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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 Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King

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    most listed Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    the people's #1 The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), The Return of the King (1955) by J.

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    ranked low on reranks Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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    often listed Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris

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    ranked low on reranks Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh Psycho (1959) by Robert Bloch

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack The Body (1982) by Stephen King

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    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) by Roald Dahl

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) by Roderick Thorpe

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    Harry Potter series Harry Potter novels (1997-2007) by J. K. Rowling

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    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor The Maltese Falcon (1929) by Dashiell Hammett

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Chrichton

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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan Misery (1987) by Stephen King

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    ranked low on reranks Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Anthony Burgess

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett

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    Kathleen Turner, Mel Blanc, Christopher Lloyd Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock D'entre les morts (1954) by Boileau-Narcejac

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971) by ...

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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni Scarface (1929) by Armitage Coons

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson Gangs of New York (1927) by Herbert Asbury

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    Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem No Country for Old Men (2005) by Cormac McCarthy

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne The Color Purple (!982) by Alice Walker

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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

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    ranked low on reranks Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen The Two Towers (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy Cool Hand Look (1965) by Donn Pearce

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman All the President's Men (1974) by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

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    Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1991) by Peter Hedges

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Robin Wright The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green Casino Royale (1973) by Ian Fleming

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    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia (1988) by Joseph D. Pistone

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    ranked low on reranks & added by JimJenkins John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn Of Mice and Men (1937) by John Steinbeck

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