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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. 65
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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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  2. 56
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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar

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  3. 57
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    - 47

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

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  4. 147
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    added by looksharp Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

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  5. 92
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    ranked low on reranks Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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  6. 90
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    Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, Heather Angel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

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  7. 54
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    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen The Devil Wears Prada (2003) by Lauren Weisberger

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  8. 171
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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  9. 167
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chevy Chase, Geena Davis

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  10. 88
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    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman Il Nome della Rosa (1980) by Umberto Eco

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  11. 89
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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. 181
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    added by looksharp 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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  14. 35
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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni Scarface (1929) by Armitage Coons

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  15. 127
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    added by looksharp Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  16. 166
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    - 6

    added by miriam Kristin Kreuk, Alex Lifeson, Colin Mochrie

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  17. 121
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    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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  18. 69
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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter Who Goes There? (1938) by John W. Campbell 

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  19. 29
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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  20. 176
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    added by looksharp Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

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  21. 143
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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar Il buio e il miele (Darkness and Honey) by Giovanni Arpino

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  22. 132
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    added by looksharp Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

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  23. 14
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack The Body (1982) by Stephen King

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  24. 100
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    - 28

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

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  25. 86
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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss The Graduate (1963) by Charles Webb

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  26. 18
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

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  27. 27
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    ranked low on reranks Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

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  28. 37
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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

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  29. 112
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    added by perfectturkish Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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  30. 71
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    - 48

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

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  31. 186
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    - 7

    added by Alimunro28 Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

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  32. 72
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black High Fidelity (1995) by Nick Hornby

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  33. 120
    + 13
    - 40

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

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  34. 170
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    added by looksharp Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini

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  35. 133
    + 10
    - 14

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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  36. 80
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    often listed & added by perfectturkish Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin Der Vorleser (1995) by Bernhard Schlink

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  37. 162
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    added by looksharp Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

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  38. 20
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Chrichton

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  39. 150
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    added by looksharp Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables by Oscar Fraley

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  40. 60
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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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  41. 83
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    - 21

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

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  42. 169
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    added by looksharp Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey The Firm by John Grisham

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  43. 131
    + 27
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    Kristen Stewart, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane

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  44. 96
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    Mercedes Ruehl, James Remar, Robert Townsend The Warriors (1965) by Sol Yurick

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  45. 163
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    added by looksharp Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

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  46. 11
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

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  47. 178
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    - 1

    added by but chickens double d Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones, Clancy Brown

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  48. 137
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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

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  49. 43
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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy Cool Hand Look (1965) by Donn Pearce

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  50. 62
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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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