10 movies based on books- part I

13 Jan

1. Strangers on a train (1951). Based on the novel of the same name written by Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a train represents one of the best movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Guy Haines, a successful tennis player, while on a train trip, meets a total stranger who presents him with the possibility to get rid of his unfaithful wife: murder. Only this one will be a little different, Bruno will kill Guy’s wife, and in return, Guy will help him get rid of his father.


2. The Shining (1980). Based on Stephen King’s eponymous book, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, the movie tells the story of a frustrated alcoholic writer who takes a winter job in an isolated mountain hotel, haunted by ghosts from the past. After he moves in the now emptied hotel with his wife and son, strange and unexplained things start to happen.


3. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) tells the story of David “Noodles” Aaronson and his Jewish pals, chronicling their childhoods on New York’s Lower East Side in the 1920s, through their gangster careers in the 1930s, and culminating in Noodles’ 1968 return to New York from self-imposed exile, at which time he learns the truth about the fate of his friends and again confronts the nightmare of his past.(RottenTomatoes). The movie used The Hoods, a novel by Harry Grey as the model for the story.


4. In cold blood (1967). The movie was based on Truman Capote’s book of the same name and it tells the true story of two drifters who murder a family, are caught by the police and executed.


5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), directed by Miloš Forman, and based on the 1962 eponymous novel by Ken Kesey. R. P. McMurphy, a recidivist criminal, is sent to a mental institution for evaluation. Unable to stand the unpleasant medical treatments and the humiliation used by Nurse Ratched to suppress the patients, McMurphy rallies with the others to take her down.


6. Psycho (1960) is based on the 1959 novel of the same name, written by Robert Bloch. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. After embezzling money from her boss, Marion Crane, a secretary who’s unhappy in her job, and frustrated in her relationship, flees in her car. On her way to her boyfriend’s house in California, she stops at the isolated Bates motel where the strange  innkeeper, who lives with his mother, announces her she is the first customer in weeks. While taking a shower she is brutally murdered.


7. The Godfather (1972). Based on a script written by Mario Puzo, the author of the eponymous book, and directed by one of the best directors of all times, Francis ford Coppola, the movie tells the story of the Corleones, a powerful New York crime family. With the participation of two exceptional actors, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino (who was rejected initially), The Godfather had a strong impact on the public at large and is now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.


8. The green mile (1999) is a movie adapted after the Stephen King novel of the same name. Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is the head guard on the Death Row “The Green Mile” when a new inmate is brought into his custody. John Coffey is sentenced to death for the murder of two young girls. He is shy, soft-spoken, and emotional and he soon surprises everyone with his ability to perform what seem to be miracles of healing.


9. Schindler’s List (1993) is a highly successful drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and based on the historical novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally. It tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi Party member who saved 1,200 Jews from concentration camps all over Poland and Germany.


10. L.A. Confidential is a 1997 movie based on James Elroy’s book of the same name. It tells the story of a group of LAPD officers, and the intersection of police corruption and Hollywood celebrity. The action takes place during the 1950’s and the title refers to a scandal magazine from back then.



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