It can never be mentioned that the movie industry develops scripts by themselves and in most cases, they are content to allow authors create finely crafted words and stories before turning them into motion pictures. Thankfully they choose the best books before they convert them into movies and today we are discussing some of the best books that were converted into movies.
People who had read these books would undoubtedly have also visited the theaters to watch the movie for a variety of reasons. They may want to understand whether the story had been adapted by the moviemaker as depicted by the author or may even have chosen to view the movie as critics. However, it cannot be denied that the best books that were converted into movies managed to draw plenty of attention and even went on to claim awards and were highly acclaimed by all. Which are the best books that were converted into movies?
I’ve had nine of my books adapted to film, and almost all were enjoyable. I’ve been very lucky with Hollywood, and look forward to more movies being adapted. But I don’t get involved in that process. I know nothing about making movies and I stay away from it and hope for the best. ~John Grisham
The Great Expectations By David Lean
The Great Expectations is the benchmark among the movies adapted from this book by Charles Dickens. The movie was directed by David Lean in 1946 and featured an all-star cast which included John Mills, Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons and Marita Hunt. This was a spellbinding movie which also paid a wonderful homage to the book while maintaining the themes of social change and honest and never as its core.
To Kill A Mockingbird By Robert Mulligan
Robert Mulligan hit the bull’s eye when he adapted the marvelous novel by Harper Lee which was about tolerance and compassion in the face of hatred and violence. This was a fantastic movie made from a fantastic book and the star cast which included Gregory Peck and others who gave performances that were outstanding.
The Godfather By Francis Ford Coppola
The screenplay of the movie the Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola was assisted by Mario Puzo who was the author of the book. The movie was faithful to this classical book which had to eliminate some back stories and exhibit the rest in the second version of the movie the Godfather II. The conclusion of the movie was gloomier than the book but the movie and the book complimented each other perfectly.
The Silence of the Lambs By Jonathan Demme
No one can dispute that The Silence of the Lambs was one of the greatest movies ever winning the big five awards for best film, best director, best actor/actress and best writing at the Oscars. The movie was reworked in a sympathetic way from Harris’s original script. Some of the horrific themes from the book were handled in a subtle and taut fashion.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie By Ronald Neame
This remarkable novel by Muriel Spark about a vicious titular was initially adapted as a play before being transformed into a movie by Ronald Neame. The book had an experimental nature which often flashed forward in time but was abandoned by the director in favor of a realistic narrative without compromising on the book’s captivating story which was frightful.
Moby Dick By John Houston
Moby Dick has for long been considered one of the great American novels by Herman Melville and the movie by John Houston also stands up to the reputation of the book. The unbalanced Captain Ahab is mesmerized by Gregory Peck and a wonderful cameo by Orson Welles nearly steals the show. Some differences between the movie and the book exist but the fans of Melville have applauded the movie which was bold and brilliant.
Trainspotting by Danny Boyle
It wouldn’t have been apt to remain faithful to the intense and graphic book by Irvine Welsh and accordingly, Danny Boyle brings the movie alive which has a collection of misfit dreamers, ferocious alcoholics and comedic characters in Edinburgh who are affected by heroin addiction. Welsh had made fiction appear cool again when he produced this addictive book and Boyle did not disappoint them with the assistance of Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Kelly MacDonald and the others as he did the same for the movie.
Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood. ~ Walt Disney
These are some of the old classics which have been turned into movies. During those times it was always mentioned that these were the best books that were converted into movies but it cannot be denied that the movies were just as good as the books and are remembered by everyone for the way they were produced and directed.