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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. 2
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    most listed Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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  2. 144
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    added by looksharp Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar Il buio e il miele (Darkness and Honey) by Giovanni Arpino

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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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  4. 137
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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

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  5. 49
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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green Casino Royale (1973) by Ian Fleming

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  6. 116
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    added by perfectturkish Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

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  7. 168
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    Alfre Woodard, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter

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  8. 13
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh Psycho (1959) by Robert Bloch

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy The Birds (1952) by Daphne du Maurier

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  10. 158
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    Alison Pill, Hume Cronyn, Aaron Ashmore

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  11. 54
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    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen The Devil Wears Prada (2003) by Lauren Weisberger

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  12. 45
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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

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  13. 176
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    added by looksharp Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

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  14. 81
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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Shoeless Joe (1982) by W. P. Kinsella

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  15. 46
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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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  16. 179
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    added by but chickens double d Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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  17. 160
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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  18. 12
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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

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  19. 128
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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

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  20. 152
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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill Moneyball by Michael Lewis

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  21. 89
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    Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983) by Ron Hansen

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  22. 164
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    added by looksharp Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Bruce Lee The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn

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  23. 17
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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) by Roderick Thorpe

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  24. 97
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    added by WalterDavis Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty Deliverance (!970) by James Dickey

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  25. 30
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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson Gangs of New York (1927) by Herbert Asbury

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

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  27. 84
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    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen The Two Towers (1954) 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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  30. 25
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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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  31. 72
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black High Fidelity (1995) by Nick Hornby

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  32. 149
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    new! Charlton Heston, Eric Laneuville, Lincoln Kilpatrick

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  33. 106
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    Chloë Grace Moretz, Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris

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  34. 184
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    added by wiabux Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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  35. 139
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    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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  36. 161
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    Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange

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  37. 10
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

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  38. 109
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    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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  39. 50
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    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer Män som hatar kvinnor (2005) by Stieg Larsson

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  40. 52
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano There Will Be Blood (1927) by Upton Sinclair

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  41. 61
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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 (1826) by James Fenimore Cooper

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  42. 110
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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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  43. 94
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    Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden The Day of the Jackal (1971) by Frederick Forsyth

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  44. 140
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    often listed Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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  45. 86
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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss The Graduate (1963) by Charles Webb

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  46. 90
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    Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

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  47. 181
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    added by looksharp Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney Primal Fear by William Diehl

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  48. 92
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    ranked low on reranks Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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  49. 123
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    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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

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