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What’s Your Favorite “Book to Film”?

We asked the Read It Forward community on Facebook, “What’s your favorite book-to-film adaption?”

An overwhelming majority of RIFers named To Kill a Mockingbird as their favorite.

“I think the most dramatic moment in cinema history is when Finch walks out of the courtroom head bowed, defeated,” says RIFer Zed’s Aunt. “As he passes the gallery rises and then the minister says, (I’m paraphrasing here) ‘Scout your father is passing.’ There is something about that scene that brings me to tears.”

RIFer Cecilia E. agrees. “Perfect adaptation and screenplay, impeccable casting. They really did the book justice and the interpretation from novel to movie was flawless. Still one of my all-time favorites (both versions).”

“I taught the book and film together every year to my ninth grade English classes and NEVER got tired of it! It was full of many wonderful lessons,” says RIFer Kay H. “I’d read the first few chapters aloud to them, and I believe most were hooked by then and read it all the way through.”

What’s your favorite book-to-film adaptation? Leave a comment!

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  • Kira Walton

    I loved LIFE OF PI when I read it years ago and my book club had an amazing discussion about the ending (which of Pi’s stories was the “real story”?). I was skeptical that a movie could do justice to such a magical book. But Ang Lee’s film was gorgeous – and, most importantly, it stayed true to the story’s mystery and left the most important questions unanswered.

  • Cheryll

    Wow, that’s a hard one – I’d have to say A Time To Kill but also The Green Mile, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, The Wizard Of Oz and too many more to go on.

    • RadosRH

      Ooh, Green Mile – that’s a good one. — Kate

  • Emily Cohen

    I do love the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, but it wasn’t entirely true to the story. I’m just a stickler for details! Based on that, I would give my pick as The Silence of the Lambs, as it was nearly 100% faithful to the book.

    • loyce smallwood

      TKAM remains a classic for all time

  • Stephanie D’Aquila

    The Notebook, which was beautifully adapted for the screen!

  • Ladytaka

    The dark half by Stephen king was almost word for word and thrilling book or movie!!

  • JT

    The Help did a great job getting the story from book to film almost perfect. The characters were the best!

  • sue c.

    The Help!!!!!

  • MissSusie

    Rebecca is #1 then would be Sarah’s Key

  • Kathy Cilley

    The Stand by Stephen King.

  • Julia Walter

    While TKaM is very, very good, The Lord of the Rings movies are AMAZING adaptations!

    • RadosRH

      Agree – do you think The Hobbit lived up to TLOTR’s book to film standard?

      • Julia Walter

        I loved The Hobbit while I was watching it, but haven’t felt the need to see it again and again as I did with LOTR. So, no.

        • Kate_at_RIF

          Yeah I hear ya. I tried to re-watch Hobbit on a cross-country flight, but couldn’t do it. But LOTR marathon on a rainy Sunday? I’m ALL over it!

    • CCH

      Absolutely! I think this was the first time I actually like the movies better than the books. Which doesn’t happen often.

  • swansonkl

    I still love “Gone With The Wind”.

  • sharon

    All-time best: The Godfather!!

  • D March

    I really enjoyed seeing Fight Club go from book to screen, and even thought the film elevated the story of the novel, which is rare in my opinion.

  • Angela Benidamou

    My absolute fav book to movie is Wuthering Heights. It’s an oldie but goodie.

  • Yael

    The Help was very well done as a movie. Very true to the book. I also like the Harry Potter series.

  • Vicki_S_N

    Definitely The Wizard of Oz, The Notebook, The Stand and The Help.

  • Kathy Tyger Totten

    Mystic River

  • Susan Feibush Braun

    I agree, To Kill a Mockingbird was my absolute favorite to make the transition.

  • Malee Hearin

    I’d vote for The Life of Pi, what a beautiful incredible film.

  • Pam H.

    I love the story of “The Help”.

  • Barb

    Just finished Life of Pi and then saw the movie which followed the book very closely.

  • sinera

    il gattopardo . to read the book or to see the film is almost the same: a wonderful experience

  • D’Ambra

    I agree with all the posts great adaptation but I’d have to say my favorites are the Twilight Saga and all of Nicholas Sparks especially Dear John!!

  • Daphne Trumps

    I think The Perks of Being a Wallflower was dead on to the book, thanks in great part to the director, who also actually wrote the book. I liked the book, but the film really helped me to understand the characters. Charlie is definitely an unreliable narrarator, so seeing the way other people acted around him, reacted to him, actually was very helpful to understanding their motivation and the overal story.

    • Shanon Peacock Welch

      Perks is one of the only movies I will ever say I enjoyed more than the book. That, and Forrest Gump.

  • Bj Lng

    My favorite was “Sophie’s Choice”

    Saw the movie, then had to read the book.
    A very close second , was “Say a Prayer for Owen Meany”. . ( read the book first on that one, and the movie didn’t dissappoint)

    , was the Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. – the characters even resembled what I had pictured in my mind.


    • D. R. Chazan

      Sorry to correct you but the book is called “A Prayer for Owen Meany” and the movie was called “Simon Birch” which Irving wasn’t himself happy with (although it wasn’t a bad film).

  • Camille Toews

    Carrie and Pet Cemetary were good…so was The Godfather. ALso liked Rich Man, Poor Man ( I know- it was a TV series – but was really well done – fell in love with Nick Nolte)

    • loyce smallwood

      Irwin Shaw holds my interest; love RMPM book and movie and Nick Nolte was wonderful as Tommy Jordache in his breakout performance; also loved Ed Asner/Ray Milland and Gloria Graham and Robert Reed

  • Mark Linnell

    One of the best for kids is of course the making of diary of a wimpy kid books into movies!

