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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. 147
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    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Aurélien Recoing ...

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman All the President's Men (1974) by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

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    added by looksharp Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

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    ranked high on reranks Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clive Owen The Children of Men (1992) by P. D. James

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  5. 13
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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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  7. 32
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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock D'entre les morts (1954) by Boileau-Narcejac

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  8. 21
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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis

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  9. 88
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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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  10. 128
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    added by looksharp Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  11. 146
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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill Moneyball by Michael Lewis

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  12. 166
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    added by looksharp Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

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  13. 143
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    Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law

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  14. 167
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    new! & added by but chickens double d John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  15. 156
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    added by looksharp Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables by Oscar Fraley

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  16. 121
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    Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch

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  17. 140
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  18. 112
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    added by perfectturkish Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

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  20. 115
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    added by looksharp Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman The Prestige by Christopher Priest

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  21. 70
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    Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey L.A. Confidential (1990) by James Ellroy

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  22. 138
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    often listed Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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  23. 77
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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan Q & A (2005) by Vikas Swarup

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  24. 71
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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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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and ...

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

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  29. 53
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    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen The Devil Wears Prada (2003) by Lauren Weisberger

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  30. 67
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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie Doctor Zhivago (1957) by Boris Pasternak

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  31. 86
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro Silver Linings Playbook (2008) by Matthew Quick

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    new! & added by but chickens double d Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones, Clancy Brown

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  33. 130
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    Kristen Stewart, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane

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  34. 87
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    James Dean, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker East of Eden (1952) by John Steinbeck

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  35. 152
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    Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange

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

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  37. 171
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    new! & added by looksharp Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

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    most listed 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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  40. 103
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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson I Am Legend (!954) by Richard Matheson

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  42. 85
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz Catching Fire (2009) by Suzanne Collins

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  43. 145
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    Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

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

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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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

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    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) by Douglas Adams

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  49. 132
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    added by looksharp Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

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  50. 29
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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