Most widely held works about Columbia Pictures
Most widely held works by Columbia Pictures
Spider-Man ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 2,340 libraries worldwide
After being bitten by a radioactive spider on a school field trip, Peter Parker finds himself gaining spider-like qualities. Adopting the name Spider-Man, Peter first uses his new skills to make money, but when the Green Goblin, another altered super-human, kills Peter's uncle, he swears to use his "spider-skills" to fight evil. Along the way he has to juggle a new job as a local reporter, and a budding romance with a beautiful former-classmate, MJ.
Little women ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 2,310 libraries worldwide
Story about the March family of four daughters and a strong mother who, because her husband is away serving in the Army during the Civil War, must raise her "little women" on her own. The daughters include: spirited Jo who longs for a career as a writer; beautiful and conservative older sister Meg; fragile Beth; and the romantic Amy. Through the years, as they become women, the sisters share their most cherished and painful moments of self-discovery as their mother's pride and strength guide them through questions of independence, romance and virtue.
Gandhi ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 2,166 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the life of Gandhi beginning with his political activities in South Africa during the late 1890's and ending with his assassination at the hands of a Hindu extremist in 1948. Shows the development of his philosophy of non-violence as he leads the people of India to independence from the British.
Memoirs of a geisha ( Visual )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 2,164 libraries worldwide
In 1929, a poor fisherman sells his 9-year-old daughter to a geisha house in Kyoto. Chiyo will be an unpaid servant until it is determined if she is beautiful enough for apprenticeship, and the house's clientèle. Run by Mother, the ruling geisha is Hatsumomo, and little Pumpkin her only friend. Trained under strict discipline for a lifetime of entertaining and flattering wealthy men, Sayuri grows up lovely, accomplished, and the target of jealous rivals. Love is no part of this cloistered world, although geisha lore hints that even if they fall in love with clients--the operative word is client, and that love is never free.
The social network ( Visual )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 2,089 libraries worldwide
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
Spider-man 2 ( Visual )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Chinese and held by 2,025 libraries worldwide
Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, is desperately trying to balance his dual identities. He can't keep up at college, pay his rent, or seem to make amends with his estranged best friend Harry and his beloved Mary Jane is more skeptical than ever. Peter begins to notice that he's losing some of his powers and wonders if the cost of being a superhero isn't too high. Meanwhile Peter's idol, the renowned scientist Otto Octavius, has turned into a maniacal cyborg after a failed science experiment. Peter realizes he must decide between the ordinary life he so desires and the responsibilities of retaining his secret identity to stop "Doc Ock" and save New York City from destruction.
Casino Royale ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,921 libraries worldwide
With two professional assassinations in quick succession, James Bond is quickly elevated to '00' status. Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Uganda where he is to spy on a terrorist, Mollaka. Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios and his girlfriend, Solange. He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre, banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization. 'M' places Bond under the watchful eye of the beguiling Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raising the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax.
A few good men ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,895 libraries worldwide
Cruise stars as a brash Navy lawyer who's teamed with a gung-ho litigator in a politically-explosive murder case. Charged with defending two Marines accused of killing a fellow soldier, they are confronted with complex issues of loyalty and honor - including its most sacred code and its most formidable warrior.
The age of innocence ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 1,846 libraries worldwide
In New York City in the 1870s, a rigid social code governs how people talk, walk, meet, part, dine, earn their livings, fall in love, and marry. Not a word of the code is written down anywhere, but these people have been studying it since they were born. In this elegant milieu, marriages, like treaties between nations, exist to provide for the orderly transmission of wealth; scions of old and rich families understand that their personal desires have no place in the design. One such is Newland Archer, engaged to marry pretty young May Welland. When he becomes entranced with May's cousin Ellen, the notorious Countess Olenska, every member of that class mobilizes to prevent Archer from doing anything that threatens their needs.
Spider-Man 3 ( Visual )
11 editions published in 2007 in English and Turkish and held by 1,778 libraries worldwide
Peter Parker is finally happy: he is doing well at the school, girlfriend MJ Watson loves him, and the whole city loves Spider-Man, finally bestowing upon him the praise he so rightly deserves. But peace may not be possible for a superhero. Harry Osborn has taken up his late father's mantle--becoming The New Goblin, bent on revenge. Uncle Ben's real killer, Flint Marko, has been transformed into the Sandman. An alien symbiote has attached itself to the Spider suit, turning it black, enhancing its powers, and warping Peter's personality. When Peter finally overcomes the contaminated suit, it infects rival Bugle photographer Eddie Brock, who becomes villain Venom. In this battle, Peter must conquer his personal darkness as well as Spider-Mans foes, free the compassionate hero within, and trade teenage self-absorption for adulthood.
Finding Forrester ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 1,768 libraries worldwide
Jamal Wallace is a talented young basketball player in New York City whose secret passion is writing. After an accidental meeting, Forrester, a reclusive novelist, becomes Jamal's unlikely mentor. Soon, both men learn lessons from each other about life and the importance of friendship.
Men in black ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 1,726 libraries worldwide
New York City is being threatened by a villainous bug who has inhabited the body of a farmer. The mission is to locate and exterminate the bug before it destroys the planet.
The remains of the day ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 1,702 libraries worldwide
The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically proper butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper employed by a British lord who is unwittingly a Nazi dupe.
Oliver ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1969 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,661 libraries worldwide
A young orphan, Oliver is left to fend for himself until he is befriended by a band of young thieves who quickly train him in their craft. But Oliver is not content to be a thief for he knows that life holds great joys and true happiness cannot be stolen, but must be earned.
Air Force One ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,618 libraries worldwide
The U.S. President has just told the world he will not negotiate with terrorists. But when Russian terrorists hijack Air Force One, the world's most secure and extraordinary aircraft, the President is faced with a nearly impossible decision--give in to terrorist demands or sacrifice not only the country's dignity, but the lives of his wife and daughter.
The adventures of Milo and Otis ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 1,617 libraries worldwide
A young cat and dog discover the dangers and delights of the outside world when they wander away from the farm.
Hitch ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,615 libraries worldwide
Hitch is New York City's greatest matchmaker. Love is his job and when Albert Brennaman wins the heart of gorgeous society heiress Allegra Cole, Albert has Hitch to thank. So when tabloid columist Sara Melas decides to uncover the secret behind the relationships unlikely sucess, she's shocked to discover that Alex Hitchens, the charming young man she's been dating, is the legendary date doctor himself. Exposed in a front-page scoop, it's now up to Alex to try and save Albert and Allegra's relationship as well as his own.
Stuart Little 2 ( Visual )
10 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,586 libraries worldwide
Stuart Little is back for more action-packed adventure. This time around Stuart and the reluctant Snowbell embark on a dangerous mission to rescue Stuart's new friend Margalo from a villainous falcon. But the journey proves more difficult than he ever imagines, and Stuart has to decide if he's up to the task.
Ghostbusters ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 1,506 libraries worldwide
When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
Peter Pan ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 1,485 libraries worldwide
In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbucker skills and the ever fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become real heroes of an even greater story when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and takes them on a journey over moonlit rooftops to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life, free of grown-up rules. Eventually facing the inevitable showdown with Captain Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates.
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