The Best Movies Based on Books Films
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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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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

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

    ) open
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    Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

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

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    Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Robin Wright The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

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    Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson, Ian Bannen

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    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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

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    Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

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    Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill Moneyball by Michael Lewis

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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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    Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Bruce Lee The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn

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

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    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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  22. 40
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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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    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

    ) open
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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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  30. 11
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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

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  31. 120
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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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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano There Will Be Blood (1927) by Upton Sinclair

    ) open
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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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  35. 118
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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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  38. 77
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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss The Graduate (1963) by Charles Webb

    ) open
  39. 85
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    Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

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

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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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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    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller Trainspotting (1993) by Irvine Welsh

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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

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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) by Robin Moore

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

    ) open
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