5 Movies in IMDB Top 250 That Were A Great Adaptaion Of Their Books
list Mar 23, 2021
Here are 5 Movies in IMDB Top 250 That Were A Great Adaptation Of Their Books
1. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) – 9.3
In a new series, we discuss over texts the merits and flaws of famous books and their screen adaptations. This week we chat about writer Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (1982) and Frank Darabont’s beloved screen adaptation.
The Shawshank Redemption is perhaps one of those rare films that have eclipsed their source material. When it was released in 1994, the movie barely recouped its budget, and it took years before it was counted among the best films ever made.
It was based on Stephen King’s novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, which was published as part of the Different Seasons collection of stories in 1982.
2. THE GODFATHER (1972) – 9.0
The Godfather, based on Puzo’s first book, is one of the most acclaimed franchises in film history. The Godfather, released in 1972, is an adaptation of the Puzo novel of the same name. The Godfather Part II also adapts elements from the first novel, mostly the early life of Vito Corleone. The story of The Godfather Part III, released in 1990, is not taken from any novel. The Winegardner novels, released after Part III, incorporate and explain elements from Part II and Part III, as does The Family Corleone.
3. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (2003) – 8.9
The final history-making entry to the Lord Of The Rings franchise Return of the King was an unbelievable end to an unbelievable trilogy as the quest to save Middle Earth comes to an end and so to do the journeys. It is an insane epic that won all 11 Oscars it was nominated for in a record-breaking sweep and ranks 5th on the IMDB Top 250 with an 8.9. The volume is written by J. R. R. Tolkien includes Book V – The War Of The Ring and Book VI – The End Of The Third Age. It is widely credited as a masterpiece similar to the film that it inspires. The pair will live long in tandem as a phenomenal pair which are themselves a phenomenon of pop culture.
4. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993) – 8.9
In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the Nazi concentration camps, this award-winning, bestselling work of Holocaust fiction, inspiration for the classic film, and “masterful account of the growth of the human soul” (Los Angeles Times Book Review), returns with an all-new introduction and beautifully redesigned cover.
An “extraordinary” (New York Review of Books) novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of The Book of Science and Antiquities and The Daughter of Mars, uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden—Schindler’s Jews—to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil. “Astounding…in this case the truth is far more powerful than anything the imagination could invent” (Newsweek).
5. FIGHT CLUB (1999) – 8.8
The 1999 cult classic which has developed into one of the defining films of a generation, Fight Club was directed by David Fincher and is rated by IMDb as the 10th best movie of all time with an 8.8. It is one of the most iconic roles of Pitt’s career and has developed a mass following of fans.
Some people may not know that the movie is based on a book of the same name written by Chuck Palahniuk in 1996. The book has two comic book sequels and follows the same plot as the film centered around the narrator and Tyler Durden who begin an underground fighting circle.