The Great Gatsby 1926 film poster

One year following the publication of The Great Gatsby, the first film adaptation was produced. The silent 1926 film was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson and William Powell. No copies of the film are known to survive (which is not unusual for films of this era), but a trailer survives at the National Academy.


The next screen adaptation was another Paramount release in 1949, directed by Elliott Nugent and starring Alan Ladd (best known for his title role in the 1953 western Shane), Betty Field and Macdonald Carey. Hollywood beauty Gene Tierney was originally cast as Daisy, but was dropped on account of her distracting beauty (there can be worst reasons to be dropped from a role!). This led Tyrone Power, who was originally cast to play Gatsby, to also drop out of the film.


In 1974 Jack Clayton's screen adaptation was released by Paramount. Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay. Robert Redford starred as Gatsby, alongside Mia Farrow (Daisy) and Sam Waterston (Carraway). The film was a commercial success, although received a mixed critical reception. It did go on to win two Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Music.


In 2000 a made for television adaptation by Robert Markowitz starred Toby Stephens, Paul Rudd and Mira Sorvino.


In 2013 Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation was released by Warner Bros. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Gatsby), Carey Mulligan (Daisy), and Tobey Maguire (Carraway). For more information about the 2013 film, click here.