Best Movie Adaptation of a Book.
Trainspotting. Also partial to Apocalypse Now.
The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera was even better in the movie
Black Hawk Down
Brooklyn. The Book Thief. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Gone with the Wind”
Certainly NOT, Gone with the wind
They leave out an entire child in the movie. I read the book first and was soooo excited to see the movie. Not impressed!
Scarlett was so much more. Melony and her were a great team.
@Lisa I guess the movie was so long that they didn’t have time to develop the characters. They also didn’t show how hard Scarlett worked for her company.
The Remains of the Day.
@Nancy They left out two children!
It’s still a good movie.
Oh, my. I may have to go back and read the book again 🙂 I’ve read it twice, but obviously I have forgotten a few things.
I thought GWTW was a perfect movie & also the book – have read this book & watched this movie more than any others!
Da Vinci code
A River Runs Through It and Silence of the Lambs
No Country For Old Men
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Beautiful MInd
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was spectacular, and remained pretty faithful to the books.
Bridget Jones Diary
Gone With the Wind
Name of the rose
The Kite Runner
Tess of the D’ Urbervilles
The Help. It followed the book almost exactly. Both the book and the movie were GREAT. That hardly ever happens.
Agree with this 100%
The English Patient
Lord of the Rings trilogy
thought the film was a “Fair” a good go at it ….. too many Stunt/ pseudo Irish accents for me ….needed a bit more shake -n – spear less muck n muscles . there is a BBC radio show adaptation from the seventies which is extremely good
A MAN CALLED OVE. Film is quite true to the book.
@Sarah I agree! I thought they did such a great job with the movie!
NOT girl on the train or lovely bones or fault within our stars !
To Kill A Mockingbird
Big Little Lies
Time Traveler’s Wife and Remains of the Day. RotD is pretty much right on, word for word with the book
Lonesome Dove although it was a miniseries.
I really liked Under The Tuscan Sun movie a lot, there book just didn’t hold my interest.
The Color Purple.
Sense and Sensibility
The book thief
The Bridges of Madison county
Winds of war and War and remembrance by Herman Wouk , great books and a great mini series.
Of Mice and Men
Water for Elephants
Shutter island Davinci code Angels and demons
The Godfather, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Shining, The Age of Innocence.
A Man Called Ove
wonder boys, my opinion is better than the book
Hunt for Red October
About A boy. I read that book when i was only like 11 and then they did a movie and i loved both! And book thief.
The Bridges of Madison County
Rear Window, a film which is much more profound and subtle than its source material.
I’m a little surprised at the several responses of To Kill A Mockingbird. The movie did a great job portraying a small amount, maybe only one-fourth of the story.
Same with Harry Potter. There are a lot more characters, plots and depth in the books than the movies. Although the movies were great!
I’m starting to wonder whether those saying LOTR have even read the books? 😂🤣🙊
I have read the books. I like the movies better. 😂 That’s not to say that JRR Tolkien wasn’t a great writer. He just got excited about things that I don’t get excited about. The movies cut all of that out.
@Katherine, I agree!
TKAM was my favorite so far.
Delores Clairborne by Stephen King, I thought was well done. And Misery by SK also.
The green mile or sleepers
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Little Children and Revolutionary Road
The Princess Bride. Last of the Mohicans. The Odd Angry Shot. The Lord Of The Rings. Sideways.
My family and I absolutely love The Princess Bride!
Best movie ever. I love it.
The Color Purple
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Looking forward to this book.
Also To Kill a Mockingbird
@Deb I was waiting, lol
@Molly ha ha
But I do think hunger games was very true to the book
@Deb I never read the book.
@Molly I recommend all 3 and then watch the movies
This was going to be my addition to the list. One of my favorite book to movie adaptations.
@Jennifer mine too. The Capital was exactly how I imagined it in the movie
The casting was so spot on, too. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing!
@Jennifer they couldn’t have picked a better Katniss
The Buddha of Suburbia.
The Wild Geese!
Julie and Julia!
Leslie Thompson, you sure got us ‘talking’! Well done! Also, the 2016 BBC version of And Then There Were None, and the more recent Murder on the Orient Express were pretty much bang on. Agatha Christie would have been proud.
Agreed @Sheena! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas!
The Godfather. Book was good, movie was legendary.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
I find I am usually satisfied whenever the author of the book also writes the screenplay. If anyone is allowed to take liberties with the story they are.
The Life of Pi
Harry Potter movies
That is so wrong :/
A man called Ove
It’s a movie?!? I didn’t know! Thanks!!
@Catherine it’s in swedish but has English subtitles and is amazing
@Viral I don’t mind subtitles. Thank so much! The book was very good!
@Catherine agree, one of my all time favourites as a book and the movie.
@Viral Agree – it’s very true to the book, a wonderful movie, exactly the way I imagined Ove. My husband liked the movie, too.
I hate the book. Love the movie lol
Me before you was also not bad
Gone with the Wind
DAY OF THE JACKAL (1973)
2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Outsiders and Angela’s Ashes
The Outsiders is one of my favorite books – I thought the movie was awful.
@Ellen oh no! I thought it was done well! Different strokes for different folks I suppose:)
Love Angela’s Ashes
Interview with the vampire, all of the hunger games, and all of the harry potters
Have to agree!
I found the movie better than the book even 🙈😱
@Catherine I did too!
Can’t dislike that movie – that would be inconceivable!
I actually thought they did a really good job adapting the Hunger Games, specifically the first book.
well, the original Dune, IF you had read the book. I really don’t watch a lot of movies, but I’ll always stop and watch Dune and The Princess Bride
We may be in the minority on Dune; I loved it but the critics & most movie goers hated it. But, yea! There is a new Dune in the works!!!
@Steve hmm may have to set that. Mind you, when I reread Dune a year ago, I didn’t enjoy
@Cheryl, i re-read Dune about a year ago and enjoyed it immensely. But, I often Re-read my favorites.
The Princess Bride is one of those movies you can watch over and over again.
@Jean and over and over. Much to the dismay of certain family members
@Cheryl Fortunately,my whole family likes it, so we are spared any family angst.
The Mayor of Casterbridge.
Stand by Me (based on Stephen King’s novella The Body.)
One of my favourite movies.
@Danielle I haven’t read The Body but boy do I love that movie ❤❤❤
@Danielle loved the movie, never read the book but now I just may 🙂
Bridget Jones- those movies completely got me through my early 30s
I agree. I personally enjoyed the movie more than the book.
I never read the 3rd one but loved the movie even though it was completely different.
@Lisa I’ve only read the first one. It just didn’t really keep my attention but the movie is one of my favourites. I have to watch it every Christmas.
Cloud Atlas, loved it! X
Not a movie. But i just watched the haunting of hill house on Netflix as it’s amazing. It isn’t exactly like the book but the way they adapted it is just phenomenal! One of my favorite books!
I love that book and the 1963 adaptation The Haunting with Julie Harris. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s true to the book.
I was worried about the Netflix series, afraid they would ruin it, but I just finished Episode 3 and I like it. Setting it in a later time but having the family experience some of the same things the original characters did makes it fun. I also like the way they weave in some characters and quotes from the book.
I found some scenes deliciously scary!
My only complaint is that there is a bit too much shifting about in time. I don’t mind flashbacks, etc., but if it’s overdone it makes the thread of the story challenging to follow.
A triple 5-stars from me!
Practical magic, the help
The light between oceans
Not sure about best…but I really enjoyed the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society:)
A Simple Plan by Scott Smith. He wrote the screenplay and won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. Terrific book and great movie. And the mini series Lonesome Dove. Both wonderful.
@Maureen both memorable in either form!
@Jeri is there swearing or taking the Lords name in vain? Thanks!
@Maureen, A Simple Plan is about murders so can’t remember exactly if there’s swearing. Lonesome Dove is a Western so probably. Saw both long ago so not sure.
