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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. 4
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    ranked low on reranks Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy The Birds (1952) by Daphne du Maurier

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

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    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly

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  8. 104
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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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    often listed Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller Trainspotting (1993) by Irvine Welsh

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    new! & added by shaebeer27 Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Robin Wright The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

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  13. 143
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    added by looksharp Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island (2003) by Dennis Lehane

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

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    ranked low on reranks Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen The Two Towers (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    ranked low on reranks Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    added by looksharp Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman Il Nome della Rosa (1980) by Umberto Eco

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    David Bowie, Natja Brunckhorst, Jens Kuphal

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  23. 138
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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill

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

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  25. 60
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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

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  26. 126
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    Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Anthony Hopkins

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  27. 57
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    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou The Da Vinci Code (2003) by Dan Brown

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    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

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

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  30. 86
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro Silver Linings Playbook (2008) by Matthew Quick

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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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  32. 63
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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie Doctor Zhivago (1957) by Boris Pasternak

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  33. 139
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    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

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  34. 85
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    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst

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  36. 38
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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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  37. 30
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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett

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  38. 55
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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Jared Leto American Psycho (1991) by Bret Easton Ellis

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  39. 81
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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan Q & A (2005) by Vikas Swarup

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  40. 122
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    added by looksharp Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman

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

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  42. 58
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    Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Carrie-Anne Moss Chocolat (1999) by Joanne Harris

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter Who Goes There? (1938) by John W. Campbell 

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    added by wiabux Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2006) by John Boyne

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  46. 10
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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

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  47. 82
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    James Dean, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker East of Eden (1952) by John Steinbeck

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    added by looksharp Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

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