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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. 1
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    James Whitmore, Paul McCrane, Bob Gunton Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King

    ) open buy at  
  2. 2
    + 547
    - 256

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

    ) open buy at  
  3. 3
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    - 308

    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 at  
  4. 4
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    - 150

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

    ) open buy at  
  5. 5
    + 448
    - 229

    often listed
    Chris Isaak, Dan Butler, Kasi Lemmons The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris

    ) open buy at  
  6. 6
    + 370
    - 128

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

    ) open buy at  
  7. 7
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    Patricia Clarkson, Gary Sinise, Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

    ) open buy at  
  8. 8
    + 343
    - 198

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

    ) open buy at  
  9. 9
    + 365
    - 94

    Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Maria Peszek Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally

    ) open buy at  
  10. 10
    + 338
    - 88

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

    ) open buy at  
  11. 11
    + 268
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    Richard Farnsworth, Cliff Edwards, Butterfly McQueen Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

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

    ) open buy at  
  13. 13
    + 361
    - 118

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

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  14. 14
    + 257
    - 85

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

    ) open buy at  
  15. 15
    + 283
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    River Phoenix, John Cusack, Kiefer Sutherland The Body (1982) by Stephen King

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

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

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

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

    ) open buy at  
  20. 20
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Walter Huston, Mary Astor, Humphrey Bogart The Maltese Falcon (1929) by Dashiell Hammett

    ) open buy at  
  21. 21
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    Jim Broadbent, Dawn French, Rupert Everett The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis

    ) open buy at  
  22. 22
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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 at  
  23. 23
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    - 104

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

    ) open buy at  
  24. 24
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    often listed
    Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty

    ) open buy at  
  25. 25
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    - 72

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

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

    ) open buy at  
  27. 27
    + 257
    - 135

    Lenny Kravitz, Julianne Moore, Jena Malone The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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

    ) open buy at  
  29. 29
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    - 67

    Paul Muni, Boris Karloff, Karen Morley Scarface (1929) by Armitage Coons

    ) open buy at  
  30. 30
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Al Jolson, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

    ) open buy at  
  31. 31
    + 174
    - 134

    John Savident, Patrick Magee, Margaret Tyzack A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Anthony Burgess

    ) open buy at  
  32. 32
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    - 97

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

    ) open buy at  
  33. 33
    + 116
    - 77

    Joe Pantoliano, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jorja Fox Memento Mori (2001) by Jonathan Nolan

    ) open buy at  
  34. 34
    + 201
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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald No Country for Old Men (2005) by Cormac McCarthy

    ) open buy at  
  35. 35
    + 149
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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly Gangs of New York (1927) by Herbert Asbury

    ) open buy at  
  36. 36
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    - 58

    Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Jones, Alfred Hitchcock D'entre les morts (1954) by Boileau-Narcejac

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

    ) open buy at  
  38. 38
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    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving The Two Towers (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

    ) open buy at  
  39. 39
    + 145
    - 118

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gary Oldman, Richard E. Grant, Billy Campbell Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker

    ) open buy at  
  40. 40
    + 95
    - 33

    ranked low on reranks
    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

    ) open buy at  
  41. 41
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    often listed
    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 at  
  42. 42
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    Kathleen Turner, June Foray, Amy Irving Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (1981) by Gary K. Wolf

    ) open buy at  
  43. 43
    + 139
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    Keir Dullea, Margaret Tyzack, Leonard Rossiter The Sentinel (1948) by Arthur C. Clarke

    ) open buy at  
  44. 44
    + 145
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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 at  
  45. 45
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    Mark Knopfler, Billy Crystal, Peter Cook The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

    ) open buy at  
  46. 46
    + 82
    - 37

    J. D. Cannon, George Kennedy, Jo Van Fleet Cool Hand Look (1965) by Donn Pearce

    ) open buy at  
  47. 47
    + 68
    - 47

    Abraham Murphy, Jack Warden, Meredith Baxter All the President's Men (1974) by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

    ) open buy at  
  48. 48
    + 71
    - 48

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

    ) open buy at  
  49. 49
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    Goran Višnjić, Stellan Skarsgård, Joely Richardson Män som hatar kvinnor (2005) by Stieg Larsson

    ) open buy at  
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    Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright, Isaach de Bankolé Casino Royale (1973) by Ian Fleming

    ) open buy at  
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