  • Lolita Van Winkle

    The Outsiders

  • laurie blum

    The Great Gatsby 3D

  • Jane

    The Help

  • Debby Chandler

    My very favorite was Gone With the Wind.

  • Sandy Steckler

    I think Lord of the Flies was good.

  • Elizabeth

    One of my favorite series of all time is the Anne of Green Gables series. Reading them like wrapping oneself in a soft blanket and sitting by a fire drinking coffee- pure contentment. The movies are just as cozy – pure, clean, feel good.

  • Melissa Amster

    “Where the Heart is” by Billie Letts. I liked the movie even better than the book.

  • Cindy

    Its so hard to make a great movie from a book but there are a couple that I did enjoy and that is The Stand – Stephen King and The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks.

  • joethequarterback

    Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Trooper

    The Perfect Storm

  • Barb

    The Twilight Saga’s are my favorite, also Gone With the Wind and the Notebook. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was about 99% true to the book, done very well.

  • Nancy

    To Kill a Mockingbird – definitely my favorite.

  • soonerstorm

    Silence of the Lambs

  • Carmen

    One of the most brilliant adaptations, in my opinion, was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The book was brilliant and the movie was so incredibly thought out by Eastwood-I have watched it over and over and still see new elements of his genius. Using the actual people to play in the movie, the entire score constructed from Johnny Mercer’s music, down to Jim William’s idiosyncrasies. Grossly overlooked by many.

  • Anderson Evans

    Midnight Cowboy! I think James Leo Herlihy is way underrated. His novel All Fall Down got made into a movie, but I’d skip that flick and just read the book.

  • Emily Ansara Baines

    To Kill A Mockingbird. Always and forever. My favorite book, my favorite movie, my favorite film score.

    • loyce smallwood

      Wonderful. Peck IS Atticus Finch.

  • Kez

    Will be always and forever, Romeo & Juliet (the Baz Luhrmann movie with Leo and Claire)….to meld the original Shakespeare verses with model cinematography, always is stunning to watch.

  • Janet

    The Help! I thought the actors chosen were just perfect in their roles, and the story, while not exactly like the book in every detail, was faithful. Loved both! I’m ready to read The Help again….

  • Cheryl

    My favorite adaptation was “like Water for Chocolate”

  • Beckie

    I normally always like the books better than movies, but there have been good adaptations of quite a few and hard to narrow down! I loved LOTR movies, and Chronicles of Narnia. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was also great. Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and so on…so many! Although I prefer movies to stay true to the books, The Shining was also a great movie, even with the changes from the book added in.

  • Kathy H

    I loved Stardust – both the movie adaptation and the book by Neil Gaiman.

  • Darielle

    I would say Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The movie, though not exact to the book, portrays the hilarity and goofiness that the book originally portrayed. And seeing the characters interact and come to life is wonderful.

  • Mary

    Another good one was True Grit. The newer version of the movie was pretty true to the book.

  • Vito69

    Ben Hur, great book and movie!

  • Ann kennedy

    I liked “one flew over the cuckoos nest”. By Ken Kesey,
    ook and movie were great.

  • superdumb

    A Room With A View

  • Maureen

    I loved “The Girl with the Golden Tattoo!” I read the book first and then saw the movie. The characters were true to the book.

    • Barbara

      I agree the movie was very true to the book and the actors were great in it!

  • happyoregongirl

    Martin Scorsese’s THE AGE OF INNOCENCE was a perfect translation of a book to film, in my opinion. Edith Wharton earned the Pulitzer Prize for her novel and in the hands of Scorsese the story luminously came to life. The casting of Daniel Day Lewis was perfect. The performances, photography, art direction and even the original music were all exquisite. I love the book and love the film, equally…

  • Amber

    The Notebook of course!!

  • auntiedee

    I will have to say my favorite book that was turned into a movie would have to be “The Blind Side”. It was a very moving movie showing how life is real and everyone is not born into money but sometimes all it takes is for someone to care and do something out of the ordinary for them. They took a person into their home that they knew nothing about except that their son saw him around school. I say that isn’t something that happens all the time.

  • Amber

    The Notebook!!!

  • Rosina Hodges

    My favorite book was The Help is a timeless story about the ability to create change ·

  • Tammy Eichen

    I liked Kiss the Girls. It’s fun to see which actors are chosen for the parts and how they differ/are alike what I had pictured in my mind as I was reading the book. Plus, I love Morgan Freeman!

  • dwilliamslibrarylady

    Schindler’s list. The movie portrayed the struggle very well.

  • kaye

    Pride and prejudice with Colin Firth is a wonderful can’t miss version of a wonderful can’t miss book !

  • pawla

    My favorite book to movie would have to be Cujo. Although the movie was unable to get into the dog’s psyche as well as the book, I was still enthralled while watching it late one night with only my 140 pound Saint Bernard, Bubba, as company!

  • MG

    The Help was great. Life of Pi…was good adaptation….

  • Hayley

    My absolute favorite book-to-movie adaptation is Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer…There’s nothing that I don’t love 100% about the book and the movie.

  • Donna V

    Dances with Wolves was such a great book that it definitely needed a film version. That being said, the book did a much better job of capturing the time and effort put into teaching a language and at the same time establishing a relationship and building trust.

