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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. 46
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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

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  2. 56
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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

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  3. 28
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    - 102

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

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  4. 128
    + 7
    - 7

    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

    ) open
  5. 157
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    - 6

    Alison Pill, Hume Cronyn, Aaron Ashmore

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  6. 167
    + 6
    - 9

    Alfre Woodard, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter

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  7. 90
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    Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

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  8. 114
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    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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  9. 44
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    - 33

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

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  10. 185
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    - 4

    added by shaebeer27 Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Moriarty

    ) open
  11. 58
    + 88
    - 71

    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Jared Leto American Psycho (1991) by Bret Easton Ellis

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  12. 27
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    ranked low on reranks Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

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  13. 180
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    - 1

    added by but chickens double d Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Will Wright

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  14. 187
    + 5
    - 9

    added by PeteBoyle Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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  15. 164
    + 6
    - 9

    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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  16. 118
    + 19
    - 29

    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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  17. 126
    + 6
    - 3

    added by looksharp Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

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  18. 149
    + 7
    - 3

    added by looksharp Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

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  19. 40
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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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  20. 60
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    - 32

    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All (1993) by Bruce Porter

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  21. 155
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    - 5

    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Aurélien Recoing ...

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  22. 41
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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker

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  23. 107
    + 26
    - 20

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

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  24. 173
    + 3
    - 2

    added by looksharp Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange The Executioners by John D. MacDonald

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  25. 175
    + 3
    - 1

    added by but chickens double d John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  26. 116
    + 5
    - 3

    added by looksharp Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci Casino by Nicholas Pileggi

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  27. 49
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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green Casino Royale (1973) by Ian Fleming

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  28. 148
    + 6
    - 3

    added by looksharp Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner Catch Me if You Can by Frank Abagnale

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  29. 100
    + 25
    - 28

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

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  30. 117
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    - 19

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, AnnaSophia Robb

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  31. 172
    + 12
    - 9

    added by AndrewGreen Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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  32. 74
    + 59
    - 72

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clive Owen The Children of Men (1992) by P. D. James

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  33. 101
    + 13
    - 12

    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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  34. 55
    + 42
    - 32

    Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Carrie-Anne Moss Chocolat (1999) by Joanne Harris

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  35. 43
    + 59
    - 24

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

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  36. 111
    + 32
    - 27

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy García, Paula Garcés

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  37. 95
    + 14
    - 9

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

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  38. 105
    + 18
    - 13

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris

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  39. 17
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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) by Roderick Thorpe

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  40. 156
    + 5
    - 6

    Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q

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  41. 66
    + 54
    - 46

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

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  42. 51
    + 49
    - 39

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

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  43. 176
    + 1
    - 3

    added by looksharp Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

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  44. 99
    + 32
    - 25

    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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  45. 139
    + 12
    - 30

    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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  46. 87
    + 25
    - 28

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

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  47. 121
    + 43
    - 40

    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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  48. 165
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    - 6

    added by miriam Kristin Kreuk, Alex Lifeson, Colin Mochrie

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  49. 184
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    - 7

    added by wiabux Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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  50. 92
    + 39
    - 26

    ranked low on reranks Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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