Do you agree with these selections, or was the book ultimately the better version of these stories? Vote up the movie adaptations that you thought were better than the book, and vote down the ones where the book just may have been better after all.
Author Winston Groom commented that the film version of his book "took some of the rough edges" off of Forrest. As a result, the movie version featured a more genuine and warmer title character, which was executed with Oscar-winning excellence by Tom Hanks.
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There's no denying that Thomas Harris's novel is tense, well-plotted, and horrifying, but Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Hannibal Lecter transformed a fascinating character into an iconic big-screen menace.
#38 on The Most Rewatchable Moviessee more on The Silence of the Lambs
Rob Reiner took the best elements of Stephen King's novella The Body and created one of the greatest coming-of-age movies ever. King even went so far to say that the film was the first successful translation of any of his works to film.
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Steven Spielberg streamlined Peter Benchley's novel about a great white shark that terrorizes a seaside town. The director dropped the side-story love affair between Ellen Brody and Matt Hooper, and it was a smart move – the film became an all-time classic and launched Spielberg's now-legendary career.
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This is one of those instances where a great movie was born from a great book. David Fincher took Chuck Palaunick's satiric novel of commercialized society and created a modern classic that examines our contemporary, consumer-driven, nihilistic culture and rips it apart with razor-sharp dialogue... and yes, shirtless Brad Pitt.
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Novelist Mario Puzo adapted his novel for the big screen alongside director Francis Ford Coppola to create one of the finest movies in cinema history. Puzo's adaptation focused less on secondary characters from the book and had a more downbeat tone. While the book is near perfection, Coppola's film elevates the source material to a higher level and is filled with career-defining performances by Marlon Brando, James Caan, and a star-making turn by Al Pacino.
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While entertaining, Michael Crichton's novels can be a bit dense when it comes to technology and exposition. Steven Spielberg took this novel and turned it into one of the most enduring and rip-roaring (literally) blockbusters of all time.
#9 on The Best Fantasy Moviessee more on Jurassic Park
This simple, charming story by author Anne Fine became a comedy classic, thanks to the whirlwind of energy breathed into it by the late Robin Williams.
#68 on The Most Rewatchable Movies
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