  • Mande

    Oh definitely The Green Mile by far!

  • Carolyn

    My favorite book and movie is for sure Gone With The Wind. Scarlett is such a strong and powerful person. Just love it all the way around.

  • jmt1002

    Definitely “The Notebook”!!

  • pam

    I love Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. The movie follows the book to a tee.

  • DCooper

    ‘TELL NO ONE’ – by Harlan Coben. The French film based on this novel was phenomenal and so close to the text. It’s also on Netflix now! :)

  • Adriana Gutierrez

    Hello, My name is Adriana.I am a book fanatic. I love a good read and would love to tell you about this great Book/movie.
    Blood and Chocolate
    I read the book when I was still in high school. The movie came out a couple years later! I was so excited and was one of the greatest movies/book production ever. I am a huge book worm and am frequently looking for the next read. But this one has stayed in my mind for years. It made a great impression on me and I would recommend it to those that love a good read.

  • Zie’l

    To Kill A Mockingbird, Green Mile, Gone With The Wind.

  • oneluv201 .

    I loved the Lovely Bones even tho the ending in the book was better. Also my Sister Keeper, P.S i love you..etc

  • cginn

    The Help is definitely my favorite!

  • Linda

    favorite movie based on a book I would have to say Sahara. It introduced me to Clive Cussler adventures. I then went on to read many more of the adventures by him.

  • misscallie2005

    My favorite so far is Lord of the Rings. I haven’t seen The Hobbit yet, so I can’t compare that one. But LOTR was just amazing in how close they were.

  • Gayle Glisson

    “Gone With The Wind” The best~~~the classic.

  • Eric Peterson

    It’s not my favorite but the film adaption of “Odd Thomas” by Dean Koontz is pretty spot on. I had only one criticism as to how one character got tweeked but that is minor. I’m just glad the last hurdles to it being released seemed to have been cleared for a release early next year. Now I’m waiting to see the film adaption of “Horns” by Joe Hill.

  • Kim Hunt Thompson

    I would have to say ‘A Walk To Remember”. My favorite book (Firefly Lane), however, hasn’t been made into a movie yet.

  • Dyan

    Pride and Prejudice!

  • Sophie Yvonne Soriano Forquer

    Absolute best was Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg. And soon to be Story of Edgar Sawtelle by Wroblewski. I wish they’d start making the Labyrinth of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • onyxspider

    Lord of the Rings trilogy for sure. :)

  • thefreckledginger

    fight cllub

  • Sharla Keslar

    Harry Potters…… excellent job bring characters to life especially considering how much they had to cut out

  • Sha

    Joy Luck Club
    Raise the Red Lantern

  • Yvonne Gillen Young

    Roots was a superb book, and the made-for-tv movie was equally as good.

  • Yvonne Gillen Young

    Roots novel to made-for-tv movie, The Color Purple, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Exorcist, Sarah’s Key, Atonement, to name just a few that I liked from book to movie.

  • Mick

    The Witches for nostalgia purposes, haha. Or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo springs to mind as the latest.

  • debra

    Gone with the wind, is my all time favorite

  • macramegirl

    Perks of being a wallflower is to me the closest movie they have made from a book.

  • Grandma Linda

    To Kill a Mockingbird certainly is high on the list. Have to say my favorite is probably Gone With the Wind! I’m a sucker for the old epic films. More recently, the Harry Potter films rank high in my books not only personally but because of the way kids reacted by either starting to read the books or wanting to continue reading them. That’s a win, in my book!

  • Cheryl Bowman

    The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. Kevin Spacey was awesome as Quoyle and I love the setting in Newfoundland.

  • JenCP

    My absolute favorite is “Motorcycle Diaries”, both the book and movie are a wonderful portrayal of Che Guevara. It ignites the wonderlust in us all!

  • Geri Wall

    bridges of madison county

  • Lindsey

    My favorite would be Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

  • MaryAnn Scully

    I loved the book Life of Pi and was very impressed by the movie. My all time favorite book is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and I loved the BBC version with Colin Firth. Which reminds me of the book The Jane Austen Book Club, one of my favorites.. The film has become a favorite also; it’s great to see readers talking about reading.

  • Kim

    Time to Kill

  • Frankie

    My favorite book to film is The Notebook or A Walk to remember.

  • Jessica Harmon

    The Princess Bride. I couldn’t get through the book, but the movie is perfect. For a book I loved: The Hunger Games. The way they did the reality tv angle was great.

  • LDuffn

    The Color Purple

  • Lori L

    My favorite book to film is Twelve Years a Slave

  • cyvigne

    I think I’ll go for A walk to rememberby Nicholas Sparks. It’s one of the few movies that I found a little bit better than the original story (novel). I like the ending though it made me sad.

  • philip obeng danquah

    I have read so many books but the book that changed my life was the 7 principles of highly effective people

  • Paula

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I have to admit that I watched the movie first when I was younger and only read the book within the last 10 years. I did the same with Gone With the Wind – in both cases, the movie was great but book was better!

  • Hana

    The Secret Garden.
    Love the book, and loved the movie when saw. But of course love the theatre version, esp. musical (which I played in a pit orchestra for). Loved them all!

    Now, I am so enjoying just starting to read all of the other title postings. Makes me intrigued to see some of them (though I am not a big movie watcher). Thanks all! :)

  • Cindy H

    I think Lord of the Rings is certainly one of my favorites. And I really enjoyed Cold Mountain as a movie as well.

