Hemingway was a prolific writer, and his stories have resonated with Hollywood movie makers from 1930 to present. I’ve attached the film posters from ten of Hemingway’s screen adaptations, in chronological order, just in case you might be interested in previewing one or more of them to see how Hollywood interpreted Hemingway. (The parenthetical ratings are from a consensus of critics’ views, based on a scale of 1 to 5 stars):
Hemingway and Gellhorn, 2012, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman (3)
Actually, “Hemingway and Gellhorn” is an HBO biography of Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn, to whom he was married during World War II from 1940 to 1945 but was also with in Spain in the late 30s during the civil war there while he was still married to his second wife, Pauline. Clive Owen gives a blustery, over-the-top performance as Hemingway while Kidman as Gellhorn–who’s never looked more beautiful, by the way–smokes cigarettes as if she were in an ongoing Chesterfield commercial.
My favorite from the above group is “Islands in the Stream,” a screen adaptation of the posthumously published 1970 novel. George C. Scott is Ernest Hemingway, no doubt, not the fictitious character he’s playing, Thomas Hudson. Scott here gives one of his finest performances on film, and the entire cast is exceptional, in my opinion.