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10. LA Confidential
No one writes Los Angeles quite like James Ellroy, who knows the tone required for high
quality noir about as well as anyone since Raymond Chandler. But if you try diving into
an Ellroy book without ever having read one before, you may be a bit thrown by his very
unique voice and storytelling style. His LA Confidential tells the intertwining stories
of three very different cops, after a brutal murder that may or may not have been drug-related,
and it quickly gets a lot more complex than that. When the movie version was released,
it saw instant critical success and, over the years, has gained traction as one of the
finest films of the 1990s. It’s flawlessly acted, exceptionally paced and plotted, and
ends with a thrilling climax at an abandoned motel between the good guys and the bad guys.
9. Stand By Me
Normally when you think of Stephen King adaptations, you cringe and try to forget ever seeing stuff
like The Langoliers or The Stand. Typically, King books that get turned into movies are
cheesy made-for-TV schlock but, in the case of Stand By Me, based on the novella The Body,
a terrific young cast was assembled to create one of the greatest coming-of-age movies ever
filmed. The simple fact that they managed to assemble a group of child actors who weren’t
just adequate, but really good – and yes, we’re including Corey Feldman here – is
an incredible feat. The novella was well written, but nowhere near as memorable as the film.
8. Die Hard
First things first: yes, Die Hard was actually based on a book. In fact, the now-iconic protagonist
(named John Leland in the books) was not originally portrayed on screen by Bruce Willis, but instead
by Frank Sinatra in 1968’s The Detective. Die Hard is based on the novel Nothing Lasts
Forever by Roderick Thorp, which in turn was written simply because Thorp had a dream about
a guy being chased through a building by men with guns. Yes, that’s the entire inspiration
for the book. The movie, on the other hand, is an incredible action film, and helped give
birth to the modern action hero. It remains one of the greatest action films of all time.
7. Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris’s novel The Silence of the Lambs was a wildly popular book that continued
his series featuring Hannibal Lecter, and introduced Clarice Starling. It was later
adapted into a movie (obviously) that helped turn Anthony Hopkins, who had struggled to
gain any footing in Hollywood, into a legitimate box office star and won Best Picture. One
of the key differences between the book and the movie are that the book spends a lot more
time pondering the sexual relationship and chemistry between Starling and her boss, Jack
Crawford. Like, a lot of time. Hardly a conversation takes place between Lecter and Starling in
which he doesn’t bring up the bubbling sexual tension between the young girl and her boss.
That’s fine for a book when you’ve got hundreds of pages to fill, but was thankfully
mostly removed in the movie, because someone realized it would get a little creepy if Hopkins
kept reciting entire passages of dialogue relating to Starling’s sex life. The book
is great, but the tightened pace and terrific performances gives the movie a slight edge.
6. The Shining
Hey, look, another Stephen King book that was adapted into a movie! And hint: it won’t
be the last one on this list. Who said King’s books can’t make good movies? Someone remind
Hollywood of that so that we can finally get a Dark Tower adaptation.
Anyway, The Shining has become an all-time classic horror film. Directed by Stanley Kubrick
and starring Jack Nicholson, it tells the story of a man’s slow descent into madness
in an isolated and snowed-in hotel. It’s hard to imagine Jack Nicholson playing crazy,
we know, but just go with it. Believe it or not, the movie and book are wildly different,
and we believe Kubrick’s many changes only enhanced the story. The most stark change
is probably the ending, of course, as the book has Jack temporarily regain his sanity
in order to try to save his son, before being blown up by the hotel’s boiler. Meanwhile,
the movie concludes with Jack chasing his kid through a hedge maze, never gaining respite
from his madness, and ultimately freezing to death with a really freaking creepy look
on his face.
5. Jaws
Let’s get this out of the way first: Jaws managed to both create the summer event movie
and launch the career of Steven Spielberg, while giving Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, and
Richard Dreyfuss arguably their most iconic roles in their very distinguished acting careers.
It was based on a novel by Peter Benchley, which was also a great success but featured
some very different elements than the book. For example, the shark doesn’t die via awesome
one-liner and explosion like he does in the movie, but instead just sort of peters out
after getting some harpoons stuck in him. Oh, and Hooper (the Dreyfuss character) nails
Chief Brody’s wife in the book, which is completely unnecessary and was rightfully
deleted for the film. Hooper, probably due to karma, bites the dust in the book, which
we’re glad was changed for the movie as well, because Richard Dreyfuss was just so
adorable back then, wasn’t he?
4. The Shawshank Redemption
Originally titled Rita Heyworth and the Shawshank Redemption, this story was one of four novellas
contained within the Stephen King book Different Seasons, along with The Body and Apt Pupil.
The novella was well-written, and the movie followed basically the same plot but, as with
Stand By Me, it was enhanced tremendously by being fully realized by an impeccable cast.
The movie was not a particularly rousing success upon its release (in fact, it kind of bombed),
but has gained incredible success and acclaim over the years. It was a Best Picture nominee,
and it could be argued should have won, thanks largely to the tremendous central performances
by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Actually, forget that “arguably” thing. Any movie
featuring Morgan Freeman’s narration should win every award ever.
3. The Lord of the Rings
If you want to go down to the comments and curse us out for including Lord of the Rings
right now, go ahead. We’ll wait for you to get it out of your system.
…there, feel better now? Look, we love Lord of the Rings. There’s a reason it was collectively
named the greatest book of the 20th century. And while The Two Towers is superior on the
page than on the screen, it could be argued that Fellowship suffers from so many tangents
(including the whole ordeal with Tom Bombadil, for instance), and Return of the King’s
book form was more or less an afterthought, while the movie is one of the most epic pieces
of cinema ever filmed. Return of the King, the book, was relatively short and uneventful,
apart from the whole Mount Doom thing. And the people who complain about the extended
ending sequence of the movie would probably go crazy over the scouring of the Shire which,
while one of the most beloved sequences of the books, goes on for far too long and seems
anticlimactic, after everything that’s come before it.
2. The Princess Bride
Hey, so you know that book that Peter Falk reads to a young, adorable Fred Savage in
The Princess Bride? Yeah, that was actually a real book. It was written by William Goldman,
who would later go on to adapt the book into the movie of the same name. Goldman is a legendary
Hollywood writer, so it should come as little surprise that he was able to so brilliantly
translate his novel to the big screen. The Princess Bride is one of those rare films
that managed to transcend the romantic comedy, thanks in large part to its quirky dialogue,
fantastical elements, and legitimately rousing adventure. It should come as no surprise that
sword fights work better on screen than on the page, after all.
1. Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is a strange story about a simple man who finds himself in many bizarre situations
throughout modern American history. But, while the movie maintained some of the odd quirkiness
and unbelievable adventures of our titular hero, the book included many, many more, and
they just got weirder and weirder as the plot progressed. The movie won Best Picture over
another film on this list, Shawshank Redemption and, while it could be argued it wasn’t
the actual best film of the year, it was certainly a milestone picture that deserved every bit
of critical acclaim that it received upon its release.
And come on, Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise absolutely knocked this one out of the park in their
respective roles. Of course, while we’re getting on the book about being too weird,
it might have actually been cool to watch Forrest dealing with cannibals, or traveling
to a far-off planet.


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