List Of Diverse Books Turned Into Movie Adaptions.

The Diverse Reader List Of Books Turned Into Movie Adaptions Blog Post

Hello everyone. I recently made a post about books that I wanted to see turned into movie adaptions (click here for the post). But, I joined a Instagram challenge for next year where I read 5-10 books that have been turned into movies. After many hours of researching diverse literature and movies, I thought why not showcase a list of diverse books that were turned into movies by People Of Color for a reference. These books vary from different genres, authors, plots and characters. I organized them as far as genre goes for you to better search for what you are looking for. I hope you enjoy and share with others!

In No Particular Order

Autobiography / Memoir:

Twelve Years a Slave By Solomon Northup

The Pursuit of Happyness By Chris Gardner

I, Tina: My Life Story Paperback by Tina Turner & Kurt Loder

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

Lady Sings The Blues By Billie Holiday

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race By Margot Lee Shetterly

Finding Fish: A Memoir By Antwone Fisher

Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime By Ron Stallworth

Long Walk to Freedom By Nelson Mandela

Josephine Baker's Last Dance By Sherry Jones

The Butler: A Witness to History By Wil Haygood


The Shape Of Water By Guillermo Del Toro


Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man By Steve Harvey


For colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf By Ntozake Shange

Ballad of Mulan

The House Is Black By Forough Farrokhzad

Young Adult:

Everything Everything By Nicola Yoon

The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas

Children’s Literature:

Wonder By Raquel Jaramillo


How Stella Got Her Groove Back By Terry Mcmillan

If Beale Street Could Talk By James Baldwin

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Series By Jenny Han

Like Water for Chocolate By Laura Esquivel

The Sun Is Also A Star By Nicola Yoon

I Can't Think Straight By Shamim Sarif


The Color Purple By Alice Walker

Roots: The Saga of an American Family By Alex Haley

Waiting To Exhale By Terry Mcmillan

Beloved By Toni Morrison

Push by Sapphire

The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Nappily Ever After By Trisha R. Thomas

Cotton Comes to Harlem By Chester Himes

The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas

The Spook Who Sat by the Door By Sam Greenlee

Trick Baby By Iceberg Slim

Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

Crazy Rich Asians By Kevin Kwan

Q & A By Vikas Swarup

The Sleeping Voice By Dulce Chacón

The Women of Brewster Place By Gloria Naylor

I am not your Negro By James Baldwin

A Raisin in the Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

Science / Utopian Fiction:

Time Salvager By Wesley Chu

All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Manga / Comic:

Battle Angel Alita By Yukito Kishiro

Death Note By Tsugumi Ohba


Devil in a Blue Dress By Walter Mosley

Never Die Alone By Donald Goines

Historical Fiction:

Miracle at St. Anna By James McBride

The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas

The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

Social Literature:

Native Son By Richard Wright

I have searched high and low for lists of movies that were influenced by books by People Of Color. It was shocking to research and realize that were not many. I ended up only finding roughly 50 books that influenced movies. There were movies about People Of Color that I thought were books written by People Of Color and to my surprise — they weren’t. I plan on reading all of these books overtime and I hope that there are more movies in the future influenced by POC books. Diversity is needed in literature as well as movies. If there were any books that I missed, please add them to this list in the comment section below.

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