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

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

2 The Shining

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

3 The Maze Runner

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

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

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

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
10 The Shawshank Redemption

I believe that. - ParasN2000

The Newcomers

? The Book Thief

The Contenders

11 The Green Mile
12 How to Train Your Dragon
13 Jurassic Park

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

14 The Outsiders
15 Blade Runner
16 The Prestige
17 To Kill a Mockingbird

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

18 Full Metal Jacket
19 The Color Purple
20 Gone with the Wind

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

21 The Wizard of Oz
22 Call Me by Your Name
23 Frankenstein

The book has its moments, but is pretty dry. - truckturner

24 Forrest Gump

I like Forrest Gump in the movie better, plus the movie is more encouraging, dramatic and smoother.

25 Spiderman
26 Twilight
27 50 Shades of Grey

I bet the books are more inappropriate.

28 Eragon

Can be smitten by Eragon

29 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
30 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

And the final movie.

31 A Series of Unfortunate Events

Sorry but it's supposed to be dark comedy.

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