John Grisham Books and Movies

John Ray Grisham (born February 8, 1955) is a professional lawyer and a famous American writer best known for his numerous legal thrillers. His first book "A Time to Kill" was inspired by a case he has been closely observing working for a small law practice. It took three years to complete this book and, as it often happens to starting writers, the book was rejected by 28 publishers. Eventually, Grisham found a publisher who agreed to print 5,000 copies of his work, and "A Time to Kill" was published in June 1989 when Grisham was 34.

By now John Grisham has written thirty-six books. "The Firm" is the most reprinted novel.

Eleven of his books have been a story source for the movies or TV series. All of the Grisham's first seven legal thrillers were made into movies.

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Rogue Lawyer (2015)

Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (2015)
Series: Theodore Boone
Gray Mountain (2014)

Sycamore Row (2013)

Theodore Boone: The Activist (2013)
Series: Theodore Boone
Calico Joe (2012)

The Racketeer (2012)

Theodore Boone: The Accused (2012)
Series: Theodore Boone
Theodore Boone: The Abduction (2011)
Series: Theodore Boone
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (2010)
Series: Theodore Boone
The Associate (2009)

  • The Associate
    2015; USA
    Director: Adrian Lyne
Ford County (2009)

The Appeal (2008)

The Broker (2005)

Bleachers (2003)

The Summons (2002)

The Wavedancer Benefit: A tribute to Frank Muller (2002)
Co-author(s): with Pat Conroy, Stephen King and Peter Straub
  • A Painted House
    TV Movie; 2003; USA
    Director: Alfonso Arau
  • Christmas with the Kranks
    2004; USA
    Director: Joe Roth
The Brethren (2000)

The Testament (1999)

  • The Street Lawyer
    TV Movie; 2003; USA
    Director: Paris Barclay
The Partner (1997)

  • Runaway Jury
    2003; USA
    Director: Gary Fleder
The Rainmaker (1995)

  • The Rainmaker
    1997; USA
    Director: Francis Ford Coppola
The Chamber (1994)

  • The Chamber
    1996; USA
    Director: James Foley
The Client (1993)

  • The Client
    TV Series (21 episodes); 1995; USA
  • The Client
    1994; USA
    Director: Joel Schumacher
  • The Pelican Brief
    1993; USA
    Director: Alan J. Pakula
The Firm (1991)

  • The Firm
    TV Series (22 episodes); 2012; Canada, UK, USA
  • The Firm
    1993; USA
    Director: Sydney Pollack
  • A Time to Kill
    1996; USA
    Director: Joel Schumacher

Other interesting stuff
Since 2004 till 2015 there were no attempts to bring new Grisham's stories to the screen. In 2015 "The associate" has joined the list of Grisham movies.

Some stats: Eleven of John Grisham books (31% out of total 36) have been adapted to 9 movies, 2 TV movies, 43 episodes from 2 TV series

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