Elmore Leonard will forever go down in history as one of Hollywood’s greatest sources of inspiration. Beginning his career in the early 1950s writing short stories (mostly in the Western genre), the author’s first adaptation, 3:10 To Yuma, was made in 1957 and his work has served as source material for a seemingly countless number of films and television shows since.

Sadly, today brought news that Leonard has passed away at the age of 87 due to complications from a stroke, but rather than mourning his death we are instead choosing to celebrate his life and career. Of all the adaptations made from the author’s work over the years, which titles really stand as the cream of the crop? That’s exactly what we determined below.

Get Shorty (1995)
When it comes to movies about making movies, there are few that are more enjoyable than Barry Sonnenfeld’s adaptation of Get Shorty. The story of a gangster who finds his way into the film industry by accident, the movie is a biting, hilarious satire of the Hollywood system from top to bottom, tackling everything from undervalued screenwriters (“You have an idea, you write down what you wanna say, then you get somebody to add in the commas and shit where they belong.”) to ridiculously egotistical actors (“A movie star can never order straight from the menu”). If you haven’t seen it in a while or – god forbid – never seen it at all, now would be a good time for a watch, as it hasn’t aged a day.

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