Did Justice to the Bookby 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
Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart.
2. Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance
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 »
very charming movie
3. Captain Blood (1935)
Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure
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.
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
A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.
Votes: 43,071 | Gross: $50.01M
family warning. Made a great movie, was a bad book
5. The Bone Collector (1999)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.
Votes: 131,759 | 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
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?
Votes: 154,508 | Gross: $122.01M
Sean Connery was Marko Ramius
7. The 39 Steps (1935)
Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
The book was a drag.
8. To Catch a Thief (1955)
PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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.
Votes: 51,437 | Gross: $8.75M
Read book. Watch movie
9. Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
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.
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
A widowed matriarch reminisces about her family fortunes, including her romance with a financier/mine owner.
you will lose respect for Mrs. Parkington if you read the book
11. Kings Row (1942)
Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
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.
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
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
Votes: 75,540 | Gross: $122.19M
13. Patriot Games (1992)
R | 117 min | Action, Thriller
When C.I.A. Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an I.R.A. assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.
Votes: 87,759 | Gross: $83.29M
14. And Now Tomorrow (1944)
86 min | Drama
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 »
not and easy read. the book gets caught up in the strike of the mill.
15. F Troop (1965–1967)
30 min | Comedy, Western
The misadventures of the staff and neighbors of a remote US Army outpost in the Wild West.
16. Crossfire Trail (2001 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Western
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 »
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
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 »
Read book and watch the movie
18. Hondo (1953)
PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War
Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.
19. Blood on the Moon (1948)
Passed | 88 min | Western
Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.
20. Little Dorrit (2008– )
30 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
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 »
21. North & South (2004)
TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance
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.
22. The Russia House (1990)
R | 123 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.
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
A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.
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
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 »
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
A Victorian Age English gentleman takes a wager that he can circle the globe in the unprecedented time of just eighty days.
did not always stick close to the book but differences were not bad.
26. Jane Eyre (1983)
239 min | Romance
A young governess falls in love with her mysterious employer, but a terrible secret puts their happiness at risk.
27. The Bourne Identity (1988– )
Unrated | 185 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An injured, unconscious man washes ashore in a small French town. As he recovers, it becomes quite clear, someone is trying to kill him.
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
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.
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
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.
Votes: 46,415 | Gross: $39.10M
read this one as well. Cornelius Ryan again
30. The Guns of Navarone (1961)
158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.
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
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.
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
A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.
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
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.
Votes: 85,689 | 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
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?"
I must admit , it has been a while since I read the book.
35. Shalako (1968)
M/PG | 113 min | Western
In 1880 New Mexico, a group of European hunters runs afoul of the Apache but is aided by an ex-cavalryman turned guide.
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
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
a very thought provoking book and movie
37. The Fountainhead (1949)
Approved | 114 min | Drama, Romance
An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.
thought the book was degrading
38. Noble House (1988– )
TV-14 | 355 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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 »
just watch the mini-series
39. The Little Minister (1934)
Approved | 110 min | Drama, Romance
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 »
a real gem
40. Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)
Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters.
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
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.
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
A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.
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
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.
Votes: 1,176 | Gross: $2.55M
awesome book. good movie.