  • Julie

    Most of the time I thought the books to be better than the movies. Not that I haven’t enjoyed some of the movies as well, but I am a reader. I do however believe that my favorite so far and the most surprising of all was Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. AMAZING!!! I absolutely loved the books and the movie, A SURPRISE TWIST!!!! was fantastic!!!

    • Barbara

      I agree with you about the Twilight series, You had to read the first book to truly understand the first movie but the rest were dead on to the books. I loved them and have the read the books many times over which I never did with other books!

  • B. J.

    My favorite of all time is Gone With the Wind.

  • Nancy Q.

    I love the book “Eat Pray Love”. The book includes so much detail that I imagine was difficult to adapt into a movie. The movie leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Bedelljp

    I don’t go to the movies as the heroines are never as beautiful, the heroes are not as manly, the bad guys are never as perverted as all are in my mind!

  • DiDi

    Eddie and the Cruisers-I saw the movie first, then read the book. I loved the movie, and so I picked up a copy of Kluge’s book. The Davidsons did an excellent job (imho) of telling the story visually. I admit I didn’t finish the book because there was too much narrative. Love the story, though.

  • Chezley

    The Book Thief, it did not follow the book exactly but overall the pain, violence, determination, and love was shown in the movie!

  • Daniel Albert

    “The Life of Pi” to me compliments the book, and since I read the book first, images from the book immediately came to mind while watching certain scenes. Another book is “Thirteen Reasons Why” which I’m currently reading. The film starring Selena Gomez, as Hannah Baker, is labeled as in production, but according to a recent interview with miss Gomez, she mentioned the crew stopped filming because of movie adaptation difficulties of the book. It seems there are major problems to bring the book to the big screen, but I saw the trailer on You Tube and it looked okay to me. We will see what happens next.

  • Barbara

    I have to say the “Twilight series”, and the “Hunger Games” was just like the book, I thought they were great! Also the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Water for Elephants”.

  • Wanda

    I didn’t want to see the Harry Potter movies because I didn’t think that any visual could replace those pictures in my imagination, but I was so pleasantly surprised.

  • Ann Broughton

    Gone With The Wind is my favorite.

  • Connie Kline Fischer

    Without a doubt, it would be “Gone With The Wind.” I have never been as pleased with a book-to-film scenario than I have with this movie. They just don’t make them like this anymore.

  • Jason Muckley

    I enjoyed Hollywood’s rendition of The Great Gatsby

  • Chandler Mahoney

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower definetly

  • Kristine Marshall

    Monuments Men. Outstandinbook, movie not too bad. Great at bringing these facts to light.

  • zsuu

    The first Harry Potter book. Some of the other movies, didn’t do right by the book in my opinion.

  • Pj Gaumond

    A Clockwork Orange. I actually saw the movie first and then read the book. The book was better as they usually are. I only wish I had read the book first.

  • Dawn Price Bach

    I loved To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Green Mile. Another one of my favorites is Where the Heart Is-it followed the book very well! The worst movie adaptation of a book I’ve ever seen was Harriet the Spy – Rosie O’Donnell as Ole Golly? No way!

  • Crystal Lynn Watkins

    I know this may sound cheesy, but the new adaptation of “Flowers In The Attic” by V.C. Andrews.. The Lifetime movie stuck to the book and is actually doing the second installment in the series. It was excellent.

  • vminer

    Out of Africa….book by Isak Dinesen, academy award winning movie (1986) starring Meryl Streep. Both were wonderful.

  • aeon_flux

    I loved Nick Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth based on/ inspired by Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, which I also loved.

  • jasmine

    I would have to say ‘The Notebook’.

  • Angela Thompson Alexander

    My favorite book made to movie would have to be the entire Twilight series books. After watching the movies, I decided to sit down and read the books. I was absolutely intrigued by the storyline and how I felt like I was amid the story.

  • Melissa Falk

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- both Swedish and Hollywood versions.

  • Trisha Lawrence Yarascavitch

    I really enjoyed The Help, both the book and the film!

  • Pris

    Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was my favourite book as a young woman, and the film was memorable.

  • iSummon

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was my favorite. The book was magical and really engulfed me and I think HPSS the movie truly captured that feeling the best out of the entire movie series.

  • Kimberly Westrope

    My Favorite Book is the notebook by Nicholas Sparks and the movie is in my top five. Also Sense & Sensibility (the one with Emma Thompson). Cold Mountain was also very well done.

  • The Crafty Angel

    I will automatically have to say Gone with the Wind. :) I collect various GWTW items–including copies of the book (I have a first year edition–just not a first edition; as well as a 2 volume edition from Vietnam). I also have a quirk–I usually won’t read the book until I’ve seen the film. I know most people do it the other way around…I like the save The Best for last 😉 But certainly I have lots of favorites….Harry Potter, to name a more recent one. Wizard of Oz (and all the variants of movies, musicals, etc). The Princess Bride–both book and movie are awesome. I could write a very long post about this subject :)

  • _Starrfire_

    the green mile, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Twilight, the Lord of the Rings, The Last Unicorn, and The Princess Bride.

  • Nikki Kiscaden Everhart

    The Help is my favorite book to film. I love that when I read the book I pictured the characters just as they were featured in the movie!!! Accents and all :)

  • Lindy

    Books are almost always better than the movies and I tend to not watch movies based on books I have read but there are some exceptions. I very much enjoyed the Harry Potter movies and Jurassic Park.

  • Melli

    Pet Sematary! Still to this day remains scary and riveting. Also enjoyed Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith adapted by the BBC.

  • Helen @ My Novel Opinion

    The Green Mile and Stand by Me are two of my favorite movie to book adaptations. With TGM I read the book first and just loved how it was adapted on screen. The actors were spot on! Stand by Me has been a favorite movie of mine for years but I just recently read the novella that it was based on, The Body, and just wish I hadn’t waited so long to read it.

  • Jadorezrg

    The novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was the first book that I read that deeply affected me. At age 13, it changed the way I viewed the world and it made me a more conscious person. I re-read it in high school for a class assignment and gained further appreciation for it. My teacher screened the film version for us. Though, it didn’t contain everything the novel did, it stayed true to the overall message and themes of the book. The film is a masterpiece. Both the book and film should be required reading and viewing.

  • amy

    I have a rule that I don’t watch movies of books I’ve read & loved b/c most of the movies can’t do the books justice, but my very favorite is Gone With The Wind. The Harry Potter movies are all pretty right on with the books, the books just have more amazing details.

  • ily_2

    I love the Harry Potter Series that was one of a kind and will never be another to top that type of Genre and again if you ask me. Another I love is LOTR, I am a big fan I have watched the movies 100k’s of times and that is no exaggeration, for I fall asleep to at least one of them each night. I also love The Hobbit movies, though, I don’t think they lived up to the LOTR because if you watch the extras Peter Jackson explains that he had 2 years to get the LOTR together but he only had about 5 months to get The Hobbit together. I do believe if he had more time that The Hobbit could have had the potential to have been better than the LOTR due to the advances of technologies. I also love The Hunger Games but I don’t like all that they have left out, they don’t go into detail like they need to and that bothers me a bit. Now if you want to talk about TV shows being put from book to TV, Game of Thrones takes the lead of anything I’ve came across.

  • laviyah

    The Thornbirds

  • pnagle51

    I have a hard time picking a favorite book. I like so many. I really like the Anne of Green Gables books. I read them as an adult and truly enjoyed them.

  • TightLug♥88 ✌

    Well I read all the Twilight Saga books and I loved them all but the last one compared to the movie was amazing similar. The Green Mile was an Equal. I have watched this movie so many times and will many more.

  • Deb Muzik

    The Book Thief

  • RDRA

    The Book Thief and Life of Pi

  • Autumn

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Swedish first, and the US second.

  • Amanda Albert

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Both the book and the film were beautiful.

    • Michelle Wilczewski

      I had no idea they made that into a film. I’ve tried reading the book a couple times and have had trouble getting into. I’ve heard good things about it, I want to like it. Will have to try again.

  • Seymoure

    Twilight-Partly because I could relate to the area it was filmed in. It was a local filmed movie and the characters were awesome. It was a very interesting saga.

  • Michelle Wilczewski

    Tough question. I can be critical of movie adaptations. I have gotten to the point where I choose not to see the movie. It seems the movies are full of adaptations…have screenwriters lost the ability to create an original screenplay? Is this an awful response? I guess I’ll have to give it more thought.

  • McCoy

    Cold Mountain — loved that book and then loved that movie . . .

  • Buffalogirl

    Cold stayed pretty close to the book (for the most part!)

  • Mandi Macabre

    Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

  • Guest

    My favorite book-to-movie movie id definitely

  • Teri Henry

    The Notebook

  • Marjorie

    Can’t argue with To Kill a Mockingbird. If I may, I’d like to name the worst, very worst film made from a GREAT book. City of Joy – loved the book – the movie was just silly/sticky.

  • Laurie207

    Definately was “A Time to Kill” for me

  • D. R. Chazan

    Almost all movies are poor versions of beloved books (not such great books make better movies, actually). However, there are a few that work well. The few that I would pick are “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” “Love in the time of Cholera” and “Cider House Rules”.

  • Tammy Donnelly

    The Godfather

  • LindyLou

    Neverending Story…

  • Pabkins

    Hmm probably The Lord of the Rings books. I felt like they really took their time and tried to include as much as they could (I also adored the cartoons that were made back in the 80’s)

  • Laurie Mitchell-Iglesias

    Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Anne of Green Gables.

  • Elizabeth

    It would have to be the Help.

  • tennisislife

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

  • Kay

    Gone With the Wind…….The Other Side of the Mountain…The Good Earth to name a few

  • grandmadorfee

    Loved “The Help”. It was very close to the book. I am eagerly awaiting “The Giver”.

  • Cheryl Lucas

    Princess Bride, by William Goldman. I saw the movie before I even knew it was a book and found the that when I read the book the characters rang true.

  • Danielle

    The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje – so beautifully, poetically written, and Anthony Minghella did a wonderful job capturing this and putting it on the big screen. Only one thing that I was disappointed by was that the relationship between Hana and Kip was much more prominent in the book than the film, but overall the movie was excellent.

  • Kait

    American Psycho and The Great Gatsby, they were both fantastic

  • angelam

    The Lord of the Rings

  • suanne

    Snow Flower And The Secret Fan

  • Christy M. Davis

    Hello everyone my favorite besides The Color Purple was The Notebook. The actors were just as I imagined Noah and Ally to be in my mind.

  • Marqui

    The Firm

  • Flowerchild1994

    “Water for Elephants”

  • Traci Stewart

    So many, but probably any by Stephen King, and I love Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

  • Elaine Lemay

    Delores Claiborne was a great read and the movie followed the book very well

  • Jeanne M

    My favorite book is the same as my favorite play on Broadway and that’s Don Quixote Man of La Mancha! After all what woman wouldn’t love to have a man like Don Quixote who only sees the best of “Dulcinea”! So go forth Don Quixote and seek “the Impossible dream”!

