Worth a Thousand Words: 15 Movies That Are Better Than the Book

It’s no secret that books can often be much more complex and nuanced than the accompanying movie adaptations, but what about when the opposite is true—when the big-screen version of a book ends up even better? We’ve compiled a list of ten films based on popular books that do just that: they outshine the original stories with their compelling plots, stellar acting, and beautiful cinematography. 

So, if you’re looking for an immersive cinematic experience unlike any other book-to-film adaptation has offered before, look no further!

1. The Prestige

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One user shared, “The Prestige. When the author watched the movie adaptation, he admitted there were some plot elements he wished he had thought of.”

2. The Princess Bride

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One Redditor commented, “The Princess Bride.”

3. Fight Club

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One online user shared “Fight Club.”

Another user commented, “I came here to post this.”

4. The Hunt for Red October

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The Hunt for Red October. Only time I’ve ever liked a movie more,” one Redditor posted. 

5. Silence of the Lambs

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One online user posted, “The Shawshank Redemption. They took a concise story and made a fabulous movie from it. Silence of the Lambs.”

6. The Godfather

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One user shared, “The Godfather.”

7. No Country for Old Men

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No Country for Old Men,” shared one user.

Another user commented, “If I remember correctly. McCarthy originally wrote it as a screenplay, which he couldn’t get anyone to produce, so he rewrote it as a book, which the Coens later adapted. So it kind of makes sense that it would be better as cinema was the form in which even the original writer envisioned the story being told through

“I’ve never actually read the book myself. But the adaptation of The Road is nowhere near as good as the book.”

8. Mrs. Doubtfire

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One user posted, “Mrs Doubtfire.”

Another user asked, “That was a book? Damn.”

9. Disney Fairytale Adaptations

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One Redditor posted, “The majority of Disney’s fairytale adaptations. Many of our favourite animated films would have to be rated PG-13 or R if they followed the books. We can’t let kids watch Sleeping Beauty getting r-ped or Cinderella’s stepsisters cut their toes and heels off.”

10. Blade Runner

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Another commenter shared “Blade Runner.”

11. Holes

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Holes.” one user stated.

Another user commented, “My son would agree with you.”

The OP added, “Don’t get me wrong, the book was great. I will say the film was cooler, though.”

The second commenter replied, “Yeah, I’ve had to sit through it once or twice… I warmed up to it.”

12. The Wolf of Wall Street

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One user shared, “The Wolf of Wall Street. I revisit this movie at least once a month. Instant vibe changer.”

13. Jaws

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One user posted, “Jaws.”

14. Airport (1970)

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One Redditor shared, “Airport (1970). Better than the Arthur Hailey novel.”

15. Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
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“Based on an absolutely terrible comic, they made one of the best postmodern superhero films… Back in 2010,” one Redditor said. 

Do you agree with the titles listed above? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Reddit.

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