Adapting a book for the big screen is a tricky business. Not only do you have to please moviegoers who may be encountering the story for the first time, you also need to satisfy devotees of the source material. But when it works? It really works.
That’s why we rounded up the best book-to-movie adaptations that will delight bibliophiles and cinephiles alike. We know there are plenty of adaptations out there vying for your attention, including beloved films like The Wizard of Oz and franchises, such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. We aimed to strike a fine balance with our list, skipping on the blockbusters in favor of our favorite stand-alone gems — plus adding in a few classics and award-winners that are always worth a rewatch.