You will find a ton of movies based on books. However, you will find only a few good movies based on books. We are not calling out Hollywood on this. We know it’s super challenging to fit an entire novel into a few hours of entertainment. Most movies based on books usually come off as companion pieces than a true dramatization of the best-selling book. Movie adaptations add or delete scenes to attract a contemporary audience, add soundtracks to elevate and enhance the onscreen experience
To help you satisfy your TV entertainment cravings, we have listed down 8 of our favorite movies based on bestselling paperbacks that you should watch this weekend! You can stream these AT&T bundle deals or DirecTV Stream packages in HD and have the desired quality TV experience you always wanted!
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Harper Lee turned into an all-time favorite classic for most of all the right reasons. The movie adaptation brought Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Scout to life and focused on the skilled character development and adept slow-burn plot structure to make this one of the most talked-about films even after decades of its release.
Based on the book written by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women is a film that has been brought to life 7 different times. Why? Because it’s a timeless classic that is just as relatable in 2022 as it was in 1868, the time it was published. The novel about 4 sisters Meg, Beth, Jo, and Amy has done incredibly well as a movie all 7 times, but Greta Gerwig’s interpretation of the book is beyond brilliant.
A Simple Favor
As straightforward as the title of the movie sounds, there is absolutely nothing simple about it. Perhaps that is the best part about this crime thriller apart from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively’s brilliantly odd yet riveting dynamic. Based on the novel written by Darcey Bell, a Simple Favor will keep you glued to your seat with all the twists and turns the film throws your way to be figured out.
The Devil Wears Prada
Lauren Weisberger gave us a story of a lifetime when she published The Devil Wears Prada. Meryl Streep is an intimidating cold boss running a popular fashion Magazine called Runway, while Anne Hathaway is as unfashionable and clueless as one can be and dreams of becoming a serious journalist. Their personalities clash yet to reach a middle ground to be able to work together. The movie adds a more sharp edge to the story by ending the movie on a strong yet emotional note.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
The novel of the same name written by Jenny Han redefined high school romance for this generation. Peter Kavinsky and Laura Jean’s romance is one of the most popular love stories ever told and guess what? We have 3 movies of this teen romantic comedy and we can’t get enough! It’s one of the finest book-turned-Netflix movies the famous streaming platform is home to.
Based on the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race”. This evergreen book was written by Margot Lee Shetterly. Hidden Figures is a feel-good movie that stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, as 3 black women who worked in the space program by NASA and launched astronaut John Glenn into space. It’s a story you’ve never learned about in school before!
The Shawshank Redemption
The 1994 Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel ‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is a movie rich with class and symbolism that is open to interpretation by the audience. Stephen King did not expect the story to be a full-length movie but Frank Darabont kept the movie’s essence despite expanding the plot and character work. It’s the highest-rated film on IMDb for a reason!
David Fincher gave life to Chuck Palahniuk’s novel polishing the concept of masculinity and consumerist culture brilliantly in the file. Fincher made a smart move to capture the grim tone of the story visually through voiceovers. A huge David Fincher should definitely not miss this classic!
To Wrap It Up
Some of the best movies ever made were based on books. Our list of the best book-turned-film adaptations will keep you glued to the screen on the weekend with their brilliant play and incredible character work!