September 6 is National Read a Book Day, a day when Americans are encouraged to “sit back, relax, and read a book,” and we can’t think of any better way to bookend it than with a movie!
Comedian Jim Gaffigan has joked that when it comes to the movie versus book debate, movies come out on top: “You ever talk about a movie with someone that read the book? They’re always so condescending. ‘Ah, the book was much better than the movie.’ Oh really? What I enjoyed about the movie: no reading.”
If you ask us, movies based on books are win-wins. Those who have read the book can decide whether the screen adaptation matches what they envisioned in their imaginations, and those who skipped the book might be inspired to give it a try.
In honor of National Read a Book Day, check out this list of classic books and recent bestsellers that were brought to life on film:
- American Sniper – Based on the memoir by Chris Kyle
- The Big Short – Based on the book by Michael Kelly
- Black Mass – Based on the book, Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill
- Boss Baby – Based on the classic board book by Marla Frazee
- Denial – Based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s memoir, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier
- The End of the Tour – Based on David Lipsky’s memoir, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself
- Lion – Based on Sarloo Brierly’s memoir, A Long Way Home
- The Lost City of Z – Based on the book by David Grann
- Unbroken – Based on the book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” by Laura Hillenbrand
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – Based on Kim Barker’s memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
What’s your favorite movie based on a book? Or maybe there’s a book you love that got lost in translation to the screen? Let us know in the comments below!
By: Redbox Writer, Donald Liebenson