Top Ten Movies from Books

Watch your favorite book or read your favorite movie.  E! Online has come up with this list of top Movies from Books.

The Godfather
A chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Starring Marlon Brando & Al Pacino. Based on the book The Godfather by Mario Puzo. R
Gone With the Wind
Set during the American Civil War, this story focuses on the lives and loves of Southerners during this period and the hardships they endured. Directed by Victor Fleming.  Starring Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh. Based on the book Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. G
Being There
When a simple minded recluse whose only reality is television comes into contact with the real world, his literalness leads him to a position of great influence. Directed by Hal Ashby. Starring Peter Sellers & Shirley MacLaine. Based on the book Being There by Jerzy Kosinski. PG
Fifteen-year-old Cher keeps it all together, even finding time for extracurricular projects like finding a love match for her debate class teacher, and giving a dowdy friend a fashion makeover. Directed by Amy Heckerling.  Starring Alicia Silverstone.  Based on Emma by Jane Austen. PG-13
The Grapes Of Wrath
Oklahoma in the Thirties is a dustbowl and dispossessed farmers migrate westward to California. After terrible trials en route, they become little more than slave labor. But among the throng are the Joads, who refuse to knuckle under. Directed by John Ford.  Starring Henry Fonda. Based on the book The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. NR
To Kill A Mockingbird
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him--except the town's most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.  Directed by Robert Mulligan.  Starring Gregory Peck & Robert Duvall. Based on the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. NR
The Silence of the Lambs
FBI agent Clarice Starling is sent to interview imprisoned killer Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. She hopes he might reveal information about another crazed killer known only as "Buffalo Bill," who is abducting young women, starving them, and then killing them. Lecter's brilliant mind is intrigued by the beautiful Starling, and he begins giving her mystifying clues which could be helpful or merely a game. The terror builds as "Buffalo Bill" grabs another victim and the countdown to death begins again. Finding the madman means Starling must get inside Lecter's mind. To stop the killer, she must enter a terrifying race against death. Directed by Jonathan Demme.  Starring Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins. Based on the book Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. R
Tom Jones
Lusty tale set in 18th century England. Tom Jones is an orphan raised by the village squire who grows up to be a handsome young man with a way with women. He loves the daughter of a neighboring landowner, and falls into many adventures in pursuit of her, including duels, bedroom romps and prison!  Directed by Tony Richardson.  Starring Albert Finney. Based on the book The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding. NR
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The struggles of teenagers as they deal with independence, success, sexuality, money, maturity, school, and particularly with just making it through the formative years. Directed by Amy Heckerling.  Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, & Judge Reinhold. Based on the book by Cameron Crowe. R
The Shining
Unforgettable images of terror envelope a family isolated and snowbound in a huge resort hotel with a macabre history of violence. The caretaker's son's psychic ability (his " shining ") gives him visions of evil to come. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Starring Jack Nicholson & Shelley Duvall. Based on the book The Shining by Stephen King. R