We have compiled a roundup of some of the best movie adaptations of books. Out of the hundreds of movies based on books, these 8 movies are the best unforgettable adaptations of all time.
8. Atonement (2007)
Based on: Atonement by Ian McEwan (2001)
This English romantic war drama film is directed by Joe Wright. The romance in the movie belongs to Robbie (James McAvoy) and Cecilia (Keira Knightley). In the story, Robbie is a housekeeper’s son while Cecilia is the daughter of a wealthy family. They are torn apart by a lie Cecilia’s sister Briony told when she was 13.
7. Jane Eyre (2011)
Based on: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
There are a lot of movie versions of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. The 2011 version, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, is one of the best versions of them due to capture the essence of the novel. Jane Eyre is a depiction of a woman’s quest for freedom.
“Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved?”
Director: Cary Fukunaga, Screenwriter: Moira Buffini
6. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Based on: Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (2008)
Silver Linings Playbook which is the Oscar-winning hit of 2012 brings together Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. In the feel-good romantic film, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence) are two broken people recovering together with the help of dancing badly. The movie tells the story of Pat, a man recently released from a mental health facility after brutally attacking his wife’s lover. After walking out of the center he meets Tiffany who is kind but troubled. Silver Linings Playbook is a stunning medley of heart and humor from their first encounter to the goofy dance.
5. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Based on: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (1962)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won the five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay). In the drama film directed by Miloš Forman, McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) and the other inmates of the mental hospital band together to make a rebellion against the oppressive Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).
4. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Based on: Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman (2007)
‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a sensory adaptation of André Aciman’s same-name novel. The story is about a 17-year-old’s first love. Elio (Timothée Chalamet) who lives with his family in Italy he falls for Oliver (Armie Hammer), a handsome doctoral student, working for his father as an intern. Elio and Oliver fall for each other and explore their relationship. What begins as a contentious friendship in idle summer days turns into a full-blown love affair.
3. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Based on: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)
This classic film is generally viewed as one of the best Jane Austen adaptations of all time. This romantic movie stars a powerhouse cast, including Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman.
Elinor (Thompson) and Marianne (Winslet) Dashwood are members of the landed gentry who suddenly find themselves destitute, and they must marry to become financially secure.
Emma Thompson won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay here, and there isn’t a single flaw in director Ang Lee’s playful and beautifully choreographed display that, aside from being one of the most romantic entries on our list, is probably one of the funniest.
2. Fight Club (1999)
Based on: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1996)
Fight Club based on the debut novel by Chuck Palahniuk is directed by David Fincher. In the movie, an insomniac office worker (Edward Norton) and a soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) form an underground fight club. He becomes embroiled in a relationship with a destitute woman, Marla Singer (Bonham Carter). The New York Times dubbed it the “defining cult movie of our time.”
1. Pride & Prejudice
Based on: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
‘Pride & Prejudice’ is a classic romantic drama based on the 1813 Jane Austen novel. It follows the love story of the outspoken Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley), and the incredibly handsome, upper-class Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfayden).
In the story of Pride and Prejudice in 19th-century England, Mrs. Bennet wants to marry her five daughters to prosperous gentlemen, including Mr. Darcy. However, second-eldest Elizabeth is too quick to judge her suiters. What makes this version so unique, besides the stunning sweeping landscape shots, is Kiera Knightley’s fresh take on Elizabeth. Snuggle in for some Regency goodness and enjoy watching Elizabeth fall for the dashing Mr. Darcy. Sparks fly between the two characters throughout.