Daniel Defoe Books and Movies

Daniel Defoe was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer, and spy. He is considered to be the founder of British journalism, and, along with Samuel Richardson, the founder of the English novel. His political interest led him to serve as a pamphleteer. He wrote a number of political essays and works before turning to fiction. Defoe's most famous fiction work, Robinson Crusoe, is a travelogue based partly on the memoirs of voyagers and castaways.

Daniel Defoe wrote about two hundred and eighty-one works. But only Five of his adventure novels were made into movies. The silent, black-and-white French film "Les aventures de Robinson Crusoe" (1903) was the first screen adaptation of the famous Defoe's novel about adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Altogether 23 motion pictures, 4 TV Series, 1 anthology series, and 1 Video where based on this literary work.

Complete Daniel Defoe bibliography with films based on his books.

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Selected Poetry and Prose (1968)

Augusta Triumphans (1728)
Series: Essays
The Complete English Tradesman (1727)
Series: Essays
  • Serie rose
    Lady Roxanne
    1991; France
    Director: Jaime Chávarri
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (1722)
Series: Novels

Five movies are based on this book.

  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders
    TV Movie; 1996; UK
    Director: David Attwood
  • Moll Flanders
    1996; USA
    Director: Pen Densham
  • Molly
    1977; Sweden
    Director: Mac Ahlberg
  • Moll Flanders
    TV Movie; 1975; UK
    Director: Donald McWhinnie
  • The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders
    1965; UK
    Director: Terence Young
A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)
Series: Novels
  • The Periwig-Maker
    2000; Germany
    Director: Steffen Schäffler
The Instability of Human Glory (1722)

  • Robinson Crusoe: The Great Blitzkrieg
    Video; 2008; USA
    Director: George Anton
  • Crusoe
    TV Series (13 episodes); 2008; Canada, South Africa, UK, USA
  • Robinson Crusoe
    TV Movie; 2003; Canada, France, UK
    Director: Thierry Chabert
  • Robinson Crusoe
    1997; USA
    Director: Rod Hardy, George Miller
  • Robinson et compagnie
    1991; France
    Director: Jacques Colombat
  • Crusoe
    1988; UK, USA
    Director: Caleb Deschanel
  • Dobrodruzstvi Robinsona Crusoe, namornika z Yorku
    1982; Czechoslovakia, West Germany
    Director: Stanislav Látal
  • As Aventuras de Robinson Crusoe
    1978; Brazil
    Director: Mozael Silveira
  • Robinson Crusoe Jr
    TV Movie; 1976; Finland
    Director: Vesa Nuotio, Pertti Reponen
  • Man Friday
    1975; UK, USA
    Director: Jack Gold
  • Il racconto della giungla
    1974; Italy, Romania
    Director: Francesco Maurizio Guido
  • Robinson y Viernes en la isla encantada
    1973; Mexico
    Director: René Cardona Jr.
  • Zhizn i udivitelnye priklyucheniya Robinzona Kruzo
    1973; Soviet Union
    Director: Stanislav Govorukhin
  • Robinson Crusoe
    TV Movie; 1972; Australia
    Director: Leif Gram
  • Robinson Crusoe
    1970; Mexico
    Director: René Cardona Jr.
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    Man Friday (#3.4)
    1970; UK
    Director: James MacTaggart
  • Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
    1966; USA
    Director: Byron Paul
  • BBC Play of the Month
    Robinson Crusoe (#10.4)
    1965; UK
    Director: James MacTaggart
  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars
    1964; USA
    Director: Byron Haskin
  • Les aventures de Robinson Crusoe
    1964; France, West Germany
    Director: Jean Sacha
  • Robinson Crusoe
    1954; Mexico
    Director: Luis Buñuel
  • Robinzon Kruzo
    1946; Soviet Union
    Director: Aleksandr Andriyevsky
  • Robinson Crusoe
    1927; UK
    Director: M.A. Wetherell
  • Les aventures de Robinson Crusoe
    1922; France, Italy
    Director: Mario Gargiulo, Gaston Leprieur
  • The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
    1922; USA
    Director: Robert F. Hill
  • Robinson Crusoe
    1917; USA
    Director: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Robinson Crusoe
    1916; USA
    Director: George F. Marion
  • Robinson Crusoe
    1913; USA
    Director: Otis Turner
  • Il naufrago
    1909; Italy
  • Les aventures de Robinson Crusoe
    1903; France
    Director: Georges Méliès
On the Education of Women (1719)

Description of a Quack Doctor (1719)

What if the Swedes should come? : With some thoughts about keeping the army on foot, whether they come or not (1717)

The validity of the renunciations of former powers, enquired into, and the present renuncniation of the Duke of Anjou, impartially considered. With a preface, relating to the guarantee for the Protestant succession (1712)

The dyet of Poland, a satyr (1705)
Series: Poems
A Hymn to the Pillory (1703)
Series: Poems
The Mock Mourners. A Satyr (1702)
Series: Poems
The Shortest-Way with the Dissenters (1702)
Series: Essays
The Spanish Descent. A Poem (1702)
Series: Poems
Reformation of manners a satyr (1702)
Series: Poems
The True-Born Englishman: A Satyr (1701)
Series: Poems
Considerations upon Corrupt Elections of Members to Serve in Parliament (1701)

The pacificator : a poem (1700)
Series: Poems
An Essay Upon Projects (1697)
Series: Essays
A New Discovery of an Old Intreague (1691)
Series: Poems
The Advantages of the Present Settlement and the Great Danger of a Relapse (1689)

Fourteen papers : viz. I. A letter from a gentleman in Ireland, to his friend in London, upon occasion of a pamphlet, entituled, A vindication of the present government of Ireland, under His Excellency Richard, Earl of Tyrconnel. II. A letter from a freeholder, to the rest of the freeholders of England, and all others, who have votes in the choice of Parliament-men. III. An enquiry into the reasons for abrogating the test imposed on all members of Parliament. Offered by Sa. Oxon. IV. Reflections on a late pamphlet, entituled, Parliamentum pacificum. Licensed by the Earl of Sunderland, and printed at London in March, 1688. V. A letter to a dissenter, upon occasion of His Majesties late gracious Declaration of indulgence. VI. The anatomy of an equivalent. VII. A letter from a clergy-man in the city, to his friend in the country, containing his reasons for not reading the Declaration. VIII. An answer to the city minister's letter, from his country friend. IX. A letter to a dissenter from his friend at the Hague, concerning the penal laws, and the test; shewing that the popular plea for liberty of conscience is not concerned in that question. X. A plain account of the persecution laid to the charge of the Church of England. XI. Abby and other church-lands, not yet assured to such possessors as are Roman Catholicks; dedicated to the nobility and gentry of that religion. XII. The King's power in ecclesiastical matters truly stated. XIII. A letter to several French ministers fled into Germany upon the account of the persecution in France, to such of their brethren in England as approved the Kings Declaration touching liberty of conscience, translated from the original in French. XIV. Popish treaties not to be rely'd on: in a letter from a gentleman at York, to his friend in the Prince of Orange's camp. Addressed to all members of the next Parliament (1689)

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Majority of Daniel Defoe works have extremely long and detailed original titles. As a result, many headlines of contemporary reprint editions are shortened and, sometimes, are pretty diverse.

Daniel Defoe was creating at the average 5.9 works a year and the most republished of his novels in English is the "The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years, All Alone in an Un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, Near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having Been Cast on Shore by Shipwreck, Wherein All the Men Perished but Himself", available in one thousand, four hundred and seventeen different ISBNs. --- 281

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