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.