The Silence of the Lambs. Poster of the 1991 movie and cover of the 1988 book
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The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris, 1988
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Jonathan Demme, 1991

Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, is asked to carry out an errand by Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI division that draws up psychological profiles of serial killers. Crawford ‘s real intention, however, is to try to solicit Lecter’s assistance in the hunt for a serial killer dubbed ‘Buffalo Bill’, whose modus operandi involves kidnapping overweight women, starving them for up to two weeks, killing and skinning them and dumping the remains in nearby rivers.


Taxi Driver. Poster of the 1976 movie and cover of the book novelization
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Taxi Driver
Richard Elman, 1976
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Martin Scorsese, 1976

Travis Bickle is a 26-year-old honorably discharged U.S. Marine and Vietnam War veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and living alone in New York City. Experiencing an existential crisis and seeing various counts of prostitution throughout the city, Travis confides in fellow taxi driver nicknamed Wizard about his violent thoughts.


A Very Long Engagement. Poster of the 2004 movie and cover of the 1991 book
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A Very Long Engagement
Sébastien Japrisot, 1991
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2004

Five French soldiers are convicted of self-mutilation in order to escape military service during World War I. They are condemned to face near-certain death in the no man’s land between the French and German trench lines. It appears that all of them were killed in a subsequent battle, but Mathilde, the fiancée of one of the soldiers, refuses to give up hope and begins to uncover clues as to what actually took place on the battlefield.


Contact. Poster of the 1997 movie and cover of the 1985 book
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Contact
Carl Sagan, 1985
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Robert Zemeckis, 1997

Dr. Ellie Arroway works for the SETI program at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Four years later, around 1996, with Drumlin seeking to close the SETI program, Arroway discovers a signal repeating a sequence of prime numbers, apparently sent from the star system Vega about 26 light-years away.


The Mauritanian. Poster of the 2021 movie and cover of the 2015 book, Guantánamo Diary
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Guantánamo Diary
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, 2015
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Kevin Macdonald, 2021

The film follows Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who is captured by the U.S. government and is languishing in Guantanamo Bay detention camp without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Salahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Duncan. Together, they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice.


Carnage. Poster of the 2011 movie and cover of the 2007 book, The God of Carnage
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The God of Carnage
Yasmina Reza, 2007
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Roman Polanski, 2011

When two grade-school boys get into a fight in the park that results in one boy, Zachary Cowan, hitting the other, Ethan Longstreet, in the face with a stick, their parents meet in a Brooklyn apartment to discuss the matter. In fact, Alan and Nancy begin to leave the apartment on two occasions, but are drawn back in to further discussion.


Nyad. Poster of the 2023 movie and cover of the 2015 book, Find a Way
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Find a Way
Diana Nyad, 2015
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Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2023

The film recounts the extraordinary real-life tale of athlete Diana Nyad. At 60 years old, with the assistance of her closest friend and coach, she makes a resolute commitment to fulfill her lifelong aspiration: an arduous 110-mile open ocean swim from Cuba to Florida.


Maverick. Poster of the 1994 movie and cover of the book novelization
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Maverick
Max Allan Collins, 1994
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Richard Donner, 1994

In the American Old West, gambler Bret Maverick is on his way to a major five-card draw poker tournament being held on the paddle steamer Lauren Belle. Joseph owes $1,000 to Maverick; they swindle that amount from a Russian Archduke with a scheme that “allows” him to hunt and kill an Indian.


Panic Room. Poster of the 2002 movie and cover of the book novelization
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Panic Room
James W. Ellison, 2002
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David Fincher, 2002

Recently divorced Meg Altman, and her eleven-year-old daughter, Sarah, move into a four-story brownstone in New York City’s Upper West Side. The house’s previous owner, a reclusive millionaire, installed a panic room to protect the occupants from intruders.


Anna and the King. Poster of the 1999 movie and cover of the 1943 book, Anna and the King of Siam
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Anna and the King of Siam
Margaret Landon, 1943
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Andy Tennant, 1999

Anna Leonowens is a British widow who has come to Siam with her son Louis to teach English to the dozens of children of King Mongkut. She is a strong-willed, intelligent, valiant and benevolent woman for her time, and this pleases the King. Mongkut wants to modernize Siam, thinking this will help his country resist colonialism and protect the ancient traditions that give Siam its identity.


Anna and the King. Poster of the 1999 movie and cover of the book novelization
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Anna and the King
Elizabeth Hand, 1999
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Andy Tennant, 1999

Anna Leonowens is a British widow who has come to Siam with her son Louis to teach English to the dozens of children of King Mongkut. She is a strong-willed, intelligent, valiant and benevolent woman for her time, and this pleases the King. Mongkut wants to modernize Siam, thinking this will help his country resist colonialism and protect the ancient traditions that give Siam its identity.


Freaky Friday. Poster of the 1976 movie and cover of the 1972 book
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Freaky Friday
Mary Rodgers, 1972
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Gary Nelson, 1976

School girl Annabel is hassled by her mother, and Mrs. Andrews is annoyed with her daughter, Annabel. They both think that the other has an easy life. On a normal Friday morning, both complain about each other and wish they could have the easy life of their daughter/mother for just one day and their wishes come true as a bit of magic puts Annabel in Mrs. Andrews’ body and vice versa.