Inspiration for movies comes from many places: plays, songs, true stories, but books remain the most frequently visited well for cinematic inspiration.
This list serves as a reminder that many of the best movies ever made were based on books. Going to go out on a limb here and say that most people probably don’t know that these movies have literary origins because the film versions are just as good, if not—in some cases at least—better!
Here are the 19 best, in no particular order.
- The Talented Mr. Ripley
- The color purple- 1985
- The boy in the striped pajamas
- Forrest Gump
- Schindler’s list
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
- M.A.S.H 1970
- No Country for Old Men
- 12 years a slave
- The Bourne Identity
- One that flew over the cuckoo’s nest
- The silence of the lambs
- Call me by your name
- Fight club
- Little women
- Planet of the apes-1968
- Gone Girl
These movies have best scripts, unbeatable screenplay, amazing acting, and have been recognized as the best works of art. These 19 are my personal favorites. I hope you find your favorite here!