All-time favorites in general, or all-time favorites adapted from books, or all-time favorite type
I'll go with the second category for now. Or rather, let an expert handle it.
[John Cusack's voice] "Top Five Movies Adapted from Books. Individual titles, rather than series... and in no particular order. Reviewing the film, not the book, since each is a different medium... and should stand on its own."
5) To Kill a Mockingbird.
"Gregory Peck unmissable as Atticus Finch in the adaptation of Harper Lee's signature work and sole novel. Plus, it's got a bird in the title, and a guy named Finch played by a guy named Peck.
"Peck your heart out, Twitter."
4) Less Than Zero.
"Rob Downey in '87, a 23-year-old cokehead, showing his early depth by playing... a 23-year-old cokehead. Charlie Sheen mysteriously unavailable or passed over for the role. Seriously, though, it's like St. Elmo's Fire
on ecstasy -- nothing more perfectly captures the signature '80s paradox of capitalist anarchy among its youngest revelers. Alternate title? Occupy Rehab.
and A Clockwork Orange.
"Dystopian society before it became all the rage. Or reality? All those early Mac ads and Big Brother Google notwithstanding... Man, as if the '60s weren't a visual acid trip anyway, a little ultra-violent Kubrick is enough to get your head spinning. By the way, Malcolm McDowell, in his later years, just perfectly British and misanthropic enough to play O'Brien in a remake. Or Conan, if he could fake a good Ricky Gervais impression, what with the ultra-violent Beard-pocalypse and all."
2) "Any of the movies of those kids' books that adults aren't supposed to enjoy, because they're kids' books, but are really too vivid and realistic for kids. The Secret of NIMH
is one -- sure, they're cute mice, but they're experimental animals at the National Institutes of Mental Health. They're secret weapons of the CIA! Weren't Pinky & The Brain part of this Manchurian Rodent program or something?"
1) High Fidelity.
"For... obvious reasons."
"Besides -- I've read books like Love in the Time of Cholera
and The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
But if they ever made a book
out of Evil Dead II,
but I said I hadn't seen the first Evil Dead
yet, then either I was going to see Evil Dead
... or I'd be a cinematic idiot and a literary one too... But that word, yet,
that means I'm not only going to see the movie, but also read the book. So there's still hope... yet."