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

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

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

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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  5. 157
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    added by AndrewGreen Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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    added by looksharp Mickey Rourke, Claire Danes, Matt Damon

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    Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst

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    added by looksharp Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones

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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton

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    David Bowie, Natja Brunckhorst, Jens Kuphal

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    Isabella Rossellini, Filippo Timi, Alba Rohrwacher

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    added by looksharp Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    Eva Green, Michael Pitt, Jean-Pierre Léaud

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    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly

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    added by looksharp Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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    Alfre Woodard, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter

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    Hugh Grant, Stockard Channing, Emmanuelle Seigner

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

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    added by looksharp Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Aurélien Recoing ...

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    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

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    Lena Headey, Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill

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    added by miriam Kristin Kreuk, Alex Lifeson, Colin Mochrie

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    Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  28. 134
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    ranked low on reranks Chloë Grace Moretz, Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris

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  29. 133
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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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  30. 132
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    often listed Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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    Warm Bodies

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

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    ranked low on reranks Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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

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    Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley

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    Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Anthony Hopkins

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, David Cross

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    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

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    added by looksharp Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman

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    Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart

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    Kristen Stewart, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane

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    added by looksharp Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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    added by looksharp Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, AnnaSophia Robb

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    added by perfectturkish Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

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    added by perfectturkish Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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