Here are eight movies you didn’t know were based on the good ol’ fashioned technology we like to call print media.
1. The Bourne Identity
Car chases tend to work better on screen, don’t you think? Robert Ludlum’s novel of the same name was action-packed and dialogue-light, which made for an immediate on-screen classic. Matt Damon’s abs didn’t hurt, either.
2. Fight Club
4. The Shawshank Redemption
Usually, Stephen King’s dark tunnels end in scary clowns and dead bodies. But in his short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” that tunnel ends in something completely different: hope. And hope is what makes a TBS syndicated classic.
5. The English Patient
6. Gone With the Wind
7. The Princess Bride
8. The Godfather
People go to the mattresses over which movie is better: Part I or Part II. Either way, we say leave Part III, take the cannoli. The original movie and its sequels took this saga far beyond the original Mario Puzo book, which re-envisioned what it meant to be a gangster in popular media. If you’ve seen a movie since 1972, you can thank The Godfather.
Now go read a book and watch a movie. Just not at the same time.