39 Movies That Are, In Fact, Better Than The Book

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Sorry, Stephen King.

Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1960)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Joseph Stefano
Based on: Psycho (1959) by Robert Bloch
Why it’s better: The film subverts audience expectations by starting with the story of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) instead of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), making her death a surprise and upping the suspense that has made Psycho a classic. Plus, Norman is a more complex and ultimately sympathetic character in the film.

Paramount Pictures

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter George
Based on: Red Alert (1958) by Peter George
Why it’s better: Stanley Kubrick makes multiple appearances on this list, because his adaptations tended to be distinctive works of art. In this case, he took a straightforward thriller about nuclear war and turned it into a satire that left a much more lasting impression as social commentary.

Columbia Pictures

The Graduate (1967)

The Graduate (1967)

Directed by: Mike Nichols
Written by: Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
Based on: The Graduate (1963) by Charles Webb
Why it’s better: While the film doesn't deviate too much from the novella it's based on, the casting of Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock and Anne Bancroft as his seducer Mrs. Robinson — along with the iconic Simon and Garfunkel score — have made it the more definitive version of the story.

Canal+

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick
Based on: A Clockwork Orange (1962) by Anthony Burgess
Why it’s better: Again, Kubrick's unique aesthetic makes this version of the story more effective than the novel. He also wisely adapted the American edition of the book, which scrapped Burgess's ending of the U.K. version and saw Alex (Malcolm McDowell) find redemption and turn his life around. Kubrick's darker conclusion just makes more sense.

Warner Bros.


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