Favorite Film Adaptations: A Top Ten List

I like books. I like movies. I like movies based on books. Surprising, no? This is a topic I’ve discussed quite a bit, but it’s always been in the context of best or worst adaptations. What about favorites? Looking back, I’ve never discussed which ones I love, whether they are high quality adaptations of not.

Admittedly when trying to come up with a list this week I was totally stumped. Even though she doesn’t know it, Shannon at River City Reading came to the rescue – thanks for the idea Shannon. You know who else’s list I love? Katie at Words for Worms (hint: she mentions me, because she is the sweetest).

Much Ado About Nothing

So, which movies are among my favorites? In no particular order…

(Please know that this list is meant in good fun, I am in no way trying to critically evaluate these book to film adaptations.)

10. Much Ado About Nothing. If I was a fictional character, I’d want to be Beatrice.

09. Stand by Me. Honestly,  what’s not to love? ’80s perfection and Stephen King.

08. 10 Things I Hate About You. I love this movie. Still. Teenage nostalgia? Possibly. But I’d like to think it’s just really good.

07. Clueless. Emma is annoying, spoiled, frivolous, nosy, gossiping, inconsiderate, manipulative, and self-centered. However, Cher is adorably clueless.

06. Jaws. The movie thankfully distills the novel in the best possible way – no mafia, no infidelity, more shark.

05. Easy A. What’s not to love about Emma Stone? And while this one was only partially inspired by a book, I am going with it. What really sold me on the movie is when Olive says ” “Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.”


04. Jurassic Park. Dinosaurs. Have I told you how badly I want to do this project?

03. Gone Girl. I didn’t care for the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

02. The Princess Bride. As you wish.

01. High Fidelity. John Cusack and top fives. I think in top fives.

What are some of your favorite movies based on books? For more random lists, visit The Broke and The Bookish.

32 thoughts on “Favorite Film Adaptations: A Top Ten List

  1. Great topic! I have never seen Easy A, but will look for it now. Do you think it is appropriate for a 15 yr old girl? She loves Emma Stone too.


  2. I’ve only not seen 3 of these movies, and all the ones I have seen are great. (If there’s one I’m less than enthusiastic about, it’s Stand by Me. I think it’s just been too long since I’ve seen it though.)


    1. Thank you! And I do too! I’m pretty sure Julia Stiles had the best hair ever in that movie. It was amazing. That movie actually ages well, I was it more often than I’d care to admit. 🙂


  3. I just watched Clueless the other day and it still makes me laugh! I also think Easy A was so sharp and intelligent! I also loved Sense and Sensibility w Emma Thompson and Pride and Prejudice. Guess I’m a bit of an Austen movie lover. Oh, and Room with a View- gorgeous!


  4. I haven’t seen Easy A but it came out before my mad crush on Emma Stone begun so I need to remedy that. I love The English Patient.


    1. It took me about two years to finally watch it, because I assumed I would hate it. Not so! It’s great. I haven’t seen The English Patient since it came out, I should really watch that again.


  5. I love Gone Girl, The Princess Bride, and Stand By Me. I am surprised I haven’t seen Much Ado yet, since I’m a big Joss Whedon fan.


  6. I was totally drawn to this post because of the Much Ado About Nothing poster! Fabulous movie! And fab picks! I love that The Princess Bride is on your list! And Easy A was unexpectedly awesome to me – I really didn’t think it would be as good as it was!


    1. I had no hope for Easy A at all, and I actually avoided seeing it for a long time, but you’re right, it was surprisingly good.

      And Much Ado is the best. I really, really loved it.


  7. I still have yet to watch any of the Much Ado About Nothing adaptations; that one by Joss Whedon looks especially cool! Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You were great movies. Have yet to see Gone Girl though…So many movies, so little time, haha. Great list! 🙂

    By the way, I recently moved urls; I’m no longer at caffeinatedlife.net but at eclectictales.com 🙂


  8. Awesome list. Clueless and 10 Things are two of my favorite movies of all time and, of course, the shark lover in me loves Jaws even if it did cause a major problem for my favorite swimmers. And by that I mean the sharks.


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