The Best and the Worst of Book to Screen Adaptions

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (152 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ The whole series has managed to stay faithful to the book, while at the same time being good in their own right. While some films had shocking omissions or changes (Goblet of Fire being the most notorious culprit in my book), they all are excellent films. ” - mcfjr42
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ One of those cases where the movie might actually be better than the book. The characters in the book can come off as unlikable, particularly Hooper. Spielberg was smart to cut out some of the seedier and stupider parts of the book, and thus created one of the greatest films ever made. ” - mcfjr42
Carrie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Stephen King's first novel translated quite well to screen, being a near-perfect adaption. ” - mcfjr42
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." (109 mins.)
Director: Garth Jennings
“ What went wrong? This should have been good; instead, it is just so-so sci-fi. While I find Alan Rickman's Marvin much better than the original from the TV series, and the other characters aren't that bad either, the film just doesn't live up to my expectations. Too many differences from the source material did this film in. ” - mcfjr42
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years. (152 mins.)
“ I actually didn't like this film at first. After going back and watching the last half, however, I can't help but love it. Trimming some of the lamer elements (such as Blomkvist sleeping with pretty much everyone) while still keeping the story and ending the same, this film managed to win me over. Noomi Rapace was excellent as Lisbeth; let's hope that Rooney Mara can live up to her in David Fincher's upcoming American remake. ” - mcfjr42
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ While it does stay faithful to the novel, it drastically alters the ending. For once, though, this is a good thing. Even Chuck Palahniuk thought that Fincher's ending was an improvement. An excellent film based off an excellent novel. ” - mcfjr42
Watchmen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Alan Moore's greatest work, long regarded as unfilmable, was brought to screen faitfully by Zack Snyder. Don't get me wrong; it is not AS GOOD as the comic, and it never will be. But it is still an excellent, loyal adaption of a great work, and is much more respectful than other adaptions of Moore's work. ” - mcfjr42
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission. (110 mins.)
“ Simply awful. Drastically different from the comic, it adds in Tom Sawyer and Dorian Gray for some reason, and basically butchers the story. Sean Connery is wasted as Alan Quatermain. ” - mcfjr42
V for Vendetta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Though it dumbs down the politics considerably, this is still a great film. Though Portman's character is a little bland, Hugo Weaving played the character of V to perfection. This is probably one of the more faithful adaptions of Moore's graphic novels out there. ” - mcfjr42
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune. (108 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
“ Aside from the slight alteration of the first books ending (they moved the real ending to the films end and added a murder-on-the-train-tracks plot by Olaf), this film is actually pretty loyal to the books. While not exactly capturing Lemony Snicket's wit, the movie is still very enjoyable, mainly due to Jim Carrey's over-the-top performance as Count Olaf, which I consider to be one of his best comedic roles. ” - mcfjr42
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ Both book and film are equally excellent, which is somewhat of an oddity, as the book is usually better. The book has much more gore and mayhem, such as Nedry's disembowelment at the hands of a dilophosaurus; the movie makes some of the characters much more likable, most notably John Hammond. ” - mcfjr42
Twilight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. (122 mins.)
“ And here is a case in which neither book nor film is good! Twilight is somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine; I realize it's garbage, and yet I still read the books and go and see the movies. That's not to say I like them, as they are all poorly written and not thought out very well. Still, unlike other awful book-to-film adaptions, the films have their moments; Eclipse was the high point of the books, and is for the movies as well. Alice Cullen is still the best thing about the series, though girls will try and convince you that the shirtless werewolves are.

My opinion of these films has changed, somewhat. Take a look at my list of unfairly criticized movies for a better explanation. ” - mcfjr42
Eragon (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realizes he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king. (104 mins.)
“ In Christopher Paolini's epic rip-off of Lord of the Rings, I found an enjoyable book when I was younger. In the film, I found my first genuine disappointment in a movie. Truly, truly awful, though I have to give props to the special effects that created Saphira. ” - mcfjr42
The Golden Compass (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization. (113 mins.)