  • Emsy Van Wyck

    Franz Werfel’s The Song of Bernadette

  • Eli Carnley

    To Kill a Mockingbird or Catching Fire, off the top of my head. The opposite question is much easier to answer.

  • Nerisa

    My favorite top 5 novels made into my favorite movies are (1)Aqua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) by author Laura Esquivel (2) The Joy Luck Club by author Amy Tan(3) The Color Purple by author Alice Walker (4) Forrest Gump by author Winston Groom and (5) Cloud Atlas by author David Mitchell.

  • Gabriela

    The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides

  • Shelly Itkin

    The Firm by John Grisham

  • BluRose

    The Princess Bride

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  • Lewy Hutchinson

    The monuments men by Robert M. Edsel.

  • Martuu Chapman

    I’m going to sound very cheesy or silly, but my favourite book-to-movies are TFIOS and The Help. I also really liked both THG movies and Maze Runner. Let’s not forget about Harry Potter, though!

  • tracy

    Life of Pi book was OK movie was great

  • Justin

    Gotta be Hunger Games

  • Yesenia

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • d-lc

    Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

  • Josh Thomas

    Most recently, Gone Girl. Fantastic adaptation.

  • Cassie2930

    Definitely The Help!

  • 65000C

    This movie has missed some details from original script; since talking about following the script i think hannibal lecter was most close adaptation to script in the jodie foster movie.

  • Cindy

    Gone Girl

  • Sandy McCullough

    The Help, I could read it again and watch it again!

  • Isabel

    The Shining, LOTR, Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy, IT, Harry Potter, and on and on…….

  • Lisa Martin

    Two favorites. No Country For Old Men and Silence of the Lambs.

  • Melissa McCurdy

    Gone with the Wind

  • dorothydistefano

    Very few books are successful as movies, in my opinion. Something is always lost. I can say this: I enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird in both forms and someday I might forgive the makers of the Harry Potter movies to diminishing the role of Nearly Headless Nick and completely omitting Peeves. I was actually okay with Gone Girl, though the mood of the ending was different. Apparently nothing compares to my imagination when I read…

  • Wendi Morris

    I simply love Contact written by Carl Sagan. I think I have watched the movie at least 6 times.

  • Bonnie Bevers

    The Great Gatsby. One of my favorite books, and a great movie!

  • NBCMom

    Many don’t totally wreck the novel…another good one was The Namesake by Jhumpha Lahiri

  • Ade

    Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. The movie was every bit as chilling as the book. It’s rare when a movie studio gets the feel and the nuances of a book but the casting and direction for this particular film were superb.

  • V Taylor

    There’s no way I can pick just one favorite book-to-film adaptation. A few of my favorites are: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE COLOR PURPLE, JANE EYRE (the 1944 and 2011 versions), ETHAN FROME, STAND BY ME, and LOVE STORY.

  • Kristy Rap

    The Shining and To Kill a Mockingbird. Too hard to choose!

  • PatC

    What about The Kite Runner? The book was a classic and the movie certainly did it justice.

  • barb

    The book thief

  • Denise

    I really liked Gone Girl- both the book and the movie!

  • ADKKatie

    I often find movies disappointing compared to the book but thought Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was great. Hogwarts was even better than I had pictured it in my mind.

  • Ellen Schueler Wenz

    The color purple

  • Laura

    I typically prefer books over movie adaptations as they tend to miss key pieces, which is why I really enjoyed Gone Girl. The book was fantastic, but I was beyond impressed at how well they made the transition to the big screen.

  • Penny Buffman

    The Help…..I loved the book! Then watched the movie to put faces to the characters, I was not disappointed, as what usually happens. The movie was as interesting as the book!

  • Kritika Narula

    this is where i leave you by Jonathan tropper, tfios too

  • Karen Terry

    Misery was one of my favorite movie based on a book that I have read.

  • christine koons

    Gone With The Wind

  • Candace Rossney Broman

    Gone with the Wind…an oldie but a goodie!

  • Suzette Gacek

    Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Hunger Games, and Gone Girl to name a few . I’m a book and film nerd. What about Gone with the Wind and…

  • Thomas Taylor

    Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Laurel Hamilton Eden

    I think one of my favorite book-to-film adaptations was John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. While the real-life setting and personalities lent themselves to what screamed movie, under the direction of Clint Eastwood and the acting of John Cusack and Kevin Spacey, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, book and film, was a win-win for me. I loved them both.

  • loyce smallwood

    NIGHT OF THE HUNTER by Davis Grubb is a gripping and somewhat dark tale that grabs and holds the reader’s interest throughout. The movie stars Robert Mitchum as the diabolical minister and Shelley Winters as his downtrodden wife along with Lillian Gish who plays the stalwart champion of the downtrodden children. Beautiful production in black and white.

  • Dianne Ochiltree

    My favorite movie from a book continues to be the 1939 classic, THE WIZARD OF OZ.

  • Ellen

    The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Sarah Hall

    It is a tie for me between “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Princess Bride”. It depends on what kind of mood I am in.

  • Donna

    Horse Whisperer

  • Christel

    Since movies based on Steven King’s books don’t do them justice, I’d have to go with To Kill a Mockingbird or Fahrenheit 451, or Harry Potter….oh, there are just too many.

