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Must-Watch: The Best Movies Based on Books

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Must-Watch: The Best Movies Based on Books
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We know you can get a bit lazy on weekends, and you just absolutely need some shows and/or movies to watch in bed with your favourite cup or glass of whatever it is you enjoy drinking. In that spirit, here is a list of the best films based on some impeccable works of literature that you can catch on this lazy Saturday morning.

The Shining (1980)

From the horror master himself, Stephen King, and renowned director Stanley Kubrick, this deeply unnerving and frightening movie has become a classic for horror lovers (and just film fanatics in general) everywhere. Creepy twins, bloody floods, and a downright chilling performance from Jack Nicholson…need we say more?

Fight Club (1999)

This cult classic, based on Chuck Palahniuk’s satirical novel starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, provides an interesting commentary on masculinity, consumerism, and an array of other topics. The witty dialogue and captivating fight sequences (duh) make this an exhilarating film to watch.

The Danish Girl (2015)

This film adaptation follows married couple Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener and their experiences as Lili struggles with navigating 1920s Europe as a transgender woman. With beautiful performances from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, this tale deals with love and gender identity, and is bound to deeply move you.

The Hours (2002)

This film follows three women from different generations who were affected by Virginia Woolf’s writing. The time periods range from the 1920s, 1950s, and the early 2000s, and Woolf herself is even included. With legendary actresses like Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, the star power coupled with rich and complex female characters makes for a satisfying viewing experience.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

This coming of age story focuses on Charlie and his experiences in high school as he struggles with mental health and forming meaningful relationships. Filled to the brim with emotion and teen angst, this story is bound to touch anyone who’s ever been through the confusing and tumultuous process of growing up.

American Psycho (2000)

This black comedy horror film focuses on the life of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy wall street investment banker with a secret, psychopathic, and violent alter ego.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Okay, we are fully aware that many fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel have beef with this film adaptation. We get it. But, who doesn’t enjoy a visually stunning film with a killer soundtrack and overwhelmingly exciting roaring 20s party scenes? Also, Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Fault in our Stars (2014)

As if John Green’s novel wasn’t heart wrenching enough, this movie is just what you need if you’re in the mood for an emotional release. Hazel Grace, a terminally ill cancer patient’s life is changed when she meets Augustus Waters in a group therapy session. As their romance expands, so does Hazel’s views on life and death. Just a warning: make sure you have a box of tissues ready, Okay? Okay.

Gone Girl (2014)

When Nick Dunne’s wife goes missing, he is caught at the centre of a police and media frenzy, eventually becoming a suspect himself. This critically acclaimed drama is jam-packed with mystery and intrigue, making you question the protagonist himself.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

This psychological thriller starring Rooney Mara as the fierce female lead tells the story of a skilled hacker assisting with the search for a woman who went missing over 40 years ago.

The Godfather (1972)

Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic masterpiece is often referred to as one of the best films of all time. This mob drama featuring memorable performances from Marlon Brando and Al Pacino is a must-see for everyone at least once (or several times) in their life.

Anna Karenina (2012)

Based on the classic Leo Tolstoy novel, the story of Anna Karenina, a Russian aristocrat who becomes involved in a life-changing romantic affair, is adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Keira Knightley.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

The quintessential Jane Austen novel comes to life in this beautiful film adaptation. Centred on Elizabeth Bennet, her sisters and the, sometimes reluctant, search for marriage and romance, this wittily crafted tale highlights the complexities of love and class differences.

Romeo + Juliet (1999)

Starring everyone’s favorite dreamy teen lovers, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic play is simply genius. Verona, Italy is now “Verona Beach” (a fun play on Venice Beach, California), and sword fights are now gun fights. However, this modern-day version of the classic romance uses only the dialogue from the original work. The old Shakespearean language contrasted by the 90s fashion and music makes for nothing short of a masterpiece.

Clueless (1995)

As if! You may not know this, but this classic 90s rom-com is actually based on Jane Austen’s Emma! Although pretty loosely adapted, the character of Cher Horowitz is meant to portray the protagonist Emma herself. Clueless will continue to stand the test of time as the best slumber party movie. Ever.