Friday's Top Five: Ray Bradbury
June 8th, 2012
03:57 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Ray Bradbury

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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    June 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. salleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Michael...saying that Ray Bradbury was over rated and is no Stephen King shows your ignorance. Bradbury was a
    REAL writer who was intelligent and imaginative, Stephen King has written two good books, The Shining and The
    Stand, everything else is low-brow garbage. You obviously have no taste. You probably read romance novels.

    June 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kit on the Beach

    Zero Hour was one of the creepiest short stories I have read.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Calaizzo

    Was bradbury in the military?

    June 9, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • DougK

      He was never in the military. I read once that they rejected him because of eye trouble.

      June 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael Calaizzo

    I love to read his books and eat Chinese Food.

    June 9, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michael Calaizzo

    Bradbury was overated and is no Stephen King!

    June 9, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Luis Reeves

    My favority RB story is "Pillar of Fire" from his anthology 'S is for Space'.

    June 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vicki Boston

    My favorite Ray Bradbury story is THE HALLOWEEN TREE. I liked the cartoon production with Leonard Nimoy.

    June 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |

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