Science-fiction icon Ray Bradbury, whose visionary works include "The Martian Chronicles" and the novel "Fahrenheit 451," died on Tuesday at the age of 91. In his lifetime, more than eight million copies of his books were sold in 36 languages.
Like contemporaries Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, many of his short stories and novels were made into memorable films, including the chilling "The Illustrated Man," and the dark fantasy "Something Wicked This Way Comes." His works were also adapted for TV, on programs like "The Twilight Zone" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (the latter of which won an Emmy for the Bradbury-influenced "The Jar").
In honor of Bradbury, here is our list of the best adaptations of his writings.
5. 'The Illustrated Man'
Based on Bradbury's short story, this downbeat yet striking adaptation weaves together three stories by the tattoos of the "illustrated man," played by Rod Steiger. When people look too long at the images on his skin, they see terrible visions of their future.
4. 'The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit'
Joe Mantegna starred in this family film about a con man who pools his money with four other down-on-their-luck individuals to buy a vanilla ice-cream-colored suit. Once they put the suit on, it transforms each of them into a better version of themselves.
3. 'It Came From Outer Space'
A '50s sci-fi classic about an alien invasion. This film ranks alongside "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" as a reflection of McCarthy-era paranoia (but this one was filmed in 3D)!
2. 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'
Surprisingly spooky for a Disney production, this underrated 1983 film takes place in a quiet American town where a mysterious circus and the charming Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce), arrive and begin granting wishes to the townsfolk. It's up to two young boys to save the day from the villain's dreadful grip.
1. 'Farenheit 451'
Although director François Truffaut was unhappy with both his leading man, Oskar Werner, and the English language version of the film, it's the best known and most loved of Bradbury's works. This dystopian tale of a totalitarian society where reading is forbidden has become a classic. The title refers to the temperature at which paper reportedly catches fire.