The stories of movies have not always been original works of the writer or director. A lot of the times many stories and scripts are based on one or the other form of literary work. Hence, even the Academy awards and other prestigious awards for films have separate categories for original screenplay and adapted screenplay. To adapt a novel and make it into a critical and commercial success is also an art and no easy work. Usually when a novel is adapted to a film, we have a general idea of what to expect and maybe we have expectations but that happens in cases we know that a particular movie has been adapted from a novel.
There have been countless such famous adaptations- ‘Harry Potter’, ‘The Shining’, ‘The Social Network’, ‘The Godfather’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Life of Pi’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Jaws’ to name a few well known and successful movies. But what about certain famous movies we had no idea were actually adapted from a novel? Here is a list of movies you didn’t know were based on novels:
10. Goodfellas (1990)
Goodfellas is a classic Martin Scorsese crime film. Having superb performances from Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci but did you know the movie was based on a 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Nicolas Peggi. It is an actual story of mafia mobster Henry Hill who later became an informant played by Ray Liotta. The movie was nominated for various Academy awards including a nomination for Scorsese and Pileggi. Joe Pesci won an Academy award for Best Supporting actor for his portrayal of Tommy Devito.
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9. L.A. Confidential (1997)