The Top 10 Books to Film Adaptations

With the success of the Twilight series, it gets one thinking what were some of the best books to films of all time. Today we will start with the top 10. From thrillers to classics theses are just a few of the great movies that spawned form the bookshelves. Both can entertain us in different ways and now both will be celebrated.

First on the list and a personal favorite is a tale of a man-eater who ruled the ocean named Jaws. In 1975 Steven Spielberg took the words of Peter Benchley and kept millions of moviegoers from going to the beach that summer.

The Outsiders was the ultimate coming of age film. It had classic cars, guys growing up, and guys fighting and was based on a book written by a female. The film was released in 1983 and was directed by Francis Ford Copploa.

Who didn’t love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? This loveable, colorful film was based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. The film was so loved that they remade it in 2005 by Tim Burton.

Suave, rich and striking, Patrick Bateman was all of the above and in American Psycho, a film based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis, he was also a vicious killer.

Although not your traditional book, Frank Miller’s Sin City was an amazing comic book and an even more amazing film. It was brought to the big screen in 2005.

We were all introduced to the book To Kill A Mocking Bird in elementary school. This informative book gave very young minds their first look into rape, prejudices and societies lower points. The movie would star Gregory Peck and was released in 1962.

The strange and odd world of Chuck Palahnuik would come to life in both the novel and movie titled, Fight Club.

It was either the violence or the family bond that attracted so many to the Godfather movies originally penned by Mario Puzo in book form and brought to the big screen in 1972, by Francis Ford Coppola.

Giving birth to your first child is a special event, but it is even more unique when the child is secretly the offspring of Satan. In Rosemary’s Baby, written by Ira Levin and adapted to the screen in 1968 by Roman Polanski, that is the case.

“Listen to them, children of the night. What music the make.” This was a great line derived from the 1932 film Dracula that was a brainchild of Bram Stoker and given life in the book Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Although a movie never truly does a book justice, there are a few adaptations that have succeeded and are worth checking out. Some will thrill you, others may make you scared stiff and some will just make you see society in a different light. No matter how they make you feel, they are sure to make you emote in some fashion. So whether it is a book or film, entertain yourself and fall into a new world.


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