The Film Buff Bookshelf

By Kat La Mantia | May 1 2023 | AdultsGeneralAllGiftPop CultureBlog

Dive deep into your on-screen faves with our books all about the movies! Whether you prefer genre flicks, big-budget blockbusters, or film d’auteur, movie lovers of all stripes will find something to love on this list. The Queer Film Guide and The Feminist Film Guide are great starting points for those looking to discover something new. Explore the minds of iconic directors with Quentin by Tarantino and Federico Fellini: The Book of Dreams, and throw the ultimate watch party with Cocktails of the Movies and Movies Quizpedia. Find our favorite silver screen selections below, and then head over to our Film and TV category to see even more.


More Books on Film and TV

Film Buff
The Ultimate Movie Quiz
Think you know movies? This game of trivia will put your knowledge to the test with over 1000 questions.
$24.95 US
Oct 31, 2023
3-3/4 x 5-1/3
Other Formats
200 Pages
Smith Street Gift

Quentin by Tarantino
Take a dive into the brain of master auteur, Quentin Tarantino, writer and director of multiple award-winning films such as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.In this sensational graphic novel, Part of the Cineaste Trilogy, the author imagines an interview with Tarantino himself, revealing the history of his ostentatious career and illuminating insights into the icon's life.
$24.99 US
Feb 13, 2024
6-7/8 x 10-1/10
240 Pages
Titan Comics

Witches Run Amok
The Oral History of Disney's Hocus Pocus
The oral history of Disney’s Hocus Pocus, one of the most beloved Halloween movies of all time
$26.99 US
Aug 13, 2024
6 x 9
304 Pages
Hyperion Avenue

Marvel Studios The Marvel Cinematic Universe An Official Timeline
Become a master of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
$50.00 US
Oct 24, 2023
9-15/16 x 11-7/8
344 Pages

Kind of a Big Deal
How Anchorman Stayed Classy and Became the Most Iconic Comedy of the Twenty-First Century
From the author of Generation Friends, and featuring brand-new interviews with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, a new book about the film that changed comedy, Anchorman, published in advance of the film’s 20th anniversary in 2024.
$29.00 US
Aug 22, 2023
6 x 9
320 Pages

The Last Action Heroes
The Triumphs, Flops, and Feuds of Hollywood's Kings of Carnage
The behind-the-scenes story of the action heroes who ruled 1980s and ’90s Hollywood and the beloved films that made them stars, including Die Hard, First Blood, The Terminator, and more.
$28.99 US
Jun 06, 2023
6-1/8 x 9-1/8
352 Pages

The Queer Film Guide
100 great movies that tell LGBTQIA+ stories
Enjoy your night in with these movies that tell queer stories.
$19.95 US
May 16, 2023
6-2/7 x 8-1/4
208 Pages
Smith Street Books

We See Each Other
A Black, Trans Journey Through TV and Film
A groundbreaking look at the history of transgender representation in TV and film, by an of-the-moment and in-demand culture reporter.
$26.99 US
May 09, 2023
6 x 9
240 Pages
Andscape Books

A Movie Lover's Guide to the Films and Television of Seattle, Portland, and the Great Northwest
From Twin Peaks to Twilight, from Practical Magic to Portlandia!, Filmlandia! highlights more than 200 film and television entertainments created and centered in Seattle, Portland, and the greater Pacific Northwest, extensively researched and curated by culture writer David Schmader.
$21.95 US
Apr 18, 2023
5-1/2 x 8-1/2
160 Pages
Sasquatch Books

All About Me!
My Remarkable Life in Show Business
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • At 95, the legendary Mel Brooks continues to set the standard for comedy across television, film, and the stage. Now he shares his story for the first time in “a wonderful addition to a seminal career” (San Francisco Chronicle), “infused with nostalgia and his signature hilarity” (Parade).NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NEW YORK POST • “Laugh-out-loud hilarious and always fascinating . . . What else do you expect from the man who knew Jesus and dated Joan of Arc?”—Billy Crystal
$20.00 US
Nov 01, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
480 Pages
Ballantine Books

Movies Quizpedia
The Ultimate Book of Trivia
Consider yourself a movie buff? This book will put your cinematic trivia to the test.
$12.95 US
Nov 01, 2022
5-1/3 x 7-7/8
96 Pages
Smith Street Books

Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Dreams of Wakanda
Creators, Writers, and Comics Legends on the Impact of Marvel Studios' Black Panther
Join creators, writers, and comics legends as they discuss the impact of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in this gorgeously illustrated collection of essays.
$25.00 US
Sep 06, 2022
6 x 8
160 Pages
Random House Worlds

Tinseltown Tarot
A Look into Your Future Through the Golden Age of Hollywood
Visit the glamorous past to peek into the future. 
$24.95 US
May 10, 2022
3 x 4-2/3
Other Formats
78 Pages
Smith Street Gift

The Feminist Film Guide
100 Great Films to See (That Also Pass the Bechdel Test)
Become a film buff and enjoy your night in with this guide to feminist approved films.
$19.95 US
Mar 22, 2022
6-1/3 x 8-1/4
208 Pages
Smith Street Books

One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World
This unprecedented history of Black cinema examines 100 years of Black movies—from Gone with the Wind to Blaxploitation films to Black Panther—using the struggles and triumphs of the artists, and the films themselves, as a prism to explore Black culture, civil rights, and racism in America. From the acclaimed author of The Butler and Showdown.
$30.00 US
Oct 19, 2021
6-1/4 x 9-1/4
464 Pages

Universal Studios Monsters
A Legacy of Horror
This updated volume is the perfect gift for any fan of horror movies and pop culture’s most iconic monsters. 
$45.00 US
Oct 12, 2021
9 x 12
268 Pages

Apocalypse Now
The Lost Photo Archive
Hired in 1976 by Francis Ford Coppola as the still photographer for his masterpiece Apocalypse Now, Chas Gerretsen’s private archive of hundreds of photographs propels readers immediately into the chaos and drama surrounding one of the most important movies ever made.   
$50.00 US
Oct 05, 2021
11-3/4 x 9-1/2
256 Pages

The Film Book, New Edition
A Complete Guide to the World of Movies
Immerse yourself into the world of cinema and discover action-packed chases, epic journeys, and tear-jerking moments.Get the popcorn popping and keep the movies coming! From box office hits and cult classics to romcoms and thrillers, this is your go-to guide to movies, directors, genres, styles, and just about anything else cinema. This ultimate movie guide profiles more than 100 of the most significant films ever made and brings cinema to life in true blockbuster fashion. Discover the behind-the-scenes stories about timeless classics like Citizen Kane and The Godfather, and take a front-row seat at lavish blockbusters like Star Wars or Titanic.This edge-of-your-seat reference book includes:   • Lists of top 10 film recommendations      • What-to-watch boxes that explore specific plotlines, scenes, and images    • Trivia sections to test your knowledge on oscar-winning movies, biggest flops, and banned films    • Explanations of complex methods of film-making in familiar, non-technical jargon    • High-resolution photography and stills allow for a deeper understanding of the nature of filmmaking Each page of this film book takes you on a journey through the ever-changing landscape of cinema - from Hollywood to Bollywood and everything in between. It includes every film-making school from across the globe, behind-the-scenes shots, profiles of 100 influential directors, and lists dozens of the greatest movies ever made!Lights. Camera. Action!Whether you enjoy art films or sci-fi, going to the cinema, or watching movies on Netflix, The Film Book covers it all. It’s perfect for inspiring your next movie night!This updated version covers the best films and directors of the last 10 years, along with new discoveries in the history of cinema since the last edition was published in 2011, making it the ultimate gift for any film buff or critic.
$27.99 US
Mar 02, 2021
7-11/16 x 9-3/16
360 Pages

Cocktails of the Movies
An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology New Expanded Edition
Now available in a new expanded and updated edition, Cocktails of the Movies serves up the 72 greatest cocktails to have featured on film.
$16.99 US
Feb 23, 2021
6 x 7-1/4
176 Pages

The Movie Book
Big Ideas Simply Explained
Cataloging a range of genres with expert, authoritative text, this is the only film reference guide you will need.
$19.99 US
Feb 11, 2020
7-11/16 x 9-3/16
352 Pages

Federico Fellini: The Book of Dreams
This is a new edition of the diary kept by Federico Fellini, in which the great director faithfully recorded his dreams and nightmares.
$115.00 US
Jan 28, 2020
9-7/16 x 13
584 Pages

The Making of Star Wars
The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
Coinciding with the big 30th-anniversary of the original Star Wars film, this is the must-have book for fans of the classic Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope. This is the first time ever that an official "Making of" book on the original film will be published.
$85.00 US
Apr 24, 2007
11-3/8 x 10-3/8
372 Pages
Random House Worlds