Director: Chris Weitz
“ By not taking the risks that the novel did, this movie served only as entertainment for children. Very disappointing, to say the least, but not quite as bad as, say, Eragon. ” - mcfjr42
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ Here's a movie that actually benefitted from leaving stuff out. If they had shown all of Bateman's 'adventures' in the movie, it would have never seen the light of day. His actions in the book are far too graphic to be put to film. The movie does keep in some of the less disturbing bits, and even interweaves his critiques of 80s musicians into the film. All in all, an excellent film, and the best adaption they could do. ” - mcfjr42
Elfen Lied (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware that she's actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality. (24 mins.)
Director: Akira Iwanaga
“ I know I'm cheating here; this is a television series based off of a manga, not a movie. Still, the series is an excellent blend of sci-fi and drama. The only problem: it doesn't come close to the original manga. While the first 10 or so episodes are spot on, the series veers wildly off course in the final episodes. What did the viewers miss out on? Giant diclonius robots, a hideous mutant living in an underground lake, an expanded role for Kakuzawa which made him into an awesome villain, and an assassin/rapist who bears a resemblance to Alucard from Hellsing. If only they could do a remake... ” - mcfjr42
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ While the comic is good, it's just not the same reading King Leonidas calmly delivering his famous line; it's much more entertaining to see Gerard Butler scream "THIS! IS! SPARTA!" ” - mcfjr42
Big Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ This one... I really don't know what to say about it. The book is good, the movie is good, but I prefer the movie. I really just can't explain it. ” - mcfjr42
Coraline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ One of the best,creepiest kid's books ever written translated well to film, becoming one of the best,creepiest kid's films ever made. While the addition of a new character (Wybie) and some other slight changes may make you think twice about seeing it, they actually make the story BETTER. And the book was wicked awesome to begin with. The stop-motion is charming and creepy, especially the eldritch abomination that is the Other Mother. ” - mcfjr42
Inkheart (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero. (106 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
“ This was quite a bad adaption. The whimsical fantasy of the book is butchered on the way to screen, with the plot altered insanely. The ending especially was stupid, with it completely negating the need for a second film. All in all, they could have done better, especially considering the fact that Brendan Fraser and Andy Serkis were in it. ” - mcfjr42
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Somehow, J. R. R. Tolkien's epic fantasy series translated near flawlessly to screen under the watcful eye of a man who once directed a movie in which a guy kills zombies with a lawnmower. And the world is better because of it. Peter Jackson loyally adapted the series to screen, and is probably the only fantasy series besides Harry Potter (and Twilight) to remain so faithful to the source material. ” - mcfjr42
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. (143 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
“ Another faithful fantasy adaption, and quite an epic one at that. It's sort of like "The Lord of the Rings" for kids. Keeping in all the religious symbolism and plot, this film succeeded where so many book-to-film adaptions failed. ” - mcfjr42
Watership Down (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. (91 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
“ I haven't seen this in a long time, but as far as I rememebr, it was a good movie, if somewhat messed up for a cartoon. I'm pretty sure it faithfully followed the book as well, but I read the book long ago as well. ” - mcfjr42
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. (118 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Nowhere in this film is it apparent that the book it was adapted from is good (which is a shame; I loved the Percy Jackson series). By messing up the plot, casting the wrong type of girl as Annabeth, and basically mucking up many other details, they created a dud of a movie that is a guaranteed franchise killer (though Uma Thurman's scene as Medusa and the Land of the Lotus Eaters casino are enjoyable). ” - mcfjr42
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ Trimming the fat from Anne Rice's novel, the movie still manages to keep in all the stuff you loved about the book: homoerotic undertones and other sexual undercurrents. An excellent film that is still better than most of the vampire crap out these days. ” - mcfjr42
The Lorax (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A ruined industrialist tells his tale of his environmentally self-destructive greed despite the warnings of an old forest creature. (25 mins.)
Director: Hawley Pratt
“ A charming short film in the vein of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," they took the good Doctor's tale of corporate greed and deforestation and turned it into a faithful and fun musical short. All in all, a great cartoon. ” - mcfjr42
Horton Hears a Who! (1970 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Horton The Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbours who refuse to believe it exists. (26 mins.)
“ Another faithful adaption of one of the stories of Dr. Seuss. Kept in short film form, it is decent enough. I've yet to seen the modern feature film, but I have heard good things about it and am looking forward to watching it. ” - mcfjr42
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
“ Ah, the big one. What can be said that hasn't been said a hundred times about this timeless Christmas classic? This is, hands down, one of the greatest cartoons, Christmas specials, and children's book adaptions around. ” - mcfjr42
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. (104 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ ...And this is one of the worst. Actually, this one isn't as aggresively bad as a certain other live-action Seuss movie, but it's also not very good. Giving the Grinch a tragic backstory seems like an interesting idea, but it's not really necessary; the short film did fine without one. All in all, the film isn't so great... but those makeup effects on Jim Carrey are amazing. ” - mcfjr42
The Cat in the Hat (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Two bored children have their lives turned upside down when a talking cat comes to visit them. (82 mins.)
Director: Bo Welch
“ This film is an utter abomination. Words cannot describe how utterly horrible this film is. It completely butchers the source material, has terrible CGI, and is the reason there will never be another live-action Seuss adaption. It's also why Mike Myers stayed offscreen, voicing Shrek... until he decided to return for "The Love Guru." But that's another story. ” - mcfjr42
Shrek (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)
“ The book has very little plot to speak of, so the movie's creators were basically tasked with making up a plot from the tiny framework the novel set up. And boy, did they succeed. This film showed us all that Pixar, Disney, and Miyazaki aren't the only people who can dominate the market with animated films. ” - mcfjr42
Holes (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason. (117 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ Quite the faithful adaption; only a change here and there. This movie is surprisingly as good as the book... or at least very close to how good the book is. ” - mcfjr42
It (1990 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown. (192 mins.)
“ This is not a very good adaption. While it keeps a lot of the key points from the book in, it changes a lot, cuts a lot out, and has some really ridiculous parts. Fortunately, the movie is still entertaining, specifically the genius performance of Tim Curry as the hilarious/terrifying clown Pennywise. It's sort of a "Watchmen"-esque situation; while fans of the original work may be disappointed, there's still plenty to love. ” - mcfjr42
Kick-Ass (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ As an adaption of the graphic novel, it's actually a slight improvement. Firstly, it makes Nick Cage's Big Daddy into a likable character; secondly, it makes Kick-Ass get the girl, instead of getting the crap kicked out of him. In the end, it stays faithful to a point, before adding a little bit of its own ideas; that ends up being a good thing. ” - mcfjr42
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psychopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ I hated the book. I made it through a page and a half before I tossed it aside in disgust, hating the grating and incomprehensible language. The film, on the other hand, is one of my all-time favorites. Why? Maybe because of the excellent visuals and great acting. ” - mcfjr42
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Though I only saw the last half of the film, from what I saw it was very faithful to the book. The dialogue and slow pacing were nearly identical, and made the film the books equal. I'm sure the first half is just as faithful, so I'll have to check it out sometime. ” - mcfjr42
Yu-Gi-Oh! (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Yugi Moto solves an Ancient Egyptian Puzzle and brings forth a dark and powerful alter ego. Whenever he and his friends are threatened by evil in Duel Monster Card Game, this alter ego breaks out to save them. (24 mins.)
“ Based on the "Duelist" series of "Yu-Gi-Oh," this is a mostly faithful adaption. Unfortunately, the show tones down the darker elements, sometimes editing them out completely (Duke's insane father, the deaths of Bandit Keith and Pegasus) and adding in random filler (the entire Virtual World arc, every arc after Battle City that wasn't the last season). This unfortunately bogged down what could've been a decent show based off a decent manga. In the end, it only serves as a cheesy/campy series to serve as comedy fodder for Littlekuriboh. ” - mcfjr42
1984 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
“ This was a good adaption of a good book. That's it. I like "1984" more than I used to, but even then, I prefer "Brazil." ” - mcfjr42
Charlotte's Web (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen. (97 mins.)
