Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

September 16, 2013

Top Movies Based on Books

Filed under: Frank Remarks — Frank Fiore @ 12:33 PM

How many times have you heard about a movie, “Yeah, but the book was better.”

More often than not, this this is truth. It’s the nature of beast that condensing a 300 to 500 page book into a two hours, picking out and correctly showing the thread of the story is not easy to do.

But there are many exceptions where the movie did do a god job of adapting the book.

The Movie Blog, takes on this task by listing the Top 100 Movies Based on Books.

He said:

“I spent a couple of weeks putting together this list with three purposes in mind:

1) To highlight the important role books have played in the movie world

2) To draw attention to some fantastic movies that some of you may have never taken the time to watch before

3) To draw attention to the fact that these movies are indeed based on books, which may encourage you to try reading them (which I confess is a little hypocritical of me since I’ve only read a fraction of the books here.)

Now let me emphasize this next point very explicitly. THIS LIST IS NOT A LIST OF THE BEST BOOKS OR WHICH MOVIES DID THE BEST JOB ADAPTING FROM THE BOOK. It is a list of the best movies which happen to be BASED on books.”

I won’t list them all here. You can visit the blog and see them all for your self. I’ll list only the top ten according to the blogger.

  1. The Joy Luck Club
  2. The Mambo Kinds
  3. Stardust
  4. Fried Green Tomatoes
  5. The Shining
  6. Patriot Games
  7. Wag the Dog
  8. Charlottes Web
  9. Pride and Prejudice
  10. The Notebook

Remember, this is his list.  For my money – he did miss ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Jaws’.


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