Also, because I had the biggest crush on Viggo Mortenson when I discovered the movies. I mean, who else can open a door like this?
All the Harry Potter movies
I still think one should read the book before the movie, because it can help you understand the characters more. I don't even mind when movies have to cut things out, especially when I've already read the book because I feel like I know something that the rest of the audience doesn't. But sometimes the movie can be better than the book. Sometimes not necessarily better but perfectly acceptable works of art in their own right.
But most of the time, books are better.
Can you think of any movie you preferred over the book?