04/11/2012 12:15 pm ET

The Best Book-To-Film Adaptations Ever (VIDEO)

By Luke Dempsey for Bookish

In a world, where almost every book ever published becomes a movie... In a world, where Atticus Finch is considered everyone’s favorite movie hero... And in a world, where you’d imagine the President of the United States might have slightly more pressing concerns, comes a weekend in which Obama introduces a new print of "To Kill a Mockingbird" on the USA TV network.

And why not? It’s been 50 years since “Mockingbird” first hit screens, and it’s still considered one of the best book-to-movie projects. Even its author, the notoriously tight-lipped Harper Lee, said this week, “I believe it remains the best translation of a book to film ever made.” To celebrate, we’ve picked 19 other movies President Obama might want to laud, should he find himself with a spare weekend.

Oh, and before you throw a fit, we reckon you’ve all heard of "The Hunger Games," "The Help," and the Harry Potter series, and even though they’re all good movies, we decided to give them a rest.

So sit back, crack a spine and fling a DVD in the machine, and enjoy our top 20 book adaptations for the cinema – a list, as you will see, that would be mostly empty without Sean Penn and Danny Boyle: