1. The Giver -- One of the few books I've read that made me cry. It helped me quantify (as far as anyone can) the importance of love.
2. The Screenwriter's Workbook -- This book has helped me do my pre-writing and writing for every single one of my screenplays. Without it, I doubt I would have even finished one.
3. Gone with the Wind -- I read it (unabridged) when I was in sixth grade. After I finished, I watched the movie. It's this book's fault that I am so enamored with old movies and old movie stars, especially Clark Gable.
4. Les Miserables -- One sentence: "To love another person is to see the face of God."
5. No other book really influenced my life so much, except there are a lot that I have loved (my favorite book isn't even on this list), so I'm going to go for most influential movie in spot number five: Dial M For Murder -- This was the first Hitchcock movie I've ever seen and the first movie I ever saw to use a permutation of German Expressionism (not that I even knew what that was back then) -- the look of the courtroom scene has stayed with me forever.