The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

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  3. 3
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    The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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

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    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally

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    Harry Potter series is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Harry Potter series Harry Potter novels (1997-2007) by J. K. Rowling

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

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    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Chrichton

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack The Body (1982) by Stephen King

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan Misery (1987) by Stephen King

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

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

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

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) by Roderick Thorpe

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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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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    The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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

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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler The Two Towers (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey The Short-Timers (1979) by Gustav Hasford

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    The Help is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    Atonement is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

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    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson Gangs of New York (1927) by Herbert Asbury

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men (2005) by Cormac McCarthy

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    The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne The Color Purple (!982) by Alice Walker

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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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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

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    Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn Of Mice and Men (1937) by John Steinbeck

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    V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


    Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving V for Vendetta (1982-1989) by Alan Moore

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock D'entre les morts (1954) by Boileau-Narcejac

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books


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

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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    Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Based on Books

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    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia (1988) by Joseph D. Pistone

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