7 great films you might not know were based on books

August 28, 2014, Article by Tom in Books, Film & TV


You’re a big reader, sure, and of course you like films. You’re a well-rounded individual. It’s fair to say that, over the years, some amazing books have been turned into brilliant films. Ok, so not all have been so lucky, but we didn’t actually mind Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby

But anyway, here are a few films we’ve enjoyed that you might not know were actually based on books. If you did, well done.

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The full list of ruddy good films based on books you might not have been aware of:

  • Drive (based on Drive by James Sallis)
  • Rambo: First Blood (based on First Blood by David Morrell)
  • Brokeback Mountain (based on Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx)
  • Forrest Gump (based on Forrest Gump by Winston Groom)
  • The Prestige (based on The Prestige by Christopher Priest)
  • Jaws (based on Jaws by Peter Benchley)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (based on Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King)

Which have we missed? Let us know: @StareAtBooks


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