7 Great Movies Made From Books
Movies and books are probably the two most popular modes of entertainment and continue to hold top positions in the world of entertainment. When a popular book is made into a movie, the result is expected to be flattering and such a movie is perceived to reach great heights. However, there have been both kinds of consequences. The list mentioned below showcases 7 movies made from books, where the movies have been box office hits and their books have been bestsellers when they were published.
1. Pride and Prejudice
The classic novel by Jane Austen published in 1813 took its form as a movie several times; the very first in 1940. Revolving around the class system followed in Georgian England, the character of Elizabeth Bennet has been beautifully portrayed by Greer Garson. Casting decisions in the movie were well appreciated with every actor having delivered what each character demanded.
2. Bridget Jones's Diary
The story is about a middle aged woman who struggles with life with her several imperfections that include her weight, absence of a love relationship, her job, her boss and her age. Bridget begins to write a diary describing her life’s vagaries and the men she comes across who create an indelible impact in her life’s journey. Bridget Jones is played by Renée Zellweger who does complete justice to the character for its quirkiness and wit. Both the movie and the book are a favorite among women.
3. Apollo 13
NASA’s aborted lunar mission is the plot behind the story. Tribulations and trials faced by the crew of Apollo 13 and their families after a fatal accident of the space vehicle defines the many emotions and vistas expressed in the book. The movie starring Tom Hanks in the lead was released in 1995 and won 9 Academy Awards.
4. The Harry Potter Series
The British-American film series, which is based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, is probably one of the movie series that has taken the world by a storm in the recent years. Fantasy at its best, the books and movies have millions of readers and viewers who fervently waited to get the first glimpse. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, the movies have also witnessed phenomenal success.
The movie, adapted from the novel of the same name written by Robert Bloch, is considered one of the best of Alfred Hitchcock’s creations and was released in 1960. 4 Academy Award nominations and immense critical acclaim catapulted the movie to roaring heights. The very famous shower scene instills an element of fear to its viewers.
6. A Beautiful Mind
Russell Crowe plays the lead in this 2001 American drama that draws its inspiration from the Pulitzer nominated best seller “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar. John Nash, a young prodigy who becomes a victim of paranoid schizophrenia, has to live with forcible delusions thereby endangering his family. After years of determination and treatment, Nash begins to explore new heights.
7. Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights has been made into movies several times and each time it manages to spin its own magic. The powerful love story between Heathcliff and Catherine transcends the test of time and has been beautifully captured in movies. However, the version starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche has been much appreciated.
A book with millions of words manages to sketch a thousand images in front of our eyes. A movie depicting the book is a visual treat and attempts to do justice to its black and white counterpart. When they are placed together, the outcome is a splendid feast to the senses.