The book was adapted into an award-winning movie in 1962, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, with Brock Peters as the man he defends. The movie also has the screen debut of actor Robert Duvall.
The film version of the story (1962) won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor. It was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1995. A second film version was made in 1997.