Director: Gary Winick
“ While not bad or unfaithful, I don't find Nickelodeon's take quite as fun as the animated musical version. Still, you can do worse; this is still an enjoyable film for the most part. ” - mcfjr42
Charlotte's Web (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A gentle and wise grey spider with a flair for promotion pledges to save a young pig from slaughter for dinner food. (94 mins.)
“ But this version is even better. The classic, which the author of the original book actually hated, is charming and magical. While the musical numbers can be obnoxious, this is still a great and endlessly rewatchable adaption. ” - mcfjr42
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth. (132 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
“ These films are decent, but are nowhere close to Jackson's live-action adaptions. I actually have an intense dislike for Ralph Bashki after seeing "Fritz the Cat," so that may be part of the reason for my dislike for these films. Either way, these films are just somewhat interesting treasures from the past that you can watch once and then forget. ” - mcfjr42
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ An excellent adaption, though I have to say that the book is equally good. While the movie is one of the finest ever made, the book goes into a little more detail about Buffalo Bill, as well as some of the other characters. Still, in the End, Jodie Foster, Ted Levine, and the incomparable Anthony Hopkins win out. I love both, but I like the movie best. ” - mcfjr42
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ This actually did good by editing out The Chief's obvious insanity. In the book, he seems to believe that all the hospital workers are robots; if this was kept in the film, his escape in the end would suddenly seem... very unheroic, to say the least. Nicholson gives one of the best performances of his career, and helps make this movie into the American classic that it is. ” - mcfjr42
The Notebook (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences. (123 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
“ Quite a good adaption. The first half drags a bit, but the second half is just as sweet and fulfilling as the book. The ending, unfortunately, is not as good as the book; It's not bad, though, and is in fact a huge tearjerker moment. ” - mcfjr42
Cujo (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. (93 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ This movie seems to be pretty underrated, as it is an almost completely faithful adaption to the book; most of the key plotlines are seen or at least mentioned, though many are cut short, and the only major change is the ending, which is a lot more disappointing then the gut-punch ending of the book. All in all, this is a decent film. ” - mcfjr42
Hannibal (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim. (131 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Another adaption of a Hannibal Lecter book, and it's pretty faithful. The ending is changed, but it is much less of a "WTF?" twist. This is one of the more underrated Hannibal movies; I'd say it's almost on par with Manhunter. ” - mcfjr42
Misery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ With Carrie, this is probably one of the most faithful King adaptions. It's also an all-around excellent film. ” - mcfjr42
Speak (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak. (89 mins.)
Director: Jessica Sharzer
“ This is not only an incredible book adaption (it is extremely close to the original novel), it is also one of the few times that Stewart's near-emotionless acting is used to perfection, as she plays a traumatized teenage rape victim. ” - mcfjr42
The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon. (77 mins.)
“ Surprisingly, very faithful to the book. I have lost my liking for Bakshi's films, but this one I still enjoy. Strangely, the musical numbers in it aren't even out of place; they are lifted directly from the novel, which is the weirdest thing of all for me. ” - mcfjr42
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ Cormac McCarthy is a terrible writer. His inability to use quotation marks when someone is speaking makes his books a chore to read through; I made it halfway through this book before returning it to the library. The movie, on the other hand, is an excellent film, with Javier Bardem superbly playing the emotionless killer Anton Chigurh. ” - mcfjr42
Thomas & Friends (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
This popular series follows the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his engine friends on the Island of Sodor. (54 mins.)
“ The beloved children show is, believe it or not, a pretty faithful adaption of the book series it came from. Most of the stories appearing on the show also appeared in the original books. Not much else to say besides that this is an excellent children's show that captures the spirit of the books perfectly. ” - mcfjr42
Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists. (86 mins.)
“ Probably the best feature-length Seuss adaption yet. The animation is great, the cast is wonderful, and the story stays faithful to the book while at the same time adding to and expanding it. I'd definitely recommend this film; it certainly captures the essence of Dr. Seuss. ” - mcfjr42
The Hunger Games (2012)
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Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ Though the beginning is slow and drags on for a while, the movie is quite faithful to the book, and a great adaption. Certainly not one of my favorite movies, but still a very good film and adaption. ” - mcfjr42