MHM’s Top 20 Films Based on Books

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it 1000 times — a movie will never be as good as the book because the director’s vision will never be as good as what you create in your mind, but here are twenty films that dared to come close. Read the books and watch the movies to see if you agree with MHM.

#20 Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Based on the book Red Alert by Peter George.

#19 Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Fahrenheit 451 via Horror Cult Films
Based on the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

#18 The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby via Ace ShowBiz
Based on the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

#17 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

3:10 to Yuma via Superior Pics
Based on the book Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard.

#16 Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Dr Zhivago
Based on the book Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.

#15 Greed (1924)

Greed via Jonathan Rosenbaum
Based on the book McTeague by Frank Norris.

#14 Gone With the Wind (1939)

Gone with the Wind via DVD Beaver
Based on the book Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

#13 American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho via Stand by for Mind Control
Based on the book American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

#12 A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A Beautiful Mind Via Waitsel
Based on the book A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar.

#11 The Shining (1980)

The Shining via The Movie Rat
Based on the book The Shining by Stephen King.

#10 Goodfellas (1990)

Goodfellas via The Movies
Based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi.

#9 Jaws (1975)

Jaws via Hudson Lee
Based on the book Jaws by Peter Benchley.

#8 To Kill A Mocking Bird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird via ABC
Based on the book To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.

#7 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest via Aeon Magazine
Based on the book One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

#6 Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner via The Ace Blog
Based on the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

#5 The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride via Star News Online
Based on the book The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman.

#4 The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Maltese Falcon via True Classics
Based on the book The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.

#3 Schindler’s List (1993)

Schindler's List via In a Lonely Place Encounters with Film
Based on the book Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally.

#2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption via Fogs Movie Reviews
Based on the book Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption a Story from Different Seasons by Stephen King.

#1 The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather via Telegraph
Based on the book The Godfather by Mario Puzo.

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