I do lists of ten favorite movies of various genres all the time over on my other blog, Hamlette's Soliloquy. But today, I'm doing one here, for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a movie-related freebie, so I'm doing My Top Ten Favorite Movies Based on Classic Novels. I've put them in alphabetical order because why not :-) I'm sticking with books I've read, by the way. And these are my favorite adaptations, not necessarily the best -- just the ones I personally love best, okay?
Anne of Green Gables (1985) A quirky, imaginative orphan (Megan Follows) gets accidentally adopted by a middle-aged brother and sister (Richard Farnsworth and Colleen Dewhurst) and turns their lives around. Based on the book by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Ben-Hur (1959) A wealthy Jewish man (Charlton Heston) is betrayed by his best friend (Stephen Boyd), sent to the galleys, then rises to power again, and seeks revenge on his erstwhile friend. Based on the book by Lew Wallace.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1975) Simple, honest sailor Edmund Dantes (Richard Chamberlain) is betrayed by his supposed friends and sent to prison on false charges. He escapes, gains staggering wealth, and seeks vengeance against his enemies. Based on the book by Alexandre Dumas
Emma (1996) Meddlesome young Emma (Gwenyth Paltrow) tries her best to make matches for all her friends and acquaintances, then falls in love herself. Based on the book by Jane Austen.
Jane Eyre (1983) Strong-spirited governess Jane Eyre (Zelah Clarke) falls in love with her wealthy, secretive employer (Timothy Dalton). Based on the book by Charlotte Bronte.
The Lord of the Rings (2001-03) Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) sets out to destroy the One Ring, and everyone has heaping helpings of adventures. (YES, I know this is three movies and three books, but it's all one story, so I'm counting it as one.) Based on the books by J. R. R. Tolkien.
North & South (2004) Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe) moves from pastoral southern England to industrial northern England and does not fall in love with factory owner John Thornton (Richard Armitage) for a long time. Based on the book by Elizabeth Gaskell.
The Outsiders (1983) Ponyboy Curtis (C. Thomas Howell) and his friend Johnny (Ralph Macchio) try to run away from their problems, including a murder charge, only to find more trouble and possible redemption. Based on the book by S. E. Hinton.
Pride & Prejudice (2005) Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) can't fall in love with each other until they both come to understand themselves first. Based on the book by Jane Austen.
The Three Musketeers (1993) D'Artagnan (Chris O'Donnell) wants to be a Musketeer, but first he has to help three other Musketeers save the king and queen. Based on the book by Alexandre Dumas.
There you have it! Do you like these? Did you post a Top Ten Tuesday list this week yourself? Please share!
Please, let's not get into a big argument over P&P05 vs. P&P95. I like the '95 version a lot too, and even own a copy.