13 Mystery and Thriller Books That Inspired Films

These books leapt from the page to the screen—and kept our hearts racing.

mystery_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films
Buy Six Days of the Condor at Amazon

Six Days of the Condor

By James Grady

Buy The Thirty-Nine Steps at Amazon

The Thirty-Nine Steps

By John Buchan

mystery_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Still from "To Die For" (1995), via Columbia Pictures
Buy The Mr. Moto Novels Volume One at Amazon

The Mr. Moto Novels Volume One

By John P. Marquand

Buy Dead Calm at Amazon

Dead Calm

By Charles Williams

Buy The Detective at Amazon

The Detective

By Roderick Thorp

mystery_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Still from "Don't Bother to Knock" (1952), via 20th Century Fox
Buy Mischief at Amazon

Mischief

By Charlotte Armstrong

Buy Ride the Pink Horse at Amazon

Ride the Pink Horse

By Dorothy B. Hughes

mysteries_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films

The Maltese Falcon

By Dashiell Hammett

mystery_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Still from "Gone Baby Gone" (2007), via Miramax
mysteries_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films

Gone, Baby, Gone

By Dennis Lehane

mysteries_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By Stieg Larsson

mysteries_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films

Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

mystery_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Still from "The Big Sleep" (1946), via Warner Bros.
mysteries_and_thriller_books_that_inspired_films

The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler