Earlier this week, I put together a list of my favorite movie library scenes. That didn’t stop me from thinking about bookstores in movies while I was doing that, either! As a result, there will be a follow-up story. Movies about bookstores have always been a part of my life.
1. Notting Hill (1999)
One of the best bookshop movies of all time (more on the other in a second). Many bookstore fantasies can be fulfilled at Notting Hill, including eccentric employees, celebrity customers and handsome British booksellers.
2. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
It’s been a long time since we had chain bookstores to fear. Those were the good old days, weren’t they.
3. The Ninth Gate (1999)
When it comes to a movie-bookstore that doubles as a doorway to hell, there’s only one better option:
4. Hugo (2011)
Among fantasy bookshops, Hugo’s shop is the best. Things are all so charmingly mismatched, with everything being held together by leather bindings.
5. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (2002)
I’d like to visit a bookstore that specializes in dragon books. Are Flourish and Bloom’s accepting American Express?
6. The Never Ending Story (1984)
The Never-Ending Story has to be the most bizarre book ever acquired in a film, and it came from this somewhat frightening hole-in-the-wall shop. To put it another way, the book’s villain is…nothing. Obliteration. Even to this day, the memory of it gives me nightmares.
7. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
It appears that “Personal Growth” is staring at you.” When I was a kid in Kansas, I saw this movie over and over again and assumed that everyone ran into familiar faces at bookstores in New York City. They’re really only there to use the restroom.
8. Before Sunset (2004)
Shakespeare and Company, the famed Paris bookstore, has its sole filmic cameo in this film, to the best of my knowledge. It’s only right that a film of this caliber begins here.
9. Dan in Real Life (2004)
While Steve Carrell and Juliette Binoche’s first encounter at a bookstore in Notting Hill is legendary, this one between the actors is even better. Everyone wants to find love at a bookstore. That’s for sure. There’s no one I’d want to get involved with.
10. The Big Sleep (1946)
Now, how about watching a couple of old movies? When it comes to solving a mystery in The Big Sleep, Geiger’s Bookstore plays an important role. However, seeing Bogart in a bookstore should be more than enough to pique your interest without needing any other information.
11. Funny Face (1957)
To find models who can think as well as they look, Fred Astaire portrays a photographer who runs into Audrey Hepburn, one of the most beautiful women of the twentieth century, when she is working at a bookstore. Laughter and shenanigans are unavoidable. (It’s a musical, so be aware.) As a precautionary measure).
12. Desperado (1995)
Is it any surprise that Salma Hayek is only the second most gorgeous movie-bookstore owner on the list? (Audrey, in my opinion, is the best, by far).
13. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
In my opinion, this is the coolest bookstore scene in the movies because of the memory-wiping.
14. Manhattan (1979)
When it comes to Manhattan bookshop scenes, this one includes Allen in tweed, thus it’s the winner. Meryl Streep appears in the opposite scene. Toss-up.
15. Beauty and The Beast (1991)
Both the library and the bookstore scenes in Beauty and the Beast are top-notch. The story of a reader who goes from mooching books from the shop to owning a private library fit for British royalty may be more interesting than a romantic fairy tale. The impression I received from it was that.