adaptations The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books  

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List Rules Films that were based on non-fiction books. Vote up the best movies that started as a non-fiction book.

Some of the absolute best movies in the history of film were based on non-fiction books, whether written to complete historical accuracy or loosely based on true events. Some of these movies have gone down as classics and have forever shaped the movie industry. They tell some of the most gripping stories of all time and captivate audiences. What are the best movies based on non-fiction books?
This list has the best movies that were based on non-fiction books, ranked by the community. This the films on this list span a variety of genres, including romance, inspirational dramas, thrillers, and action adventure.
This list features the best movies based on non-fiction books including, Tuesdays with Morrie, Syriana, The Hiding Place, Apollo 13, The Blind Side, The Basketball Diaries, The Call of the Wild, and The Greatest Game Ever Played. Vote up the best films based on a non-fiction book below and see where your favorites rank!
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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris - Based on  Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.

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The Perfect Storm George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane - Based on the book of the same name by  Sebastian Junger.

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci - Based on Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates - Based on  The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
Casino Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods - Based on Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi

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Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan - Based on Escape from Alcatraz by J. Campbell Bruce.

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Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch - Based on the book of the same name  by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson.

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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Marley & Me Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson - Based on the book of the same name by  John Grogan.

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Moneyball Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright - Based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis.

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Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire - Based on  Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand.

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Donnie Brasco Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti - Based on Donnie Brasco: My Undercover life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone

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Jarhead Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski - Based on the book of the same name by  U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford.

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Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell - Based on the book of the same name by  James Bradley and Ron Powers.

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The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer - Based on  The Man-Eaters of Tsavo by John Henry Patterson.

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The Social Network Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara - Based on  The Accidental Billionaires by  Ben Mezrich.

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Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw - Based on  Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H. G. Bissinger.

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Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field - Based on  Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln  by Doris Kearns.

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Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried - Based on  Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman.

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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow - Based on Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory  by  Mickey Rapkin.

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Public Enemies Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum - Based on  Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34 by Bryan Burrough.

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The Elephant Man Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft - Based on The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences by  Frederick Treves and The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity by Ashley Montagu.

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Boys Don't Cry Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea - Based on Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

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Dead Man Walking Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black - Based on  Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean C.S.J.

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Not Without My Daughter Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Roshan Seth - Based on  Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody and William Hoffer.

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Into the Wild Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis - Based on the book of the same name by  Jon Krakauer.

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The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger - Based on  Lazarus and the Hurricane: The Freeing of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton, and The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender To #45472 by Rubin "Hurricane" ...

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Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks - Based on  Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History by George Crile III.

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie - Based on the book of the same name by Jordan Belfort

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All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford - Based on the book of the same name by journalists  Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.

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The Call of the Wild Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Reginald Owen - Based on  The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, John Cusack - Based on the  book of the same name by John Berendt.

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Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis - Based on Midnight Express by Billy Hayes & William Hoffer

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The Basketball Diaries Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis - Based on the book of the same name by Jim Carroll.

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The Men Who Stare at Goats George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor - Based on the book of the same name by  Jon Ronson.

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Seven Years in Tibet Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B. D. Wong - Based on  Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer.

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Freedom Writers Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton - Based on  The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell.

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He's Just Not That Into You Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly - Based on the book of the same name by  Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.

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My Dog Skip Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Frankie Muniz - Based on  My Dog Skip by Willie Morris.

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The Iceman James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans - Based on The Iceman Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo

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The Greatest Game Ever Played Shia LaBeouf, Peyton List, Joe Jackson - Based on  The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf by Mark Frost.

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney - Based on  Confessions of a Dangerous Mind by Chuck Barris

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Love & Other Drugs Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaimie Alexander - Based on  Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy.

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Syriana George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet - Based on  See No Evil  by Robert Baer.

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Adaptation Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal - Based on  The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.

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A Night to Remember Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, David McCallum - Based on A Night to Remember  by Walter Lord.

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Angela's Ashes Robert Carlyle, Emily Watson, Alan Parker - Based on Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

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Bully Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Nick Stahl - Based on Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge by Jim Schultze

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Thirteen Days Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten - Based on  The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis by Ernest May and Philip Zelikow

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A Civil Action John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates - B ased on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr.