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The Best Movies Based On Books

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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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List Criteria: Only movies that were adapted from books.

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  1. 42
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    1932 More
    62
  2. 9
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939 More
    84
  3. 10
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939 More
    84
  4. 16
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    1941 More
    75
  5. 109
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    1950 More
    41
  6. 94
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    1951 More
    46
  7. 90
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    1955 More
    47
  8. 139
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    1956 More
    37
    added by: LarryMellen
  9. 41
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    1958 More
    63
  10. 14
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    1960 More
    80
  11. 4
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    1962 More
    96
  12. 107
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Birds

    1963 More
    43
  13. 112
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    1964 More
    41
  14. 68
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    1965 More
    54
  15. 65
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    Cool Hand Luke

    1967 More
    54
  16. 119
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    1967 More
    39
  17. 47
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    1968 More
    61
  18. 134
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    1968 More
    37
  19. 143
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    1968 More
    36
  20. 55
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    1968 More
    57
  21. 99
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    1970 More
    46
  22. 26
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    1971 More
    71
  23. 70
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    1971 More
    54
  24. 23
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    1971 More
    73
  25. 151
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    1972 More
    35
    added by: WalterDavis
    Followed the book almost line by line. Great book and movie. 
  26. 3
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    The Godfather

    1972 More
    97
  27. 84
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    1973 More
    49
  28. 21
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    1973 More
    73
  29. 153
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    1974 More
    35
  30. 80
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    The Godfather Part II

    1974 More
    51
  31. 115
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    1974 More
    41
  32. 17
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    1975 More
    75
  33. 51
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    1976 More
    58
  34. 78
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    ranked high on reranks
    Being There

    1979 More
    52
  35. 100
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    1979 More
    45
  36. 76
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    1980 More
    52
  37. 11
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Shining

    1980 More
    83
  38. 32
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    1982 More
    66
  39. 92
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    1982 More
    47
  40. 64
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    1982 More
    54
  41. 121
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    1983 More
    39
  42. 39
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    1985 More
    63
  43. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stand by Me

    1986 More
    74
  44. 77
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    1986 More
    52
  45. 146
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    1987 More
    36
    added by: wiabux
  46. 108
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    ranked low on reranks
    Full Metal Jacket

    1987 More
    42
  47. 59
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Princess Bride

    1987 More
    55
  48. 15
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    1988 More
    76
  49. 35
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    ranked low on reranks
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    1988 More
    65
  50. 101
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    Field of Dreams

    1989 More
    44
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