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FREEBIE: MY FAVORITE BOOK-BASED FILMS
(I will not include comic-book based films on this list because otherwise the list would probably be mostly those :D )
1. A Clockwork Orange (1971, dir. Stanley Kubrick) based on the novel by Anthony Burgess
The film is bit different than the novel, but equally amazing. Since I have both read the book and seen the movie several times, it is hard to say which one I like more- actually it is impossible. This is one of those films that inspired me to apply to study film. Stanley Kubrick is a genius.
2. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972, dir. Woody Allen) based on a book by David Reuben
Oh dear, this film is SO FUNNY! If you are familiar with the style of Woody Allen and you like it, you will LOVE this one. Collection of "short" stories about different aspects connected to sex. Here is a little clip: (and yes, Woody Allen is also a genius and a great inspiration to me)
3. The Social Network (2010, dir. David Fincher) based on 'The Accidental Billionaires' by Ben Mezrich
One of my favorite films made in the past few years. I was very prejudiced about this one because I really didn't think a story about Facebook would be that interesting. But this film is brilliant- Jesse Eisenberg is mind-blowing.
4. The Shining (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick) based on 'The Shining' by Stephen King
Not completely "loyal" to the novel, but the basic idea is the same. Jack Nicholson is great in this film- it is so interesting to follow the increasing of his insanity. Once again, Kubrick RULES!
5. My Own Private Idaho (1991, dir. Gus Van Sant) based on 'Henry IV part 1', Henry IV part 2' and 'Henry V' by William Shakespeare
Very interesting, very underrated film; I feel like NO ONE has heard about this one. Elements of the storyline from the mentioned Shakespeare plays; at parts the language is very "Shakespearean" since in many scenes the dialogue is taken straight from the mentioned plays.
6. The Time Machine (1960, dir. George Pal) based on 'The Time Machine' by H.G. Wells
If you like science fiction, you will LOVE this one. I love the set pieces from the 60s; if you are familiar with Star Trek- the Original Series you know what I am talking about.
7. The Wizard of Oz (1939, dir. Victor Fleming) based on the book by L.Frank Baum
So colorful and happy. I love the music, the characters and the way the film is made. One of my favorite musicals of all time. (It was hard to pick between this and Phantom of the Opera as the musical to include to this list)
8. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, dir. Julian Schnabel) based on the book by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Such a beautiful, inspiring and heart breaking story about a man who's life changes in a blink. Based on a true story. This one will make you cry!
9. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, dir. Elia Kazan) based on a play by Tennessee Williams
One of my favorite plays, one of my favorite directors, one of my favorite actors - this film is a great package. Marlon Brando is phenomenal.
10. Bicycle Thieves (1948, dir. Vittorio De Sica) based on the novel by Luigi Bartolini
Extremely inspiring and beautiful story! They truly knew how to do it already in the late 40s. A much watch for a film buff.
Have you seen any of these films? What are your favorite films based on books?