adaptations The Best Movies Based on Short Stories  

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List Rules Films based on short stories and novellas. Vote and up the best movies that started out as a work of short fiction.

Some of the greatest movies in the history of film were based on a short story. Authors like Edgar Allan Poe have inadvertently shaped the film industry with their literary classics that were eventually turned into movies. What are the best movies based on short stories? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list were all based on short stories or novellas and have been ranked by users as the best. The genres featured here range from classic black and white films to more recent box office hits. You might have read the short fiction or novella these films were based on, or maybe you are just learning that these movies were based on one.
 
This list features the best movies based on short stories including, The Shawshank Redemption, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Million Dollar Baby, Brokeback Mountain, and Minority Report. Vote up the best movies below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins - Based on  Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Based on Short Stories
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack - Based on Stephen King's novella, The Body.

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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall - Based on  Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness.

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The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette - Based on Daphne du Maurier's short story of the same name.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins - Based on  Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken - Based on  Washington Irving's short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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Brokeback Mountain Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara - Based on  Annie Proulx's short story of the same name.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc - Based on Truman Capote's novella of the same name.

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Double indemnity Based on James M. Cain's story of the same name.

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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell - Based on Philip K. Dick's short story of the same name.

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Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside - Based on  Philip K. Dick's story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.

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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano - Based on Jonathan Nolan's short story, Memento Mori.

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The Illusionist Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti - Based on Steven Millhauser's short story, Eisenheim the Illusionist.

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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop - Based on Arthur C.  Clarke's short story, The Sentinel.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning - Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story of the same name.

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Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank - Based on the short stories of  Jerry Boyd.

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law - Based on the short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss

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Where the Wild Things Are Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini - Based on Maurice Sendak's story of the same name.

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3:10 to Yuma Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman - Based on the short story of the same name by Elmore Leonard

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The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten - Based on  Graham Greene's novella of the same name.

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Notorious is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based on Short Stories
Notorious Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura - "Based on a short papeback story by Richard Bachman aka Steven King"

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The Day the Earth Stood Still Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm - Based on the short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based on Short Stories
The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg - Based on  George Langelaan's film of the same name.

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valan... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based on Short Stories
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig - Based on the short story of the same name by James Thurber

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Rashomon Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Machiko Kyō - Based on Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's short stories "Rashomon" and "In a Grove

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The Dead Anjelica Huston, Colm Meaney, Dan O'Herlihy - Based on James Joyce's short story of the same name.

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Paycheck Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti - Based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick

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Impostor Madeleine Stowe, Gary Sinise, Vincent D'Onofrio - Based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick

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The Duel Vladimir Vysotsky - Based on  Richard Matheson's short story of the same name.

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Death in Venice Dirk Bogarde, Silvana Mangano, Marisa Berenson - Based on Thomas Mann's novella of the same name.

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Away from Her Nina Dobrev, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis - Based on  Alice Munro's short story, The Bear Came over the Mountain.

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Don't Look Now Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste - Based on  Daphne du Maurier's short story of the same name.

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The Living Daylights Timothy Dalton, John Rhys-Davies, J.J. Barry - Based on the Ian Fleming short story of the same name.

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Eyes Wide Shut Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick - Based on Arthur Schnitzler's novella, Dream Story.

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The Emperor's Club Kevin Kline, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Eisenberg - Based on  Ethan Canin's short story, The Palace Thief.