41. Misery (1990)
The Book: A gripping yarn by Stephen King, Misery follows romantic novelist Paul Sheldon after his car spins out in a snowstorm and hes rescued by an overly-zealous fan.
The Movie: Spinning a feature out of a novel set in one location only contributes to the sense of claustrophobia in Rob Reiners big-screen adaptation. James Caan, restricted to a bed and a chair for the entirety of the film, is a hero you can root for (the scene with the penguin! Sheesh!) However, its Kathy Bates deranged turn as Annie Wilkes, the nurse and self-appointed number one fan of Sheldon, thats the real standout - a performance that snagged her the Best Actress Oscar. The Sheriff Annie shoots at the end meets a far more grisly fate in the novel. She stabs him then runs him over. With a lawnmower.
40. Out Of Sight (1998)
The Book: Crime caper scribe Elmore Leonards Florida-set comedy follows escaped bank robber, Jack Foley, and his subsequent dealings with a Federal Marshal.
The Movie: George Clooneys classic looks and rogueish charm confirmed his leading man status in Steven Soderberghs brilliantly funny ensemble adaptation. Cast as the persuasive Foley opposite Jennifer Lopez (in a career-best performance before nosediving into chick-flicks), the chemistry between the two is a compelling enough reason to revisit this late 90s gem. The story unfolds chronologically in the novel, a tactic Soderbergh tweaked to include flashbacks for deeper character development.
39. Drive (2012)
The Book: Crime writer James Sallis first slim volume in the Driver series delves into the neo-noir world of a daytime stunt driver turned nighttime getaway driver.
The Movie: Subject to a standing ovation at Sundance, Nicolas Winding Refns gritty take on the life of an unnamed driver (Ryan Gosling) embellished the seedy neon-lit underworld of Los Angeles in this heist-gone-wrong flick. The Drivers romantic interest, Irene (Carey Mulligan) dies halfway through the novel. She survives in the film.
38. Carrie (1976)
The Book: Stephen Kings debut novel published in 1974 was inspired by Kings experience working as a school janitor.
The Movie: Starting with the rite-of-passage bloody rags encounter of ostracised teen Carrie White, and culminating in an outburst of a lifetimes pent-up rage. Almost 40 years on, Brian De Palmas feature still persists in wringing terror from the most docile moments. Piper Laurie as Carries zealot mother chopping carrots, anyone? The novels story is retold through a series of fictional book excerpts and newspaper clippings, a narrative device abandoned for the film.
37. Field Of Dreams (1989)
The Book: W.P. Kinsellas book Shoeless Joe sprang from the authors research into the Black Sox scandal retold via notions of long-dead baseball players returning from the grave.
The Movie: Perhaps most-well known for its iconic line If you build it, he will come, Field Of Dreams tells the story of struggling Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), who embarks on a journey to invigorate his livelihood while seeking answers to the mysterious voice he hears out in the cornfield. The films final moments deliver a heart-wrenching scene of a father and son playing catch thatll have you reaching for the tissues. The character of Terrence Mann, a fictional scribe portrayed by James Earl Jones was actually legendary writer J.D. Salinger in the novel.
36. Casino Royale (2006)
The Book: Ian Flemings very first novel to feature Secret Service Agent 007, James Bond, was penned in less than two months and went on to spawn three film adaptations.
The Movie: The 21st in the Bond film series was the first to star latest Bond, Daniel Craig as the MI6 agent. Martin Campbells effort rebooted the popular spy series, taking the hero back to the beginning of his career, and was at the time of release the most profitable of all the Bond films. Head of the Secret Service, M, is a man in the novel. Judi Dench retained her role for the big screen, dating back to 1995's GoldenEye.
35. No Country For Old Men (2007)
The Book: Southern scribe Cormac McCarthys take on the U.S.-Mexico drug trade, the book rouses the rich details of a dusty drug bust gone disastrously wrong.
The Movie: The Coen Brothers sprawling slow-burner cast Josh Brolin as the Coen archetypal everyman with an opportunity, and teased a winning performance from Javier Bardem as one of recent cinemas most scarily stoic villains. Complete with bad do and a bizarre choice of weapon. The reaction of Carla Jean Moss (Kelly MacDonald) when she comes face-to-face with Bardem is far more restrained than depicted in the novel.
34. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
The Book: Patricia Highsmiths 1955 novel included the first appearance of the cunning and psychotic Tom Ripley, who would go on to star in a further four of her novels.
The Movie: A sly, taut thriller with perfect turns from Matt Damon, bouncing off his Oscar win, as the duplicitous Ripley, and Jude Law as the unsuspecting Dickie Greenleaf. Cate Blanchetts character, Meredith Logue, was created specifically for the movie.
33. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (2010-2011)
The Book: J.K. Rowlings final instalment of the Harry Potter series holds the record for being the fastest-selling novel of all time. 15 million copies flew from the shelves in its first 24 hours of publication.
The Movie: Split into two parts, the big screen ending to Harrys journey finally pit Daniel Radcliffes bespectacled wizard against his greatest adversary, Voldemort. Flashy, and at times leaning heavily on the darker themes, it sated fans and snagged a ton of critical gushing. Harry and Hermiones awkward dance in the tent after Ron has scarpered... not even hinted at in the novel.
32. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
The Book: Convicted millionaire Jordan Belforts first memoir recalls his heyday as founder of Stratton Oakmont, a brokerage firm who did pretty much anything to rake in oodles of cash.
The Movie: The fifth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio left no page of Belforts tale unread. Midget-tossing contests, ill-advised nighttime drives on quaaludes... sinking a yacht off the coast of Sardinia! Strung together this series of decadent escapades made for one of 2014s most watchable flick... and its most vulgar. Its been alleged that it contains more utterances of the word fuck than any other movie. After Jordan cuts a deal with the Feds in the movie, he dons a wire to catch out his buddies discussing illegal activity. In the movie, he slides Donnie a note, telling him to not incriminate himself as hes wearing a wire. This last act is absent in the novel - he did not help Donnie.