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What is the difference between the films 'Manhunter' and 'Red Dragon'?

The are both based on the same book, i know that, and Manhunter was made in the late 70's/ early 80's, whereas Red Dragon was released in early 2000's.
Which is part of the main 'Hannibal Lecter' series?
Which is better?
Which is closer to the book?

Thanks, just a small question, all answers are appreciated.
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I've not read the books but I've seen both movies. Red Dragon was made much more recently. Of the recent movies I think people usually concur (and I'd agree) that the Silence of the Lambs was a borderline masterpiece. Accordingly, I did not care for Red Dragon as much. It was entertaining because I was looking forward to seeing Ralph Fiennes as a psychopath, and for the most part he was quite good.

Edward Norton just isn't a very good actor to me, or at least not in serious roles this these. He's not an action star or a real thriller star. More of a Bill Murray kind of star.

In comparison, though, I would say they are two different movies. Red Dragon is quicker, modern and entertaining while Manhunter is done in a more subtle, freaky manner.

Brian Cox also presented a more, in my opinion, realistic depiction of Hannibal Lecter - one who was a psychopath, but one that was able to express his emotions, nasty as they might be.

I personally thought Manhunter was a better made movie. I own Manhunter but do not own Red Dragon, and never intend to purchase Red Dragon. Manhunter is more of a "lose yourself in the movie" film that wreaks of realistic characters doing realistic stuff.
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