Best Movie Versions of Books, Part 1

March 22, 2021 · CLASSMATES FUN

It’s understandable that when you hear your favorite book is going to be made into a movie, you’re a little nervous about how it’s going to turn out, as oftentimes film versions don’t portray what you loved so much about the original novel. Luckily, there are plenty of adaptations out there that are just as good as the writing they’re based on, and here’s a list of some of them.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Book: Harper Lee

Director: Robert Mulligan

Screenwriter: Horton Foote

The Godfather 1 and 2 (1972, 1974)

Book: Mario Puzo

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Screenwriters: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo

Winter’s Bone (2010)

Book: Daniel Woodrell

Director: Debra Granik

Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini

The Color Purple (1985)

Book: Alice Walker

Director: Steven Spielberg

Screenwriter: Menno Meyjes

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Book: L. Frank Baum

Director: Victor Fleming

Screenwriters: Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allen Woolf

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Book: Jeffrey Eugenides

Director: Sofia Coppola

Screenwriter: Sofia Coppola

Hidden Figures (2016)

Book: Margot Lee Shetterly

Director: Theodore Melfi

Screenwriters: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi

The Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

Book: J.K. Rowling

Director: Chris Columbus (1 and 2), Alfonso Cuaron (3), Mike Newell (4), David Yates (5, 6, 7, and 8),

Screenwriters: Steve Kloves (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8), Michael Goldenberg (5)

Little Women (2019)

Book: Louisa May Alcott

Director: Greta Gerwig

Screenwriter: Greta Gerwig

Schindler’s List (1993)

Book: Thomas Keneally

Director: Steven Spielberg

Screenwriter: Steven Zaillian

The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)

Book: J.R.R. Tolkien

Director: Peter Jackson

Screenwriters: Fran Walsh (1, 2, and 3), Philippa Boyens (1, 2, and 3), Peter Jackson (1, 2, and 3), Stephen Sinclair (2)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Novella: Stephen King  – “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”

Director: Frank Darabont

Screenwriter: Frank Darabont

Emma. (2020)

Book: Jane Austen

Director: Autumn de Wilde

Screenwriter: Eleanor Catton

The Shining (1980)

Book: Stephen King

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Screenwriters: Stanley Kubrick, Diana Johnson

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

Article: Tom Junod – “Can You Say…Hero?”

Director: Marielle Heller

Screenwriter: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster

Starring: Tom Hanks

Clockwork Orange (1971)

Book: Anthony Burgess

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Screenwriter: Stanley Kubrick

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Book: Cormac McCarthy

Director: Ethan Cohen, Joel Cohen

Screenwriters: Ethan Cohen, Joel Cohen

Starring: Josh Brolin

Goodfellas (1990)

Book: Nicholas Pileggi – “Wiseguy”

Director: Martin Scorsese

Screenwriters: Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Pileggi

Fight Club (1999)

Book: Chuck Palahniuk

Director: David Fincher

Screenwriter: Jim Uhls

Starring: Edward Norton and Brad Pitt

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Book: Ken Kesey

Director: Milos Forman

Screenwriters: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman


See part 2 here.