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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. 186
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    added by Alimunro28 Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

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  2. 185
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    added by PeteBoyle Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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  3. 184
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    added by shaebeer27 Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Moriarty

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  4. 183
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    added by wiabux Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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  5. 182
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    added by but chickens double d Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence, Raymond Hatton

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  6. 181
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    added by looksharp Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

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  7. 180
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    added by looksharp Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney Primal Fear by William Diehl

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  8. 179
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    added by but chickens double d Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones, Clancy Brown

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  9. 178
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    added by but chickens double d Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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  10. 177
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    added by but chickens double d Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton, Edmond O'Brien

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  11. 176
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    added by but chickens double d John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  12. 175
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    added by but chickens double d Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Will Wright

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  13. 174
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    Jon Voight, Derek Jacobi, Maximilian Schell

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  14. 173
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    added by looksharp Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

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  15. 172
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    added by AndrewGreen Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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  16. 171
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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  17. 170
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    added by looksharp Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange The Executioners by John D. MacDonald

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  18. 169
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chevy Chase, Geena Davis

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  19. 168
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    added by looksharp Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini

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  20. 167
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    added by looksharp Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey The Firm by John Grisham

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  21. 166
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    Alfre Woodard, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter

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  22. 165
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    added by looksharp Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

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  23. 164
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    Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange

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  24. 163
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    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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  25. 162
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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  26. 161
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    added by looksharp Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård The Railway Man by Eric Lomax

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  27. 160
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    Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

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  28. 159
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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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  29. 158
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    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Aurélien Recoing ...

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  30. 157
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    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

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  31. 156
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    added by looksharp Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Bruce Lee The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn

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  32. 155
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    Alison Pill, Hume Cronyn, Aaron Ashmore

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  33. 154
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    added by looksharp Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables by Oscar Fraley

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  34. 153
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    added by looksharp Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar Il buio e il miele (Darkness and Honey) by Giovanni Arpino

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  35. 152
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    new! Charlton Heston, Eric Laneuville, Lincoln Kilpatrick

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  36. 151
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    Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey

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  37. 150
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    Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law

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  38. 149
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    added by looksharp Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

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  39. 148
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    Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q

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  40. 147
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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill Moneyball by Michael Lewis

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  41. 146
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    added by looksharp Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

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  42. 145
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    Lena Headey, Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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  43. 144
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  44. 143
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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner Catch Me if You Can by Frank Abagnale

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  45. 142
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    Warm Bodies

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  46. 141
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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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  47. 140
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    often listed Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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  48. 139
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    often listed Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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  49. 138
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    Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson

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