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    25 On-Screen Adaptations That Actually Do The Books Justice

    They were just like we imagined them.

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us on-screen book adaptations that are actually good. Here's what they said!

    1. The Hunger Games (2012-2015)

    Lionsgate Films

    "Even though there are a lot of scenes they didn’t include in the movies, i feel like the ones they did include were really extraordinary and with the outstanding performances of Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence, (especially in Mockingjay 2) they were able to portray the Capitol, the games, and the messed up society they lived in perfectly."


    "Might be over said at this point, but I think the hunger games catching fire is one of the best book to movie adaptations out there."


    2. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

    United International Pictures / Mars Distribution / Focus Features

    "Loved the adaptation with Keira Knightley – great book and great film!"


    3. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Orion Pictures

    "It's a classic film for a reason. I expected the book to be miles better, like books so often are, and I was surprised to find myself thinking that as good as the book was, the film was easily its equal, and possibly even superior. The film captures the characters and the tone of the book so perfectly that I would almost say not to bother reading the book."


    4. Holes (2003)

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "There's only one answer and it's Holes."


    "It's the closest reflection of source material I've ever seen and both the book and movie are soooo good."


    5. Little Women (2019)

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "I’m a huge fan of the book and I think the film was able to capture the essence and the vibes you feel while reading the book incredibly."


    6. Me Before You (2016)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I wasn't sure about Emilia Clarke as Louisa but I fell in love with the way she played her, she fit the character exactly."


    7. The Green Mile (1999)

    Universal Pictures



    8. Matilda (1996)

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "I think the movie is better than the book."


    9. The Book Thief (2013)

    20th Century Fox

    "They are pretty different from each other but the movie and book complement each other really well. I never thought they'd be able to make it into a film let alone a pretty decent one!"


    10. His Dark Materials (2019)


    "It does a fantastic job of bringing The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman to life! I can't wait for season 2!"


    11. Jaws (1975)

    Universal Pictures

    "Spielberg's movie actually outshone the book in every way."


    12. Forrest Gump (1994)

    Paramount Pictures

    "It didn't follow the book exactly, but the changes were definitely for the better."


    13. Gone Girl (2014)

    20th Century Fox

    "While there were some minor changes like every other book-to-movie adaptation, it was incredibly accurate likely because Gillian Flynn, the author, co-wrote the screenplay. The movie was as tense as the book, the performances were brilliant – particularly by Rosamund Pike, who was phenomenal in the role of Amy Dunne. It’s a modern classic."


    "The cast is as I imagined."


    14. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)


    "Hayao Miyazaki’s adaptation *absolutely* does justice to Diana Wynne Jones’ novel. Even in the moments when it deviates from the original story, it does so with the utmost love and respect for its source material."


    15. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

    Memento Films International

    "Seeing that Italian summer and scenery and the tension and chemistry between Elio and Oliver brought the intensity of the characters in the book to life. The book and movie complement each other so much!"


    16. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "Any Jane Austen adaptation is always reliable, but for me especially Sense and Sensibility. They always manage to capture the feeling of the book and even include some of the details that make you love the book so much."


    17. Stardust (2007)

    Paramount Pictures

    "Neil Gaiman’s Stardust wins this, yes?"


    "The movie is still the one I watch when I'm sick to cheer me up!"


    18. Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory & Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971, 2005)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I was Dahl’s biggest fan growing up and still to this day absolutely adore the movies that came from this, both versions too! Both are portrayed so differently it’s hard not to love them, and they’re both on Netflix right now!"


    19. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "I thought the movie was very good, I even liked the ending of the movie better than the book ending."


    20. Normal People (2020)

    BBC Three / RTÉ One

    "It is one of the few on-screen adaptations where the book and the series actually complement each other. Whatever makes you feel like it was missing in the book, the adaptation gives us the closure needed, plus don’t even get me started with the chemistry between Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones."


    21. The Princess Bride (1987)

    Interaccess Film Distribution/Vestron Pictures

    "Not as many people know that it was actually a book first. In the book, the author interrupts the story with a bunch of asides, and the movie translated that flawlessly into the scenes with the kid and his grandpa telling him the story."


    "It's such a great book-to-film translation. It didn't remove a lot, but the parts it did omit were justified. The casting was perfect. The screenplay was perfect. It was loyal to the book while still being its own project."


    22. Jackie Brown (1987)

    Miramax Films

    "In my opinion, it is better than Elmore Lenord’s novel Rum Punch. The film trims the fat of some unnecessary subplots, and Tarantino’s always snappy dialogue keeps you engaged throughout the whole movie."


    23. Fight Club (1999)

    20th Century Fox

    "The narration is almost word for word from the Chuck Palaniuk’s book."


    24. Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)

    New Line Cinema

    "Those films are complete cinematic masterpieces that hold up incredibly well 20 years later. They stay mainly true to the books and add to the story and imagery that Tolkien created."


    25. IT (2017)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I genuinely found the IT films to be 10x better than the book. The book felt unnecessarily long and the film really did a great job focusing on the key parts."


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