  • deb

    I loved To Kill a Mocki gives, but also loved Gone with the Wind.

  • Jeanine Birckbichler

    My favorite book to movie adaptation was The Help. The book was awesome and the movie didn’t change the major themes and scenes that were in the book.

  • Rose

    Well I don’t know if it was my favorite of all movies and books, I saw The Shinning when it first came out many decades ago, but I just read the book last week. I don’t know why I ever let so much time elasped between the two.

  • Rose

    I would have to say one of my most favorite books and movies would have to be Gone With The Wind. I saw the movie when I was only 15 and I was accompanied by my father. I didn’t read the book until ten years later. Even though it’s been many decades since I will not watch the movie again. It could never match up to s dreamy fifteen year old perception of life.

  • Mana

    The Fault In Our Stars

  • CCH

    Memoirs of A Geisha: after reading this book I thought there was no way the movie industry could come near to making this come alive, but the actors were perfect and the story was spot on. Love, Love, Love!

  • Daiane

    Divergent all the way!!

  • Karen

    The movies based on JR Tolkien’s books have been wonderful. I hate to see them end.

  • Elaine Williams

    It is a tie: The Color Purple and Charlotte’s Web.

  • Faye

    A Room with a View

  • Edmond Dantes

    The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles. Superb adaptation to film!!

  • HollisterJohn

    The Man Who Would Be King. Amazing chemistry between Connery and Caine. Keeps faith with Kipling’s story. An intense emotional ride.


    I love the books that brought us “””LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRE””” with each book I felt as though I were there with her.. To have a family and to travel over many unknowledgeable roads and forest, had to be such an adventure but dangerous…. I love to take dangerous but very adventurous trips. Here this young girl kept all her adventures written done to be put into books, well that’s good for us and our children to enjoy.. There are many other adventure type books but this one is what I love the most.

  • Kristine Grace Relador

    The Lovely Bones & The Fault In Our Stars. <3 :)

  • Glenys Gordon

    The Green Mile….

  • Carolyn

    Lord of the Rings! Sure they had to leave some great stuff out (Tom Bombadil), but if they had tried to include everything the movies would have been too long for anyone to sit through. I think they did an amazing job capturing the feeling and energy of Tolkiens epic, and it was great to actually see this world that before I could only imagine. Plus, the Nazgul were so chilling and spot on!

  • JoAnne

    UNBROKEN! Good book , good movie. Heart breaking that anyone would have to endure such trials.

  • kb198

    Definitely Gone Girl – I’m looking forward to seeing Gillian Flynn’s other novels adapted to the big & small screen!

  • Mary Jo

    Two titles come immediately to mind. Pat Conroy is probably my favorite contemporary author and PRINCE OF TIDES is one of my favorite adaptations. Another favorite is ORDINARY PEOPLE by Judith

  • Mafalda Valente

    Gone with the Wind, by far.

  • Yvonne Gillen Young

    “In Cold Blood” the movie made in the 60s followed Capote’s book closely.

  • Kathy

    The Accidental Tourist

  • Maria Giordano

    The color purple.

  • Christina

    Lord of the Rings


    gone with the wind. The first “big” book I read and started me on my love of reading.

  • Mike Cormier

    The Virgin Suicides

  • Lucy Beauclair

    Tuck Everlasting

  • Turtlewoman71

    T.K.M is my absolute fave, but I loved Gone Girl, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the Help also. I still prefer Robert Redford as J.Gatsby, but maybe the 3D version will grow on me over time like DiCaprio and Dane’s updated version of Romeo and Juliet did… Great discussion! :)

  • Octlow

    A Book that I love to see made into a movie would be “Boys in the Boat”. A book I read and saw the movie, which I believe was great, is Hunger Games. Oh yea, Swedish version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy was excellent.

  • heather

    The Shining-It is like the book was written for Jack Nicholson.

    • Dawn Price Bach

      Stephen King hated the movie – even in the post script to the sequel, “Dr Sleep”, he states that he doesn’t understand the fascination people have with that movie. I used to think he was a jerk about it, but as I write more I definitely understand that protectiveness you have about your characters and how you picture them as you’re writing.

  • Pola Almonia

    The Green Mile by Stephen King!!

  • Bbq_bibliophile

    I’m going to settle with The Godfather and Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan. The godfather is a no brainier. Prince of Thieves didn’t make much money nor much fan fair at the box office….. But great book and solid movie

  • Nancy Shepherd

    I enjoyed the movie made from John Grisham’s novel A Time to Die. Sure, To Kill a Mockingbird was great, but it is a bit of an oldie. This was the first time I had really seen Sandra Bullock as an actress, I felt an appreciation for her skill that I had not felt before.

  • Bex

    Ohhh there are so many!! To Kill a Mockingbird definitely! Also Coraline, Rosemary’s Baby, Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange and Baz’s The Great Gatsby! Could be because I’m partial to most of those directors listed also 😉

  • Juny Soukhavong

    To Kill A Mockingbird and A Walk To Remember

  • Danielle Montanaro

    Gone With the Wind gets my vote

  • Marjorie

    “Gone with the Wind”, though the movie was very different from the book. Both were wonderful!

  • Kathleen Bianchi

    I have to join the majority on this one To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite. It just rips your heart out watching it and the same goes for the book. I was a child when I saw the movie and read the book but it still stands out as being the best.

  • Natalia H.

    My favorite book has yet to become a movie, so I’ll go with Pride and Prejudice (2005).

