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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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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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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

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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  6. 33
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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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  8. 73
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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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  10. 47
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Robin Wright

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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  13. 27
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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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  14. 38
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    ranked low on reranks Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    ranked low on reranks Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  18. 63
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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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  19. 125
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    Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Anthony Hopkins

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    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou

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  21. 120
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    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

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  22. 17
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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  23. 84
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro

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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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  25. 61
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    Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie

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    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

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    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom

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  28. 42
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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  30. 48
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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Jared Leto

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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  34. 67
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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    added by wiabux Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    James Dean, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker

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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  39. 10
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    ranked low on reranks Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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  40. 29
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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    added by JimJenkins John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn

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  42. 53
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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

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  43. 72
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    often listed Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Scorsese

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  44. 130
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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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  45. 99
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    added by InspectorJavert John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Charlotte Gainsbourg

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  46. 32
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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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  47. 41
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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

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    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci

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