Taking a beloved book and bringing it to the big screen is more often than not a thankless effort.
Fans of the written word have imagined the story in their heads dozens of times, and it is extremely difficult to compete with that.
Here are over a dozen examples of filmmakers, cast and crew who came together and bucked history and made a page to screen adaptation that worked.
Click through and see our 15 books that made awesome movies.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Of all the Harry Potter books to hit the big screen, it is Alfonso Cuaron who mastered the art of the page to screen effort. He, more than any other helmer, truly captured what J.K. Rowling put on the page.
The Hunger Games
First, the casting... Jennifer Lawrence was perfect. Second, the writer-director Gary Ross could not have been a better choice. Third... well, it just worked on so many levels.
Nicholas Sparks books don't have the best record of coming to the big screen. Sure, they succeed, but are they that good? The Notebook, on the other hand, is one of the more perfect romance movies captured on film. That is why we can watch it over and over.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Getting inside the mind and the pages of Hunter S. Thompson is an almost impossble task. But, who better than Terry Gilliam as director and Johnny Depp as star to bring Thompson's beloved Fear and Loathing to the big screen. We get a hangover just watching it.
Gone with the Wind
What more can be said about this iconic film? There are books made into movies... and there is Gone with the Wind.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Peter Jackson's triumphant close of his Lord of the Rings trilogy was by far the best movie of the series.... heck, it won Best Picture!
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