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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. 44
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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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  2. 68
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    Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clive Owen

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  3. 13
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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  4. 89
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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  5. 33
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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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  6. 23
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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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  7. 93
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    Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner

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  8. 139
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    Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law

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  9. 131
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    Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch

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  10. 135
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  11. 114
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    added by perfectturkish Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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  12. 43
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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox

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  13. 75
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    Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey

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  14. 130
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    often listed Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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  15. 92
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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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  16. 73
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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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  17. 12
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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

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  18. 66
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    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

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  19. 46
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    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer

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  20. 70
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    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen

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  21. 61
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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie

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  22. 84
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro

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  23. 121
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    Kristen Stewart, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane

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  24. 82
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    James Dean, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker

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  25. 29
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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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  26. 3
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    most listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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  27. 62
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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  28. 129
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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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  29. 102
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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  30. 87
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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  31. 10
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    ranked low on reranks Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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  33. 143
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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  34. 88
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    Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden

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  35. 57
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    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman

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  36. 28
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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  37. 56
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    added by JimJenkins John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn

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  38. 144
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    new! & added by AndrewGreen Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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  39. 7
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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  40. 9
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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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  41. 123
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    Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart

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  42. 113
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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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  43. 86
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    ranked high on reranks Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel

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  44. 134
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    Lena Headey, Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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  45. 127
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    Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley

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  46. 41
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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

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  47. 50
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    ranked low on reranks Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Fry

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  48. 98
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    often listed George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

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  49. 96
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    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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    ranked low on reranks Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

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