This is a selection of film books that I’ve been collecting for a few years now, divided into categories.. Most of these books are in pdf and can be read online, but some are in epub and can only be downloaded. Enjoy!

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This is a selection of film books that I’ve been collecting for a few years now, divided into categories.. Most of these books are in pdf and can be read online, but some are in epub and can only be downloaded. Enjoy!

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This is a selection of film books that I’ve been collecting for a few years now. These are roughly separated into categories, but ones of personal interest, so I suggest using CTRL+F to search for specific titles/subjects/authors (I recommend searching for last names). I’m not from the US but this list is compiled from an American perspective mostly because a lot of the books available are from there. Most of these books are in pdf and can be read online, but some are in epub/mobi and can only be downloaded. Enjoy!

(Updated: February, 2024)



* A Conversation With Jean Luc Godard (MacBean, James Roy)

* A Critical Cinema 2 - Interviews with Independent Filmmakers (MacDonald, Scott)

* A Girl's Got to Breathe - The Life of Teresa Wright (Spoto, Donald)

* A Great Big Girl Like Me - The Films of Marie Dressler (Sturtevant, Victoria)

* Agnès Varda - Interviews (Kline, T. Jefferson)

* Agnès Varda between Film, Photography, and Art (DeRoo, Rebecca)

* Alanis Obomsawin - The Vision of a Native Filmmaker (Lewis, Randolph)

* Alfred Hitchcock - Filming Our Fears (Adair, Gene)

* Alfred Hitchcock and the British Cinema (Tom Ryal)

* Alice Faye - A Life Beyond the Silver Screen (Elder, Jane Lenz)

* American Prince (Curtis, Tony)

* Andrei Tarkovsky - Elements of Cinema (Robert Bird)

* Andrei Tarkovsky (Martin, Sean)

* Audrey Hepburn - A Charmed Life (Karney, Robyn)

* Arthur Penn - American Director (Segaloff, Nat)

* Ava Gardner (Gardner, Ava; Evans, Peter)

* Ava Gardner - A Life in Movies (Bean, Kendra; Uzarowski, Anthony)

* Barbara - The Way She Is (Andersen, Christopher)

* Barbara Stanwyck - The Miracle Woman (Callahan, Dan)

* Bette & Joan - The Divine Feud (Considine, Shaun)

* Blue Angel - The Life of Marlene Dietrich (Spoto, Donald)

* Box Set - Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor

* Buster Keaton Remembered (Keaton, Eleanor; Vance, Jeffrey)

* Brian De Palma's Split-Screen - A Life in Film (Keesey, Douglas)

* Carl Theodor Dreyer and Ordet - My Summer with the Danish Filmmaker (Wahl, Jan)

* Carole Landis - A Most Beautiful Girl (Gans, Eric)

* Cary Grant - A Biography (Eliot, Marc)

* Charles Walters - The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance (Phillips, Brent)

* Clara Bow Runnin' Wild (Stenn, David)

* Claudette Colbert - She Walked in Beauty (Dick, Bernard F.)

* Comedy Incarnate: Buster Keaton, Physical Humor, and Bodily Coping (Carroll, Noel)

* Colleen Moore - A Biography of the Silent Film Star (Codori, Jeff)

* Coop - the life and legend of Gary Cooper (Kaminsky, Stuart M.)

* Crane - Sex, Celebrity, and My Father's Unsolved Murder (Crane, Robert; Fryer, Christopher)

* Cybill disobedience - how I survived beauty pageants, Elvis, sex, Bruce Willis, lies, marriage, motherhood, hollywood, and the irrepressible urge to say what I think (Shepherd, Cybill; Ball, Aimee Lee)

* Dark victory - the life of Bette Davis (Sikov, Ed)

* D. W. Griffith - Interviews (Slide, Anthony)

* Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century (Tibbetts, John C.; Welsh, James M.; Brownlow, Kevin; Fairbanks, Vera)

* Elizabeth Taylor - The Life of a Hollywood Legend (Sprinkel, Katy)

* Emeric Pressburger - The Life and Death of a Screenwriter (Macdonald, Kevin)

* Enchantment - the life of Audrey Hepburn (Spoto, Donald)

* Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise (Eyman, Scott)

* Film Voices: Interviews From Post Script (Duchovnay, Gerald)

* Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell (Dick, Bernard F.)

* Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success (McBride, Joseph)

* Gene Tierney: A Biography (Vogel, Michelle; Cassini, Christina)

* Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations (Williams, Tami)

* George A. Romero: Interviews (Williams, Tony)

* Giant: George Stevens, a Life on Film (Moss, Marilyn Ann)

* Ginger Rogers: A Bio-Bibliography (Faris, Jocelyn)

* Glenn Ford: A Life (Ford, Peter; McGilligan, Patrick)

* Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up (Welsch, Tricia)

* Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World (Rhodes, Richard)

* Herzog on Herzog (Cronin, Paul)

* High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly (Spoto, Donald)

* Hitchcock - the Definitive Study (Truffaut, Francois)

* Hollywood Beauty - Linda Darnell and the American Dream (Davis, Ronald L.)

* Hollywood Rajah - The life and times of Louis B. Mayer (Crowther, Bosley)

* Hollywood Enigma - Dana Andrews (Rollyson, Carl Edmund)

* Hollywood Madonna - Loretta Young (Dick, Bernard F.)

* Ingmar Bergman - The Life and Films of the Last Great European Director (Macnab, Geoffrey)

* I Talked with a Zombie: Interviews With 23 Veterans of Horror and Sci-Fi Films and Television (Weaver, Tom)

* Ishiro Honda - A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa (Ryfle, Steve; Godziszewski, Ed)

* It's Only a Movie - Alfred Hitchcock - A Personal Biography (Chandler, Charlotte)

* If I'm so famous how come nobody's ever heard of me (Shepard, Jewel)

* Jennifer Jones - The Life and Films (Green, Paul)

* Jimmy Stewart - A Biography (Eliot, Marc)

* Joan Blondell - A Life between Takes (Kennedy, Matthew)

* Joan Crawford - The Essential Biography (Quirk, Lawrence J.; Schoell, William)

* John Gilbert - The Last of the Silent Film Stars (Golden, Eve)

* Judy Garland - A Biography (Edwards, Anne)

* Katharine Hepburn - A Remarkable Woman (Edwards, Anne)

* Krzysztof Kieslowski - Interviews (Bernard, Renata; Woodward, Steven)

* Lauren Bacall - By Myself and Then Some (Bacall, Lauren)

* Leslie Howard - The Lost Actor (Eforgan, Estel)

* Life Beyond Measure - Letters to My Great-Granddaughter (Poitier, Sidney)

* Little Girl Lost (Barrymore, Drew)

* Love, Lucy (Ball, Lucille)

* Lupe Veïlez - the life and career of Hollywood's mexican spitfire (Vogel, Michelle)

* Mae Murray - The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips (Ankerich, Michael G.; Brownlow, Kevin)

* Mae West - An Icon in Black and White (Watts, Jill)

* Madeline Kahn - Being the Music, A Life (Madison, William V.)

* Marilyn Monroe - Fragments, Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters (Monroe, Marilyn)

* Marilyn Monroe - My Story (Monroe, Marilyn; Hecht, Ben)

* Mario Bava - All the Colors of the Dark (Lucas, Tim)

* Mary Pickford - Queen of the Movies (Schmidt, Christel)

* Marlene Dietrich - Life and Legend (Bach, Steven)

* Maureen O'Hara - The Biography (Malone, Aubrey)

* More Than a Woman - An Intimate Biography of Bette Davis (Spada, James)

* Movie Stars of the 1930s - Glamour in a Golden Age (McLean, Adrienne L.)

