The best movies adapted from books
With the release of big-budget book-to-film adaptations including Bullet Train and Where The Crawdads Sing, here’s our pick of the best adaptations that brought our favourite characters to life.
It can be truly wonderful to see the books we love brought to life on the big screen. Many book to film adaptations have become classics unto themselves, rivalling the original source material for the best way to tell a story.
Books that already had a large fan base, such as the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises, have proved to be the most financially successful, while the young adult book market has had wild success in this field for titles such as The Fault in Our Stars or the Divergent series.
Certain directors also have a penchant for adaptations – Steven Spielberg’s filmography counts 24 movies that came from books, such as Jurassic Park, Catch Me If You Can and The Color Purple, while Ron Howard has also directed many book-to-film adaptations including The Da Vinci Code and Apollo 13.
In fact, a study found that movies adapted from books grossed 53 per cent more than original screenplays, while the release of Fifty Shades of Grey saw book sales rise by 738 per cent the week before the film opened.
Some films have such a large fan base that people may not even realise they were based on novels to begin with – think Die Hard, Fight Club, Gone with the Wind, The Godfather, and The Wizard of Oz.
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So, while there are those that have been the most successful based on fan base, budget, and revenue, here’s our pick of the best film adaptions that brought the books to life.