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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. 44
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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

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

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

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  4. 144
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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford

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  5. 146
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    Alfre Woodard, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter

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    new! & added by shaebeer27 Tyler Perry, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno

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  7. 89
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    Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

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    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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

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    new! & added by shaebeer27 Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Moriarty

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

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

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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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  14. 145
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    Hugh Grant, Stockard Channing, Emmanuelle Seigner

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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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  16. 59
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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost ...

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  17. 142
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    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Aurélien Recoing ...

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  18. 34
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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker

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

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

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

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    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, AnnaSophia Robb

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  23. 157
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    added by AndrewGreen Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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  24. 70
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    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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  25. 110
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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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  26. 58
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    Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Carrie-Anne Moss Chocolat (1999) by Joanne Harris

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  27. 152
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    David Bowie, Natja Brunckhorst, Jens Kuphal

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

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  29. 105
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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy García, Paula Garcés

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  30. 94
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    added by WalterDavis Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty Deliverance (!970) by James Dickey

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  31. 134
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    ranked low on reranks Chloë Grace Moretz, Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris

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

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  33. 63
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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie Doctor Zhivago (1957) by Boris Pasternak

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  34. 45
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    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia (1988) by Joseph D. Pistone

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  35. 101
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    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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  36. 130
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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  37. 82
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    James Dean, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker East of Eden (1952) by John Steinbeck

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  38. 129
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    ranked low on reranks Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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  39. 137
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    added by miriam Kristin Kreuk, Alex Lifeson, Colin Mochrie

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  40. 106
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    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971) by ...

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

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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly

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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 Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Kathy Bates, Chris O'Donnell Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987) by Fannie Flagg

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    ranked low on reranks Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio The Short-Timers (1979) by Gustav Hasford

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

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