@Jeri thank you. 🙂
Maureen Anderson get a sample of each book from Kindle. Might give you a better idea.
@Jeri that’s a good idea
series, not movie, but loving The Expanse (only season 3, but i’ve read all 7 books and am awaiting #8) 😎
Mystic River was very good. So was Rosemary’s Baby
YES! I was going to say Mystic River.
I haven’t read it. Have you?
Oh my love. Yes read it. I read it after I saw the movie. Both equally entertaining and heartbreaking. It’s pretty much on point too, they didnt change much for the movie.
@Janet loved the book Mystic River and the movie!
Rosemary’s Baby was excellent.
Yes! So faithful to the novel.
Jean Wierzbinski Did you find a good, spooky book for October?
@Elizabeth loved that too
The Green Mile.
@Amber oh yes
Dances with Wolves.
@Steve , I do love it! And the book was great too!
Big little lies by Liane Moriarty
That was odd being American when the book is Australian
@Jane That’s true, but I was as touched by the series as I was by the book. I truly loved it.
@Déa hi! I didn’t know you were on here
You invited me 😊
@Déa brain like a teabag 😂😂
Lord of the Rings and To Kill A Mockingbird.
Love, Simon the minor things they changed were ok and dare I say Jack Reacher. The first movie (haven’t seen the second one yet) was so good.
84 Charring Cross Road
I thought Secret Life of Bees was well done.
Really love that movie but I thought Stingo was miscast.
Me before you, Out of Africa, English Patient, Gone with the Wind, Lord of the Rings
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Room – book by Emma Donahue
Charlie Wilson’s War
The Fellowship of the Ring🐉
About Schmidt and Sideways
@Andrew About Schmidt is one of my all time favorite movies! I have a theatre poster of Jack Nicholson for this movie which I had framed!
The book is very different from the movie.
@Andrew I have not read the book…
It is so different from the movie that I would not have recognized the movie was based on the book. The movie is much better, I think.
Sideways is clearly the same story. But the movie is much better. So the book is not always better than the movie, just most times.
@Andrew this is true. I have not read Sideways either, but I could not imagine the book being better than the movie About Schmidt. I rarely read the book after the movie –usually, the other way round.
The Help, The Lovely Bones, The Secret Life of Bees, Water For Elephants
The Stand… Stephen King
A Clockwork Orange
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series – Swedish version
The help, lovely bones
Practical Magic. The movie is much better than the book!
A Man Called Ove and the Help
Oh,and The Secret Life of Bees
I thought the Harry Potter movies were amazing.
@Sherry me top! Love the books and the films
Atonement, Da Vinci Code, The Godfather, The Shining, Into the Wild
Gone With The Wind
Lord of the rings. Martian
The Constant Gardener.
Count of Monte Cristo
The perks of being a wall flower
@Manogna I just finished this book last week, will have to check out the movie
@Ellie , the film is directed by the author of the book. So it stays true to the book. And the casting is perfect.
@Manogna Awesome, thanks!
Sorry if I already answered: To Kill A Mockingbird, A Time to Kill, A Monster Calls, and The Bad Seed
Jaws. Better than the book !
I agree 😎
In the sprit of the season, The Exorcist.
Lord of the Rings.
That Darn Cat (1965) is pretty good.
I’m going way back here… The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
East of Eden by Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, Shawshank Redemption.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris. Loved the book and movie
@Jennifer oh yes. This is great
I love being reminded of all these books and movies
The Great Gatsby
The Green mile
For me, Stephen King is kind of like Shakespeare, better seen than read.
A cavemans valentine … the notebook … do not read “the notebook ” it’s shite
I agree Peter Jackson did a phenomenal job
Winter’s bone and The Martian
Winter’s Bone was amazing but so hard to watch! Really liked The Martian.
Winter’s Bone the novel was very good as well. I like Daniel Woodrell.
A Simple Favor
I really liked The Book Thief
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