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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. 93
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    - 51

    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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  2. 112
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    - 37

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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  3. 131
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    - 6

    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

    ) open
  4. 140
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    - 50

    Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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  5. 81
    + 57
    - 25

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

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  6. 25
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    - 65

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

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  7. 26
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    - 67

    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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  8. 64
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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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  9. 82
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    - 27

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

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  10. 133
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    - 23

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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  11. 166
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    - 21

    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  12. 27
    + 223
    - 121

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

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  13. 21
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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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  14. 119
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    - 37

    added by perfectturkish Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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  15. 46
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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

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  16. 154
    + 11
    - 5

    added by but chickens double d Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Will Wright

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  17. 144
    + 23
    - 21

    ranked low on reranks Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley

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  18. 164
    + 15
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    added by AndrewGreen Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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  19. 85
    + 65
    - 71

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

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  20. 12
    + 352
    - 176

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

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  21. 39
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    ranked low on reranks Kathleen Turner, Mel Blanc, Christopher Lloyd Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

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  22. 36
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    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

    ) open
  23. 106
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    - 36

    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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  24. 143
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    - 23

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jim Carrey, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt

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  25. 116
    + 27
    - 28

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, AnnaSophia Robb

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  26. 22
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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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  27. 102
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    - 21

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris

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  28. 126
    + 39
    - 63

    Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Anthony Hopkins

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  29. 16
    + 245
    - 98

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

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  30. 114
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    - 27

    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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  31. 101
    + 33
    - 29

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Suzanne Somers Mute Witness (1963) by Robert L. Fish

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  32. 100
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    - 39

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mercedes Ruehl, James Remar, Robert Townsend The Warriors (1965) by Sol Yurick

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  33. 142
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    - 40

    often listed Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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  34. 19
    + 228
    - 93

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

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  35. 98
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    - 44

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

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  36. 45
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    - 34

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

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  37. 2
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    most listed Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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  38. 1
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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King

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  39. 70
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    - 65

    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller Trainspotting (1993) by Irvine Welsh

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  40. 150
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    - 12

    added by looksharp Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner Catch Me if You Can by Frank Abagnale

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  41. 5
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    - 117

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

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  42. 8
    + 367
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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

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  43. 20
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    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor The Maltese Falcon (1929) by Dashiell Hammett

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  44. 68
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    - 55

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

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  45. 94
    + 20
    - 17

    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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  46. 153
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    added by looksharp Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney Primal Fear by William Diehl

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  47. 28
    + 167
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    Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Anthony Burgess

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  48. 115
    + 27
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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  49. 6
    + 398
    - 222

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

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  50. 31
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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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