* A huge majority of movies are based off of books
* There is a sense of pride for those who read the book before the movie
* These popular movies that were books before being released may surprise you
It is more common than not in the world of Hollywood to get movie and television show inspiration from best-selling books, short stories or even comics (hello, Batman franchise).
Whenever the news spreads that there is a movie in production based off of a published piece of work, fans go wild and pray for an amazing cast and crew that will satisfy their own imaginations when they read the book, hoping the movie is just as good as in their head.
Although it’s arguable that nothing can ever be better than the original book, comic or other published work, these movies were box office smash hits that definitely left fans impressed. Here are 8 extremely well-known movies that were books before hitting the big screen.
1. Forrest Gump
Tom Hanks blew everyone away with his performance as a “slow” man with an IQ of 75 who didn’t let anyone stop him from living his best life. As a movie that hits everyone with many different feels from utter happiness, to nearly feeling the butterflies Forrest has when he’s with Jenny, to ugly-crying by the end of the film, Forrest Gump has made its way onto so many people’s favorite list. Thanks to Winston Groom, we were blessed with an
2. Die Hard
Often remembered as one of the best action movies of all time, Die Hard and its beloved franchise actually started as a book by a different name. Originally titled
Nothing Lasts Forever (The book that inspired the movie Die Hard) (Basis for the Film Die Hard 1)
Probably more commonly known as the first man-versus-shark movie, this blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg became a fan favorite very quickly. Originally written by Peter Benchley in 1974, this best-selling book was bound to become as widely loved as it was and still is today. Even though looking back the special effects were nothing like today’s technology, it is still one of the first movies to really freak fresh-water lovers out. It’s okay, you can admit that.
Directed by the incredible Alfred Hitchcock,
5. The Princess Bride
One of the most timeless love stories that is full of witty humor, The Princess Bride was released in 1987 and was based off of
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
6. The Martian
Starting off as aJessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and more, the film was a huge success across the world. With an incredible life-testing story that touches upon struggle and triumph, there was no denying this film would become the new favorite of many.
7. The Devil Wears Prada
A book based off of part-fiction, part real-life experiences by the author, Lauren Weisberger, and her friends during their first few jobs post-college,
8. Silver Linings Playbook
The role that earned Jennifer Lawrence her much deserved Academy Award was originally a best-selling