Book-based films

As anyone who has seen any version of Anna Karenina knows, a great book does not necessarily make a great film. And while The Godfather was a great movie, was it a great novel? Probably not.

For the Book Club’s reference, the list of the top 50 nominations for film adaptations by The Guardian is below. Now that we have been watching some of these adaptations, what do you think makes for a good adaptation? Which book would you want to watch as a film?

From words to pictures

  1. 1984
  2. Alice in Wonderland
  3. American Psycho
  4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  5. Brighton Rock
  6. Catch 22
  7. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
  8. A Clockwork Orange
  9. Close Range (inc Brokeback Mountain)
  10. The Day of the Triffids
  11. Devil in a Blue Dress
  12. Different Seasons (inc The Shawshank Redemption)
  13. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (aka Bladerunner)
  14. Doctor Zhivago
  15. Empire of the Sun
  16. The English Patient
  17. Fight Club
  18. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  19. Get Shorty
  20. The Godfather
  21. Goldfinger
  22. Goodfellas
  23. Heart of Darkness (aka Apocalypse Now)
  24. The Hound of the Baskervilles
  25. Jaws
  26. The Jungle Book
  27. A Kestrel for a Knave (aka Kes)
  28. LA Confidential
  29. Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  30. Lolita
  31. Lord of the Flies
  32. The Maltese Falcon
  33. Oliver Twist
  34. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  35. Orlando
  36. The Outsiders
  37. Pride and Prejudice
  38. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  39. The Railway Children
  40. Rebecca
  41. The Remains of the Day
  42. Schindler’s Ark (aka Schindler’s List)
  43. Sin City
  44. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  45. The Talented Mr Ripley
  46. Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  47. To Kill a Mockingbird
  48. Trainspotting
  49. The Vanishing
  50. Watership Down

6 Replies to “Book-based films”

  1. abid that was brite of you to come out with such a list..mmm..well my preferences wud b..The Talented Mr Ripley,Fight club,Breakfast at Tiffany’s,Get Shorty,Goodfellas..or shud i go on…

  2. oh… i love alice in wonderland…… the cartoon one….
    and hey…. even devdas is an adaptation of an all time bengali classic….. 🙁

  3. Empire of The Sun Rocks!! See Steven Spielberg and Christian Bale Work Magic Here!! (Yeah the dude who played Batman! And he was only 12 when he did this movie!) 🙂

  4. Oh and the Other thing! People if you need an electronic copy of the book “Fight Club” ask me, Aasim or Abid for it! Peace

  5. thats a nice list… by the way we r planning to play another movie next week(not one of these ..though they all seem to be interesting…) just planning sp far, will post the news as soon as the arrangements are confirmed.

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