16 Movies That Rival Their Literary Originals

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There are hundreds (if not thousands) of book-to-movie adaptations that have made their way to the silver screen. Some of these have been promising, but many ridiculous. Thankfully, not every adaptation is a bust, and some even come close to being as amazing as the original books were. Check out this list of 16 movies we feel might be even better than their book.

16 Movies That Rival Their Literary Originals:

16. “Jaws” (1975)

The book is good, the movie is a classic.


15. “Into the Wild” (2007)

The movie was perfect in the way it captured the quality of the settings and its influence towards Christopher McCandless.


14. “The Big Sleep” (1946)

The real surprise is how Hawks maintains the enigmatic core that stays true to the book.


13. “There Will Be Blood” (2007)

The movie skirts the line between literal and absurd, making for good satire when it comes to conservation and big oil.


12. “Goodfellas” (1990)

Wiseguy by journalist Nicolas Pileggi, is a celebrated work of non-fiction. “Goodfellas” is considered one of greatest mob films of all time.


11. “Fight Club” (1999)

Aside from the Hollywood-ending, the movie stays true to the mood and dialogue of the book.


10. “Jurassic Park” (1993)

While the novel was a bestseller in its own right, it gained even more attention after the movie was released.


9. “The Shining” (1980)

An incredible book, with an equally incredible movie.


8. “Gone With the Wind” (1939)

How can this list not include this Tinseltown classic? The film is unrelenting in its devotion to telling the story.


7. “No Country For Old Men” (2007)

McCarthy’s rich, multi-layered books are tailor made for cinematic adaptation and what the Coen Brothers accomplished was cinematic genius.


6. “Blade Runner” (1982)

This cinematic masterpiece gave the world one of the greatest—if not the greatest—sci-fi films of all time.


5. “Trainspotting” (1996)

While the book was intense, Welsh gave the plot a twist by adding his ragtag collection of misfit dreamers, drunks and comedic dialogue to the topic of heroin addiction.


4. “Silence of the Lambs” (1994)

This novel was critically acclaimed and the film won five Academy Awards.


3. “Great Expectations” (1946)

There have been numerous attempts to adapt many of Dickens novels, but this remains the one to beat.


2. “The Godfather” (1972)

The movie is better only because it’s one of the greatest films of all time.


1. “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)

A classic with which you can’t go wrong. It’s a fantastic film of a fantastic book.