A book can be so much more than just the written word. It can transport you to other worlds, introduce you to characters you’ll never forget, and stay with you long after you turn the last page. The most influential books are often adapted into movies because they have such great stories that they can’t be contained in one medium alone.
If you haven’t seen these 8 movies based on books, don’t hesitate to check them out!
1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, also known as The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, is a mystery/crime novel adapted for both film and television multiple times. Daniel Craig plays investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander.
Initially written by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, the book was first published in 2005. A film version of The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo was released in 2009 and was directed by David Fincher.
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The novel Gattaca was written by North Carolina author Eugen Schueller Kraut in 1952. It tells a futuristic story of Ethan Powell, who is born with poor genetics and must find ways to fit into society without being detected as genetically inferior.
The movie adaption to Gattaca was released just 20 years later, starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. Like its predecessor, it follows Powell as he seeks to escape from his genetic classification and society’s expectations of him. He fakes his way into a position of power at Gattaca Corporation by hacking his DNA profile to match that of a superior individual.
3) Harry Potter Series
The entire franchise, adapted from J.K. Rowling’s book series of the same name, has earned over $7.7 billion worldwide since its release in 2001 making it one of the highest-grossing movie franchises ever. It also proved that if you don’t see a film when it comes out.’Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2′ is the highest-grossing Harry Potter film, with over 1.34 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts.
4) Catch Me If You Can
Director Steven Spielberg expertly translates Abagnale’s experiences into a thrilling, riveting, and funny film (thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio’s incredibly endearing performance). The movie takes you on a wild ride over Europe as Frank struggles to stay one step ahead of FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) during an exciting manhunt.
5) The Da Vinci Code
Based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel of the same name, this fast-paced thriller follows Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor and expert in religious iconography. When an elderly curator is found murdered at a museum dedicated to Da Vinci, Langdon becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that could have global implications. The book (and movie) are full of twists and turns—it’s difficult to predict what will happen next.
6) The Firm
If you love courtroom drama and legal thrillers, then The Firm is a movie. Based on John Grisham’s 1991 novel, The Firm stars Tom Cruise as a man who takes a high-paying job at a law firm despite initial misgivings, only to realize that he’s made some bad choices. This fast-paced action thriller will keep you at odds with your morality while simultaneously trying to solve its intricate plot. Trust us when we say: It’s worth it!
7) Fight Club
The movie might differ a bit from Palahniuk’s original novel, but it remains clear: Fight Club is an intense psychological study of two men who feel trapped in everyday lives. However, when they start to question those lives, they grow bored—so bored that they create an underground fight club where willing participants are encouraged to take out their aggression on each other.
It’s only a matter of time before things get out of hand, and Tyler Durden emerges as a dark force. If you’re looking for an unsettling thriller with at least some basis in reality, don’t miss Fight Club (and check out the book for more details about Durden).
8) Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton, became a phenomenon when it was adapted into a Steven Spielberg-directed film starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. It tells the story of a billionaire’s island where cloned dinosaurs are brought to life. The movie is an adventure packed with plenty of action, including its share of cliches.
Some refer to it as so bad that it’s good (or so good that it’s terrible). Still, Jurassic Park didn’t receive any award nominations for best picture or even best actor or actress—which makes sense because those generally aren’t considered action films anyway.
Looking for a thrilling movie to watch based on one of your favorite books? Look no further than our list of 8 films based on books that will hook you in! Each film is brilliantly made and will keep you entertained from beginning to end.
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