The 50 best book to movie adaptations

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Book: A novella featured in Stephen Kings Different Seasons compendium, originally called "Rita Hayworth And The Shawshank Redemption".

The Movie: The first film to catapult Morgan Freeman into the stratosphere as THE best voiceover artist in Hollywood, Frank Darabonts adaptation cast Tim Robbins as wrongly incarcerated banker Andy Dufresne. A box office failure, the story of a mans hard slog in prison finally triumphed on home video - and has since been heralded as a cinematic masterpiece. In the book, the prisoners gather round to watch The Long Weekend. As the film was owned by a different studio Darabont rifled through the choices - and luckily the Rita Hayworth classic, Gilda, was available.