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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. 39
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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni Scarface (1929) by Armitage Coons

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

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  3. 7
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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum

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  4. 19
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    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor The Maltese Falcon (1929) by Dashiell Hammett

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  5. 106
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    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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  6. 89
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    Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

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  7. 82
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    James Dean, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker East of Eden (1952) by John Steinbeck

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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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

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

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  11. 4
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    ranked low on reranks Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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  12. 83
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy The Birds (1952) by Daphne du Maurier

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    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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  14. 63
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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie Doctor Zhivago (1957) by Boris Pasternak

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  15. 46
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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy Cool Hand Look (1965) by Donn Pearce

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  16. 80
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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss The Graduate (1963) by Charles Webb

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  17. 44
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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

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

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

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

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  21. 27
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    Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Anthony Burgess

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  22. 69
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    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy (1969) ...

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

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  24. 94
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    added by WalterDavis Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty Deliverance (!970) by James Dickey

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  25. 3
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    most listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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

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  27. 22
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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty

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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 The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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

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  33. 104
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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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

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  35. 67
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    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci Raging Bull: My Story (1970) by Jake LaMotta

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  36. 11
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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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  37. 152
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    David Bowie, Natja Brunckhorst, Jens Kuphal

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  38. 38
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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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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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

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  41. 133
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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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  42. 33
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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne The Color Purple (!982) by Alice Walker

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

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    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman Il Nome della Rosa (1980) by Umberto Eco

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    ranked low on reranks Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio The Short-Timers (1979) by Gustav Hasford

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Robin Wright The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) by Roderick Thorpe

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  48. 37
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    ranked low on reranks Kathleen Turner, Mel Blanc, Christopher Lloyd Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

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  49. 84
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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Shoeless Joe (1982) by W. P. Kinsella

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

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