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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. 62
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    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and ...

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

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    added by LarryMellen Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  8. 91
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    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman Il Nome della Rosa (1980) by Umberto Eco

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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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    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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    added by looksharp Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    new! & added by shaebeer27 Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin

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    added by miriam Kristin Kreuk, Alex Lifeson, Colin Mochrie

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    ranked low on reranks 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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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz The Hunger Game (2008) by Suzanne Collins

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    added by looksharp Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman

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

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

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks 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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    added by perfectturkish Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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

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

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    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly

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

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  30. 124
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    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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  31. 78
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    added by perfectturkish Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin Der Vorleser (1995) by Bernhard Schlink

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

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  33. 59
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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 ...

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  34. 86
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro Silver Linings Playbook (2008) by Matthew Quick

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  35. 147
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    added by looksharp Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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

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  39. 154
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    added by looksharp Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones

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

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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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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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

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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton

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

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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    added by looksharp Mickey Rourke, Claire Danes, Matt Damon

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King

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