep within the woods and canyons of California, four teens find an ancient book containing the secrets of a strange world that coexists with their own.
Directed by François Truffaut.
113 minutes; released 1966.
In a future world, literature is banned and the job of firemen is to burn books. Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. Audio-track in English, with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
Directed by Norm Ferguson.
125 minutes; released 1940.
This Disney film gets its fame from its seamless blending of classical music and animation. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an apprentice magician who oversteps his limits with his master's books. Large hippos dancing ballet are just part of the many moody and melodic scenes in this film.
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff.
109 minutes; released 1990.
A female librarian fights against the tyranny of a totalitarian regime. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. Audio-track in English, with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
Directed by Garth Jennings.
109 minutes; released 2005.
The movie adaptation of Douglas Adams's classic sci-fi comedy. Seconds before Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace express route, Arthur Dent is whisked into space by his best friend who reveals the electronic book called "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.
131 minutes; released 1986.
Investigating the deaths of two monks, a visiting brother discovers a secret library containing rare books considered lost to the world and dangerous to the Catholic faith.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
133 minutes; released 1999.
Dean Corso is an unscrupulous rare-book dealer who is hired to locate the last remaining copies of a demonic manuscript that can summon the devil. Dean becomes embroiled in a conspiracy involving murder, theft and satanic ritual, and ultimately find himself confronting the devil incarnate.
Directed by Stephen Poliakoff.
183 minutes; released 1999.
This film depicts the conflict between an American developer eager to set up his business school and a group of English librarians fighting to prevent him destroying millions of archived photographs left behind in the building.
Directed by William Greaves.
174 minutes; released 2006.
This fiction/documentary hybrid blurs the line between reality and fiction, yet remains a tightly focused movie about making movies. It includes both the original, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (75 min.; 1968), along with Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2 (99 min.; 2003). Starring Steve Buscemi and William Greaves.