The Best Movies Based on Books Films

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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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King

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    - 324

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

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  3. 3
    + 942
    - 391
    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

    the people's #1
    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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    + 777
    - 208

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

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    - 279

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

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    + 531
    - 185
    To Kill a Mockingbird


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

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    - 147
    The Green Mile

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

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  8. 8
    + 501
    - 132
    The Wizard of Oz


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

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    - 141


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

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    - 264
    The Shining

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

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    - 187
    Gone with the Wind


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

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    + 534
    - 243
    Fight Club


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

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    - 202


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

  14. 14
    + 409
    - 160
    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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    + 430
    - 134


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

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    + 343
    - 130


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

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    + 428
    - 208
    Jaws


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

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    + 490
    - 270


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

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    + 336
    - 150


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

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    - 116


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

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    + 345
    - 111
    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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    - 206


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

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    + 422
    - 246
    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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    + 184
    - 132
    The Maltese Falcon

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor The Maltese Falcon (1929) by Dashiell Hammett

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    - 138
    Misery

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

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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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    - 165
    The Exorcist


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

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    + 358
    - 196
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1


    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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    + 183
    - 99
    Scarface


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

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    + 286
    - 109
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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

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    + 738
    - 220
    Atonement

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

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    + 171
    - 112
    Memento


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

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    + 280
    - 193


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

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    + 233
    - 168
    A Clockwork Orange


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

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    - 247
    The Princess Bride

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

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    + 230
    - 133
    The Help


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

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    - 62

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

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    + 210
    - 125


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

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    + 195
    - 153
    Bram Stoker's Dracula


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

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    + 238
    - 121


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

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    + 192
    - 173

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson Gangs of New York (1927) by Herbert Asbury

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    + 164
    - 50

    ranked low on reranks
    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey The Short-Timers (1979) by Gustav Hasford

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    + 133
    - 88


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

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    + 145
    - 82
    Of Mice and Men

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

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    + 211
    - 130
    V for Vendetta


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

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    + 186
    - 95


    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

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    + 154
    - 176

    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 Hunter S. Thompson

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    + 129
    - 62
    Cool Hand Luke


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

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    + 169
    - 127
    The Color Purple


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

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    + 185
    - 137
    2001: A Space Odyssey


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

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