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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    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009) by Ben Mezrich

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

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    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou The Da Vinci Code (2003) by Dan Brown

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  4. 151
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    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

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  5. 100
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    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

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  7. 57
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    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen The Devil Wears Prada (2003) by Lauren Weisberger

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    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  9. 169
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chevy Chase, Geena Davis

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  10. 95
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    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman Il Nome della Rosa (1980) by Umberto Eco

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  11. 90
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    Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983) by Ron Hansen

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  12. 162
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    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney Primal Fear by William Diehl

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  13. 21
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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis

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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni Scarface (1929) by Armitage Coons

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  15. 133
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  16. 125
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    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter Who Goes There? (1938) by John W. Campbell 

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  18. 27
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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

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  20. 15
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack The Body (1982) by Stephen King

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  21. 110
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    Orson Welles, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller

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  22. 77
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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss The Graduate (1963) by Charles Webb

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  23. 16
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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  24. 28
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    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

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  26. 127
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    Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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  27. 69
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    Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey L.A. Confidential (1990) by James Ellroy

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  28. 163
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    added by Alimunro28
    Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black High Fidelity (1995) by Nick Hornby

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  30. 126
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, David Cross

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  31. 138
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    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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  32. 87
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    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin Der Vorleser (1995) by Bernhard Schlink

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  33. 18
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Chrichton

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  34. 143
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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables by Oscar Fraley

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  35. 65
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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All (1993) by Bruce Porter

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  36. 86
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro Silver Linings Playbook (2008) by Matthew Quick

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  37. 168
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    added by looksharp
    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey The Firm by John Grisham

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  38. 137
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kristen Stewart, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane

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    Mercedes Ruehl, James Remar, Robert Townsend The Warriors (1965) by Sol Yurick

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  40. 152
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    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

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

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  42. 136
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    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

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  43. 45
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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy Cool Hand Look (1965) by Donn Pearce

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  44. 63
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    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) by Douglas Adams

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  45. 118
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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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    Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

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  47. 83
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy The Birds (1952) by Daphne du Maurier

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  48. 165
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    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    most listed
    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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