Great Films Based on Books

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Book lovers often have very strong opinions about how their favorite stories ought to be adapted, when being made into films. Our List of the Month this November is devoted to films that got it right—films that were successfully adapted from books, or that even improved upon their books. Each participant may vote on ten films. Please only downvote titles if they are not films, or if they are films not adapted from a book.
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1,988 membres
15 ressenyes
½ 4.5
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1,003 membres
10 ressenyes
½ 4.4
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822 membres
13 ressenyes
½ 4.4
26 Members
cornerhouse, bcmiller, jillmwo, cpg, charl08, epaterson, cbl_tn, merrystar, atozgrl, katemcangus, noveltea, al.vick, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, verncox, beehappy, mrswebster, DeborahJ2016, barefootsong, AndrewGrannell, GinaHMM, LetGoAndBreathe, loulourevisited, slimikin, SoulMedicine, dianehewson
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beehappy: Based on Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
mrswebster: Book still more, but never could have read these books without meeting and learning to love these characters through the visual story. Each role so wonderfully acted by each artist.
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1,333 membres
11 ressenyes
½ 4.3
25 Members
tardis, anglemark, bcmiller, pitjrw, mldg, bjappleg8, lizzy50usa, atozgrl, tina1969, BonnieJune54, Tess_W, ahef1963, MaryMeg, AbigailAdams26, verncox, Hope_H, dianeham, beehappy, DeborahJ2016, DonnaGriffin, AndrewGrannell, tklay30, RunLonger, SoulMedicine, StillLearning123
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anglemark: Based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
verncox: This Musical is a good way to make up for making cuts to a good narrative.
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986 membres
6 ressenyes
4.2
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458 membres
2 ressenyes
4.2
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693 membres
4 ressenyes
½ 4.3
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504 membres
3 ressenyes
½ 4.5
13 Members
rosalita, anglemark, grizzly.anderson, paradoxosalpha, CarltonC, rhbouchard, mrbudyhed, vwinsloe, Michael.Rimmer, Laura1124, dianeham, timetunnel, loulourevisited,mzonderm ,
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paradoxosalpha: Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
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11 Members
grizzly.anderson, Cecrow, FAMeulstee, atozgrl, oceancat, vwinsloe, al.vick, pwhite98270, Michael.Rimmer, barefootsong, RunLonger
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Cecrow: Most accurate to vote for whole trilogy.
vwinsloe: Each installment of the trilogy was a masterpiece.
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251 membres
5 ressenyes
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11 Members
tardis, rosalita, bcmiller, Parthurbook, wolfepack, atozgrl, Laura1124, SandyAMcPherson, clunardelli, loulourevisited, StillLearning123
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Parthurbook: As ever, screenwriter William Goldman explaining the complexity of the Bernstein-Woodward source material with great economy. And holding attention when the audience knows the outcome before the start.
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244 membres
1 ressenya
4.2
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484 membres
7 ressenyes
½ 4.5
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215 membres
5 ressenyes
4.2
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726 membres
7 ressenyes
4.1
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808 membres
10 ressenyes
4.2
10 Members
bcmiller, grizzly.anderson, barleywine, sturlington, mrbudyhed, vwinsloe, Michael.Rimmer, verncox, timetunnel, v_RuneBerg,paradoxosalpha ,AndrewGrannell
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paradoxosalpha: The book and the (monumental) film were written simultaneously in conversation with one another. Both were based on the earlier Arthur C. Clarke story "The Sentinel," not a book--though the story was later included in a collection called The Sentinel.
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371 membres
4 ressenyes
3.9
8 Members
cornerhouse, Caramellunacy, paradoxosalpha, pitjrw, wolfepack, rhbouchard, katemcangus, Hope_H
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paradoxosalpha: Based on True Grit by Charles Portis
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1,342 membres
21 ressenyes
½ 4.4
8 Members
anglemark, mldg, terran, MaryMeg, Laura1124, verncox, Tatoosh, clunardelli
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anglemark: Based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
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561 membres
6 ressenyes
4.2
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500 membres
5 ressenyes
4
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846 membres
5 ressenyes
4.2
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274 membres
6 ressenyes
½ 4.3
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81 membres
2 ressenyes
½ 4.4
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514 membres
9 ressenyes
½ 4.4
6 Members
rosalita, bcmiller, Parthurbook, terran, rhbouchard, verncox
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Parthurbook: The madness of the Ken Kesey book echoed in the madness of the movie
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431 membres
2 ressenyes
4
7 Members
rhbouchard, al.vick, Dayclear, mrswebster, AndrewGrannell, Bubu1969, jpahl,bcmiller ,wolfepack
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al.vick: based on the book, but SOOO much better.
mrswebster: DITTO to al.vick!
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319 membres
5 ressenyes
½ 4.4
5 Members
cbl_tn, merrystar, kac522, barefootsong, JulieStielstra
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JulieStielstra: The best Austen adaptation ever - excellent acting, honest and vivid production values, the perfect mix of wit and heartfelt.
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288 membres
3 ressenyes
4.2
7 Members
lizzy50usa, konallis, perennialreader, pwhite98270, MaryMeg, Tatoosh, tklay30,bcmiller
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lizzy50usa: Based on the book by C.S. Forester
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399 membres
8 ressenyes
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6 Members
RBeffa, oceancat, mrbudyhed, megbmore, timetunnel, StillLearning123
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timetunnel: Based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang
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173 membres
3 ressenyes
½ 4.4
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567 membres
9 ressenyes
4
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309 membres
2 ressenyes
4
5 Members
Parthurbook, terran, al.vick, Tatoosh, loulourevisited
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Parthurbook: The scale of the mission reflected in the scale of the Tom Wolfe book reflected in the scale of the movie.
