We all are big fans of movies and cinema, whether it is Bollywood content or Hollywood. Every year, we get to see some of the best movies ever made which win our hearts. We have higher expectations from movies that are adapted from some world-famous books. This hangs us on a thread as it made us think which one was better – movie adaptation or the original book? Well, it works both ways. People who are dedicated readers and read regularly prefer books over movies, and those who have a hard time reading books, enjoy movies more than anything! In this article, I’ll be listing down all-time best movie adaptations based on books.
- The Color Purple (1985)
‘The Color Purple’ is written by a famous American novelist Alice Walker and its stellar adaptation is created by Steven Spielberg. This adaptation has done good justice and is extremely faithful to the original novel in terms of characters as well as the plot. Celie’s inner thoughts and emotions have become lively through the phenomenal performance of the cast, which is a great achievement for Steven Spielberg. Hence, it becomes a must-watch movie.
- The Remains of the Day (1993)
‘The Remains of the Day’ is a beautiful novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and its adaptation is created by James Ivory. This story revolves around the character study which is told from an English butler named Stevens’ point of view. All the characters are presented in equal length throughout the film and all of these are rooted in the point of view of the protagonist Stevens. Although the ending of the movie is less hopeful and arguably tragic than the actual novel, it doesn’t feel left out and restrained with the whole story. Hence becoming a must-watch.
- Forrest Gump (1994)
Well, this one is my favorite from the list. ‘Forrest Gump’ is a novel by Winston Groom and its adaptation is created by Robert Zemeckis. This movie has won six Oscars in all, including the one for Best Picture. The streamlined character is beautifully portrayed by Tom Hanks. This movie has taken strong source material and the result is in front of our eyes. Every viewer of this movie finds it charming as well as filled with wisdom. This makes this movie a must-watch in all senses.
- Harry Potter (2002-2011)
‘Harry Potter’ is a novel series written by J. K. Rowling. It comprises various genres like Magical Realism, Adventure Fiction, Mystery, High Fantasy, Thriller, etc. This 8-films long movie series is directed by 4 directors namely Chris Columbus (Part 1 & 2), Alfonso Cuaron (Part 3), Mike Newell (Part 4), and David Yates (Parts 5 to 8). The movie adaptations have done complete justice to the novels, although the makers of the movie had to narrow down the story quite a bit. But we can surely say that these are the ideal adaptations for the fans who are looking for incredible content. So, it is a must-watch too.
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