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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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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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

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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford

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    Alfre Woodard, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter

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    Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel

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    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Jared Leto

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    ranked low on reranks Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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    Hugh Grant, Stockard Channing, Emmanuelle Seigner

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts

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    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Aurélien Recoing ...

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Suzanne Somers

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green

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    Orson Welles, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight

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    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, AnnaSophia Robb

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    added by AndrewGreen Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clive Owen

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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    David Bowie, Natja Brunckhorst, Jens Kuphal

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    ranked low on reranks Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy García, Paula Garcés

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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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    Chloë Grace Moretz, Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie

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    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

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    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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    James Dean, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker

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    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    added by miriam Kristin Kreuk, Alex Lifeson, Colin Mochrie

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    often listed Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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    new! Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly

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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    ranked low on reranks Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Kathy Bates, Chris O'Donnell

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    ranked low on reranks Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, David Cross

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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