Report Lesser Known Movies Adapted From Books in English Literature Posted October 2, 2014 Kind of tough to find one that isn't mainstream because most of the time a book to movie adaptation often entails some sort of widely known recognition. I'm not sure if this movie is mainstream I think it is but you can try "Red Dragon" and "The Silence of the Lambs" they're both movie adaptations of the novel of the same title written by Thomas Harris. They're pretty well made so I think you'll enjoy them nonetheless.I agree. But I think both those movies and books are pretty much mainstream. The character of Hannibal has been an icon so I think it's not really lesser known. But I think it is not that well known with this generation.