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.

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
10 The Shawshank Redemption

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
12 Eragon

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
14 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

What? calm down.


15 Jurassic Park

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

16 Twilight

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

17 The Outsiders
18 Blade Runner
19 The Prestige
20 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

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

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

24 The Wizard of Oz

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
26 Frankenstein

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

27 Forrest Gump

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

28 Spiderman
29 50 Shades of Grey

I bet the books are more inappropriate.

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.

32 The Book Thief
33 Breaking Dawn

Twilight fans even if you love Bella/Edward, I still feel like Bella/Jacob should've happened.

34 Ella Enchanted

Never heard of the book.
How many have?

35 The Polar Express
36 Mrs. Doubtfire
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