The Best Movies Based on Books

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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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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 2 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

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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    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

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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

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    Harry Potter series 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

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    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Chrichton

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) by Roderick Thorpe

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    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

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    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

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 25 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

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    The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 30 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

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler The Two Towers (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Anthony Burgess

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    The Help is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 35 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

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    Atonement is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Atonement Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 38 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

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

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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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    A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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    V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    V for Vendetta Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving V for Vendetta (1982-1989) by Alan Moore

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    Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Of Mice and Men John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn Of Mice and Men (1937) by John Steinbeck

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    Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971) by Hunter S. Thompson

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    The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

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