Did Justice to the Book

by johngdow | created - 30 Jun 2013 | updated - 13 Jan 2014 | Public

Books that were made into decent or good movies. Staying true to the book as much as possible.

some of the movies are cleaner than the books

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1. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

TV-PG | 327 min | Drama, Romance

9.0
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Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart.

Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 60,850

Highly recomended

2. Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley, Marten Lamont

Votes: 6,498

very charming movie

3. Captain Blood (1935)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure

7.8
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After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 10,753

read the book and watch the movie.

Even though the movie is different, I like it just as much as the book. Rafael Sabatini is one of my favorite authors

4. Absolute Power (1997)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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52 Metascore

A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney

Votes: 43,067 | Gross: $50.01M

family warning. Made a great movie, was a bad book

5. The Bone Collector (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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45 Metascore

A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker

Votes: 131,753 | Gross: $66.52M

family warning. as scary as the movie was the book was even worse. The book was more graphic with the torture.

6. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.6
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58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 154,501 | Gross: $122.01M

Sean Connery was Marko Ramius

7. The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 43,572

The book was a drag.

8. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

7.5
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When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 51,435 | Gross: $8.75M

Read book. Watch movie

9. Don't Go Near the Water (1957)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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On a small South Pacific island during WW2, various US Navy P.R. personnel pass the time romancing the nurses and the native girls while trying to avoid front line Sea Duty.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gia Scala, Earl Holliman, Anne Francis

Votes: 485

Glenn Ford's Character was better than the books. Characters has better morals as well.

10. Mrs. Parkington (1944)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A widowed matriarch reminisces about her family fortunes, including her romance with a financier/mine owner.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Edward Arnold, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 1,086

you will lose respect for Mrs. Parkington if you read the book

11. Kings Row (1942)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.7
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The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan, Betty Field

Votes: 3,360

once again the hero's of the story are more likable in the movie

12. Clear and Present Danger (1994)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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74 Metascore

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim de Almeida

Votes: 75,538 | Gross: $122.19M

family warning

13. Patriot Games (1992)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

6.9
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64 Metascore

When C.I.A. Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an I.R.A. assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin

Votes: 87,757 | Gross: $83.29M

family warning

14. And Now Tomorrow (1944)

86 min | Drama

7.0
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Emily Blair is rich and deaf. Doctor Vance, who grew up poor in Blairtown, is working on a serum to cure deafness which he tries on Emily. It doesn't work. Her sister is carrying on an ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Alan Ladd, Loretta Young, Susan Hayward, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 256

not and easy read. the book gets caught up in the strike of the mill.

15. F Troop (1965–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Western

7.4
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The misadventures of the staff and neighbors of a remote US Army outpost in the Wild West.

Stars: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry, Melody Patterson

Votes: 1,931

funny

16. Crossfire Trail (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Western

7.1
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Rafe Covington promises a dying friend that he'll watch over the man's wife and ranch after he's gone. When Rafe gets to his friend's ranch, he finds that Barkow, the local power in town, ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen, Wilford Brimley, David O'Hara

Votes: 2,322

a little different they deleted the big bad guy and added a Sniper but the story still staid the same.

17. The Shadow Riders (1982 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Romance, Western

6.9
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Tom Selleck (TV's Magnum P.I.) and Sam Elliot (Tombstone) star as brothers who battled on opposing sides of the Civil War only to return home to discover that their family, including a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Dominique Dunne, Ben Johnson

Votes: 1,730

Read book and watch the movie

18. Hondo (1953)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate

Votes: 7,527

Well done

19. Blood on the Moon (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Western

6.9
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Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,601

Well done

20. Little Dorrit (2008– )

30 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.3
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The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Emma Pierson

Votes: 6,931

Highly recomended

21. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 24,483

Highly recomended

22. The Russia House (1990)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.1
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An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox

Votes: 12,472 | Gross: $23.00M

Family Warning. this was a tough read. I had an easier time reading David Copperfield. John Le Carre seemed to get lost in his writing

23. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Not Rated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama

7.6
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A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 3,220

Once again, some of the book is missing because of time constraints. still a good movie and still get the feel of the book.

24. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.7
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During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Ian McKellen, James Villiers

Votes: 3,753

this was two books combined. Baroness Orczy wrote an entire series on the Scarlet Pimpernel.

