Popular opinion holds that the book is usually much better than the movie based on the book. I, like I am sure all of you, have heard that for years. I can see the point and the appeal of that side of the argument. This made me wonder - are there are any movies that are generally considered "better" than the book they are based on?
I am not talking about specific scenes or points in the work. I can easily recognize the ending of the film version of Misery as superior to the novel. In the novel, Paul Sheldon hallucinates that his captor is there in the room with him on the final pages. In the movie, Paul Sheldon is eating with his agent and the waitress tell hims, "I'm your number one fan!". You can see the look of dread on his face as he hears the same words that Annie said to him. You can also see the anxiety as he wonders how many more times in his life he is going to have to listen to a fan utter those words.
I know I gave an example of a better scene in a movie when compared with the same book. If others want to point similar instances out that is fine. What I really want to know is if there are movies based off of books that are generally held in higher regard than the book? I do not care about the genre - I am just curious - so can anyone help me out?