Yes I know, the book is always better, but I bet you didn't even know the book existed for these classics.
  1. The Godfather
    How can the source material be just as good as arguably the best movie of all time? You should read Mario Puzo's book to find out. I know it looks long, but you will fly through, I promise.
  2. The Princess Bride
    I already mentioned this movie as one you should revisit immediately, but did you know it's based on one of the most hilarious books of all time? You won't regret reading this gem by William Goldman *ahem* I mean S. Morgenstern, and you for sure won't be able to put it down.
  3. Gone With The Wind
    This book is really long, but I'm sure Margaret Mitchell won't mind if you skip the long Civil War description chapters (though history buffs may want to read.. The racist Old South sympathies are fascinating). Did you know that Scarlett had two children before Bonnie? Didn't think so. Go read the book.
  4. Les Miserables
    For the record, I'm comparing this book to the classic stage musical, not the train wreck of a Tom Hooper movie. Again, this book is really long, and Victor Hugo loves to digress into pointless histories and descriptions of random convents and buildings. Still, the breathtaking story and colorful, multilayered characters are worth ploughing through the entire book.
  5. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    It's basically a right of passage for kids to see this movie (I think? I haven't been a child in a while). I think it's just as important to read the book it's based on: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by some guy named Roald Dahl. The Willy Wonka in the book is vastly different than the Gene Wilder version, and the inferior Johnny Depp version adheres more closely to the book, but the story is timeless and well-written. I love chocolate.