25. Around the World in 80 Days (I) (1989– )

PG | 266 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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A Victorian Age English gentleman takes a wager that he can circle the globe in the unprecedented time of just eighty days.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Eric Idle, Julia Nickson, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 2,454

did not always stick close to the book but differences were not bad.

26. Jane Eyre (1983)

239 min | Romance

8.2
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A young governess falls in love with her mysterious employer, but a terrible secret puts their happiness at risk.

Stars: Zelah Clarke, Timothy Dalton, Carol Gillies, James Marcus

Votes: 2,645

Highly Recomended

27. The Bourne Identity (1988– )

Unrated | 185 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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An injured, unconscious man washes ashore in a small French town. As he recovers, it becomes quite clear, someone is trying to kill him.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Jaclyn Smith, Anthony Quayle, Donald Moffat

Votes: 3,566

family warning. The 2002 version was not bad but this one sticks closer to the book.

28. A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War

7.4
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 43,929 | Gross: $50.80M

please read the book. Cornelius Ryan one of the best historians I have ever read

29. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 46,413 | Gross: $39.10M

read this one as well. Cornelius Ryan again

30. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 39,186 | Gross: $28.90M

Dusty Miller was funnier in the book. Luki a great character was deleted to make way for Andrea's Love intrest

Alistair Maclean wrote the book and screen play on this movie. there were no women in the book and there are two in the movie. the sequel he wrote later fallowed the movie not his first book. Force Ten From Navarone. Which was made in to a movie as well. Starring a young Harrison Ford

31. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War

7.7
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Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 44,110

Schaffer was great character in the book, with a fine sense of humor. Schaffer in the movie is just a cold hearted killer

I did not like this movie compared to the book but the author, Alistair Maclean, wrote the screen play as well

32. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Drama

8.4
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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Finn Morrell

Votes: 7,341

the only movie in this list that i have not read the book. This was recommended to me by a friend

33. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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84 Metascore

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 85,686 | Gross: $43.18M

I am aware there are several mini-series out there but I have not see them yet

34. Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

7.2
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While golfing on the Welsh coast, Bobby Jones apparently hits a stranger who falls off the the sea cliff. His enigmatic last words are "Why didn't they ask Evans?"

Directors: John Davies, Tony Wharmby | Stars: Francesca Annis, John Gielgud, Bernard Miles, Eric Porter

Votes: 522

I must admit , it has been a while since I read the book.

35. Shalako (1968)

M/PG | 113 min | Western

5.5
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In 1880 New Mexico, a group of European hunters runs afoul of the Apache but is aided by an ex-cavalryman turned guide.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 2,209

read the book. watch the movie ladies only read the book if your prepared to be angry.

36. 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: 244,820

a very thought provoking book and movie

37. The Fountainhead (1949)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith

Votes: 7,880

thought the book was degrading

38. Noble House (1988– )

TV-14 | 355 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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Ian Struan Dunross is chairman of Struan & Company, the oldest and largest of the British-East Asia trading companies. To the Chinese, that also makes him "Tai-Pan" ("supreme leader") of ... See full summary »

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Deborah Raffin, Ben Masters, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 1,074

just watch the mini-series

39. The Little Minister (1934)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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In rural 1840's Scotland, Gavin Dishart arrives to become the new "little minister" of Thrums's Auld Licht church. He meets a mysterious young gypsy girl in the dens and to his horror ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, John Beal, Alan Hale, Donald Crisp

Votes: 562

a real gem

40. Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Moultrie Kelsall

Votes: 5,236

This movie was better than the book because they cut the middle of the book right out. the book made his character towards women, as a weak willed womanizer. eck

41. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.2
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 98,518

the book had such a lack of hope for happiness. Dark and despair. they were defeated in the book. Rebecca won.

People could argue that the acting was over done in this move, but I know why. the Producer, Selznick, re-shot and cut the movie. At Oscar time Selznick took home the Oscar as best director.

42. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, War

7.8
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A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell

Votes: 10,825

they cut out the romance that was in the book. the Movie was still very well done.

43. Prince of Foxes (1949)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.1
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An unscrupulous agent for the Borgias suffers a change of heart when asked to betray a noble count and his much younger, very beautiful wife.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti

Votes: 1,176 | Gross: $2.55M

awesome book. good movie.