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Well-Known Movies And Their Origins In Theatre

Long before there were cameras, movie screens, or even a film industry at all, most people had to go out to the local theatre in order to find some decent entertainment. That all changed when films began to become more popular within the United States, Europe, and the UK, and has boomed into a multi-billion dollar industry that now spans the entire world.

But many movie makers have not forgotten their roots, and it’s so many of the world’s best films are often based on theatrical plays that once led the world. Here we will look at some of the most famous movies of all time that can actually find their origins in the play scene.


Often regarded as one of the best films ever made, Casablanca is a movie not just about the famous Moroccan city, but about love, loss, and everything in between. Although it was released in 1942, Casablanca has been able to remain a favourite for many, but some might be surprised to learn that the film itself was actually based on a play of the same name. While it’s not common for the theatrical version to be put on that often, the movie still holds up well and makes for a perfect watch for anyone wanting to get a taste of classic cinema.

A Few Good Men

A more recent film, A Few Good Men is considered a Hollywood staple, starring such heavyweights as Kevin Bacon, Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, and Demi Moore. The film is focussed on two US Marines who are charged with murder and need to try and defend themselves in court. It’s an unforgettable film with excellent acting and some of the most memorable lines in the movie industry. It was created by Aaron Sorkin, who got the idea for a play after learning that his sister was set to a defend Marines that were in legal trouble for almost killing one of their fellow soldiers.

Driving Miss Daisy

A classic from the late 1990s, and one that many still hold dear, Driving Miss Daisy is the heart-warming tale of two people from completely different backgrounds meeting one another and having their lives changed. While it has received some negative press due to the stereotypes that it puts forth in the story, it still tells a captivating tale and one that inspired films down further down the line.

With excellent performances by Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, the two take to the road and eventually come to respect and learn from each other. Driving Miss Daisy was originally a theatrical play that was popular enough to be made into a big screen film and makes for a great watch between wagering on games at


Moonlight tells the story of a young African American as he makes his way through the intricacies of life in a world that is not always kind to him. Often facing harsh realities and abuse, it can be difficult to watch, but tells an important tale that everyone should see. Originally based on a play that never saw the light of day, the creator eventually had the funds to put Moonlight to movie theatres across the world.

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