Fight Club (1999)
Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Jim Uhls
Based on: Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk
Why it’s better: It largely comes down to the ending, so spoiler alert: In the novel, the explosive malfunctions, while in the film, there are multiple explosives that do in fact detonate, taking down several skyscrapers. It plays into the film’s tone, which is mercifully more critical of Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and his agenda than the novel is.