A lawyer, politician and the undisputed master of legal thrillers, John Grisham has written 28 consecutive number one bestsellers and his books have sold 300 million copies worldwide, marketable enough to be turned into a movie. Not only this, he is one of only three writers to have sold two million copies on first printing. His peak was in the 1990s, when his books flew off the shelves and his work was made into films almost every year.
Any thriller enthusiast is well aware that he is probably the most popular author after Stephen King whose novels have been adapted into a wide variety of films. Here are the 5 memorable John Grisham books that have been made into movies.
This high-stakes legal battle film from 2003 was praised by critics for its acting, directing and suspense. Despite being a box office disappointment, the film has a 7.1 rating on IMDB, and Grisham’s fans can still enjoy it on Amazon Prime Video.
The Dark Legal Tale of Revenge was released on July 24, 1996 and has a 7.5 rating on IMDB. The film, directed by Joel Schumacher, stars Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. Fans can enjoy the film on HBO Max.
Arguably one of Grisham’s best film adaptations, 1997’s The Rainmaker was directed by Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon and Danny DeVito. The film currently has a 7.2 rating on IMDB and was also nominated for Golden Globe Awards in 1998.
This movie is an overlooked gem. It was released on July 20, 1994 and made $117.6 million at the box office. The suspenseful legal thriller has been praised for its acting, directing and pace. It features Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro and Mary-Louise Parker. Sarandon’s performance in this film was one of the best of her career, earning her an Oscar nomination.
The Firm was the first of many Grisham film adaptations and was widely praised for its acting and atmosphere. The film has a 6.8 rating on IMDB and Tom Cruise headlined the legal thriller. It was released on June 30, 1993. The film still stands out among all the author’s edits to this day, and a television series was even made in 2012 of the same name.
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