Based on a poll taken around the office today, here’s the top 10 favorite film adaptations in no particular order:
1. The Shawshank Redemption
The plot of the film centers around Andy Dufresne, a man framed and jailed for the cold-blooded murder of his wife and her lover. The film’s gorgeous score, beautiful cinematography, and limitless rewatchability is what lands it on this list. Brooks was here…..So was Red.
2. The Hunger Games
Based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games takes place in a dystopian future where the world is separated into districts. These districts offer up a tribute of a boy and girl to fight to the death in what is known as The Hunger Games, in recompense for attempting to overthrow the government.
Amazing costuming, skilled acting, and fantastic locations easily makes this a favorite.
3. Fight Club
I’d tell you about it, but it’s against the rules.
4. Jurassic Park
Although the adaptation is way less depressing than the original novel, Jurassic Park holds a special place in our hearts by being the first movie to ever make us truly terrified of a T-Rex actually coming to eat us.
The classic tale of Peter Pan retold with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman as the principle characters delighted us as kids, and still does today.
6. Harry Potter
All of the films are included because the war between the Hunger Games crew and the Harry Potter crew began shortly after this list was created. The Twilight crew has stayed hidden, presumably because they knew they would have gotten picked off first.
Alliances aside, both the novels and the films were inspirational and important to millions of readers/viewers.
7. Blade Runner
While not the most faithful adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel, Blade Runner still stands as a behemoth of film that still has stories from the set passed around even today.
8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Johnny Depp’s faithful recreation of Hunter S. Thompson combined with the trippy visuals dripping from this movie give us an insight into the author’s mind, and a world often unseen.
9. To Kill A Mockingbird
The controversial novel by Harper Lee opened the minds of millions to their own racism and the blatant racism they let happen around them. The book was banned in several states, and the film’s star Gregory Peck had to fight tooth and nail to get the movie made. Well done, sir, well done.
10. The Dark Knight
Heath Ledgers last full film left behind a true villain and the line “Why so serious?,” stuck in our heads. Ledger’s performance aside, the film is beautifully shot and the story masterfully done, landing it a solid spot on our list.
What is your favorite film adaptation and why? Let us know in the comments down below!