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20 Sci-Fi Novel Adaptations That Were Even Better Than The Book

It doesn't matter if the book is better here.

Literature has had a long history of being adapted into cinema, creating some of the greatest and most influential stories ever put to film.

The popularity of such films also makes their source material more well known as a result. However, many great sci-fi films have actually been based on novels you might not have even known about. 


20. World War Z

Gerry in "World War Z"

19. The War of the Worlds (1953 & 2005)

A crashed airplane in "War of the Worlds"

18. Ready Player One

Wade at the Distracted Globe in "Read Player One"

17. The Hunger Games films

Katniss with Caesar Flickerman in "The Hunger Games"

16. Minority Report

John and co. in "Minority Report"

15. The Iron Giant

Closeup of the Iron Giant in "The Iron Giant"

14. Arrival

The alien spacecraft in "Arrival"

13. Annihilation

Lena and the mutant beat in "Annihilation"

12. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Matthew dozing off in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"

11. Metropolis

The Maschinenmensch in "Metropolis"

10. The Martian

Mark sitting on a rock on Mars in "The Martian"

9. Frankenstein (1931)

Closeup of the monster in "Frankenstein"

8. The Thing (1982)

MacReady staring at the screen in "The Thing"

7. A Clockwork Orange

Closeup of Alex staring at the screen in "A Clockwork Orange"

6. Dune (2021)

Paul and Chani with blue eyes in "Dune"

5. Planet of the Apes (1968)

Taylor and Nova in a tunnel in "Planet of the Apes"

4. Children of Men

John looking at Kee in "Children of Men"

3. Jurassic Park

A T-Rex staring at a car in "Jurassic Park"

2. Blade Runner

Rick Deckard in "Blade Runner"

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Dr. Heywood Floyd touching the monolith in "2001: A Space Odyssey"

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