A riff off a discussion from the 'Last Movie You Watched' thread. What films do you think have been really good adaptations of books? I think The Godfather was excellent. I could not read Mario Puzo's book because of poor writing, but Coppola wove his film magic and produced a gem. A case where the film adaptation is superior to the original novel. Philip Kaufman directed a masterpiece with his adaptation of Tom Wolfe's excellent journalistic narrative, The Right Stuff. One of the few times where both the source material and the adaptation have been absolute class. I already mentioned Robert Wise's excellent adaptation of Crichton's The Andromeda Strain and Peter Hyams' 2010: The Year We Make Contact as an adaptation of Clarke's 2010: Odyssey Two. I think Wise's film is as near to a perfect science fiction book-to-film adaptation as I've ever seen. I've seen some other great SF films that I know were adapted from books, but I haven't read those books so I can't say.