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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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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    ranked low on reranks Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    ranked low on reranks Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

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    Harry Potter Series

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    ranked low on reranks Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem

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    often listed Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    ranked low on reranks Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    ranked low on reranks Kathleen Turner, Mel Blanc, Christopher Lloyd

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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Harry Potter The Complete Collection

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    ranked low on reranks Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Robin Wright

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    often listed Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

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