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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. 40
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    1932 More
    61
  2. 8
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Gone with the Wind

    1939 More
    85
  3. 7
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Wizard of Oz

    1939 More
    86
  4. 15
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    Down 45
    1941 More
    76
  5. 106
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    1950 More
    37
  6. 86
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    ranked high on reranks
    Alice in Wonderland

    1951 More
    42
  7. 81
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    1955 More
    44
  8. 142
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    1956 More
    27
    added by: LarryMellen
  9. 33
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    1958 More
    64
  10. 12
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    Down 44
    1960 More
    80
  11. 4
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    1962 More
    96
  12. 88
    Up 28
    Down 17
    1963 More
    41
  13. 105
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    1964 More
    38
  14. 60
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    Down 35
    1965 More
    52
  15. 52
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    1967 More
    54
  16. 85
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    1967 More
    42
  17. 49
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    1968 More
    56
  18. 99
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    1968 More
    38
  19. 59
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    1968 More
    52
  20. 95
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    1970 More
    40
  21. 26
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    1971 More
    68
  22. 71
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    ranked low on reranks
    The French Connection

    1971 More
    48
  23. 22
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    1971 More
    73
  24. 117
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    1972 More
    36
    added by: WalterDavis
    Followed the book almost line by line. Great book and movie. 
  25. 3
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Godfather

    1972 More
    99
  26. 87
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    1973 More
    41
  27. 17
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    1973 More
    73
  28. 109
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    1974 More
    37
  29. 62
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    1974 More
    51
  30. 116
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    1974 More
    36
  31. 14
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jaws

    1975 More
    77
  32. 44
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    1976 More
    58
  33. 114
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    Down 25
    1979 More
    36
  34. 91
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    1979 More
    41
  35. 63
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    1980 More
    50
  36. 11
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    Down 145
    1980 More
    84
  37. 41
    Up 103
    Down 59
    1982 More
    61
  38. 104
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    Down 38
    1982 More
    38
  39. 67
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    1982 More
    50
  40. 128
    Up 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Outsiders

    1983 More
    32
  41. 31
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    1985 More
    65
  42. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stand by Me

    1986 More
    73
  43. 96
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    1986 More
    39
  44. 76
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    1987 More
    45
  45. 48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Princess Bride

    1987 More
    56
  46. 16
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    1988 More
    73
  47. 42
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    ranked low on reranks
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    1988 More
    60
  48. 92
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    1989 More
    40
  49. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Goodfellas

    1990 More
    61
  50. 25
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    1990 More
    69
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