It is known that filmmaking is not always based on embodiment of the screenplay written from scratch, it can also imply a book adaptation. American history of film industry knows numerous examples of book adaptations when author’s masterpiece turns into brilliant motion picture. They are unique and interesting not only from the point of view of classic filmmaking but also screenwriting. Some adaptation movies are very similar to the books though some are quite different. The most popular form of film adaptation is use of a novel as a base for the movie but resources can be very diverse beginning from an autobiography, historical books and ending with scriptures, plays and even other movies. Here is a short list of films known to be the greatest ever made book adaptations starting from the earliest days of cinema in America. They are all novels dated from the 2d half of the 20 century until present days.
1. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee written in 1960 was adapted by director Robert Mulligan two years later winning 3 Oscars. Featured on many English Literature curriculums this novel is about injustice and intolerance towards black men. The Best Actor Oscar was won by Gregory Pecks which character, lawyer Atticus Finch, defends accused man.