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The Best Movies Based On Books

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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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List Criteria: Only movies that were adapted from books.

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968 More
    61
  2. 73
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    A Beautiful Mind

    2001 More
    54
  3. 26
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    often listed
    A Clockwork Orange

    1971 More
    71
  4. 136
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    2003 More
    37
  5. 140
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    2003 More
    37
  6. 94
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    often listed &niche appeal
    Alice in Wonderland

    1951 More
    46
  7. 137
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    Alice in Wonderland

    2010 More
    37
  8. 51
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    All the President's Men

    1976 More
    58
  9. 46
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    American Psycho

    2000 More
    61
  10. 13
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    Atonement

    2007 More
    80
  11. 144
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    2013 More
    36
  12. 78
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    Being There

    1979 More
    52
  13. 32
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    1982 More
    66
  14. 72
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    2001 More
    54
  15. 31
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    1992 More
    67
  16. 134
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    1968 More
    37
  17. 49
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    Casino Royale

    2006 More
    59
  18. 98
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    Catch-22

    1970 More
    46
  19. 123
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    2005 More
    38
  20. 69
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    Children of Men

    2006 More
    54
  21. 153
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    1974 More
    35
  22. 63
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    Chocolat

    2000 More
    55
  23. 64
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    Cool Hand Luke

    1967 More
    54
  24. 126
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    Dangerous Minds

    1995 More
    38
  25. 151
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    1972 More
    35
    added by: WalterDavis
    Followed the book almost line by line. Great book and movie. 
  26. 141
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    2010 More
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  27. 15
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    Die Hard

    1988 More
    76
  28. 145
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    2014 More
    36
  29. 68
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    Doctor Zhivago

    1965 More
    54
  30. 67
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    1997 More
    54
  31. 112
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    1964 More
    41
  32. 127
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Drive

    2011 More
    38
  33. 90
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    1955 More
    47
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    2010 More
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  35. 146
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    1987 More
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    added by: wiabux
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    Father of the Bride

    1950 More
    42
  37. 34
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    1998 More
    65
  38. 101
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    Field of Dreams

    1989 More
    45
  39. 157
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    2014 More
    31
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    Fight Club

    1999 More
    82
  41. 92
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    1982 More
    47
  42. 139
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    1956 More
    37
    added by: LarryMellen
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    Forrest Gump

    1994 More
    95
  44. 81
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    often listed &niche appeal
    Fried Green Tomatoes

    1991 More
    50
  45. 108
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    Full Metal Jacket

    1987 More
    42
  46. 29
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    often listed
    Gangs of New York

    2002 More
    67
  47. 125
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ghost World

    2001 More
    38
  48. 9
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939 More
    84
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    Goodfellas

    1990 More
    59
  50. 120
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    Harry Potter

    39
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