7 Books That Made Awesome Movies
Some books are really great as movies, but it takes a great director, an amazing screenwriter and a killer cast to accomplish this. We have already looked at books that should not have been turned into movies, so we figured that now would be a good time to take a look at books that were awesome as films. It is a tough feat to accomplish this, which is why we only have 7 on our list. These films were generally lauded by critics and were hugely successful at the box office. Even better, some of them have actually gone down in history as being some of the best films ever made.
7. Doctor Zhivago
When David Lean’s film adaptation of Doctor Zhivago first came out in 1965, critics were generally disappointed with it, claiming it was too long and it trivialized history. Over time, its reputation has improved greatly. Many now consider it one of Lean’s greatest films and one of the best of the epic genre. Even though critics weren’t impressed with it initially, it was a spectacular box office hit and it went on to win five Academy Awards.
We personally think “Doctor Zhivago” is one of the better film adaptations. The scenery is amazing, especially considering that they weren’t able to do any of the filming in Russia. Lean had to recreate Moscow and its countryside at the time of the Russian Revolution in Spain and Canada. Also, the passionate love affair between Dr. Yuri Zhivago, played by Omar Sharif, and Lara Antipova, played by Julie Christie, is one of for the ages.
6. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is considered one of the biggest and most ambitious film projects ever undertaken in movie history. With a budget of $281 million, filming for the three movies took eight years. While the film follows the novels’ general storylines, some plot elements have been omitted and there are numerous deviations, which is to be expected. The only real complaint from critics were about the films’ pacing and length. We totally get that the movies are long: “The Fellowship of the Ring is 178 minutes; “The Two Towers” is 179 minutes;” and “Return of the King” is 201 minutes.
In spite of the problems with length, we think that the groundbreaking visual effects more than make up for that. These films are still pretty revolutionary in terms of their effects. The last film, “Return of the King,” ended up taking all 11 academy Awards it was nominated for home that year, which is pretty impressive.