Favorite Movie Based on a Novel by H.G. Wells

by jalapenoman | created - 06 Oct 2013 | updated - 06 Oct 2013 | Public

What is your favorite movie based upon a novel by H.G. Wells? (Note: this list does not include loose adaptations like all of the various movies with invisible men.)

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1. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 33,615

2. The Time Machine (2002)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

Director: Simon Wells | Stars: Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy, Phyllida Law

Votes: 114,080 | Gross: $56.68M

3. The War of the Worlds (1953)

G | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

78 Metascore

A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 30,219 | Gross: $4.36M

4. War of the Worlds (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival in this sci-fi action film.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

Votes: 393,315 | Gross: $234.28M

5. The Invisible Man (1933)

Not Rated | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers

Votes: 26,809

6. Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams

Votes: 7,490

7. Terror Is a Man (1959)

Approved | 90 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage.

Directors: Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero | Stars: Francis Lederer, Greta Thyssen, Richard Derr, Oscar Keesee

Votes: 584

8. The Twilight People (1972)

PG | 81 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A kidnapped diver is taken to an island inhabited by a mad scientist and his half-animal, half-human creations.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: John Ashley, Pat Woodell, Jan Merlin, Charles Macaulay

Votes: 445

9. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera

Votes: 5,191 | Gross: $8.00M

10. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

PG-13 | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley | Stars: David Thewlis, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 29,505 | Gross: $27.66M

11. The Food of the Gods (1976)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of friends travel to a remote Canadian island to hunt, only to be attacked by giant killer animals which have populated the place.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher

Votes: 3,225

12. Village of the Giants (1965)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Delinquent teen-agers ingest a substance and grow thirty feet tall, then proceed to take over a small town.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Tommy Kirk, Johnny Crawford, Beau Bridges, Joy Harmon

Votes: 1,957

13. Things to Come (1936)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 6,502

14. The Shape of Things to Come (1979)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Some time in the future, man has set up colonies on the Moon, when Earth becomes uninhabitable. A madman decides to destroy the Moon colonies with his robots and automated ships, and only three people and their robot dog can stop him.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Jack Palance, Carol Lynley, Barry Morse, John Ireland

Votes: 677

15. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 39,805

16. The First Men in the Moon (1919)

50 min | Fantasy

The inventor of a space sphere flies to the moon and is marooned by a crooked financier.

Directors: Bruce Gordon, J.L.V. Leigh | Stars: Bruce Gordon, Heather Thatcher, Hector Abbas, Lionel d'Aragon

Votes: 30

17. First Men in the Moon (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson

Votes: 4,787

18. The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)

Unrated | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy

An ordinary man suddenly finds that anything he says comes true. Or at least, almost anything.

Directors: Lothar Mendes, Alexander Korda | Stars: Roland Young, Ralph Richardson, Edward Chapman, Ernest Thesiger

Votes: 1,183

19. The Wheels of Chance (1922)

Comedy, Drama

A clerk on a bicycle tour saves a girl from eloping with a bully.

Director: Harold M. Shaw | Stars: George K. Arthur, Olwen Roose, Gordon Parker, Bertie Wright

Votes: 10

20. The History of Mr. Polly (1949)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

Quiet and somewhat direction-less, Alfred Polly uses the money he inherits from his father to marry and to set up shop in a small town. His heart is in neither of these enterprises and he ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Pelissier | Stars: John Mills, Sally Ann Howes, Betty Ann Davies, Megs Jenkins

Votes: 509

21. Empire of the Ants (1977)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A con artist tries to sell bogus real estate deals in an area overrun by giant ants.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Joan Collins, Robert Lansing, John David Carson, Albert Salmi

Votes: 3,997

22. The Remarkable Mr. Kipps (1941)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

Kipps the draper's apprentice falls in love with a girl above his station. When he unexpectedly inherits a fortune, he thinks his dream has come true. But money can't make him a gentleman, or bring him the girl he really wants...

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Phyllis Calvert, Philip Frost, Diana Wynyard

Votes: 330

23. Half a Sixpence (1967)

Not Rated | 143 min | Musical

Arthur Kipps, an orphan apprenticed to a tyrannical owner of a mercantile, has a sudden abrupt change of life when his wealthy grandfather dies and leaves him a pile of money.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Tommy Steele, Julia Foster, Cyril Ritchard, Penelope Horner

Votes: 512

24. The Passionate Friends (1922)

70 min | Drama, Romance

An armament king's wife kills herself to save her MP lover from a divorce scandal.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Milton Rosmer, Valia, Fred Raynham, Madge Stuart

25. The Passionate Friends (1949)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin (Ann Todd) meets Steven Stratton (Trevor Howard) again and they have one last ... See full summary »

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains, Betty Ann Davies

Votes: 1,981



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