Best Books That Have Been Turned Into A Movie

Many books are made into movies each year. Yet, sadly only a few of these books turned into movies are worthy of being considered classics. Let’s take a look at 17 of the best ones!

Best Books That Have Been Turned Into A Movie

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s classic Pulitzer Prize winning book was converted into an artful movie in 1962. The film does ample justice to Lee’s beautiful and detailed character portrayals of Atticus Finch, Boo Radley and Scout. 

The Shawshank Redemption

The film that is now hailed by many as one of the greatest ever is based on a novel by Stephen King. Funnily enough, the Morgan Freeman starrer is one of the classic films a number of people lie about having watched.

The Godfather

The much-watched and adored first and second Godfather movies were adapted from Mario Puzo’s novel. The Francis Ford Coppola films both won the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. 

Schindler’s List

One of the most moving pieces of cinema ever made, Schindler’s List is Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of a book by Thomas Keaneally. 

Harry Potter

The eight-part film series is a beautifully adapted version of J.K. Rowling’s enchanting and magical children’s book series.

The Lord Of The Rings

J.R.R. Tolkein’s epic fantasy series just had to be made into film. Peter Jackson was the man who crafted this beautiful trilogy which successfully merged wild fantasy with a dark reality.


The 1990 film was based on Wiseguy, a novel by Nicholas Pillegi. The film successfully condenses the elements of the book and delivers a thrilling and fast-paced cinematic experience. 

The Bridge On The River Kwai

Pierre Boulle’s novel from 1952 was made into an award winning film in 1957, winning best picture at the Oscars. 

The Martian

Andy Weir’s book The Martian was made into a very watchable film that dispensed of the tech talk and portrayed the life of an astronaut stranded on Mars (Matt Damon) through beautiful imagery of the Red Planet.


One of Spielberg’s classics, Jaws is still considered one of the best thrillers ever made. It was adapted from Peter Benchley’s melodramatic 1974 novel. 

Fight Club

Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s book, the David Fincher film-adaptation stays true to the novel, yet delivers the core message in a more polished and sophisticated manner.

The Notebook

Considered one of the best on-screen romances of the modern time, the Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling starrer elevates Nicholas Sparks’ tear jerking first book.

The Help

Based on the 2009 book by Kathryn Stockett, The Help won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress played by Octavia Spencer. The movie’s popularity and appeal helped spur a second round of book sales. 

The Fault In Our Stars

Based on the popular and emotional 2012 novel by John Greene, The Fault In Our Stars grossed over $300 million in box office sales and is definitely a book turned movie to be added to your watchlist.

No Country For Old Men

The Coen Brothers faithfully represent Cormac McCarthy’s novel which explores the concepts of good and evil to create this visual masterpiece. 

The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje’s novel was turned into a super hit movie that won nine Oscars including Best Picture. The book also won the vastly prestigious Golden Man Booker prize, the best book to ever win the Booker Prize in it’s 50-year history.

Forrest Gump

The winner of six Oscars including Best Picture, Forrest Gump is a beautiful adaptation of Winston Groom’s novel. Tom Hanks plays a starring role in this classic.

So next time you have some time on hand, do check out these 17 great movies adapted from some classic book titles.


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