Worst Movies Based On Good Books

MoldySock

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?

The moves sucks so much but that is one of my faviorte books of all time - LiamMurphy

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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

After reading this list, I agree with the person who said that The Lightning Theif was good in its own right. It may not have been quite as good as the book, but it's still good nonetheless. Also, why are several great movies (Bridge to Terabithia, Narnia) on this list?
This film deserves to be number one. Poor visuals and animation, and the humor is really disturbing and inappropriate. The book was fun and enjoyable. The film is none of these. - Gg2000

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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 movie was really good. The book was amazing. If kids are too young to face "harsh reality," when should they have to?

It's really good!

This book was horrid... - MoldySock

4 Carrie (2013)

We don't need anymore remakes!

This remake was amazing! I really don't get why people hate this remake. Chloe Grace Moretz is a great choice for Carrie! It was faithful to the original film, it was really intense, and suprisingly, it can be emotional at times! Seeing Carrie getting bullied and getting abused by her religious fanatic mother made me feel bad for her!

Now u will know she sucks

5 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!

6 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?!

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.

Amazing books, mediocre movies..

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

Even worse than the first movie, and that's impressive. - Cyri

Great phenomenal book, my least favorite movie - Username123

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8 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

I remember this

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9 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.

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

HOW THE HELL TWILIGHT WAS GOOD TO BEGIN WITH?!?!

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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 I Am Number Four

The series is amazing I've read it all but the movie made the whole story just like every other bad forgettable action movie ever.

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

14 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
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
21 Noah

Nothing like the Bible. Totally sucked!

22 Ender's Game

Actually I like the film better than the book. When I read the book, I expected more out of it, but I was mildly disappointed and I fail to understand its praise. - children

23 The Giver

The book is awesome but the movie is "based very, very loosely on the book." Just watch the trailer and you'll know.

*sigh* 20 minutes into the movie, they've already covered 15 chapters plus movie-exclusive content.
Yeah. This movie sucks. - Absolite

24 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
25 It (1990)

Everyone spoke about this at the time it first came out but now that time has gone by, people aren’t really going to remember this one that well. All because of the 2017 version. In my opinion, that version was better as it got a bit more right than the original mini-series

26 Endless Love

The novel was pretty good. The movie sucked. - RoseRedFlower

27 Maximum Ride

This movie was very disappointing compared to the book. It is nothing like the book and LOTS of the scenes are not how it happened in the book.

The only characters that seemed accurate were Angel and Gazzy. The rest of the cast looked nothing like how the characters were protrayed in the book. And they never said Fang’s name once in the movie.

28 Children of the Corn
29 Vampire Academy

Never read the book but this movie was so stupid. And I hated Rose in this movie. So whiny and arrogant. - RoseRedFlower

30 Swindle

The movie doesn't follow the plot or character descriptions at all

I expected this to be bad. - Garythesnail

Swindle! I didn't know that there was a movie of swindle!

31 The Scarlet Letter
32 The Golden Compass
33 The Duff

They changed one of the best books I've ever read into another cliche movie. First, they changed the main characters personality. She had more things to worry about then being a duff her life was complicated and sad. In the movie she was so heart broken by being a duff and changed herself to please others. Then it is her relationship with Wesley. After that is fact they just needed to add a mean girl and groups of people ( like there's no other movie like that. ) They also changed Wesley from rich to a jock. I honestly think the author allowed these changes for fame and was heart broken they changed it so much. - PandoraPanda

Had nothing to do with the book. First, they decided to add bella Thorne to be a mean girl (no mean girl in the book) then they needed to change a girl who had a horrible sad life to one who's only problem is that she's a duff and makes a big deal about it. They changed Wesley to a jock and added groups everyone had to be in ( so original. ) The author wanted fame so she let them change everything about the original amazing book. :(

34 The Hunger Games

Started the series on a good note but the movies got progressively worse and worse as it went on. There's a reason why Mockingjay is widely considered the worst book and the two Mockingjay movies the worst movies.

This Is A Great Movie, And The Book Is Great So This Shouldn't Be On The List - VideoGamefan5

I think the books are great and the mobiel too

Why is this here? I actually love This one Catching Fire and MJ2. MJ1 is fine. Obviously the books are superior, and Mockingjay in general is extremely underrated. - children

35 The Lost World: Jurassic Park

It was based on a book but the movie is better.

This wasnt based on a book

36 I, Robot
37 Inkheart
38 The Lovely Bones
39 The Polar Express

Who ever put this on the list is dead

Completly agree with you on this one, MoldySock. - beatles

What pffftp the movie is way better and adds a more in depth plot. To be fair, the book was a children’s book. This is one of my favorite Christmas movies... - children

40 If I Stay
41 Fifty Shades of Grey

Both This And The Book Are Trash - VideoGamefan5

Isn't this a porno? - Absolite

42 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Yes this was the best book ever but the movie was very bad.

43 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

A disgrace. Lol I ranted the whole time at its premier - moonwolf

44 World War Z
45 Bonfire of the Vanities
46 Fantastic Mr. Fox
47 The Da Vinci Code
48 Mr. Popper's Penguins

Only 5% of the movie followed the book.

49 The Princess Diaries
50 The NeverEnding Story

The book was so great and if you see the movie.. Ughhh

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Top Remixes (7)

1. The Cat In the Hat
2. I Am Number Four
3. Eragon
RoseRedFlower
1. Dr. Seuss' the Cat in the Hat
2. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
3. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
BoyGenius234
1. Carrie (2013)
2. Bridge to Terabithia
3. Twilight
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