Curious in what scenarios are movies better than books they’re based off of? In the overwhelming majority of cases, film adaptations always end up disappointing the viewers who’ve also read the book. However, every rule has its exception. There are several feature films inspired by written works in cinematic history that have managed to impress the audience.
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Let’s see the top 6 movies that beat the books which inspired them, in a style similar to our countdown of the best bad movies ever.
No. 6: Stand by Me, 1986
Inspired by: The Body, Stephen King
Undoubtedly one of the best coming-of-age movies in cinematic industry, Stand by Me was inspired by a novel written by Stephen King. Although the book was impeccably written, movie producers get some credit for transforming the film in the success that it was. Who would have guessed that a cast of child actors could bring the characters to life in such a mesmerizing way?
No. 5: Silence of the Lambs, 1991
Inspired by: The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris
Thomas Harris wrote a series of highly successful books on the character Hannibal Lecter, but the movies his writings inspired became a phenomenon, to say the least. The fast pace action, the suspense, and all the gory details depicted in the movie made it a memorable motion picture, one that far exceedd the success of the book. And hats off to Sir Anthony Hopkins for his stellar performance.
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