  • mampdx

    Torn between two: the 2005 production of “Pride and Prejudice” and Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptation of “Rebecca” (“Go ahead. Jump. He never loved you, so why go on living? Jump and it will all be over…).

  • Marcellan Grimsley

    Truman Capote

  • Linda Reck

    To Kill a Mockingbird, hands down.

  • Deirdre

    It’s not quite unanimous, but I’d have to say “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The script was one of the best adaptations ever written for film and the casting and direction were dead on. I can’t really fathom who they would get to write the script, cast the film or which director would do the prequel/sequel that is being published.
    My second choice would be Umberto Ecco’s “The Name of the Rose”. The script did not disappoint.

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Deirdre, lots of RIFers agree with you!

  • Carol Mooney Kemp

    I must agree that To Kill a Mockingbird wins!

  • topazshell5

    The Age of Innocence is my favorite movie. Edith Wharton wrote the novel. I like it because of the beautiful scenes: salt and pepper shakers, carriages, fans,etc. I’d like to look at it this very moment. Thanks for entering me in the contest.

  • Silver’s Reviews

    I loved Rebecca. :) Also To Kill a Mockingbird. The Book Thief is a newer one that I loved.

  • Teresa

    The World According to Garp (John Irving)

  • Laura Roberts

    Fight Club stands out in my mind as an example of a film actually being superior to the book — which is rare.

    As far as other adaptations of books I enjoyed, however, I’d agree with Darielle that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was well done in film form. And I always enjoy adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories, whether for film or television.

    I would LIKE to see someone attempt to produce Leonard Cohen’s excellent book, Beautiful Losers, for film (though there IS a film with the same title, it’s not based on his book). Anyone want to take a stab at it? The sentient vibrator scene is sure to be a hit, especially with all the 50 Shades fever…

  • Susan

    Without doubt or hesitation, To Kill A Mockingbird. I adore Gregory Peck. The book is probably my favorite of all time, as is the movie. I’ve never seen a book to screen adaptation that comes close.

  • judy cohen

    Exodus an older book and the movie was early Paul Newman.

  • Jonetta Fetchko

    I like the heart is is a lonely hunter. alan arkin was superb
    in that movie.

  • EnVy

    The Age of Innocence by Martin Scorsese (movie); book by Edith Wharton

  • Lisa Murray

    The green mile by Stephen king was made into a fantastic movie

  • Alex Rivers

    The Hours by Michael Cunningham and the film The Hours with Nicole Kidman, Allison Janney, Ed Harris, and Julianne Moore.

  • Abby Sandberg

    The Bates Motel series from the book and movie Psycho. Also, Flowers In The Attic and so far Petals On The Wind by V.C. Andrews

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Have you seen the new tv show Bates Motel, Abby?

      • Abby Sandberg

        Yes i have…im all caught up on seasons 1 and 2 and have been watching the 3rd every Monday night like clockwork. Its all so addicting!!

  • Annette

    Pride & Prejudice. Love that Mr. Darcy. Have read all kinds of sequels by other authors and all versions of the movie.

  • V Taylor

    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is definitely at the top of my list, but running a close second is JANE EYRE, particularly the 1944 and 2011 movie versions.

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      To Kill a Mockingbird … I actually love the movie more than the book!

  • RosemarySimm

    Dr Zhivago is probably my all time favorite for both book and movie. I haven’t read the book a second time since it was so lengthy, but I watch the movie often.

  • Fee Roberts

    There is no way that I could ever pick a favorite book. My Mom taught me to read before I ever started first grade and I have been reading ever since. I don’t watch much TV or see very many movies, so I really don’t have an answer for that.

  • Eliza

    I wouldn’t be an Atlantan if I didn’t say “Gone With the Wind,” but the best has to be “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Aww, love this pic!

  • Sherrill

    My favorite book turned into a movie is Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. All of C.S.Lewis books are good and the movies are right on with the books.

  • Rachielle

    The Book Thief by Marcus Suzak

  • umeboshi-chan

    84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff

  • Linda Reck

    Marjorie Morningstar

  • Joyce Kernan

    Gone With The Wind

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      All-time favorite, Joyce!

  • cpires

    queen of the damned, interview with a vampire, Anne Rice vampire chronicles

  • Shannon

    I LOVE the hannibal tv series, but I’ve not read Red Dragon yet. Are the book and tv series very similar?

  • Linda Reck

    Lonesome Dove

    • John Mulqueen

      Great choice. Should have thought of that

  • Kathleen

    The Ladies No.1 Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, I know it was a TV series, but I still loved it!

  • Ramona

    It’s a toss up between To Kill a Mockingbird and The Thornbirds

  • Elizabeth

    Hmm, this shouldn’t really be hard because, most of the movies don’t even compared to the books, lol. I would have to say The Secret Life of Bees by: Sue Monk Kidd:)

  • jramirezw

    The Last King of Scotland

  • Judy Paulk Power

    TKAM is great. But before that there was Jane Eyre. The 1940’s version. And of course, Gone With the Wind. Oh, and Great Expectations. What about The Help? Oh my! So many, so little time!

  • Mrs

    A Clockwork Orange is one of my favorites. It was a great film adaptation of the novel in spite of the issues between Kubrick and Burgess.

  • Chrisbails

    Harry Potter-all of them. Game of Thrones.

  • Nancy Ehler

    The Witches! I’ve read that book aloud to about 15 classes. The movie adaptation was pretty good!

  • Mimi

    Angela’s Ashess

  • Ricky Bleu

    Mrs Dalloway