25 best movies about books

With the London Book Fair in full swing, we’ve compiled a compendium of cinema’s best celebrations of the original physical media

Adaptation (2002)

Films: they’re never as good as the original books, are they? Adaptation shows you why. Ostensibly an adaptation of the non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, this metacomedy is really an adaptation of the adaptation itself. It follows writer Charlie Kaufman’s attempts to get the source material on screen, while battling with his identical twin and the irresistible pull of cliché. Like The Hours and Julie & Julia, Adaptation also features Meryl Streep playing an author. She’s clearly a muse for bibliographic cinema.