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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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    Alison Pill, Hume Cronyn, Aaron Ashmore

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    Alfre Woodard, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter

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    ranked high on reranks 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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    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts

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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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    new! & added by AndrewGreen Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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    Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clive Owen

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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Carrie-Anne Moss

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

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    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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    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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    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, David Cross

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    ranked low on reranks Harry Potter Series

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    Harry Potter The Complete Collection

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black

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