Treat yourself to a piece of inspirational cinema

To almost all book lovers and bookworms of the world, the written word brings the utmost joy there is But But But. These words did wonders when given a lens. Here's a list of some of the best book-to-film adaptations that not just lived up to the expectations and crossed charts at the box office but also lauded and brought much needed attention to the books they were based on. Covering various themes across magical realism, sci-fi, thrill, adventure, crime, historical drama, and much more, check out these movies, in case you haven't already, and make your heart swell with literary love.

The Pianist

One of the most heart-wrenching movies of all time, The Pianist, based on the true life memoir and autobiography of the Polish pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman, is a story of a Polish Jew who manages to survive the Holocaust. Directed by Roman Polanski, the movie takes you through scenes like – Szpilman playing Chopin on a Warsaw radio station when the first German bombs fell, the boorish guards humiliating Jews by making them dance in the streets, the starving man lapping up spilt soup like a dog. The story is that of escape, survival, and the horror Jews faced.

This adaptation of James Dashner's novel is a science fiction dystopian action adventure film which takes you to a trapped community which people struggle to escape through crossing an ever-changing maze. A satirical take on the world we live in, this movie, is visually pleasing and packed with action, drama, and adventure.

Dead Poet's Society

O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless …

We all remember the teachers who inspired us. In the film, the late Robin Williams plays one of the big screen's most influential unorthodox schoolmasters. The movie, based on a book by NH Kleinbaum of the same name, is an idealistic and hopeful story about an amazing teacher and a bunch of students who wish to break free from the norm and live life unapologetically. Carpe diem. Seize the day.

The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club

An adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's popular novel, the movie centers around a depressed man who meets a stranger and together they form an underground club where men fight in the night with no judgement. The movie perfectly portrays the anxiety and discontent that plagues in our society where everyone is struggling to find their life's true meaning.

Schindler's List

Most definitely topping the list of movies of historical drama capturing the Holocaust, Schindler's List, as might be a surprise to many, is based on the Booker prize winning Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a member of Nazi Party who saves the lives of more than 1000 Jews. This haunting film which is in black and white, is a tough glory because of the visual representations of the Holocaust. Yet, one must watch this because it portrays the good in men and that there is plenty hope to be found in them.

You can watch the movies on Star Movies Select HD, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix

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