Worst Movies Based On Good Books


The Top Ten

1 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

This should be #1, because it was a good book to start, but ruined as a movie. The movie did not follow the plot at all. - Hajj

This movie SUCKED! I mean, how amazing is the books! It's pure gold! This movie is a disgrace to society! EVen uncle rick agrees!

Even the author Rick Riordan refused to watch these movies... what does that tell you?

Percy and Annabeth are 12 not 16 and Annabeth has blond hair

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2 The Cat In the Hat

Only at #4? As someone who saw this and Percy Jackson movie, let me say that at least the Lightning Thief was good in its own right, even if it was almost nothing like the books.

This ABOMINATION, on the other hand, fails on almost every level (creepy looking and OOC characters, cheap production, terrible script, racist and sexist stereotypes, sexual innuendos galore, etc.). If I'm perfectly honest, I blame the director, Bo Welch, for this. A lot of this jargon was actually going to appear in the Grinch but Ron Howard had the decency to put his foot down and set a limit on how much of this bull crap (especially the innuendos) would make the cut, meaning the rest got carried over to The Cat In The Hat and Bo Welch delightfully gave that jargon the rubber stamp of approval. DreamWorks being involved this time around, unlike The Grinch, probably didn't help matters. There's a reason they almost went bankrupt - people got turned off by too many pop culture references in their ...more

The book, was creative, goofy, had a ton of effort put into it. Do you have any idea how much trouble Dr. Suess went through to publish this? He couldn't find anyone who would publish it, so he became a publisher who published it himself. The movie on the other hand, is the worst. Most kids today have read the book and don't even know that there IS a movie.

Don't watch it. I'm telling you right now. - Turkeyasylum

This is the worst remake of a book I have ever seen. And I have seen some really bad remakes of books.

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3 Bridge to Terabithia

I thought this movie and the book it was based on were just depressing. the idea of the girl drowning in the lake almost made wanna cry. this is a movie that I will not ever watch again because it describes the harsh reality of losing someone young at this age.

This book was horrid... - MoldySock

4 Carrie (2013)

We don't need anymore remakes!

5 The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

I loved these movies. They were amazing. - Disneylover

What in hell is this movie doing on this list?!

Amazing books, mediocre movies..

I thought the movie was actually all right. Mr Lewis didn't have much humour in the book(by the way I love comedy, who doesn't? ) and I'm glad they add some in the movie.

6 Eragon

I can rant about this movie on and on and I'm pretty tolerable about changes from the source material but this movie wasn't even good on it's own.

A Really Disappointing Movie, Nice Book, But Really Disappointing Film - VideoGamefan5

This was absolutely terrible if I wAtch it again...

Haven't seen the movie but the book is awesome!

7 Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

They kind of ended the whole series in two movies instead of 6, and the ending makes absolutely no sense, way worse than the first one.

Just Like The First Percy Jackson Movie, Not A Horrible Movie, But The Books Are Far Better - VideoGamefan5

Great phenomenal book, my least favorite movie - Username123

Better than the first movie but still should be up there at the top because it had none of the charismatic cherictors form the book. Along with none of the plot and the central cherictors to back it up. This movie is a mess

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8 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This Film Is A Guilty Pleasure For Me - VideoGamefan5

I love this movie! At least is better than "The Cat in the Hat"

Hey this was a decent movie - TRK075

It was slightly better than CITH, but it's on par with the Lorax movie.

9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Holly Hills was a terrible character and the films were all generally quite depressing. Nowhere near as funny. - aldwych94

These 2 movies are 2 of the worst movies I've ever seen, the funny thing is there are more books after the 2nd one and they were gonna make the other ones into movies too, but these movies bombed big time at the box office so the producers killed all the other movies they were gonna make, and thank heavinly Jesus because these movies were HORRENDOUS

Actually I prefer the movies over the books - Yungstirjoey

Zachary looks so awful

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10 Twilight

Were the Twilight books any good? I haven't read them but from what I've heard, both novel and film were terrible.

I agree. Carrie was really good. And what is Lion Witch and Wardrobe doing on her

The Books Were Trash, This Was Trash - VideoGamefan5


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The Contenders

11 Dr. Seuss' the Cat in the Hat

Not only does this deserve to be in the top 5s, but please put The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue on this list!

12 New Moon

The Book Was Trash, And This Was Also Trash - VideoGamefan5

13 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

More like, a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad FILM! This pathetic film is basically "The Cat in the Hat 2.0". A horrific bastardization of the classic, amazing book it's supposedly based on, it barely follows the story, contains unfunny slapstick, stupid pop-culture references, and why is there a "penis" joke in a DISNEY film, along with male strippers? Basically, like with that other film I mentioned, it is inappropriate for children and families and off-putting. Hopefully Judith Viorst disowned this crap.

Watch the animated Golden Book Video one instead, it's much more faithful to the spirit of the excellent book. - SailorSedna

14 I Am Number Four

The movie will better if it directed the original writters, BUT NO, LET'S DIRECT A MOVIE BASED ON A BOOK WITH Michael BAY, IF WILL BEEN GREAT (sarcasm)

Are a scenes that don't like just the book got and got so much errors for example
1- In the book, John got the scar in a boat, in the movie got the scar in a beach
2- in the book sam is redhead, in the movie is brunette
3- in the book Henri dies in the battle at the school, in the movie dies in the battle at the incoporation of the web site of aliens
4- in the book the house of the party is in flames, in the movie only John save Sarah and more later escape
5- in the book the principal of the school show John a article that show he is a alien, in the movie that don't show

Conclusion: the movie was produced to got money

You are number four? Well I am number one! - LordDovahkiin

15 Ella Enchanted
16 Divergent

Instead it was basically a remake of hunger games

I liked this move my only problem is that the scene for Edward getting stabbed is made and cutout, otherwise great adaptation

All the good parts (like someone getting stabbed in the eye) are out

The First Film Was Okay The First Book Was Decent, The Second Movie Was Bad, The Second Book Was OK, The Third Movie Was Bad, The Third Book Was Mediocre - VideoGamefan5

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17 Ramona and Beezus
18 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Why is this on here? Although I did agree the movie was different from the book, they keep Dr Seuss unique style characters and personalities. The movie, I really like, it was enjoyable and really teaches people about the importance of per serving the environment.

When the Once-Ler actually referenced Donkey Kong in this movie I literally was so mad that I threw a chair across the room 😤😡

I Actually Thought This Was An OK Movie

Update m8s: LET IT GROW LET IT GROW LET IT GROW - VideoGamefan5

19 Gulliver's Travels (2010)
20 Outbreak
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Top Remixes (7)

1. The Cat In the Hat
2. I Am Number Four
3. Eragon
1. Dr. Seuss' the Cat in the Hat
2. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
3. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
1. Carrie (2013)
2. Bridge to Terabithia
3. Twilight

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