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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. 178
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    added by but chickens double d Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence, Raymond Hatton

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  2. 181
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    added by but chickens double d Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni Scarface (1929) by Armitage Coons

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  4. 10
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

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  5. 179
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    added by but chickens double d Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton, Edmond O'Brien

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  6. 8
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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum

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  7. 19
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    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor The Maltese Falcon (1929) by Dashiell Hammett

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  8. 180
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    added by but chickens double d Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Will Wright

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  9. 173
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    added by looksharp Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

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  10. 93
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    ranked low on reranks Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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  11. 92
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

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  12. 87
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    James Dean, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker East of Eden (1952) by John Steinbeck

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  13. 172
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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  14. 31
    + 77
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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock D'entre les morts (1954) by Boileau-Narcejac

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  15. 13
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh Psycho (1959) by Robert Bloch

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  16. 5
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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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  17. 83
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy The Birds (1952) by Daphne du Maurier

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  18. 99
    + 33
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    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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  19. 183
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    added by Alimunro28 Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

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  20. 66
    + 57
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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie Doctor Zhivago (1957) by Boris Pasternak

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  21. 46
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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy Cool Hand Look (1965) by Donn Pearce

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  22. 86
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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss The Graduate (1963) by Charles Webb

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  23. 43
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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

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  24. 107
    + 27
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    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Suzanne Somers Mute Witness (1963) by Robert L. Fish

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  25. 152
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    Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes Rosemary's Baby (1967) by Ira Levin

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  27. 102
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    Orson Welles, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller

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

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  29. 79
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    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy (1969) by Robin Moore

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  30. 155
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    new! Charlton Heston, Eric Laneuville, Lincoln Kilpatrick

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

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  32. 98
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    added by WalterDavis Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty Deliverance (!970) by James Dickey

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  33. 2
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    most listed Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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  34. 94
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    - 33

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

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  35. 24
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    often listed Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty

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  36. 101
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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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  37. 52
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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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  38. 174
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    Jon Voight, Derek Jacobi, Maximilian Schell

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  39. 108
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    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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  40. 18
    + 257
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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  41. 45
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    - 38

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

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  42. 176
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    added by but chickens double d John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  43. 126
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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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  44. 97
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    Mercedes Ruehl, James Remar, Robert Townsend The Warriors (1965) by Sol Yurick

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  45. 67
    + 58
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    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci Raging Bull: My Story (1970) by Jake LaMotta

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

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  47. 42
    + 128
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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

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  48. 105
    + 37
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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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  49. 69
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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter Who Goes There? (1938) by John W. Campbell 

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  50. 177
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    added by looksharp Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

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