The Best Screen Adaption

With the recent release of the film version of The Girl on the Train, it got me thinking about my favourite screen adaptation of a crime novel. The Daily Telegraph recently produced a list of their 15 top adaptions of all time. I’ve seen all the films (and read most of the books) except Headhunters and Capote and I think they’re good choices, particularly, Mystic River, Shawshank Redemption and The Talented Mr Ripley. Missing from the list, I believe are: Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris), Trainspotting (Irvine Welch) and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Phillip K Dick), the book behind Blade Runner.

What’s your favourite?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, film directed by David Fincher

LA Confidential by James Elroy, film directed by Curtis Hanson

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, film directed by Robert Mulligan

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, film directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Jackie Brown by Elmore Leonard (based on the book Rum Punch), film directed by Quentin Tarantino

Headhunters by Jo Nesbo, film directed by Morten Tyldum

Get Carter by Ted Lewis, film directed by Mike Hodges

The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King, film directed by Frank Darabont

The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, film directed by Anthony Minghella

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, film directed by John Huston

Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane, film, directed by Ben Affleck

Mystic River by Denis Lehane, film directed by Clint Eastwood

Brighton Rock by Graham Green, film directed by John Boulting

Capote by Bennett Miller, directed by Bennett Miller

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