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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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The Best Movies Based on Books Films
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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

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

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    Harry Potter series Harry Potter novels (1997-2007) by J. K. Rowling

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    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

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

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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

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

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Chrichton

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) by Roderick Thorpe

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

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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis

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    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan Misery (1987) by Stephen King

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

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    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

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

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    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men (2005) by Cormac McCarthy

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

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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler The Two Towers (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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

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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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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

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    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson Gangs of New York (1927) by Herbert Asbury

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

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

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    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971) by Hunter S. Thompson

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

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

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    John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn Of Mice and Men (1937) by John Steinbeck

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    Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving V for Vendetta (1982-1989) by Alan Moore

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    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey The Short-Timers (1979) by Gustav Hasford

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

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