Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation

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    In your opinion, what was the best adaptation of a book to the screen? (You can also mention the worst adaptation, if you like.)

    Thanks to MaggieMae for this idea.

    I'm going with Sophie's Choice (1982) - IMDb
     
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    The Shining.

    Much better than the book, actually.
     
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    I think the three best book to film adaptations are of Stephen King novels...

    Stand By Me (from The Body)
    The Shawshank Redemption (from Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption)
    The Green Mile

    I didn't like the film, Sophie's Choice. Meryl Streep didn't look like what Sophie looked like in the book. (well, in my head, anyway).
     
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    Lord of the Rings
    Blade Runner
     
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    All good choices so far.

    I'd probably have to go with LotR. I actually didn't care too much for the books.

    Shawshank is probably the best movie made from a book I can think of, but I enjoyed the book as well, so the disparity is less.
     
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    Shawshank Redemption and Gone With The Wind.
     
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    I'm going with "Airport". Old, old movie but of the timeless variety. The plot, character development, humor and drama closely followed Arthur Hailey's vision.
     
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    Though I may lose man points for this one, I'd have to say Memoirs of a Geisha. The director and screen writers kept pretty close to the book.
     
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    Uh...The Godfather?
     
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    everything is illuminated

    Lord of the rings.
     

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