The adaptation is the ultimate high-wire act in Hollywood. And adapting everything from classic literature to modern pop hits has resulted in the unfortunate debate of “which is better, the movie or the book?” when, more often than not, both the source material and the adaptation are worth the time because they tend to enhance rather than detract from one another.
1. The Godfather: The novel by Mario Puzo is an engrossing, dark thriller that fascinates, horrifies, and entertains readers. The first two films adapted from the novel by Francis Ford Coppola elevate the tragic storey into operatic successes that are widely regarded as two of the best pictures ever produced. Both films were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay (Part II being the first sequel to do so).
2. Little Women: Regardless of Greta Gerwig’s shocking lack of Oscar nominations this year, there’s no denying that her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel (spoilers ahead!) was outstanding. Gerwig gives the story a simple twist by envisioning Jo as the author of the classic Little Women. This changes the story into one of creative desire and achievement, and it breathes new life into a classic without diluting its essence.
3. The Color Purple: Steven Spielberg directed a fantastic adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel, one that is both storyline and character accurate to the book. This is a significant accomplishment because Spielberg relies heavily on his actors to express most of the emotional material through their performances, whereas in the novel, we are privy to Celie’s inner thoughts and feelings. This film is a must-see due to the outstanding performances by the actors.
4. Harry Potter: Despite being eight films lengthy, the Harry Potter film series has four directors and two credited screenwriters, and it had to cut J.K. Rowling’s plot down by a bit. The films, on the other hand, remain fairly accurate to both the plot and the character development that is Rowling’s actual genius, following the same progression from a frivolous children’s tale to the darker, more ethically complicated storey found in the later books. They’re perfect adaptations for fans who can’t wait to see the amazing things they’ve just read about.
5. Great Expectations: Charles Dickens’ writings are large, contain a lot of information, and are generally structured in a serial format, so adapting them to the screen is always a challenge. But, even after all these years, David Lean’s 1946 version of Great Expectations remains highly praised; Lean’s script manages to condense the plot and characters into two fast hours without losing anything. The picture feels current and genuine to the text while being more than seven decades old.
6. The Lord of the Rings: In a broad sense, Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films are fairly loyal to J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic epic fantasy novels — Jackson condensed the tale a lot, but few people complained that there wasn’t enough Tom Bombadil in there. With the use of breakthrough CGI, Jackson was able to show the most famous fantasy universe ever conceived in a realistic, plausible manner while maintaining the primary themes of hope, heroism, and despair.
7. The Devil Wears Prada: Miranda Priestly is one of cinema’s greatest villains, and despite Lauren Weisberger’s novel’s success, the picture is a step forward. The novel, which was optioned before it was even finished, finishes on a totally different emotional note, but the film sharpens Miranda’s character to a coal-black point and provides a more satisfying conclusion to the storey.
8. The Social Network: The Accidental Billionaires, a nonfiction book by Ben Mezrich, is a strong, engaging, and well-researched account of Facebook’s birth and the various characters involved, as well as a sharp, critical look at the world of privilege around Harvard University. The screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and the director by David Fincher expand on that great foundation to create an outstanding character study — a film that easily blends remarkable visual flair with modern technology (some people still believe Armie Hammer has a twin) and razor-sharp storytelling.
9. Crazy Rich Asians: Kevin Kwan’s delightful, sarcastic love comedy was released in 2013, and it was transformed into a sizzling motion film directed by Jon M. Chu just five years later. The film was an instant smash, depicting the inner workings, intimacies, and complex demands of Singaporean high society. It was nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards and received excellent accolades from critics, which piqued people’s interest in the novel.
10. Breakfast At Tiffany’s: Truman Capote’s darker, more brutal novella remains a cultural classic because to the legendary adaptation. Capote’s moving, tragic, and finally beautiful narrative of a woman striving to manufacture glamour out of the ruins of her life is a heart-warming, tragic, and ultimately beautiful story. Despite the fact that the film toned down the sadness, prostitution, and LGBT undertones, it ends on a hopeful note of romance, each scene is dramatic, unforgettable, and kind of genius.