18 Movies I'm Sorry To Say Are Better Than The Book

    The familiar adage of "the book is always better" is not always true — and these adaptations prove it.

    What exactly makes a great movie adaptation? If you ask me, it's all in the creative liberties. Adaptations aren't meant to be strict recreations of their source material, and often, they're better for not being that at all (e.g. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining...sorry in advance to Stephen King fans, count me among them!). A film adaptation should capture and celebrate the unique "essence" of the original story through reinterpretation of characters, plot, setting, themes, and motifs. While it is entirely possible to enjoy both the book and movie with equal passion, for the purposes of this list, I've decided to round up a handful of adaptations I personally believe have a slight edge over the wonderful books they're based on. 

    1. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

    Jennifer Connelly and Jared Leto in Requiem For a Dream

    2. A Simple Favor (2018)

    Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor

    3. Fight Club (1999)

    Edward Norton and Brad Pitt share a scene in Fight Club

    4. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

    Melisssa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant share a scene

    5. Blade Runner (1982)

    6. Annihilation (2018)

    Five women in uniform holding guns and wearing large backpacks

    7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Jodie Foster's character showing her FBI badge

    8. City of God (2002)

    Upshot of a main pointing a gun down at someone

    9. Psycho (1960)

    black and white shot of women in an office

    10. Mean Girls (2004)

    A cafeteria scene of Katy and Regina in Mean Girls

    11. The Shining (1980)

    Jack Nicholson sitting at a bar

    12. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson dressed in uniform

    13. The Godfather (1972)

    Circle of suited men in an office

    14. Jurassic Park (1993)

    Scientists kneel down with a pained dinosaur

    15. Jaws (1975)

    A woman struggles in the water

    16. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in prison uniform

    17. No Country for Old Men (2007)

    Close up still of Javier Bardem

    18. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    Two astronauts in their space ship