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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. 161
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chevy Chase, Geena Davis

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    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 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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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller Trainspotting (1993) by Irvine Welsh

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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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    added by looksharp Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård The Railway Man by Eric Lomax

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  13. 118
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    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

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    ranked low on reranks Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island (2003) by Dennis Lehane

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    added by looksharp Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables by Oscar Fraley

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  17. 123
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    added by looksharp Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci Casino by Nicholas Pileggi

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    added by looksharp Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange The Executioners by John D. MacDonald

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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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    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 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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    new! & added by but chickens double d Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones, Clancy Brown

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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill Moneyball by Michael Lewis

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

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    new! & added by but chickens double d John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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

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    Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Anthony Hopkins

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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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    added by looksharp Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

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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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    new! & added by but chickens double d Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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  37. 66
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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie Doctor Zhivago (1957) by Boris Pasternak

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  38. 151
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    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

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  39. 83
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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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  40. 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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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett

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

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

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    added by looksharp Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

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    added by looksharp Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

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    added by shaebeer27 Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Moriarty

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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