7 Best Book Adaptations on Film

by 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

8.3
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 242,859

Still an amazing movie, over 40 years after its release.

2. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

PG | 129 min | Adventure

7.9
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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.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey

Votes: 38,390

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

7.2
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69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

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

8.5
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô, Kôji Mitsui

Votes: 13,094

From Kobo Abe's surrealistic tale of a trapped entomologist.

5. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

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

7.1
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75 Metascore

A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.

Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz | Stars: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Sharon Small

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

7.0
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85 Metascore

A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn

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

7.5
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55 Metascore

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.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 307,799 | Gross: $27.11M