When novelist John le Carré famously quipped that “having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes” he summed up the disappointment that countless authors feel about the often lackluster adaptations of their work. And yet, on rare occasions, the exact opposite can be true. Case in point: the Oscar-winning “Jaws,” which drastically improved upon Peter Benchley’s bestselling novel. As Steven Spielberg’s shark classic celebrates its 40th anniversary, here are ten movies that bettered their literary source material.
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