The Best Movies Based On Books Films
Ultimate List
150  items 19,791 votes 1,880 voters 89,741 views more info

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.

What are the best movies based on books? Vote on the top movies based on books and share this with your friends to get their opinions, too!
  • 40 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 67
    Up 57
    Down 47

    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

    open
  2. 64
    Up 72
    Down 45

    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

    open
  3. 54
    Up 42
    Down 30

    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou

    open
  4. 106
    Up 27
    Down 22

    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

    open
  5. 86
    Up 40
    Down 56

    ranked high on reranks Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel

    open
  6. 62
    Up 38
    Down 24

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen

    open
  7. 150
    Up 6
    Down 6

    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

    open
  8. 96
    Up 11
    Down 8

    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

    open
  9. 93
    Up 24
    Down 31

    Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner

    open
  10. 23
    Up 213
    Down 132

    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

    open
  11. 40
    Up 62
    Down 39

    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

    open
  12. 135
    Up 1
    Down 0

    added by miriam Kristin Kreuk, Alex Lifeson, Colin Mochrie

    open
  13. 132
    Up 35
    Down 33

    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

    open
  14. 68
    Up 40
    Down 33

    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

    open
  15. 28
    Up 146
    Down 83

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

    open
  16. 17
    Up 168
    Down 65

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

    open
  17. 95
    Up 22
    Down 21

    Orson Welles, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight

    open
  18. 85
    Up 28
    Down 17

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

    open
  19. 14
    Up 209
    Down 139

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

    open
  20. 24
    Up 674
    Down 136

    ranked low on reranks Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

    open
  21. 43
    Up 61
    Down 49

    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox

    open
  22. 113
    Up 12
    Down 17

    added by perfectturkish Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

    open
  23. 75
    Up 53
    Down 42

    Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey

    open
  24. 70
    Up 63
    Down 68

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black

    open
  25. 122
    Up 10
    Down 36

    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, David Cross

    open
  26. 146
    Up 7
    Down 7

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

    open
  27. 79
    Up 17
    Down 11

    added by perfectturkish Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin

    open
  28. 20
    Up 229
    Down 182

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

    open
  29. 59
    Up 40
    Down 24

    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts

    open
  30. 84
    Up 28
    Down 15

    Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro

    open
  31. 121
    Up 24
    Down 39

    Kristen Stewart, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane

    open
  32. 90
    Up 16
    Down 19

    Mercedes Ruehl, James Remar, Robert Townsend

    open
  33. 11
    Up 235
    Down 156

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

    open
  34. 53
    Up 41
    Down 13

    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

    open
  35. 57
    Up 60
    Down 60

    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman

    open
  36. 104
    Up 41
    Down 45

    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

    open
  37. 5
    Up 347
    Down 111

    ranked low on reranks Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

    open
  38. 88
    Up 28
    Down 17

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

    open
  39. 3
    Up 378
    Down 197

    most listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

    open
  40. 63
    Up 42
    Down 14

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

    open
  41. 10
    Up 260
    Down 73

    ranked low on reranks Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

    open
  42. 1
    Up 527
    Down 233

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

    open
  43. 140
    Up 0
    Down 0

    Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange

    open
  44. 123
    Up 10
    Down 20

    Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart

    open
  45. 133
    Up 0
    Down 0

    new! Eva Green, Michael Pitt, Jean-Pierre Léaud

    open
  46. 22
    Up 124
    Down 73

    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

    open
  47. 47
    Up 75
    Down 58

    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Jared Leto

    open
  48. 77
    Up 34
    Down 13

    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio

    open
  49. 42
    Up 106
    Down 62

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

    open
  50. 103
    Up 20
    Down 17

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Suzanne Somers

    open
  51. 151 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 150

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists