10 Best Films You Didn’t Know Were Based On Books

A book has to be extremely successful and full of exciting imagery to become a film; a good one, at least. A lot of series, like Harry Potter duck The lord of the rings, have been made into incredibly popular films. Plenty of authors have had solo books turned into movies as well, like Stephen King, Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie.



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Books get adapted into films all the time, but sometimes that book isn’t nearly as popular as its screen adaptation becomes. In cases like this, audiences might not even know that the film is based on written work, and not an original idea.

10 Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie?

Die Hard is a mega favorite of any action movie fan, any Bruce Willis fan, any Alan Rickman fan, and anyone who needs a favorite Christmas movie. Its sequels aren’t nearly as good or iconic, and that may be because the original film was based on a book. Roderick Thorpe wrote Nothing Lasts Forever in 1979, which greatly inspired the film’s plot. The character Joe Leland was the inspiration for Bruce Willis’s character John McClane.

The story falls into the classic category of “retired man comes out of retirement because he’s the only man for the job.” The book focuses on Leland, who is at his daughter’s company’s annual Christmas bash in an LA skyscraper. In both versions, all the party attendees are taken hostage by a terrorist group and the main character is left to save them.

9 Crazy Rich Asians Is Just As Much Fun As It Sounds

Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy set heavily with satire. The novel of the same name was written in 2013 by Kevin Kwan, who wrote it in order to “introduce a contemporary Asia to a North American audience.” It’s the first novel in a trilogy, which is also set to be adapted to film. The movie Crazy Rich Asians came out in 2018 starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh.

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Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American college teacher who is dating Nick Young. Young eventually takes her to Singapore to meet his family. Rachel quickly realizes that the Youngs are an incredibly wealthy and famous family.

8 MASH Is A Classic Film Followed By A Successful TV Series

MASH was one of the highest-grossing films in the 70s and a huge success for Twentieth Century Fox. Everyone is familiar with the long-running television series, but the movie that came before it was just as successful. It’s a brilliant mix of comedy and drama that uses Richard Hooker’s book MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors as its source material.

RELATED: 10 Best Drama Movies Based On BooksMASH stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and the film shows the medics who were stationed there during the Korean War. At the time of the film’s release, the Vietnam War was still going on. MASH was nominated for several awards. Cartoonist Gary Trudeau described it as “perfect for the times; the cacophony of American culture.”

7 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Is A Strange Book

Robert Zemeckis directed Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988. It was loosely based on the 1981 book Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf. The story fits into the genres of mystery, crime, and comedy, and the film is both live-action and animated.

The critically-acclaimed film is about Roger Rabbit, a cartoon who has been framed for murder. Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) is hired as a PI to help prove the rabbit’s innocence. In this world, humans and “toons” live together. Who Framed Roger Rabbit won four Oscars, including the Special Achievement Academy Award. It also features the incomparable Christopher Lloyd.

6 The Color Purple Is A Book, Movie, And Musical

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for her book The Color Purple. It follows a 14-year-old black girl, Celie, as she navigates her life through abuse and conflict in the early to mid-twentieth century. Stephen Spielberg directed The Color Purple in 1985, and it starred Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Oprah, as well as many other prolific Black actors.

The Color Purple is a rare case when the book is an absolute must-read, and the movie is an absolute must-see. It brilliantly shows the struggles Black women went through in the 1900s. This coming-of-age period piece is full of heartbreak, incredible acting, and a breathtaking score from Quincy Jones.

5 The Silence Of The Lambs Is Based On A Horror Novel

The Silence of the Lambs was written by Thomas Harris in 1988, and its film adaptation was released in 1991. It’s actually the second book in the “Hannibal Lecter” series, following Red Dragon, which was also made into a film. The novel won some Best Novel awards, and the film won Best Picture at the Oscars, the only horror film to ever do so.

The Silence of the Lambs follows FBI newbie Clarice Starling who is helping in the search for the serial killer known only as “Buffalo Bill.” She decides to go to Hannibal Lecter for help. He is a genius psychiatrist who also happens to be a serial killer known for killing and eating his victims. Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins play the two main characters, and they both won their respective Academy Awards.

4 The Princess Bride Is The Perfect Twist On Fairytales

1987’s The Princess Bride opens with a grandfather reading a book to his grandson. That book is called The Princess Bride, just like the real 1973 book by William Goldman that the movie was based on. The full title of the fantasy-action-romance novel is The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, “The Good Parts” Versiona hilarious and tongue-in-cheek title that fits right in with the tone of the story.

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The film is about Princess Buttercup, played by Robin Wright (Forrest Gump) who falls in love with Westley, played by Cary Elwes (Twister). Buttercup gets captured, only to be rescued, captured again, and re-rescued, this time by her captors.

3 Jurassic Park Isn’t Just A Film Franchise

Michael Crichton wrote Jurassic Park in 1990, and Universal Studios bought the rights to it before it was even published. Spielberg made the movie adaptation in 1993 to huge commercial success. The story is about the demise of a new amusement park featuring real dinosaurs. The first sequel, The Lost World, is also based on a Crichton book.

Jurassic Park is undoubtedly one of the most iconic movies of all time. It was the highest-grossing film at the time of its release. It shows dinosaurs living in modern times, and what it would actually be like. Led by Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill, the film is an absolute marvel.

2 The Godfather Trilogy Is From A Series Of Books

Francis Ford Coppola directed the first Godfather movie in 1972. The best-selling novel it’s based on shares the same name and is by Mario Puzo. This film is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. It has an incredible cast full of big names, but Marlon Brando and Al Pacino are the first who first come to mind.

The Mafia is a mafia-crime story about the life of Vito Corleone, the Godfather, throughout the 1940s and 50s. Puzo actually wrote about The Godfather: The Godfather, The Sicilian, The Godfather Returns, The Godfather’s Revenge, duck The Family Corleone. The film sequels are fantastic as well, but The Godfather is an absolute classic and a total staple in cinematography.

1 Schindler’s List Uses Real Testimony In The Novel

Schindler’s Ark is a non-fiction book by Thomas Keneally written in 1982, and Steven Spielberg used it as the source material for his 1993 epic Schindler’s List. It tells the story of German industrialist Oskar Schindler who saved over a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust in WWII.

Schindler’s List is an absolute masterclass of cinematography and filmmaking. Its score is by John Williams, and it stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley. It also won “Best Picture” in 1994, as well as many other accolades.

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