Any form of art is inspired from somewhere and the art of making films is no exception. Books, especially novels, have been one of the most important motivations while making some of the best films Hollywood has to offer. Award winning movies like The Irishman, Little Women, the Harry Potter series and many other beautiful films have been inspired from literary works.
Let’s take a look at the five best Hollywood movies that have been adapted from books.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, this film too has a lot of awards in its bags including the Academy Awards. Set in the Great Depression Era, this Robert Mulligan directorial perfectly captures the essence of the novel.
2. The Godfather (1972, 1974)
Mario Puzo’s novel, The Godfather, has inspired two of the greatest films that were ever made in Hollywood. The dark, fascinating thriller was given life by Francis Ford Cappola as he managed to dig deep into the characters and show them on screen and probably created a better version of the novel.
3. Fight Club (1999)
This movie is another example of surpassing the novel it was adapted from. Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter were equally good in the film and David Fincher’s use of a narrative voice makes it a visual treat while inheriting the harrowing essence of the plot.
4. The Prestige (2006)
Christopher Priest’s gripping plot of The Prestige was enhanced by the Nolan brothers when they made a movie of the same name. The amazing screenplay by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan along with an impeccable cast of Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman David Bowie, Scarlett Johanson and others keeps the audience hooked to their seats.
5. Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Author Stephen Chbosky, since he published this coming-of-age book in 1999, wanted to make a movie out of it. In 2012, his dream came true when Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was already a favourite among the youth, was made into a film. Chbosky himself directed the film and presented the themes of drug use and strained relationships in the most delicate manner.
Which one among these are you going to watch tonight?