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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. 50
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    Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright, Isaach de Bankolé Casino Royale (1973) by Ian Fleming

    ) open buy now
  2. 49
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    Anne Heche, James Russo, Zach Grenier Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia (1988) by Joseph D. Pistone

    ) open buy now
  3. 48
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    Abraham Murphy, Jack Warden, Meredith Baxter All the President's Men (1974) by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

    ) open buy now
  4. 47
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    Goran Višnjić, Stellan Skarsgård, Joely Richardson Män som hatar kvinnor (2005) by Stieg Larsson

    ) open buy now
  5. 46
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    J. D. Cannon, George Kennedy, Jo Van Fleet Cool Hand Look (1965) by Donn Pearce

    ) open buy now
  6. 45
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    Edward James Olmos, Sean Young, M. Emmet Walsh Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

    ) open buy now
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    Mark Knopfler, Billy Crystal, Peter Cook The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

    ) open buy now
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    Keir Dullea, Margaret Tyzack, Leonard Rossiter The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

    ) open buy now
  9. 42
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    Kathleen Turner, June Foray, Amy Irving Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

    ) open buy now
  10. 41
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    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

    ) open buy now
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    Christina Ricci, Debbie Reynolds, Benicio del Toro Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971) by Hunter S. Thompson

    ) open buy now
  12. 39
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    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving The Two Towers (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

    ) open buy now
  13. 38
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    Gary Oldman, Richard E. Grant, Billy Campbell Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker

    ) open buy now
  14. 37
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    Laurence Fishburne, Dana Ivey, Adolph Caesar The Color Purple (!982) by Alice Walker

    ) open buy now
  15. 36
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    Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Jones, Alfred Hitchcock D'entre les morts (1954) by Boileau-Narcejac

    ) open buy now
  16. 35
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    Joe Pantoliano, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jorja Fox Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

    ) open buy now
  17. 34
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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly Gangs of New York (1927) by Herbert Asbury

    ) open buy now
  18. 33
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    Al Jolson, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

    ) open buy now
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    Mary Steenburgen, Dana Ivey, Allison Janney The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett

    ) open buy now
  20. 31
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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald No Country for Old Men (2005) by Cormac McCarthy

    ) open buy now
  21. 30
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    John Savident, Patrick Magee, Margaret Tyzack A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Anthony Burgess

    ) open buy now
  22. 29
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    Paul Muni, Boris Karloff, Karen Morley Scarface (1929) by Armitage Coons

    ) open buy now
  23. 28
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    Gina McKee, Anthony Minghella, Saoirse Ronan Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

    ) open buy now
  24. 27
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    Lenny Kravitz, Julianne Moore, Jena Malone The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

    ) open buy now
  25. 26
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    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

    ) open buy now
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    Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

    ) open buy now
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    Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, Graham Jarvis Misery (1987) by Stephen King

    ) open buy now
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    Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty

    ) open buy now
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    Jim Broadbent, Dawn French, Rupert Everett The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis

    ) open buy now
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    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien

    ) open buy now
  31. 20
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    Walter Huston, Mary Astor, Humphrey Bogart The Maltese Falcon (1929) by Dashiell Hammett

    ) open buy now
  32. 19
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    Clarence Gilyard, Alan Rickman, Kym Malin Nothing Lasts Forever (1979) by Roderick Thorpe

    ) open buy now
  33. 18
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    Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Kiley Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Chrichton

    ) open buy now
  34. 17
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    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Frank Delfino Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) by Roald Dahl

    ) open buy now
  35. 16
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    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

    ) open buy now
  36. 15
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    River Phoenix, John Cusack, Kiefer Sutherland The Body (1982) by Stephen King

    ) open buy now
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    Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Ted Knight Psycho (1959) by Robert Bloch

    ) open buy now
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    Harry Potter series Harry Potter novels (1997-2007) by J. K. Rowling

    buy now
  39. 12
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    Jared Leto, Zach Grenier, Kevin Scott Mack Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

    ) open buy now
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    Richard Farnsworth, Cliff Edwards, Butterfly McQueen Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

    ) open buy now
  41. 10
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    Bert Lahr, Judy Garland, Jack Haley The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum

    ) open buy now
  42. 9
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    Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Maria Peszek Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally

    ) open buy now
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    Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

    ) open buy now
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    Patricia Clarkson, Gary Sinise, Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

    ) open buy now
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    Robert Duvall, Kim Stanley, Brock Peters To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

    ) open buy now
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    Chris Isaak, Dan Butler, Kasi Lemmons The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris

    ) open buy now
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    Haley Joel Osment, Gary Sinise, Bobby Richardson Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

    ) open buy now
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    the people's #1
    The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

    ) open buy now
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    most listed
    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

    ) open buy now
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    James Whitmore, Paul McCrane, Bob Gunton Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King

    ) open buy now
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