Top Ten Favorite Book-To-Film Adaptations

As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: “Movie Freebie — top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, top ten 90’s movies, top ten action flicks, top ten tear-jerkers, top ten movies your favorite actor/actress is in, top ten movies with PoC leads, etc. etc.)”

So of course, I’m doing my all-time favorite book-to-film adaptations. Post Scriptum. Book is better in most cases ;) Pictures kindly borrowed.

1 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Mr. Tumnus, the Faun: And what about you? You must be some kind of beardless dwarf? Lucy Pevensie: I’m not a dwarf! I’m a girl. And actually, I’m tallest in my class.

2. Harry Potter

Hagrid: You’re a wizard, Harry! Harry: I’m a what?

3. The Lord of the Rings

Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop ’til nightfall. Pippin: What about breakfast? Aragorn: You’ve already had it. Pippin: We’ve had one, yes. What about second breakfast? [Aragorn turns and walks away] Merry: I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip. Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn’t he? Merry: I wouldn’t count on it.

4. The Princess Bride

...Anyone want a peanut?
…Anyone want a peanut?

5. Jurassic Park

John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked! Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.

6. V for Vendetta

Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.

7. Howl’s Moving Castle

Old Sophie: All right Calcifer, let’s get cooking. Calcifer: I don’t cook! I’m a scary and powerful fire demon!

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Of course you can! Everything in this room is eatable, even *I’m* eatable! But that is called “cannibalism,” my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies.

9. The Godfather

You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you? Or my boy to me?

10. How to Train Your Dragon

This is Berk. It’s twelve days north of Hopeless and a few degrees south of Freezing to Death. It’s located solidly on the Meridian of Misery. My village. In a word? Sturdy. It’s been here for seven generations, but every single building is new. We have fishing, hunting, and a charming view of the sunsets. The only problems are the pests. You see, most places have mice or mosquitoes… We have…

I could do more…but let’s keep it in ten. What are your favorite book-to-movie adaptations?

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  1. I love, love, love the How to Train your Dragon film franchise, but except for the names of Hiccup, Toothless, Stoick, Gobber and the setting of Berk, it is completely different to the books. I love film Toothless, but book Toothless is more Terrible Terror than Night Fury.

    Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings were really well done in my opinion, even though I still lament the fact that a lot got left out of the movies. I would have loved to see Peeves in Harry Potter, for example, and Tom Bombadil in LotR.

    Here’s my TTT

    1. I thought a lot about which movie I’d include last haha. The films are very different indeed, still love them both <3 Yeah except that Lotr is a bit too long in my opinion. Epic but too long.

  2. I love so many of these too. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Narnia, HP, LotR and V for Vendetta are absolutely incredible. I haven’t watched The Godfather, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Princess Bride or Jurassic Park yet, but they are all on my priority to watch list. I really need to get to them soon. Great list!

  3. A lovely choice! You’re into fantasy I can tell!=)) I’d have put Harry Potter in honourable mention…the first two were absolutely magical!

      1. I agree with you! First 2-3 Potter movies were the best. Then they were just kind of okay… Definitely into fantasy ;) It’s my favorite genre ever. I’d be bored without the imaginations of other people :)

  4. Great choices! :) This is a tough question, my favourite book to film adaptation might be The Interview with a Vampire, since it was for a long time my favourite movie before I even had read the book :D

    1. I haven’t seen the one with Gene Wilder! I don’t know what would it be like watching it after I’ve seen the one with Johnny Depp. I know right! :D I’d like to have my own Toothless too!

    1. Harry Potter movies (first few) are just fantastic! I have to rewatch it too actually! It’s been a while since I last watched (or read!) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    1. I think it’s a pretty decent movie still, even if it’s old :) I once spent years looking what was the name of that film (Princess Bride)…helpful librarian got what I was talking about after I explained how there were sword fights, true love, five purest kisses in the world… One fantastic librarian XD

  5. Your first four would definitely be at the top of my list! I’m reading The Princess Bride for the first time right now and have been enjoying it!

    For my list, I would also include the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, and the 90s version of The Secret Garden. I love those feel-good stories. 😊

    Great post!

  6. I read Princess Bride for the first time last year! It’s really wondeful story :)

    I haven’t seen any of those expcept the Secret Garden! Have to watch them :)

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