What Movie Adaptations Were Made of 'The Great Gatsby'?

The Great Gatsby


The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the great novels in American literature, but into which formats (and multimedia) forms have the novel been adapted? The answer is several. In all, there are six film versions of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

1926 - The Great Gatsby

  • Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
  • Released: Nov. 21, 1926
  • Directed by: Herbert Brenon
  • Produced by: Jesse L. Lasky and Adolph Zukor
  • Silent movie, based on a stage adaptation written by Owen Davis. Also written by Becky Gardiner and Elizabeth Meehan
  • Starring: Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson, and William Powell.
  • No copies of the entire film are known to exist, but the National Archives has a trailer for the film.

1949 - The Great Gatsby

  • Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
  • Directed by: Elliott Nugent
  • Produced by: Richard Maibaum
  • Starring: Alan Ladd, Betty Field, Macdonald Carey, Ruth Hussey, Barry Sullivan, Shelley Winters, and Howard Da Silva
  • Writers: Richard Maibaum and Cyril Hume (also the stage adaptation by Owen Davis)
  • Music by: Robert Emmett Dolan
  • Cinematography: John F. Seitz
  • Editing by: Ellsworth Hoagland

1974 - The Great Gatsby

  • Distributed by: Newdon Productions and Paramount Pictures
  • Release date: March 29, 1974
  • Directed by: Jack Clayton (In MemoirsTennessee Williams wrote: "It seems to me that quite a few of my stories, as well as my one acts, would provide interesting and profitable material for the contemporary cinema, if committed to ... such cinematic masters of direction as Jack Clayton, who made of The Great Gatsby a film that even surpassed, I think, the novel by Scott Fitzgerald.")
  • Starring: Sam Waterston, Mia Farrow, Robert Redford, Bruce Dern, and Karen Black.
  • Screenplay by: Francis Ford Coppola

2000 - The Great Gatsby

  • Directed by Robert Markowitz
  • Made-for-TV movie.
  • Starring: Toby Stephens, Paul Rudd, and Mira Sorvino.

2002 - G

  • Directed by: Christopher Scott Cherot
  • Modernized
  • Starring: Richard T. Jones, Blair Underwood, and Chenoa Maxwell

2013 - The Great Gatsby

  • Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
  • Release date: May 10, 2013
  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire.