Jurassic Park hands down. The wonder, the style and grace of the Dinos with great visuals that still hold up to this day; the cross appeal for both adults and kids. It also struck a great balance between fun and dark subject matter and on top of all that improved upon the original novels ending also, not many films based on novels can say that.
I agree with all of that except that it improves the ending of the novel. That's not true at all. The novel ends with the raptors looking to get off the island which is badass. The movie ends with the T-rex saving the day in sort of cheesy fashion.
nah the movie and the book go for two different things; the book plays up the dangers of science why more than the movie while the movie focuses more on the childlike wonder and danger the dinosaurs themselves represent; I guess its all up to your tastes in approach but going the way of fascination and wonder for the film made it way better than adapting the novel fully ever would have
^ Good point. I agree that the childlike wonder and awe was the right way to go with the movie because it's a kind of spectacle adventure film, and therefore the ending was fitting. It just goes to show the difference between film and book. They're different mediums and require different approaches.