Movies Based on Books-1

When you love a book, few things are more exciting (or more nerve-racking) than seeing it turned into a movie. While not every movie based on a book manages to live up to fans' imaginations, the ones on this list are almost as good on the screen as they were on the page. Books made into movies also can be a great way to inspire kids who aren't big readers to crack open a book they might otherwise have ignored. For more page-to-screen adaptations, be sure to check out our list of TV Shows Based on Books.


1. HUGO


In this 1930s-set adaptation of Brian Selznick's Caldecott-winning novel, 12-year-old HUGO (Asa Butterfield) is an orphan who lives in a Paris train station. His prized possession is an automaton (mechanical man) that his late father rescued from museum archives before his death. Hugo steals from the various shops at the train station to get by, but when he attempts to swipe a wind-up mouse from eccentric toy seller Georges (Ben Kingsley), he embarks on an adventure that leads him to uncover exactly what the automaton is and why it's important. "Papa" Georges' orphaned goddaughter, Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz), befriends the mysterious Hugo, and the two explore the train station and Paris at large while evading the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), who's notorious for sending unaccompanied kids to the orphanage.

2. THE PRINCESS BRIDE



In THE PRINCESS BRIDE, the most beautiful woman in the world, Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn), gets engaged to the cruel Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) after she hears that her true love, Westley, was killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. But before the wedding, she's kidnapped by a huge man with enormous strength (Andre the Giant), a master swordsman (Mandy Patinkin), and an evil genius (Wallace Shawn). A mysterious masked man (Cary Elwes) must defeat them all, and then escape with Buttercup through the treacherous Fire Swamp. When they're both captured by the prince and his six-fingered henchman, Count Rugen (Christopher Guest), they discover that not even death can get in the way of true love.

3. A MONSTERS CALL



A MONSTER CALLS is based on Patrick Ness' award-winning novel about 13-year-old British boy Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall) who lives with and cares for his very ill single mother (Felicity Jones). Bullied at school, artistic Conor begins to receive nightly visits from a huge monster that transforms from the ancient yew tree behind his house. The Monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) calls on the boy at exactly 12:07 am and lets him know that he'll tell Conor three stories and then expects one in return -- but it must be the truth. Angry at both the Monster's morality tales and his mother's worsening condition, Conor retaliates against his bullies, his father (Toby Kebbell) visiting from America, and his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) before things finally come to a devastating climax.

4. THE BOOK THIEF


THE BOOK THIEF, like the book on which it's based, is narrated by Death (Roger Allam), who explains that he rarely cares about the stories of the living, with the exception of young Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nelisse). In 1938, Liesel is shown on a train with her frightened mother (rumored to be a Communist) and sick little brother, who dies before they reach their small town destination. At his impromptu funeral, Liesel steals The Gravedigger's Handbook as a memento. She's soon delivered to childless foster parents, gentle painter Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and abrasive laundress Rosa (Emily Watson). At home, Hans discovers the book and begins to teach Liesel how to read, and at school, Liesel befriends her neighbor, the fast-running Rudy Steiner (Nico Liersch). Liesel's life changes even more when Hans and Rosa agree to hide a young Jewish man, Max (Ben Schnetzer), in their basement. Liesel, now a voracious reader, forms a sweet secret friendship with Max -- but as the war progresses, all of them are put in danger again and again.

5. BEFORE I FALL



Based on Lauren Oliver's best-selling 2010 young-adult novel, BEFORE I FALL follows 17-year-old Samantha "Sam" Kingston (Zoey Deutch). Sam seems to have it all as she heads off to school on "Cupid Day" -- the Friday before Valentine's Day, when everyone gets roses at school from friends, significant others, and secret admirers. Sam and her three best friends -- including queen bee Lindsay (Halston Sage), Elody (Medalion Rahimi), and Ally Harris (Cynthy Wu) -- plan to end their day at a keg party hosted by Kent (Logan Miller), Sam's former childhood friend. But at the party, where Sam was supposed to have sex for the first time with her boyfriend, Rob (Kian Lawley), the popular girls get into an ugly confrontation with Juliet (Elena Kampouris), the school misfit they've been bullying for years. As they leave the party, Sam and her friends get into a fatal car accident -- and, a moment later, Sam wakes up to find it's the morning of the same Friday she just lived. No matter what she does, Sam keeps repeating the same day, Groundhog Day-style ... until she figures out what her mission is and can finally move forward.

6. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is about Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 17-year-old book lover dealing with stage-four metastatic cancer that has spread to her lungs, requiring her to wear a cannula and carry around an oxygen cannister. Her worried but supportive parents (Laura Dern, Sam Trammell) encourage her to attend a local support group for teens with cancer; it's there that she meets Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), who can't keep his eyes off her. After group, a clearly interested Gus tells Hazel that she's beautiful and invites her to hang out with him and his best friend, Isaac (Nat Wolff). Hazel is attracted to Gus but is hesitant to start a relationship when she knows she's dying. Ever persistent, Gus sweeps Hazel off her feet when he gives up his one "cancer wish" to make her dream come true: traveling to Amsterdam to meet her favorite author.

7. THE NAMESAKE



Based on Jhumpa Lahiri's acclaimed novel, THE NAMESAKE is a heartfelt depiction of two generations of a Bengali-American family. At the center of the story is Gogol Ganguli (Kal Penn), the oddly named son of a professor and his traditional Indian wife. He's late to his high-school graduation party because he's passing around a joint with his best pals. And after graduating from Yale, he prefers to hang out with his Manhattan-bred (read: "white") girlfriend and her wealthy parents than visit his parents in Westchester. But a sudden tragedy brings him home, both physically and emotionally. In dealing with his intense grief, Gogol rediscovers the meaning of his name, which is tied not only to the Russian author his father admired but a life-changing event in his father's life. Gogol's reexamination leads him to a new life with a fiercely modern -- but still Bengali -- wife and a deeper appreciation for his parents.





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