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Eight of the best film adaptations ever made

Some of Hollywood’s better recent attempts to convert well-loved books to the silver screen.

The Road.
The Road.

LAST WEEKEND, we brought you a shortlist of some of the worst adaptations of books to come out of Hollywood in the past decade. In a follow-up to that post, here’s a selection of eight of the best film adaptations of well-loved books from recent years:

High Fidelity, 2000

Although Nick Hornby’s bestseller was set in England, Stephen Frears’ 2000 film adaptation set in the US and starring John Cusack and Jack Black succeeded in retaining the tone, humour and encyclopaedic musical knowledge of the novel:

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The Road, 2009

Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer-winning novel of a man and boy’s survival in a post-apocalyptic world was tastefully adapted in the John Hillcoat-directed film version starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron:

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Children of Men, 2006

PD James’s grim tale of a future where no babies have been born in almost two decades proved a hit for director Alfono Cuaron in his 2006 adaptation:

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The Lord of the Rings (trilogy, 2001-2003)

Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy couldn’t quite pack everything from the novels onto the screen, but has been hailed for its faithful and imaginative portrayal of the hobbit quest:

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Brokeback Mountain, 2005

Ang Lee’s film of the Annie Proulx short story about the secret relationship of two cowboys won him the Oscar for best director alongside two other Academy Awards in 2006:

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Atonement, 2007

Young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Briony Tallis in Joe Wright’s faithful adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel about family, loss and betrayal:

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No Country for Old Men, 2007

The Coen Brothers’ adaptation of the hugely popular dark Cormac McCarthy novel about a coldblooded assassin was a big hit upon its release five years ago:

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Harry Potter (eight films, 2001 – 2011)

As with the Lord of the Rings series above, the Harry Potter set has disappointed some fans of JK Rowling’s heptalogy by leaving out numerous details along the way, but has generally packed as much in as possible (particularly by breaking the lengthy final book into two-parts):

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Have we missed out on any notable adaptations? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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