The Best Movies Based on Books
You’ve heard it a million times – ‘the book was way better.’ But at Bad People Book Club, we believe movies based on books are two different mediums that shouldn’t be compared. And if you are comparing, sometimes the movie can be better. The following list are not necessarily better, but they definitely added an entirely new meaning to the book.
The movie follows the book very well (despite its large size) and brought a glamorous cinematic ambience to the American south before and after the Civil War. Plus, can you think of a more beautiful couple than Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.
To be honest, wasn’t the biggest fan of the book. But Audrey Hepburn did such a good job of bringing Holly Golightly – a woman living a seemingly perfect life, masking her past and troubles. Plus, the Moon River scene makes me cry every damn time.
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Not a fan of Chuck Palahniuk - #sorrynotsorry. But I love this movie. Edward Norton is amazing as our insomniac narrator who we eventually find out is someone else entirely. Brad Pitt is effortless as the badass Tyler Durden. Meatloaf is the only person who could have played Bitchtits Bob. We fall deeper and deeper into their world as it spirals out of control.
While set in the jungles of Vietnam during the Vietnam War and not deepest Africa, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Though characters, settings and some plot changes, the film follows the same narrative and tells the same powerful message of the hypocrisy of Western Imperialism. And we'd still do Marlon Brando as Kurtz.
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Loved the book, but the movie brought it to life perfectly. And Jack Nicholson makes a great crazy/ not crazy person.
One of our favorite books and films. The movie brings Anthony Burgess’s quixotic dystopia to life in such a magical way. The costume design is impeccable.
Loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner is one of my favorite films of all time. This 80s version of the future seems so timeless and is amazing beautiful, scary at once. And Harrison Ford is the ultimate 80s babe.
To be honest, haven’t read the book. But it couldn’t be as good as these films.
As much as I love Cormac McCarthy, I can hardly remember the book after watching No Country for Old Men. Directors the Coen Brothers bring their modern noir lens to the stark landscape of a rural Texas cat-and-mouse crime story. Javier Bardem stuns as hitman Anton Chigurh.