12 Books That Became Award-Winning Movies

Films that lived up to their source material

When you hear your favourite book is going to be made into a movie, the reaction is typically a mix of anxiety and anticipation. Will the film do the book justice, or will it be a complete letdown? The twelve books in this list not only translated beautifully to film; they became critically lauded classics. Are any of your top choices listed? Which literary adaptations do you love? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

The Lord of the Rings cover

1. The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien
English Patient cover

2. The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje
The Godfather cover

4. The Godfather

Mario Puzo
Heart of Darkness

5. Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad
Schindler's Ark cover

6. Schindler's Ark

Thomas Keneally
GWTW cover

7. Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell
Life of Pi cover

8. Life of Pi

Yann Martel
Atonement cover

11. Atonement

Ian McEwan
Trainspotting cover

12. Trainspotting

Irvine Welsh

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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