films The Best Movies Based on Books  

Originally by
91.2k votes 5.9k voters 293.0k views 332 items Embed

List Rules 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.

What are the best movies based on books? Vote on the top movies based on books and share this with your friends to get their opinions, too!
list ordered by

1
2,080 779
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins - Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King

The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

2
1,584 396
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field - Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

3
1,171 408
Ranker Video
To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom - To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

4
1,797 832
Ranker Video
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

5
1,364 709
Ranker Video
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall - The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

6
1,118 531
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak - The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris

7
1,407 248
Ranker Video
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell - The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

8
965 243
Ranker Video
The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum

9
793 315
Ranker Video
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland - Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

10
938 246
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley - Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally

11
1,243 350
Harry Potter Franchise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Harry Potter series Harry Potter novels (1997-2007) by J. K. Rowling

12
983 526
Ranker Video
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers - The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

13
1,044 411
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough - Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Chrichton

14
813 251
Ranker Video
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) by Roald Dahl

15
854 344
Ranker Video
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider - Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

The Best Movies Based on Marvel Comics 7 Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

16
857 378
Ranker Video
Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter - Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

17
798 207
Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack - The Body (1982) by Stephen King

18
967 405
Ranker Video
The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant - The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

19
484 323
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci - Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

20
570 212
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins - Psycho (1959) by Robert Bloch

21
748 268
Ranker Video
Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan - Misery (1987) by Stephen King

22
544 246
Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia - Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) by Roderick Thorpe

23
717 231
The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler - The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

24
681 228
Ranker Video
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler - The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

25
786 370
Ranker Video
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis

26
616 307
Ranker Video
The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair - The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty

27
315 206
Ranker Video
The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor - The Maltese Falcon (1929) by Dashiell Hammett

28
590 199
Ranker Video
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler - The Two Towers (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

29
604 355
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom - The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Best Scary Movies Based on True Stories Things You Miss Most About College

30
535 221
Ranker Video
The Help Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard - The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett

31
481 309
Ranker Video
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff - A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Anthony Burgess

32
300 186
Ranker Video
Scarface Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni - Scarface (1929) by Armitage Coons

33
464 228
Ranker Video
The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne - The Color Purple (!982) by Alice Walker

34
324 134
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall - The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

35
366 225
Ranker Video
Bram Stoker's Dracula Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder - Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker

36
386 156
A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard - A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

37
643 330
Ranker Video
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore - The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

38
370 184
Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

39
454 147
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

40
414 193
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins - Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

41
835 310
Ranker Video
Atonement Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan - Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

42
352 146
Ranker Video
JimJenkins added Of Mice and Men John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn - Of Mice and Men (1937) by John Steinbeck

43
330 123
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey - The Short-Timers (1979) by Gustav Hasford

The Best Movies Based on DC Comics The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

44
283 196
Ranker Video
Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano - Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

45
408 273
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson - No Country for Old Men (2005) by Cormac McCarthy

46
350 118
Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Fried Green Tomatoes Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987) by Fannie Flagg

47
243 145
Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock - D'entre les morts (1954) by Boileau-Narcejac

48
342 98
Ranker Video
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

49
290 258
Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson - Gangs of New York (1927) by Herbert Asbury

50
365 204
Ranker Video
V for Vendetta Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving - V for Vendetta (1982-1989) by Alan Moore