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Added by ranna on 23 Mar 2010 09:24
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Movies Better Than The Book

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People who added this item 1103 Average listal rating (559 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.2
Stalker (1979)
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The Godfather (1972)
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The Shining (1980)
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Blade Runner (1982)
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Fight Club (1999)
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Psycho (1960)
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People who added this item 4224 Average listal rating (2771 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Trainspotting (1996)
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The Graduate (1967)
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The book always beats the movie?
Think again!

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Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Mar 26 18:30
With the ones that I have both seen and read, I agree with your assessment.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Apr 16 16:31
A Clockwork Orange & Fight Club I'd say the films were equally as good as the books. I would add Stardust to this list, as I found the book dull by comparison.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Apr 16 23:50
I enjoyed the Shining more as a book, but I still loved the movie!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Nov 7 21:02
I adamantly disagree with one or two of these, but always good to see some readers around here!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Nov 7 21:15
I'm not sure we can compare a movie and a book, every person has his own expectations after reading.
But nice list, anyway.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Nov 7 23:55
I agree with Stardust!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Nov 8 0:08
Forrest Gump!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Nov 8 5:10
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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Nov 8 10:43
In my opinion, the book is generally better than the movie. This is because the format allows the reader to get more information and a better understanding of the actions and motivation of the characters.

A movie has to do this mainly through dialogue and visual images. Some movies rely on narration to do this, but generally huge portions of back story and subplots must be cut from a book when adopting it to film.

There have been exceptions, however.


Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Jan 10 14:51
Hey guys, thanks for all the comments!
I really enjoyed Fight Club, Trainspotting, Requiem for A Dream and A Clockwork Orange as books, but I still feel that the films surpassed the reading experience. At least for me they did. :) The other books on this list are mediocre at best, but the movies they inspired were all masterpieces.
I was contemplating about adding Shawshank Redemption on the list, but I felt that it wouldn't be fair since it's based on a novella and not on an actual full-length novel.

I haven't seen Stardust, but after reading your comments I'm sure to watch it at some point!
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Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jan 29 18:11
Very nice list!
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Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jan 29 23:55
it's hard to compare since they're both differente languages, but anyway this were some great choices
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Jan 14 17:45
Sansho the Bailiff :)

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