June 8th, 2012
03:57 PM ET
Ray Bradbury not only inspired readers - he touched the imaginations of moviegoers, too.
And so when the acclaimed author died at 91 on Wednesday, he left behind a legacy in fiction as well as one in film. Some of his most famous works were adapted for the big screen (as well as TV), and he also did some script writing of his own.
Here, we outline five movies that have Bradbury's touch, either being written by him or based on his work, if you want to experience his talent through movie magic as well as your mind's eye.
1. "Fahrenheit 451" (1966) - Based on Bradbury's landmark novel, the film asks the same terrifying question: "What if you had no right to read"?
2. "Moby Dick" (1956) - Bradbury adapted the screenplay along with director John Huston from Herman Melville's enduring novel. In a review, the New York Times claimed that Hollywood could stop adapting this story, as it couldn't be "done better, more beautifully or more exciting again."
3. "It Came from Outer Space" (1953) - This tale of alien invaders in an Arizona town, a crucial film in the science fiction genre, came from Bradbury.
4. "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983) - Bradbury adapted this screenplay based on his novel about a diabolical carnival owner who convinces townsfolk to let him grant them their biggest desires himself.
5. "The Illustrated Man" (1969) – This adaptation pulled its yarn about a man covered in tattoos that reveal futuristic tales from Bradbury's stories.
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