10 Best Book-Movie Adaptations, According To IMDb
2022 is a big year for book-to-screen adaptations, starring Delia Owen Where the Crawdads sing get the big screen treatment and the announcement of a hunger games prequel based on Suzanne Collins’ The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents. Literature is undoubtedly one of the best ways to deliver a descriptive story and leave it to the power of the imagination to fill in the blanks. However, one source of media that is arguably even more magical than literature is cinema.
When popular novels are made into movies, it creates a whole new world and an exciting opportunity for viewers to visually see history unfold. While there have been plenty of book-to-movie adaptations over the years, there are several that stand the test of time and have pretty high IMDb scores.
ten Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) – 8
A novel by Stephen Chbosky, the story of coming of age The perks of Being a Wallflower depicts life through the lens of an outcast, Charlie, trying to find his way in life. Presenting the main character’s personal thoughts through intimate letters, the novel stands the test of time, as the film was created almost two decades after the book was first published in 1999.
The film quickly became cult, with the near-perfect casting of Logan Lerman as Charlie, and his best friends played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. Fans love both the film and the novel for their raw depiction of complicated and risky teenage life. Although the novel describes Charlie’s story through diary entries and the film shows a simpler point of view, there is no denying that Benefits of being a wallflower is full of memorable quotes and impactful life lessons in both iterations.
9 The Princess Bride (1987) – 8
The romantic and comic story of The princess to be married is loved by many. Between Rob Reiner’s cinematic interpretation and the original novel, fans love the wholesome, classic story of adventure, love, and conquest.
Although it is unknown who the true author of the original novel was, fans may have figured out that S. Morgenstern’s pseudonym was a lie, and instead purely William Goldman’s story. Regardless of who actually wrote the famous story, fans are grateful for the fun, well-thought-out lore behind the novel, and thankful that the plot translated well into the film, even down to the word-for-word quotes.
8 The Help (2011) – 8.1
Set in 1960s Mississippi, Ugly is about an aspiring writer who wants to change society by telling the stories of black women who work as servants for white families. With Kathryn Stockett’s novel published in 2009 and the film made shortly after, it’s quite telling how this story immediately resonated with readers.
Although the film received critical acclaim, Viola Davis herself expressed concern about the film’s shift in focus towards Skeeter and away from prominent black voices (per Harper’s Bazaar). However, due to the story’s hard-hitting narrative as well as its emphasis on the theme of racism, there’s no doubt that fans love both the novel and the film for a reason.
7 Dune (2021) – 8.1
As one of the most successful stories to produce two different adaptations, one in 1984 and one in 2021, Frank Herbert’s action-packed novel shook the world. Across nearly 800 pages, many of the novel’s details were either left out or left to the film’s sequels, but the latest adaptation of Dunes phenomenal among critics.
With the ’80s version’s ranking at 6.3 on IMDb and the new version significantly higher, fans of the book were thrilled that the epic story was getting a second chance to sweep the box office. While it takes a few movies to fully incorporate all the necessary plot points, fans are happy with its extremely accurate adaptation so far.
6 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – 8
Scoring a solid IMDb score of 8/10, this story gives the unique perspective of a Mumbai teenager accused of cheating in a game of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” Loosely based on the novel “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup, the film was made just three years after the book’s publication.
After winning eight Oscars and receiving rave reviews from critics, the story is still hailed by readers and viewers. While there were a few key differences between the book and the movie, including the renaming of the title itself, fans agree the movie was accurate in every category that mattered, and the added fun spins on the footage has even been added to the story, thanks to director Danny Boyle.
5 Gone with the Wind (1939) – 8.2
carried away by the wind is a classic tale of drama, war, and turbulent love that still has fans talking today. With carried away by the wind being Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell’s one and only novel, it is indicative enough of her talent as a writer to create such an iconic work of literature.
Although the adaptation is one of the longest films in cinematic history, the iconic story is worth it, as it is still considered one of the best romance movies of all time. Although the book delves into Scarlett and Mitchell’s innermost thoughts and feelings, both versions resonate with fans, making them a clear hit as far as adaptations go.
4 The Green Line (1999) – 8.6
The green Line offers a unique perspective into the daily lives of death row guards as they face charges that change their lives for worse and better. In true Stephen King fashion, the novel and film convey the duality of gloom and optimism in new and intriguing ways.
Although the film omits a few devastating plot points from the book, fans don’t have too much of a problem with the changes, as the film is a little less dark as a result. Plus, with Tom Hanks in the cast, The green Line certainly did the novel justice, as he was clearly perfect for the role of Paul.
3 The Dark Knight (2008) – 9
Named one of the best Batman movies of all time, The black Knight is an iconic story that has been interpreted perfectly, especially when it comes to Heath Ledger’s Joker. Although there was not a single novel the film was based on, The black Knight is more of a compilation of major events from the comics.
Even among movies that aren’t based on superheroes, The black Knight is a highly respected film in the cinematic world, largely due to its earnest tone and deep understanding of Batman’s backstory and motivations. While the film isn’t based on any particular comic, the movie does a great job of portraying the true characteristics of the heroes and villains, while putting things in an even darker, more realistic spin.
2 The Godfather (1972) – 9.2
The Godfather details the edgy lives of mob members in New York who end up passing on their legacy. Mario Puzo, the story’s original author, published the novel in the ’60s, which was quickly turned into a movie in the mid-’70s.
Although fans love both the novel and the movie, the endings are quite different, with Vito dying in the book rather than living to become the mob boss like he does in the movie. However, given that the original story may have produced several sequels and even a whole new series, there is no doubt that this iconic film and novel made an impact, as it became a household name due to its gripping story. .
1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 9.3
Arguably one of Stephen King’s best stories, The Shawshank Redemption depicts the relationship between two prisoners as they embark on a journey of positive deeds in an effort to change their lives. Although King’s novel was originally titled “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”, her true legacy shines through in this dark but uplifting story brought to life on screen.
Earning not just 7 Oscar nominations, but the No. 1 spot on IMDb’s “250 Best Movies” list, there’s no doubt that this story had an incredible impact on viewers. There are significant differences between the Shawshank takeover book and film with many character fates changed in the film. However, whether fans prefer the novel or the movie, the emotional story is one that undoubtedly sticks with fans long after the story is over.
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