Top 10 Movies Better Than The Books They Were Based On



The book isn’t always better than the movie. For this list, we’re looking at films that improve on their source material. Our list includes the book-to-film adaptations “Psycho” (1960), “The Graduate” (1967), “Jaws” (1975), “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988), “Die Hard” (1988) and more! What movie do YOU think was better than the book? Let us know in the comments!

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30 Comments

  1. I thought Godfather would be on here.

  2. The Polar Express maybe should’ve had an honorable mention

  3. To be honest I tought Jurassic Park was going to be Number 1 or at least part of the list, not only a Honorable Mention.

  4. How is princesses bride not on this list?

  5. Expected “The Devil Wears Prada” for Meryl Streep actually adding some depth

  6. Books are almost always better than movies.

  7. Jurassic Park? No way!! Who could ever think that watching dinosaurs is better than reading dinosaurs?

  8. I liked "Forest Gump" book much more than the movie. Also I didn't like the movie, Jenny's parts are too dark.

  9. #11 Gone with the Wind.

  10. Forest Gump is terrible in any form.

  11. Stephen King novels?

  12. One of my favorite movies of all time "Starship Troopers," although much different than the book, was way better.

  13. I actually like the Jurassic Park book, it's a lot more violent than the films. If the movie was more faithful to the book, it would probably be rated R and I think it would be interesting to see an R rated version of Jurassic Park.

  14. Lord of the Rings should be #1, remember how there's a song on every two pages?

  15. We all pretty much knew what #1 would be from a mile away.

  16. Goldfinger and From Russia with Love were better than the books, which themselves were really good. Also, Casino Royale.

  17. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS should not be even an honorable mention the novel has so much more psychology and inner depth of the characters

  18. Where is "We always lived in the Castle"!?!?! It needs to be on the list.

  19. What about James bond

  20. Last of the Mohicans was a masterpiece film but the original novel was so silly and ridiculous that it earned an entire essay on how bad Mark Twain. http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/HNS/Indians/critic.html

  21. I think The Notebook is better on film than on the novel

  22. I wonder if Ready Player One was better as a book or the movie? I liked both, but I'm not sure what I liked it better as.

  23. Good list.
    Big props for mentioning 'Jackie Brown' which in my opinion is Tarintino's best work and really underappreciated.

  24. Honorable mention. The Witcher video games are way better than the books they’re based on. The Books are boring.

  25. Flowers in the Attic (1987) better be here!!!

  26. Is it me or Harry Potter was good movie

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