Books to Film: Our Fave Big Screen Literary Adaptations

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Roots

It's difficult to overestimate the impact of this mini-series, adapted from Alex Haley's seminal novel, on both American culture and television history. Roots received an unprecedented Nielsen rating when it first aired in 1977, and still stands as the third-highest rated TV program ever in the US. The mini-series, which stars a young LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte, was nominated for 36 Emmys.

(Photo: Warner Bros. Television)

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