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328 membres
2 ressenyes
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329 membres
2 ressenyes
3.9
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705 membres
8 ressenyes
4.1
5 Members
librookian, paradoxosalpha, terran, igorken, mrbudyhed
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paradoxosalpha: Based on Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
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1,275 membres
9 ressenyes
½ 4.5
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182 membres
6 ressenyes
3.9
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315 membres
4 ressenyes
4.2
5 Members
tardis, oceancat, barefootsong, ManWithAnAgenda, JulieStielstra
Explicacions
JulieStielstra: Charming, emotional, honest; wonderful performances by all the kid actors. A childhood favorite unsullied by cuteness, visually lovely.
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660 membres
9 ressenyes
½ 4.4
6 Members
anglemark, bjappleg8, monadz, SandyAMcPherson, ManWithAnAgenda, loulourevisited, ,oceancat
Explicacions
anglemark: Based on Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
: Changed too many things from the book.
oceancat: love miyazaki but yeah this is too different from the book
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265 membres
3 ressenyes
½ 4.3
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1,426 membres
14 ressenyes
½ 4.6
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362 membres
5 ressenyes
4.2
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410 membres
4 ressenyes
3.9
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647 membres
9 ressenyes
½ 4.3
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482 membres
4 ressenyes
3.9
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291 membres
6 ressenyes
4.1
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294 membres
3 ressenyes
4
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580 membres
8 ressenyes
4.2
5 Members
lorax, tardis, charl08, atozgrl, Tatoosh,StillLearning123
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StillLearning123 : Clicked by mistake! It’s a great movie!
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207 membres
4 ressenyes
½ 4.3
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126 membres
1 ressenya
4.2
3 Members
anglemark, pitjrw, EMS_24
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anglemark: Based on Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
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131 membres
3 ressenyes
½ 4.4
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515 membres
6 ressenyes
4.1
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228 membres
3 ressenyes
3.1
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109 membres
5 ressenyes
4
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157 membres
1 ressenya
3.8
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165 membres
1 ressenya
4.1
3 Members
librookian, mrbudyhed, beehappy
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beehappy: Based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes
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367 membres
5 ressenyes
4.1
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214 membres
1 ressenya
4.2
3 Members
Aquila, librookian, EMS_24
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EMS_24: Based on the book by Peter Hedges with the same title
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16 membres
1 ressenya
4.2
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525 membres
8 ressenyes
3.8
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180 membres
4 ressenyes
½ 4.4
4 Members
librookian, paradoxosalpha, FAMeulstee, thalassa_thalassa,bcmiller
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paradoxosalpha: Based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
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130 membres
2 ressenyes
4.1
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391 membres
1 ressenya
4
3 Members
hipdeep, al.vick, ManWithAnAgenda
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hipdeep: Based on stories from A.A. Milne's "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House At Pooh Corner."
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259 membres
3 ressenyes
4
3 Members
librookian, Tatoosh, SandraArdnas
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SandraArdnas: One of those rare 'much better than the book' adaptations. Adapted from Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
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259 membres
5 ressenyes
4
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27 membres
1 ressenya
4.2
3 Members
amanda4242, kac522, JulieStielstra
Explicacions
JulieStielstra: Faithful and honorable adaptation; delightful to watch those two golden boys Firth and Branagh finding their excellence.
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62 membres
2 ressenyes
½ 3.7
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112 membres
1 ressenya
½ 4.6
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406 membres
4 ressenyes
½ 4.3
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755 membres
17 ressenyes
½ 4.5
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143 membres
2 ressenyes
3.9
3 Members
Parthurbook, FAMeulstee, v_RuneBerg
Explicacions
Parthurbook: An outstanding central performance in a film that captures the existential mood of its source Jerzy Kozinsky novel.
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274 membres
1 ressenya
4.2
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84 membres
3 ressenyes
3.9
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130 membres
5 ressenyes
3.9
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487 membres
3 ressenyes
4.1
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399 membres
4 ressenyes
4.1
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898 membres
3 ressenyes
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3 Members
anglemark, terran, igorken
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anglemark: Based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
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451 membres
4 ressenyes
4.1
3 Members
Parthurbook, EMS_24, ManWithAnAgenda
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Parthurbook: Only director Luhrmann makes Shakespeare this sexy.
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979 membres
11 ressenyes
4.1
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555 membres
6 ressenyes
3.9
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106 membres
6 ressenyes
½ 4.4
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63 membres
2 ressenyes
4
2 Members
tklay30, EGBERTINA
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245 membres
5 ressenyes
½ 4.4
2 Members
konallis, MaryMeg
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38 membres
2.8
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicacions
paradoxosalpha: Based on Tideland by Mitch Cullin
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859 membres
7 ressenyes
3.9
2 Members
oceancat, Tatoosh
Explicacions
oceancat: an amazing movie and then they never made more, sob. at least we have the book series
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116 membres
2 ressenyes
3.9
2 Members
amanda4242, gsc55
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349 membres
6 ressenyes
4.2
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338 membres
6 ressenyes
½ 4.4
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347 membres
9 ressenyes
4.1
2 Members
tklay30, Yuki-Onna
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143 membres
3 ressenyes
½ 4.3
2 Members
pitjrw, v_RuneBerg
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147 membres
½ 3.7
2 Members
Parthurbook, epaterson
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Parthurbook: The meta quality of having Christopher Plummer playing Kipling - the author of the story - adds to the atmosphere of two stars (Connery and Caine) at the top of their game.
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105 membres
2 ressenyes
3.8
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519 membres
11 ressenyes
4.1
2 Members
tardis, Cecrow
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154 membres
1 ressenya
4.1
2 Members
Aquila, FAMeulstee
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161 membres
1 ressenya
4.2
2 Members
hipdeep, EGBERTINA