Top Ten Movies Based on Books that are Better Than the Book

A list of fiction book-to-movie adaptations that improve upon their source material. Includes movies based on novels and short stories; does NOT include nonfiction (so I did not include Schindler's List, for example).

The Top Ten

1 The Godfather The Godfather Product Image

Yep, I agree with this one, though the book is really good too. - Undistinguished

2 The Shining The Shining Product Image

I'd say it's a tie. - Undistinguished

3 The Maze Runner The Maze Runner Product Image

No. The book is way better, at least to me. - Undistinguished

4 Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Product Image
5 Jaws Jaws Product Image
6 Room Room Product Image
7 Die Hard Die Hard Product Image
8 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Product Image

All the Harry Potter books are better than the films.
Just have Fantastic Beast movie series and the award winning stage play.

Both are ok.
But it would've been more interesting to have seen Vernon's day at work seeing McGonagall in cat form and all the other witches and wizards, Peeves, the Librarian, Professor Binns, Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff Quidditch Match and Harry sees Quirrell and Snape in the forest after the match, more of the centaurs, Snape's protection for the stone.

No, the books are really a lot better. - Undistinguished

I definitely agree that all the Harry Potter books are better - except for this one. - Y2K

9 American Psycho American Psycho Product Image
10 The Shawshank Redemption The Shawshank Redemption Product Image

Pretty obvious cause the movie is incredibly well received, and hardly anyone knows the book. - micahisthebest

I believe that. - ParasN2000

The Contenders

11 The Green Mile The Green Mile Product Image
12 Eragon Eragon Product Image

Anyway all the fandom behave like Caillou with the movie so whatever.
Did you notice film version Harry Potter hair isn't black, his eyes aren't green, his scar isn't in the middle of his forehead.

Forget the nitpicking this was about 2 fit blokes. YUM.

Can be smitten by Eragon

13 How to Train Your Dragon How to Train Your Dragon Product Image
14 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Product Image

What? calm down.

Sorry But WHO TF PUT THIS ON HERE THIS WAS THE WORST MOVIE EVER EVEN WORSE THAN SAVING CHRISTMAS (in my opinion) AND I EVEN WATCHED THE MOVIE FIRST

15 Jurassic Park Jurassic Park Product Image

I agree with this one because the movie is more timely than the book.

16 Twilight Twilight Product Image

I usually say books are better than films but this was better than book.

17 The Outsiders The Outsiders Product Image
18 Blade Runner Blade Runner Product Image
19 The Prestige The Prestige Product Image
20 To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird Product Image

It's a tie between the film & the book! The film is a timeless masterpiece as well, Harper lee fanboys. Don't listen to Roger Ebert!

The book is better, and is more timeless than the movie. - Y2K

Damn wrong. - Undistinguished

21 Full Metal Jacket Full Metal Jacket Product Image
22 The Color Purple The Color Purple Product Image
23 Gone with the Wind Gone with the Wind Product Image

One of the best movies ever but not one of the best books though.

24 The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz Product Image

I dunno it's a good musical but..
Oz in the book was not a dream.
I wonder what the plots of the 13 other books are yeah there are 14 books altogether.

25 Call Me by Your Name Call Me by Your Name Product Image
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