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39 Movies That Are, In Fact, Better Than The Book…Part 3
21.Starship Troopers (1997)
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Written by: Edward Neumeier
Based on:Starship Troopers (1959) by Robert A. Heinlein
Why it’s better: While Robert A. Heinlein’s novel has been debated for its alleged pro-military (and, some would argue, fascistic) agenda, Paul Verhoeven’s film is very clearly a satire. Though it’s wildly misunderstood as time goes on, the biting social commentary of the movie has also become more and more relevant.
22.Jackie Brown (1997)
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Based on: Rum Punch (1992) by Elmore Leonard
Why it’s better: In adapting Elmore Leonard’s novel — Quentin Tarantino’s only adaptation to date — the filmmaker made protagonist Jackie Burke a black woman named Jackie Brown, casting Pam Grier in a role that paid homage to her blaxploitation past. What would be a straightforward thriller becomes something distinctively Tarantino with a unique style and endless winks to cinematic history
23.Fight Club (1999)
Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Jim Uhls
Based on:Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk
Why it’s better: It largely comes down to the ending, so spoiler alert: In the novel, the explosive malfunctions, while in the film, there are multiple explosives that do in fact detonate, taking down several skyscrapers. It plays into the film’s tone, which is mercifully more critical of Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and his agenda than the novel is.
24.Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Written by: Hubert Selby Jr. and Darren Aronofsky
Based on:Requiem for a Dream (1978) by Hubert Selby Jr.
Why it’s better: Like all of Darren Aronofsky’s films, Requiem for a Dream contains haunting imagery that sticks with you long after you’ve finished watching. But this one is especially, relentlessly brutal. While the novel is similarly stark and upsetting, the movie manages to unnerve and unsettle in a way that only film can.