By Stephan Lee
Updated August 23, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Hombre 1961
This classic Western was Leonard’s first novel adapted to film, starring Paul Newman as Apache-raised John Russell.

Glitz 1985
Leonard created one of his most memorable baddies, Teddy Magyk, who holds a serious grudge against a Miami cop.

Killshot 1989
Many consider Leonard’s 27th novel among his finest. A seemingly average suburban couple tangle with a pair of killers.

Get Shorty 1990
At this point, Leonard knew the movie biz well, and he brought that savvy to this razor-sharp Hollywood satire.

Rum Punch 1992
This violent thriller about a money-smuggling flight attendant inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown.