10 Great Movies Based on Poems

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

As you probably know, the Coen brothers’ 2000 comedy was based on Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey, with George Clooney as Ulysses Everett McGill, the modern Odysseus. Somewhat surprisingly, at the time of filming, neither brother had actually read the classic poem — in fact, the only person on set who had was actor Tim Blake Nelson, who holds a degree in Classics from Brown University.