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List Rules 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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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 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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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom - To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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The Lord of the Rings film trilogy 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 Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall - The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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

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

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Harry Potter Franchise 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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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers - The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider - Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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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) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack - The Body (1982) by Stephen King

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

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci - Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan - Misery (1987) by Stephen King

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Die Hard 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) 23 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 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 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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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair - The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty

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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 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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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 29 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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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff - A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Anthony Burgess

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

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

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

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Bram Stoker's Dracula Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder - Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 36 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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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore - The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins - Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Of Mice and Men John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn - Of Mice and Men (1937) by John Steinbeck

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

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 45 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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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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Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Fried Green Tomatoes Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987) by Fannie Flagg

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson - Gangs of New York (1927) by Herbert Asbury

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