“It’s all right, but the book was better.” Come on now. Sometimes that’s true, but sometimes the motion picture is as good or better than its printed page counterpart. Here are 11 tales we love in either form.
The Hunger Games: Catching FireNot only is this going to be the hottest film of the holiday season, it also features the hottest actress in the world right now, Jennifer Lawrence. What happens to Katniss on her victory tour? Watch and see.
A Clockwork OrangeIf you somehow made it through college without seeing this tale of Pavlovian conditioning and ultraviolence, go ahead and rectify that right now.
Fast Times at Ridgemont HighLong before Sean Penn was a super-serious actor, he stole the show as the original stoney, crusty dude with the mop on top in this winning adaptation of the semi-autobiographical book by Cameron Crowe.
GoodfellasThis flick relates the tumultuous adventures of sometime gangster Henry Hill and features Liotta, De Niro and Pesci at their mobster-y best. If you want even more inside dope on how Cosa Nostra works, pick up the book itself, Nicholas Pileggi’s Wise Guy.
Ender's Game Little kids learn to play video games that defeat the alien bug menace. Ben Kingsley with sick face tattoos. Harrison Ford. This is really all you need to know.
Blade RunnerThere’s little similarity between Blade Runner and its source material, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? That said, both are amazing in their own right.
American PsychoEasily one of the most quotable films of the past 20 years, American Psycho is the rare case of a film adaptation that flat-out beats the book.
DriveWhat’s cooler than having the Drive soundtrack on vinyl? Being the only person at a party who can seriously say they’ve read the original source material.
Fight ClubIs there any man under the age of 40 who hasn’t seen this Fincher flick and read this Palahniuk book? If you somehow haven’t yet, get on it, son.
The GodfatherSimply put, the gold standard of gangster movies. The Mario Puzo book delves into subjects left out of the film, such as Sonny’s massive unit.
JawsThis movie is the reason that people who’ve lived in Iowa their entire lives are afraid of pools. Anything that can inspire that kind of irrational terror is worth a watch.