Movie adaptations of books are not always met with enthusiasm or excitement. Constant disappointment has made most people dread seeing their favorite books being taken to the silver screen. However, there have been adaptations that have met the expectations of viewers. Below are a few adaptations that didn’t disappoint.


The Silence of the Lambs
The 1988 Thomas Harris novel was adapted as a thriller film in 1991. The novel was a sequel to Red Dragon and both books featured
Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a cannibalistic serial killer. The film was directed by Jonathan Demme and starred Anthony Hopkins as  Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as Clarice M Starling, a young FBI trainee.


The Road
The post-apocalyptic story follows the journey of a father and son ‘over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unspecified cataclysm that has destroyed most of civilization and, in the intervening years, almost all life on Earth.’ The novel by Cormac McCarthy was published in 2006 and the 2009 film adaptation was directed by John Hillcoat and starred Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Set in a psychiatric hospital, Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel is a study of the ‘institutional processes and the human mind as well as a critique of behaviorism and a celebration of humanistic principles.’ The film adaptation was directed by Miloš Forman and starred Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. The drama film was released in 1975.

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Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte’s only novel and was published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. In 2011, the book was adapted as a British romantic drama, was directed by Andrea Arnold and starred Kaya Scodelario, James Howson and
Oliver Milbur

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Released in 1974, Stephen King’s first published novel, Carrie, is about a bullied misfit who uses her newly-discovered telekinetic powers to take revenge on her tormentors. The 1976 adaptation stars Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie and was directed by Brian De Palma.

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The Godfather
Mario Puzo’s 1969 crime novel was adapted to the silver screen in 1972. The screenplay was written by Puzo and the film’s director Francis Ford Coppola and starred Al Pacino and
Marlon Brando. The story follows a fictitious mafia family in New York City.

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