Ever since the beginning of film, filmmakers have loved to create movies based off of their favorite books. They have remade classic books into epic tales for the big screen; tales told long ago are brought back in modern day. Some have been awful and some have been better than the books. Here are my top 10 book to big screen movies!
10. The Hunger Games
Ever since their release way back in 2008, The Hunger Games books were widely accepted as some of the best fantasy books of all time. This led to three movies which all got good scores on Rotten Tomatoes. The plot mainly is centered around the name with The Hunger Games being a game fought to the death, using whatever you can however you can to kill the other players and be the sole survivor. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, the movies just simply give us a brilliant rehashing of an already great series.
9. The Maze Runner Trilogy
Although the books aren’t very good, the movies definitely picked it up and gave us an awesome recreation of a good idea that was not executed well on paper. The movies make you see the books in a whole new light that makes them so much better. By receiving decent scores and doing well in the box office, 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios) was able to create three awesome adventures with great acting and suspense. Starring Dylan O’Brien and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, two young actors who execute a perfect performance as they face Cranks, Grievers, and the evil Wicked.
8. To Kill A Mockingbird
This book truly helped us see how others see, before making opinions about them. The film helped illuminate the story and helped spread the word of Harper Lee’s classic story. Even if the book isn’t for you, the movie almost certainly is. They help us learn a lesson in the shoes of a young girl; though both the film and book are old. They are both still watched and read often in homes and schools across the globe. They are both amazing and do a great job of keeping your attention without needing CGI and fight sequences – they truly are classics and always will be.
7. The Godfather
Honestly such an amazing movie. Who knew it was a book? Both mediums of The Godfather are excellent, with great story and performances from Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. The movie is referred to often as the best of all time. Even though the film is better, it’s fun to read the book and realize the similarities and differences between the two. Definitely worth the watch (or the read).
6. The Shining
Stephen King has done it again; delivered us an amazing book and then film. He has done this plenty of times – it’s nothing new – but I think this is quite probably his best work. King has a way of making the movie so creepy; it glued me to the seat each time. It’s so iconic and so classic that it just beats all of his others. Definitely one of the greatest movie adaptations of all time.
5. Christopher Robin
This is one people often overlook or forget about, but actually is one of my favorites as it introduces a realistic situation. Christopher grows up and forgets all of his old friends, and takes us on an adventure through imagination. The moral and story make it relatable, it’s also surprisingly funny. I remember as a kid reading all of the old Winnie the Pooh stories, now even older, I still enjoy Christopher Robin.
4. The Wizard of Oz
Yes the old one. Actually the best one. I think all of the newer versions have just not had the enthusiasm and energy this one brings. The book came out nearly 40 years before the film, but after all that time, and given the choice of stories, they decided to make The Wizard of Oz over others. This just shows how unique and respected the book was. It has amazing scores and is one of the best films of all time. The film and book have and always will be some of the greatest classics of all time.
Arrival is another often overlooked one. Mostly because most people don’t realize that it’s a book; frankly when I found out I just had to read it. The way they were able to make an incredible film off of the story is incredible. The movie has amazing ratings and some fantastically executed cinematography. Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams killed it – this truly is just an overall great movie adaptation from Denis Villeneuve’s short story.
2. The Lord of the Rings
This movie is just brilliant. Peter Jackson just took a book that was already great, and made it amazing. The actors and battles all feel so real, it shows a lot of emotion. Each character gets respectable screen time, they all face different challenges and they are all so unique which makes it so much funner to watch. It gets the message through in a very witty way. I don’t have a lot more to say. They killed it.
1. Harry Potter
These books are already the best, but then the movies came out. They were just as magical as the books – perhaps more. The detail in both is excellent and of course they couldn’t add everything from the books, but we got the best of both worlds. They knew exactly what fans wanted and what was excess. Every actor fit right and and performed perfectly. The action and effects were all amazing and just has this aspect which draws you in making you want more. Really there’s next to nothing I would change about either the books or movies.