* Movie Stars of the 1940s - What Dreams Were Made Of (Griffin, Sean)

* Mrs. Ziegfeld - The Public and Private Lives of Billie Burke (Hayter-Menzies, Grant)

* My Last Breath (Buñuel, Luis)

* My Life So Far (Fonda, Jane)

* My Life with Cleopatra - The Making of a Hollywood Classic (Hyams, Joe; Wanger, Walter)

* My Lunches with Orson - Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles (Biskind, Peter)

* My Way of Life (Crawford, Joan)

* My Wonderful World Of Slapstick (Buster Keaton, Charles Samuels)

* Myrna Loy - The Only Good Girl in Hollywood (Leider, Emily Wortis)

* Natasha - The Biography of Natalie Wood (Finstad, Suzanne)

* Norma - the story of Norma Shearer (Quirk, Lawrence J)

* Notorious - the life of Ingrid Bergman (Bergman, Ingrid; Cartwright, Jon; Spoto, Donald)

* Orson Welles - A Biography (Leaming, Barbara)

* Phantom Lady - Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock (Lane, Christina)

* Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema (Powrie, Phil; Rebillard, Eric)

* Possessed - The Life of Joan Crawford (Morrow, William)

* Raoul Walsh - The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director (Moss, Marilyn Ann)

* Rebel without a crew, or, How a 23-year-old filmmaker with $7,000 became a Hollywood player (Rodriguez, Robert)

* Roger Corman - Interviews (Nasr, Constantine)

* Room 1219 - The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood (Merritt, Greg)

* Saul Bass - Anatomy of Film Design (Horak, Jan-Christopher)

* Sidney J. Furie - Life and Films (Kremer, Daniel)

* Sculpting In Time (Tarkovsky, Andrei)

* Seduction - Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood (Longworth, Karina)

* Self-Portrait (Tierney, Gene)

* Silent Lives - 100 Biographies of the Silent Film Era (Davis, Lon)

* Sitting Pretty - The Life and Times of Clifton Webb (Webb, Clifton; Smith, David L.; Wagner, Robert)

* Some Like It Wilder - The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder (Phillips, Gene D.)

* Something Like an Autobiography (Kurosawa, Akira)

* Spencer Tracy - A Biography (Curtis, James)

* Tab Hunter Confidential - The Making of a Movie Star (Hunter, Tab; Muller, Eddie)

* The Bennetts - An Acting Family (Kellow, Brian)

* The Cinema of Takashi Miike (Mes, Tom)

* The Encyclopedia of Orson Welles (Berg, Chuck; Erskine, Tom)

* The Fall of Buster Keaton - His Films for MGM, Educational Pictures, and Columbia (Neibaur, James L.)

* The Films In My Life (Truffaut, François)

* The Films of Ingmar Bergman (Kalin, Jesse)

* The Films of Roberto Rossellini (Bondanella, Peter)

* The First King of Hollywood - The Life of Douglas Fairbanks (Goessel, Tracey)

* The First Lady of Hollywood - A Biography of Louella Parsons (Barbas, Samantha)

* The Ice Cream Blonde - The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd (Morgan, Michelle)

* The Impossible David Lynch (McGowan, Todd)

* The Lady from the Black Lagoon - Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick (O’Meara, Mallory)

* The Magic Lantern - An Autobiography (Bergman, Ingmar)

* The Movies, Mr. Griffith, and Me (Gish, Lillian)

* The Shocking Miss Pilgrim - A Writer in Early Hollywood (Maas, Frederica Sagor)

* The Warrior's Camera - The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa (Prince, Stephen)

* Thomas Ince - Hollywood's Independent Pioneer (Taves, Brian)

* Tough as Nails - The Life and Films of Richard Brooks (

Tags Films, Books, Resources, Reading
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Published 02/05/2024, 06:54:34


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