You're probably used to hearing — or saying — that a film adaptation of a book is always going to be worse than the book. While this is true pretty often, it's not always the case. Some movies are actually better than the books they are based on!
Silver Linings Playbook
Matthew Quick's novel of the same name is an excellent depiction of mental illness, but David O. Russell's perfect cast brought this book to life. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro are what made this film so powerful.
Not a single person can deny that "Forrest Gump" is a brilliant and heart-felt movie, not even the author of the novel it was based on who stated that the film "took some of the rough edges" off his novel. Tom Hank's Oscar winning performance made Forrest one of the most memorable and lovable characters in all of cinema history.
Based on the book "Queen Bees and Wannabees" by Rosalind Wiseman, "Mean Girls" took this non-fictional book for teenage girls and transformed it into a classic quotable comedy. The film took the overall concept of the novel and transformed it into a hilarious and honest story about girls in high school.
Ranked as number 10 on the IMDB Top 250 Movies list, David Fincher's "Fight Club" took an already excellent novel and turned it into one of the greatest cerebral films of all time. The brilliantly written script and hidden images, something that can only be achieved in film, subtly reference the epic finale of the film, forcing viewers to watch the movie twice.
A Clockwork Orange
While the original book "A Clockwork Orange" is considered a classic in terms of literature, Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation is nothing short of a masterpiece. The brilliant acting by Malcolm McDowell brings out Alex's charismatic and dark personality in a way that can only the film can portray.
As the only horror film ever to win Best Picture, "The Silence of The Lambs" brought Dr. Hannibal Lecter to life in Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning performance.
To some, "The Godfather" is considered one of the greatest films in history. Seen today as a classic in cinema, Francis Ford Coppola worked with the author of the original novel in order to make sure that it was honest to the book, and portrayed the characters perfectly.
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird is read by nearly every young student at some point whether it is in middle school or high school, and it is undeniable that the book is nearly perfect. However, there are some things that films can do that books can't, and in this case, it is Gregory Peck's performance as Atticus Finch, which gives the character life.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
The movie adaptation of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" trumps the book version primarily because of the phenomenal acting, giving life to the characters written in the book. The movie is considered a classic, and will be studied in film schools for years to come.