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The Best Movies Based On Books

List Criteria: Only movies that were adapted from books.

List of the best movies based off books, voted on by cine-bibliophiles everywhere. Many movies are based off of books but whenever a new movie based on a book comes out there is an endless amount of whining about how Hollywood isn't original and why can't they write their own stories? That's simple, it's because these amazing stories are already written and Hollywood has the means to bring them to life, and some times they do it better than even your imagination thought possible. This list looks at the films based on the books - novels, literature, or nonfiction - that made you want to reread the book, started endless "which was better the movie or the book" debates, made you squeal with delight that you pictured it that way in your head, and just blew your frickin' mind.

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  1. 1
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    1994 More
    100
  2. 2
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  3. 3
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Godfather

    1972 More
    99
  4. 4
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    1962 More
    96
  5. 5
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    Forrest Gump

    1994 More
    94
  6. 6
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991 More
    92
  7. 7
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939 More
    86
  8. 8
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939 More
    85
  9. 9
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    1993 More
    85
  10. 10
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    The Green Mile

    1999 More
    85
  11. 11
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    1980 More
    84
  12. 12
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    1960 More
    80
  13. 13
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    1999 More
    79
  14. 14
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    Jaws

    1975 More
    77
  15. 15
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    1941 More
    76
  16. 16
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    1988 More
    73
  17. 17
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    1973 More
    73
  18. 18
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    Stand by Me

    1986 More
    73
  19. 19
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    2012 More
    73
  20. 20
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    Jurassic Park

    1993 More
    73
  21. 21
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    Harry Potter Series

    73
  22. 22
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    1971 More
    73
  23. 23
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    2005 More
    71
  24. 24
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    Atonement

    2007 More
    69
  25. 25
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    1990 More
    69
  26. 26
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    1971 More
    68
  27. 27
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    2003 More
    66
  28. 28
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    1992 More
    65
  29. 29
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    2012 More
    65
  30. 30
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    Gangs of New York

    2002 More
    65
  31. 31
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    1985 More
    65
  32. 32
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    2001 More
    64
  33. 33
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    1958 More
    64
  34. 34
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    2011 More
    64
  35. 35
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    1998 More
    64
  36. 36
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    2007 More
    63
  37. 37
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    Harry Potter The Complete Collection

    61
  38. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Goodfellas

    1990 More
    61
  39. 39
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    2002 More
    61
  40. 40
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    1932 More
    61
  41. 41
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    1982 More
    61
  42. 42
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    1988 More
    60
  43. 43
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    2000 More
    59
  44. 44
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    1976 More
    58
  45. 45
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    2006 More
    58
  46. 46
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    2011 More
    57
  47. 47
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    2000 More
    57
  48. 48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Princess Bride

    1987 More
    56
  49. 49
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    1968 More
    56
  50. 50
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    1993 More
    55
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