The Best Movies Based on Books Films
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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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    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

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    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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

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    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chevy Chase, Geena Davis

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  6. 168
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    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey The Firm by John Grisham

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  7. 167
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    Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Bruce Lee The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn

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    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    Lena Headey, Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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    Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

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    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney Primal Fear by William Diehl

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    Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey

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    Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson, Ian Bannen

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

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston

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    Lucy Liu, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Lucy Liu, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino

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    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

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    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

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    Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q

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  26. 148
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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  27. 147
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    Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley

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    Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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    Jim Carrey, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt

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    Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson

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

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

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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

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  36. 138
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    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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  37. 137
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    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

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  38. 136
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    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

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    Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Anthony Hopkins

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    Kristen Stewart, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane

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    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

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    Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart

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    Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

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    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

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    Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, David Cross

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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