The Best Movies Based on Books Films
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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 The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

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  2. 55
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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

    ) open
  3. 29
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    - 131


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

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  4. 114
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    - 10

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

    ) open
  5. 85
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    - 73


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

    ) open
  6. 121
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    - 29


    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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  7. 48
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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman All the President's Men (1974) by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

    ) open
  8. 54
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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Jared Leto American Psycho (1991) by Bret Easton Ellis

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  9. 28
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    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

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  10. 102
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    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Will Wright

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  11. 166
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    - 17


    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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  12. 112
    + 27
    - 34


    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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  13. 137
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    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

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  14. 139
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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

    ) open
  15. 43
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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

    ) open
  16. 65
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    - 50


    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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  17. 36
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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker

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  18. 104
    + 35
    - 29


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

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  19. 171
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    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange The Executioners by John D. MacDonald

    ) open
  20. 92
    + 20
    - 5

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  21. 120
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    - 13

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

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  22. 50
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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green Casino Royale (1973) by Ian Fleming

    ) open
  23. 113
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    - 12

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

    ) open
  24. 107
    + 28
    - 38


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

    ) open
  25. 108
    + 29
    - 31


    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, AnnaSophia Robb

    ) open
  26. 115
    + 18
    - 19

    added by AndrewGreen
    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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  27. 79
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    Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clive Owen The Children of Men (1992) by P. D. James

    ) open
  28. 94
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    - 18


    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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  29. 61
    + 49
    - 50


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

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  30. 44
    + 76
    - 35


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

    ) open
  31. 116
    + 39
    - 36


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy García, Paula Garcés

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  32. 105
    + 19
    - 21

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

    ) open
  33. 109
    + 27
    - 24


    Chloë Grace Moretz, Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris

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  34. 19
    + 234
    - 100


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

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  35. 150
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    - 14

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    Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q

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  36. 63
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    - 54


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

    ) open
  37. 49
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    - 47


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

    ) open
  38. 111
    + 36
    - 36


    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

    ) open
  39. 148
    + 16
    - 40

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

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  40. 91
    + 29
    - 40


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

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  41. 126
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    - 49


    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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  42. 159
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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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  43. 100
    + 48
    - 41


    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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  44. 40
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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

    ) open
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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Shoeless Joe (1982) by W. P. Kinsella

    ) open
  46. 12
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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

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  47. 96
    + 49
    - 53


    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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  48. 169
    + 12
    - 20


    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chevy Chase, Geena Davis

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  49. 172
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    - 21

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    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  50. 4
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    Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

    ) open
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