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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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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    ranked high on reranks Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel

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    James Dean, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker

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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie

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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Suzanne Somers

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    Orson Welles, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke

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    ranked low on reranks Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    added by WalterDavis Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty Followed the book almost line by line. Great book and movie. 

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

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    Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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    Mercedes Ruehl, James Remar, Robert Townsend

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    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Robin Wright

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    ranked low on reranks Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    ranked low on reranks Kathleen Turner, Mel Blanc, Christopher Lloyd

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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