Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bookstores in Movies

Bookstore in the movie, Desperado
Selma Hayek who plays Carolina, the owner of a bookstore in Desperado. 

Storefront of The Shop Around the Corner in the movie, You've Got Mail The Shop Around the Corner in the movie, You've Got Mail

One of my all-time favorite movies, You've Got Mail. My family has threatened to hide/destroy my copy on more than one occasion. They claim to be sick of seeing it. How could that be? Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) owns a charming indie children's bookstore called The Shop Around the Corner. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is the owner of a giant, box bookstore called Fox Books.
Fox Books in movie, You've Got Mail

Arthur Gwynn Geiger's rare book shop in The Big Sleep
Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) at Arthur Gwynn Geiger's rare book shop in The Big Sleep.

Acme Bookstore in The Big Sleep
Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) at the Acme Bookstore in The Big Sleep.

Bookstore, Marks and Co, in the movie, 84 Charing Cross Road

84, Charing Cross Road is a film based on the book by Helene Hanff which is is based on her correspondence with a second hand and antiquarian booksellers, Marks and Co., over a period of 20 years. The film stars Anne Bancroft as Hanff and Anthony Hopkins Frank Doel.

Bookstore in the movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) and Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The Travel Bookshop in the film, Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant
 Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) and William Thacker (Hugh Grant) in The Travel Bookshop that Will owns in the movie, Notting Hill.

New York City bookstore in the film, When Harry Met Sally starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal
 Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) meet for the third time in a New York City bookstore in When Harry Met Sally.

Bookstore, Embryo Concepts, in the musical Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire
Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) and Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) in the bookstore, Embryo Concepts in the musical, Funny Face.

Bookstore in the movie Free Enterprise
Mark (Eric McCormack) and Robert (Rafer Weigel) bump into their hero, William Shatner, in a bookstore in movie, Free Enterprise.

Mr. Koreander in his bookstore in The NeverEnding Story
Booklover, Bastian Bux (Barret Oliver), hides from bullies in a bookstore interrupting the grumpy bookseller, Mr. Koreander (Thomas Hill) in The NeverEnding Story. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende.

Ewan McGregor in a bookstore in the movie, Stay
Sam (Ewan McGregor) visits a bookstore to learn more about his patient, a suicidal college student, in the movie Stay.

You can check out the second installment here.



  1. This is an interesting look at bookstores in movies. I am familiar with all the movies, just never thought of them all like this. Great post.

    1. Thank you so much Alex! I worked hard on this one.

  2. I love The Shop Around the Corner. The film is one if my all time favorites.
    This post is great. Love it. So many bookstores in films :)

    1. Hi Karin,
      Mine too! Thanks so much for stopping by and the kind words.

  3. I arrived here through a google images search, but I'll definitely stick around! I love most of the movies you mentioned and I didn't remember Stay and Eternal Sunshine as having bookstores in them. Great list!

    1. Hi Paula,
      Welcome! Thanks so much for sticking around.

  4. We all struggle to get work, pay our bills, find love, achieve fulfilment, squeeze into our jeans, and assemble flat-pack furniture. We need help dealing with all that. And help is there, has always been there, in movies.
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