50 books that make great films (Part Two)

Last week, we introduced you to 10 titles from our 50 favourite book adaptations. This week, we are back with another 10 for your enjoyment! Remember to let us know what your favourites in the comment section below.

A book1Clockwork Orange

This is a brilliantly adapted film and Stanley Kubrick was a great director [Submitted by Penny]

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess | First Published: 1962| Film Release: 1972 | Genre: Adventure Drama Thriller

 

 

book2Doctor Zhivago

Definitely an all time favourite of mine, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. This adaption directed by the great David Lean just oozes class from the onset – and with a beautiful musical score. [Submitted by Roz]

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak | First Published: 1957|Film Release: 1966 | Genre: Drama Romance War

 

book3The Green Mile

This movie adaption left me emotionally charged for days after. It was at times harrowing to watch but beautifully acted by the whole cast – and what a terrific story by Stephen King! [Submitted by Roz and Adam]

The Green Mile by Stephen King |First Published: 1996 | First Released: 1999| Genre: Crime Drama Fantasy

 


book4Gone Girl

The one with Ben Affleck– it’s a bit weird but exciting at the same time. It makes you anxious the entire time and eager to know what really did happen. [Submitted by Marcus]

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | First Published: 2012 |Film Release: 2014 | Genre: Crime Drama Mystery

 

 

book5Inherent Vice

I quite liked the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice featuring Joaquin Phoenix but it is true that books are often better served by TV adaptations. [Submitted by Dave]

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon | First Published: |Film Release: 2014 | Genre: Comedy Crime Drama

 

 

book6Jules et Jim

A seminal New Wave French film about a ménage-a-trois! [Submitted by Steph]

Jules et Jim by: Henri-Pierre Roche | First Published: |Film Release: 1962, | Genre: Drama Romance

 

 

book7The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud

I enjoyed this film, mainly because I enjoy a good sentimental, feel-good, blubbery film! [Submitted by Amal]

The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud by Ben Sherwood | First Published: 2004|Film Release: 2010| Genre: Drama Fantasy

 

 

book8Look Who’s Back

German movie about Hitler coming back to life and fitting in perfectly! A comedy with very serious undertones. [Submitted by Nina]

Look Who’s Back by: Timur Vermes | First Published: 2012|Film Release: 2015 | Genre: Adventure Drama Thriller

 

 

book9The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp once again doing justice the drunken gonzo journalist in Costa Rica. [Submitted by David]

The Rum Diary by: Hunter. S. Thompson | First Published: 1998|Film Release: 2011| Genre: Drama Thriller

 

 

book10Touching from a Distance (Control)

Control is a biopic about Ian Curtis, the singer from Joy Division. The film is based on the book ‘Touching from a Distance’ by Deborah Curtis, Curtis’ widow. Control is a work of art, and the book offers great insight into the life of a Curtis and Joy Division, one of the most influential post punk bands. [Submitted by Amy]

Touching From a Distance by: Deborah Curtis | First Published: 1995|Film Release: 2007| Genre: Biography Drama Indie

 

By Leanne Bellot

 

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