1. The Bourne Trilogy:
The Bourne Trilogy is a series of assassin films based on the three novels by Robert Ludlum i.e. The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Matt Damon played the title role Jason Bourne, a former CIA assassin suffering from psychogenic amnesia. It was a huge hit both critically and commercially and Matt Damon was highly praised for his portrayal of Jason Bourne. Many critics have expressed that this is one of the greatest adapted film from the novel.
2. Harry Potter Film Series:
Harry Potter film series is a fantasy adventure films based on the novels by J. K. Rowlings. The film which is based on seven novels and is developed in the total of eight parts is one of the greatest film series in the history as it was a huge success both critically and commercially. This film series is the highest grossing film series ever in the history with the total gross of $6.35 billion against the budget of $1.15 billion. Daniel Radcliffe played the title role of Harry Potter and Emma Watson and Rupert Grint also played one of the main characters of the film.
Goodfellas is a crime film based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi. Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were chosen to play the main lead characters of this film. This film performed moderately in the box-office and was highly praised by the critics. Goodfellas got nominated for several Academy Awards including best picture.
4. Scarface: (1983)
Scarface is a epic crime drama movie based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Armitage Trail. Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana who was a Cuban refugee and relocates to Miami as a result of Mariel Boatlift and becomes a drug cartel kingpin during the cocaine boom of the 1980s. Although in the start this film was highly criticized by various nation but later this film became one of the greatest films in the history and American Film Institute also included it in their top ten film in classic genre.
5. The Princess Bride:
The Princess Bride is a comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy film based on the novel by William Goldman of the same name. Surprisingly this film became a hit both critically and commercially and is regarded as one of the funniest film in the history. Many notable critics and magazines ranked The Princess Bride as one of the greatest films based on the novels.
6. The Hunt for Red October:
The Hunt for Red October is a thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. Sean Connery plays the main lead role of Captain Marko Ramius and Alec Baldwin played the role of Jack Ryan. This film was enormous hit in the box office and critics gave the thumbs up to this movie and Sean Connnery's acting was highly praised by all the critics and the audience. This film is regarded as one of the greatest adapted films from novels.
7. Schindler's List:
Schindler's List is a biographical drama film based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally. Liam Neeson who played the title role Oskar Schindler rose to the overnight fame and then he established himself as one of the leading actors in Hollywood. This film is about a German businessman Oskar Schindler who saved the lives of more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. This film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and is currently ranked 8th in the American Film Institute 100 best films.
8. The Shawshank Redemption:
The Shawshank Redemption is Drama film based on the novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. It stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in the title role and tells the story of these individuals and how they ended up in prison and their time in the Shawshank State Prison. This film was a moderate success in the box-office but it was highly praised by the critics and it also received Academy Award Nomination for Best Picture
American Film's Institute has included this film citing it as the greatest novel adapted film.
9. The Godfather Trilogy:
The Godfather Trilogy was a gangster film based on the of the same name by Maria Puzo and it tells the story of a Don Vito Corleone portrayed by Marlon Brando which was the center character of the first part and later Michael Corleone portrayed by Al Pacino and their rise to power and their involvement in the underworld. This film series is regarded as the best film series based on novel or book behind The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The first two part of The Godfather Trilogy received an Academy Award for best picture and the third part was nominated. It was also successful in the box-office as the total gross of the three films was above $500 million.
10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy:
It is an epic fantasy adventure film based on the three volume book of the same name i.e. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. The author of the book was J. R. R. Tolkien. Peter Jackson, an acclaimed director was chosen to direct this trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy became one of the greatest film franchises based on book. Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, John Rhy-Davies, Orlando Bloom and Billy Boyd were the principle actors of this film and also appeared in all three films. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is also one of the highest grossing film franchises worldwide with the total worldwide gross of $2,915,155,189 against the budget of $285 million. This film series also holds 92% of the average approval ratings from the critics and all of the three films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and The Return of the King finally succeeded in winning this award.