7 Best Book Adaptations on Filmby brian-haverty | created - 26 Nov 2010 | updated - 05 Feb 2014 | Public
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1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
Still an amazing movie, over 40 years after its release.
2. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
PG | 129 min | Adventure
Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.
From Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would be King and Other Stories.
3. The Dead Zone (1983)
R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.
Votes: 49,891 | Gross: $20.77M
Fantastic adaptation of the Stephen King novel -- with a great performance by Christopher Walken.
4. Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.
From Kobo Abe's surrealistic tale of a trapped entomologist.
5. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 548,684 | Gross: $27.00M
Based on Philip K Dick's short story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
6. About a Boy (2002)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.
Votes: 152,071 | Gross: $41.39M
From Nick Hornsby's book of the same name.
7. Out of Sight (1998)
R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.
Votes: 75,665 | Gross: $37.56M
Soderbergh, Clooney, and a surprisingly good Jennifer Lopez -- from the Elmore Leonard book.
8. Cloud Atlas (2012)
R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Votes: 307,799 | Gross: $27.11M