John Steinbeck is associated with good films. Seventeen of Steinbeck's works have been made into TV or studio movies, and Steinbeck himself received three Academy Award nominations for writing. His imagination was visual, lending itself to the silver screen. Among the outstanding movies with Steinbeck's name attached are The Grapes of Wrath (1940), East of Eden (1955), Of Mice and Men (1939) and Viva Zapata! (1952). Of these, he wrote the story for Viva Zapata! and The Red Pony and assisted Lewis Milestone with the final script for Of Mice and Men.