10 Books That Became Legendary Movies [SHOWING SLIDE 2 OF 10]

We’re not a crew of stuffed shirts at Kirkus; you’ll never hear us argue that you should always read the book instead of seeing the film version. Some movies, in fact, are hands-down more memorable than the book they were adapted from. But some movies that are adapted from books are so successful as movies and linger so vividly in the public imagination that it’s easy to forget they began life as a vibrant, beloved book. Here’s our list of Oscar-winning or –nominated movies based on books you'll love reading.

by Mario Puzo

"A Mafia Whiteoaks, bound for popularity, once you get past the author's barely concealed admiration for the "ethics" and postulates of primitive power plays."
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