The Best Film Adaptations Written by the Author of the Original Source Material

by teriekwilliams-48053 | created - 25 Mar 2018 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

This is a list of film adaptations written by the author of the original source material.

2015 Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/ac2RmQiMEO8/?ref_=po_ti

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1. The Two Popes (2019)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Juan Minujín, Sidney Cole

Votes: 230

Screenplay by Anthony McCarten based on McCarten's 2017 play The Pope

2. Ready Player One (2018)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

Votes: 317,426 | Gross: $137.69M

Screenplay by Ernest Cline based on Cline's 2011 novel of the same name

3. Last Flag Flying (2017)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

65 Metascore

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell, J. Quinton Johnson

Votes: 19,794 | Gross: $0.97M

Screenplay by Darryl Ponicsan (with Richard Linklater) based on Ponicsan's 2017 novel of the same name

4. Wonderstruck (2017)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress whose life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds

Votes: 8,438 | Gross: $1.03M

Brian Selznick

5. Fences (2016)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo

Votes: 89,228 | Gross: $57.64M

August Wilson

6. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 236,465 | Gross: $27.85M

Tarell Alvin McCraney

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler

Votes: 375,362 | Gross: $234.04M

J.K. Rowling

8. Blood Father (2016)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks

Votes: 53,560

Peter Craig

9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman

Votes: 114,822 | Gross: $6.74M

Jesse Andrews

10. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 327,229 | Gross: $14.68M

Emma Donough

11. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 636,611 | Gross: $13.09M

Damien Chazelle

12. Gone Girl (2014)

R | 149 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Votes: 779,900 | Gross: $167.77M

Gillian Flynn

13. The Drop (2014)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam | Stars: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts

Votes: 134,454 | Gross: $10.72M

Dennis Lehane

14. The Way He Looks (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.

Director: Daniel Ribeiro | Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Lúcia Romano

Votes: 20,712 | Gross: $0.10M

Daniel Ribeiro

15. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

46 Metascore

Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 143,382 | Gross: $13.76M

Frank Miller

16. Short Term 12 (2013)

R | 96 min | Drama

82 Metascore

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever

Votes: 74,840 | Gross: $1.01M

Destin Daniel Cretton

17. August: Osage County (2013)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Director: John Wells | Stars: Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 80,391 | Gross: $37.74M

Tracy Letts

18. Filth (I) (2013)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

A corrupt, junkie cop with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own inner demons.

Director: Jon S. Baird | Stars: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots

Votes: 95,122 | Gross: $0.03M

Irvine Welsh

19. Tom at the Farm (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

67 Metascore

A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu

Votes: 14,283

Michel Marc Bouchard

20. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 428,634 | Gross: $17.74M

Stephen Chbosky

21. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 77,983 | Gross: $12.80M

Lucy Alibar

22. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 290,115 | Gross: $148.81M

Claude-Michel Schönberg (musical version)

23. Savages (2012)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 116,760 | Gross: $47.38M

Don Winslow

24. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 208,784 | Gross: $40.96M

Beau Willimon

25. Bernie (2011)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman

Votes: 54,344 | Gross: $9.20M

Skip Hollandsworth

26. Killer Joe (2011)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 68,685 | Gross: $1.99M

27. The Sunset Limited (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 91 min | Drama

Through a chance encounter, two men of opposing ideologies deliberate spiritual, philosophical, and profound matters in a New York City apartment.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones

Votes: 26,577

Cormac McCarthy

28. Carnage (2011)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

Votes: 112,963 | Gross: $2.55M

Yasmina Reza

29. The Grey (2011)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 231,116 | Gross: $51.58M

Ian MacKenzie Jeffers

30. The Ghost Writer (2010)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 149,819 | Gross: $15.54M

Robert Harris

31. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 176,530 | Gross: $6.39M

Eduardo Sacheri

32. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

81 Metascore

Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 611,459 | Gross: $115.65M

Neill Blomkamp

33. In the Loop (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy

83 Metascore

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Harry Hadden-Paton

Votes: 51,796 | Gross: $2.38M

Armando Iannucci

34. Doubt (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

Votes: 115,187 | Gross: $33.42M

John Patrick Shanley

35. Frost/Nixon (2008)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 97,871 | Gross: $18.59M

Peter Morgan

36. The Informers (2008)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

20 Metascore

One week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Jon Foster

Votes: 15,493 | Gross: $0.30M

Bret Easton Ellis

37. Little Children (2006)

R | 136 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.

Director: Todd Field | Stars: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 101,576 | Gross: $5.46M

Tom Perrotta

38. Bug (2006)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

An unhinged war veteran holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky Oklahoma motel room. The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr., Lynn Collins

Votes: 31,605 | Gross: $7.01M

39. Cashback (2006)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild.

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan, Erica Ellis

Votes: 80,304 | Gross: $0.02M

Sean Ellis

40. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 720,478 | Gross: $74.10M

Frank Miller

41. Closer (I) (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts

Votes: 192,761 | Gross: $33.99M

Patrick Marber

42. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she's dreamed of having.

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Votes: 98,225 | Gross: $40.23M

Helen Fielding

43. Layer Cake (2004)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy

Votes: 156,289 | Gross: $2.34M

J. J. Connolly

44. 25th Hour (2002)

R | 135 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 163,850 | Gross: $13.06M

David Benioff

45. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

Director: Sharon Maguire | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Votes: 210,290 | Gross: $71.54M

Helen Fielding

46. Ghost World (2001)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro

Votes: 107,931 | Gross: $6.22M

Daniel Clowes

47. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Votes: 713,465 | Gross: $3.64M

Hubert Selby, Jr.