‘No Country for Old Men’
Before he wrote an actual screenplay (for the wildly underrated “The Counselor”), Cormac McCarthy wrote a book that basically read like a screenplay. You can’t imagine gruesome grinders like “Child of God” or “Blood Meridian” as movies — that is, unless you’re James Franco — but his 2005 novel reads like the thriller it two years later became. All the Coen brothers had to do was cut the right bits out. The result? One of the few Best Picture Oscar winners you could willingly kill a lazy Sunday watching, striking the right balance between pulp and profundity.