After reading my BLOG article about not judging a book by its movie, Mona Lisa asked, "So, what movies do you think are better than the books?"
I answered, "The Bridges Of Madison County, definitely!" See a list from the article FIFTY MOVIES BETTER THAN THE MOVIES. I disagree about their inclusion of To Kill A Mockingbird , Les Miserables, and Sense And Sensibility. It's interesting that there are four on the list from Stephen King (Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, Misery,)and two by Elmore Leonard.
I have read books AFTER seeing the adapted movies: The Godfather, Julie and Julia, and The Princess Bride; it is difficult to assess whether the books are better after having been influenced by the movies. I agree with the list that Dr. Strangelove........, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and Breakfast At Tiffany's are better as movies, as I had read those prior to seeing the movies.
When I was 13 I went to see Elvis' movie King Creole. Even at that young age, I was a reader of credits. I saw that the movie was based on A Stone For Danny Fisher, with the author's name listed as Harold Robbins.
When I read the book I learned that the movie was very little like the book. The book was a Depression-era, coming-of-age story about a Jewish guy in New Orleans.
King Creole was set in New Orleans; that's about all that is similar to the book.