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The Movie Was BetterThe Movie Was Better<div class="ExternalClass298CB3FE0AC74BB68EF73EC3C0F9C6AB"><p class="h3">​"The movie was better than the book," said no one ever. While mostly true, it is not always the case. Here is a list of movies that are better than the book from which they were constructed.</p>​<br></div>





According to library staff member Brian, Jaws the movie has more bite than Jaws the book.According to library staff member Brian, Jaws the movie has more bite than Jaws the book. Picks/SP-BookToMovie_web.jpg551





















Blade runnerBlade runner6668478Movie0780662717883929146697<div class="ExternalClassCB40C49E21B24E22AE2674ECB4204808"><p>​Director Ridley Scott took <a href="" target="_blank">Phillip K. Dick’s dystopian classic</a> and turned it into the greatest science fiction movie ever made. If only you could see what I've seen with your eyes!​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2689
Fight clubFight club4473706Movie024543044796<div class="ExternalClass5C0C9C18A11141E5A5A969F2C9B7C49C"><p>​Even author Chuck Palahniuk agrees that David Fincher’s film is better than <a href="" target="_blank">his book</a>.​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2687
JawsJaws3076251Movie025192126291<div class="ExternalClass2BFB98C6862441609E6A2D06A059AC46"><p>​Stephen Spielberg took <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Benchley’s monster blockbuster</a>, threw out all the chum, and turned it into the Hollywood’s first monster blockbuster.<br></p><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><em>Jaws</em> was probably the first grownup book I ever read. I did the whole reading-under-the-covers, pretending-to-sleep thing with it.  I devoured the book; but it wasn’t the movie. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span>​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2683
Jurassic ParkJurassic Park3547092Movie025192126444<div class="ExternalClass136CA67C5AB14D2D84219DE261DE76A7"><p>​<span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Michael Crichton’s <a href="" target="_blank">thriller that reads like a science book</a> is great; but Steven Spielberg’s Tyrannosaurus Rex is even greater. </span>​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2688
Mean girlsMean girls3835517Movie1415700133097363416043<div class="ExternalClassA7918B7799DA4C97BA9FB433CA140447"><p>​<span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Rosalind Wiseman (along with Tina Fey) took her non-fiction book </span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques</em>, <em>Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World</em> </a></span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">and turned it into easily the most quotable movie of the 2000s. It’s so fetch.</span> <br>​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2690
No country for old menNo country for old men3816583Movie0788882988786936746754<div class="ExternalClass292CA044AD674A20A9BF2B329FDCDE87"><p>​The Cohen Brothers best picture winning film is by far darker than <a href="" target="_blank">Cormac McCarthy’s dark modern western</a>. And is there a scarier villain than Anton Chigur to ever stalk the screen? ​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2692
Pride and prejudicePride and prejudice4395336Movie031398181965<div class="ExternalClass6F6996F4F34D4091BAC8356953B72838"><p>​Ok, so <a href="">Jane Austen’s book</a> is probably better than any of the 17 movie adaptations; but does the book have Colin Firth in it? I think not. Proposal accepted,​ Mr. Darcy. ​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2686
The GodfatherThe Godfather3835933Movie1415740496097361329147<div class="ExternalClass8AE4E5B0E0914B69B9CE5BD8D055CEC9"><p>​Mario Puzo’s literary hit <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Godfather</em> </a>was overshadowed by arguably the greatest movie ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s <em>The Godfather</em>. Leave the book, take the cannoli.​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2684
The Shawshank redemptionThe Shawshank redemption3813573Movie0780645677053939265026<div class="ExternalClass318AEB542C5E467D940B1719D126A3A5"><p>​<span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Frank Darabont’s vision of </span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Rita Hayworth and </em><em>Shawshank Redemption</em> </a></span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">escapes the prison of so-so Stephen King adaptations.</span>​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2685
The princess brideThe princess bride5513449Movie9781681435176715515222617<div class="ExternalClassC12E19030F3B49BCBAE90ADAB2252690"><p>​<span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Director Rob Reiner took author <a href="" target="_blank">William Goldman’s farcical fantasy novel</a> and turned it into one of the most beloved movies of the past half century.  </span> <br>​​​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2693
The shiningThe shining3880597Movie1419814842012569722101<div class="ExternalClass9ED8A68038B1482F9BF20C662547E916"><p>​<span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick turned <a href="" target="_blank">Stephen King’s ghost story</a> into a masterpiece of a film. King hates it but everyone else loves it. Here’s Johnny!</span> <br>​<br></p></div>*&query=&page=0&searchid=2691