So I decided to expand the list to my ten favorite movies adapted from any written work. They could be based on books, short stories, plays, or comics. I don't even give a shit. Just because they are on this list doesn't mean I read the book or whatever -- just that I like the movie. As you can see, I generally tend to lean towards comedies, so don't get your American flag boxers in a bunch when you don't see any Tom Clancy or John Grisham movies on here. With that, here are my ten favorite film adaptations of written works:
-Carrie (1976), based on the novel Carrie by Stephen King (1974)
-Vacation (1983), based on the short story "Vacation '58" by John Hughes in National Lampoon magazine
I have never talked more about a movie immediately after seeing it than I did after seeing Memento. It's unlike any other movie I have ever seen.
9. The Exorcist (1973), based on the novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (1971)
One of the great horror movies ever, The Exorcist is terrifying and contains one of my favorite lines ever said by a possessed adolescent in a movie to a priest: "You mother sucks cocks in hell." Zing!
8. The Godfather (1972), based on the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo (1969)
I'm pretty sure I don't need to explain why The Godfather is on the list.
7. GoodFellas (1990), based on the non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi (1986)
The rise and fall of real life mobster Henry Hill was as interesting a gangster movie as has ever been made. And after seeing this movie, it's impossible to hear the coda to "Layla" without thinking about dead Italian-Americans.
6. The Shining (1980), based on the novel The Shining by Stephen King (1977)
I vividly remember the first time I saw this movie. A friend and I rented it, not knowing anything about it, other than the freaky cover with Jack Nicholson peering psychotically through the broken door. I was about 12, and I had to get up an leave halfway through the movie because it was too much. Since then, I have seen it dozens of times, and I have grown to love it. Nicholson is fantastic. Danny Lloyd is great as Danny -- his first and last acting role.
5. Braveheart (1995), based on the poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace by Blind Harry
For about two or three years after seeing Braveheart, my inner monologue was mostly in a Scottish accent. I also fought like a warrior poet, whatever the fuck that means.
4. Animal House (1978), based on various stories in National Lampoon magazine
Based on a conglomeration of college experiences from Dartmouth, Wash U, and McMaster in the early '60s, this is the quintessential college movie. Without knowing it, you probably quote this movie every day.
3. Christmas Vacation (1983), based on the short story "Christmas '59" by John Hughes in National Lampoon magazine
The greatest Christmas movie of all-time is based on a short story by the greatest '80s filmmaker.
2. American Psycho (2000), based on the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)
The book is one of my favorites, and so is the movie. Christian Bale is phenomenal as Patrick Bateman, and I think this is probably one of the top dark comedies ever made.
1. Fletch (1985), based on the novel Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald (1975)
I think this is probably Chevy Chase's best performance, and it's one of my favorite movies of all-time. There are so many one-liners and little jokes that you'd have to see it a hundred times to pick everything up.
I'm sure I'm missing some, but I do not intend to look up every movie I love. So, you may or may not have just wasted the last several minutes reading this post.