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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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    most listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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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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    added by looksharp Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones

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    ranked high on reranks Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green Casino Royale (1973) by Ian Fleming

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    added by perfectturkish Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

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    Alfre Woodard, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter

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

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

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    new! & added by shaebeer27 Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin

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

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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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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton

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

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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford

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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill

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

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

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

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

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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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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black High Fidelity (1995) by Nick Hornby

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    Chloë Grace Moretz, Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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    Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange

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

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    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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

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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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    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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    David Bowie, Natja Brunckhorst, Jens Kuphal

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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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

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    often listed Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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

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

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    ranked low on reranks 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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    Eva Green, Michael Pitt, Jean-Pierre Léaud

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    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller Trainspotting (1993) by Irvine Welsh

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan Q & A (2005) by Vikas Swarup

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    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy (1969) ...

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

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