I’ve been tagged — SF movies from books that I’ve seen…

Matt Staggs at “Enter the Octopus” has tagged me for the following meme:

Top 48 SF Movies Based on a Novel


  • Copy the list below.
  • Mark in bold the movie titles for which you read the book.
  • Italicize the ones that you’ve watched.
  • Tag 5 people to perpetuate the meme.

1. Jurassic Park

2. War of the Worlds

3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park

4. I, Robot

5. Contact
(though we do have the book; does that count?)

6. Congo

7. Cocoon (this was a book?)

8. The Stepford Wives

9. The Time Machine (1960 version)

10. Starship Troopers

11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

12. K-PAX

13. 2010 (this was a pretty cool flick)

14. The Running Man

15. Sphere

16. The Mothman Prophecies

17. Dreamcatcher

18. Blade Runner(Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

19. Dune

20. The Island of Dr. Moreau

21. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

22. The Iron Giant(The Iron Man)

23. Battlefield Earth (tried watching the movie — ugh!)

24. The Incredible Shrinking Woman

25. Fire in the Sky

26. Altered States

27. Timeline

28. The Postman

29. Freejack(Immortality, Inc.)

30. Solaris

31. Memoirs of an Invisible Man

32. The Thing(Who Goes There?)

33. The Thirteenth Floor

34. Lifeforce(Space Vampires)

35. Deadly Friend

36. The Puppet Masters

37. 1984

38. A Scanner Darkly

39. Creator

40. Monkey Shines

41. Solo(Weapon)

42. The Handmaid’s Tale

43. Communion

44. Carnosaur

45. From Beyond

46. Watchers

47. Nightflyers

48. Body Snatchers

Conclusion? I’m under-read and I don’t watch enough SF movies based on SF books. Not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing.

I’m tagging: Greg van Eekhout, Jenn Reese, Joya Mannan, Steve Nagy, and Tez Miller. 🙂

7 thoughts on “I’ve been tagged — SF movies from books that I’ve seen…

  1. Hey, you should work on bolding and italicizing Starship Troopers. The book is famously fascist, but it’s gooood. And the movie satirizes Heinlein’s message in a pretty sophisticated way. Just my 2 c.!


  2. If you haven’t seen “Blade Runner”, “Stalker”, “A Clockwork Orange” or “Children of Men” then I’d check them out as they are all classic sci-fi films based on books. I think “Children of Men” and “Stalker” a fairly loose adaptations but they are still based on sci-fi books.

    “Minority Report” while not as fantastic as those four is also worth checking out. There is also a crazy (and awesome) animated film called “Fantastic Planet” that is apparantly based on a book (although I haven’t read it).


  3. Okay, cool — thanks for the tips. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve not read ANY Heinlein. Ever. Yikes.

    And I did see and read “A Clockwork Orange,” which was pretty awesome. Did I miss that on the list (I was only working on my 1st coffee of the day when I did the meme)?

    I really dug “Children of Men,” too. Need to see the latest version of “Blade Runner” to see what was changed. Thanks!


  4. Hmmm…I don’t see Jumper up there. And speaking of loose adaptations..except for the 3 laws, I, Robot had nothing to do with Asimov’s book.

    I’m guessing comic books don’t really count. I do like this list however…makes me aware that I have a lot of reading to do. I didn’t even know some of these movies were based on novels. Interestingly, two of these movies are considered amongst the top ten scifi movies from the past decade.

    To me, scifi novels are totally different beasts from scifi movies. A scifi novel can be very…subjective and artistic. Also, I’ve noticed a lot of scifi literature is usually trying to promote a certain stand or belief.

    You don’t get that same feeling from a scifi movie. Science fiction movies are more about the visuals and the plot. The message (and sometimes the acting) takes a back seat.


  5. You should totally check out Starship Troopers. I read it my senior year in high school, and completely loved it.

    Also, I filled out the meme, and pasted it in my LJ (my name links to it). 🙂


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