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Monday, February 21, 2011

Top Ten Books to Movie Adaptations

This week over at the Broke and Bookish the question is:
What are your top ten books to movie adaptations?

Some of my favorite movies are from books that I haven't read. I decided to only include movies on my list for books that I have actually read that means that I am leaving off some of my all-time favorites like Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, and Shawshank Redemption. But here is a list of some favorite movies that I have read the books:

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen--I like the Keira Knightly version but my favorite is the 1995 version with Colin Firth (swoon!) and Jennifer Ehle. It is very true to the Austen classic.

2. Holes by Louis Sachar-- The book is perfect and so is the movie...it matches the book perfectly. (2003)

3. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis--
The 2005 Andrew Adamson version is so true to the book and the acting and effects are well-done.

4.  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen-- The 1995 Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and Hugh Grant version is my favorite.  The 2008 version was essentially a copy of it.

5.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling--I actually like all of the movies but I think that this one is my favorite. (2005)

6.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell--I saw the movie before I read the book but I loved both.  I watched the movie again years later and couldn't believe how long it was. It and the book are so memorable.

7.  Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak--I can't remember if I ever finished the book but I do remember making a go of it because I loved the 1965 movie so much.

8.  Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally--the book should be required reading as the 1993 Spielberg movie should be viewed at least once by everyone.

9.  Stardust by Neil Gaiman--this is the only movie on my list that I actually like better than the book, though both are good. (2007)

10.  The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis-- I love the 2008 adaptation of the book.  Caspian is much cuter than in my imagination.  Ha!

Honorable Mention:
Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg--this 1991 movie remains a favorite and it's a very readable, fun book.

What are your favorite movies that started out as books? I bet I forgot some real good ones.


  1. Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favourites in both versions, which is unusual because usually I prefer one or the other.

  2. Great list...nice mix of older and newer movies.

    Here's mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/02/top-ten-tuesdays-books-to-movies.html

  3. Forrest Gump - I loved loved loved the movie and just hated the book.

    The Green Mile - both very good and well done. Tom Hanks did a bang up job.

    Why are both of these Tom Hanks? I have no clue.

  4. Great list! I am seeing Stardust on a lot of lists today; I must check that one out! I completely agree w/ Gone with the Wind! I completely forgot to include it. I love your Austen selections as well.

  5. Schindler's List the movie made me cry. I have the book on my shelf but haven't read it yet.

  6. Ok..I seriously need to watch Stardust! Awesome list!

    Jess @ Gone with the Words

  7. you picked some great flicks--I loved "Holes", I'm going to have to find the book now. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  8. Fried Green Tomatoes--yes! Love the movie but haven't yet read the book. Schindler's List is a great addition to the list. Nicely done, Anne!

  9. Oh man, I forgot about Holes! That is one of the only books that I finished and immediately turned back to the beginning and started reading again. And the movie version was awesome, especially the music.

  10. Love Sense and Sensibility too! I can't believe it took me to see that movie to figure out who Alan Rickman was. I watched it and went, "Wait, that's Snape!" LOL

  11. You're the only other person I've seen with Narnia on their list.

    I love Stardust, I've seen the movie a ton of times, but I haven't read the book yet.

  12. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe made my list too. I was so surprised at how true to the book it was. And, I love who they chose to portray the characters. I especially love Liam Neeson as Aslan.

  13. Schindler's List is on my Top 10 List as well...and I agree with your comments completely!
    Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favorite movies as well...but I've never read the book...need to get busy ;)

  14. I adored Stardust the book, so I see it's time for me to add to my Netflix queue!
    Hope all's well with you.


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