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List Rules List only includes books that were turned into films that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Vote up the best books.

People usually assume that books are better than their film adaptations, but that may not be true for the books on this list. All of these books were turned into movies that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, so an argument can be made that the movie adaptations were just as good, or (gasp!) even better than the original source material. Of the 87 movies that have won Academy Awards for Best Picture so far, 40 were based on or inspired by books. Some are faithful book-to-movie adaptions, while others use creative license and are loosely based on books. 

What are the best books that were turned into Oscar-winning movies? Some of the books are award-winners themselves including Gone with the Wind and The English Patient, while tomes like Lord of the Rings and The Godfather are popular novels that have devoted fanbases. From classics like Rebecca and Around the World in Eighty Days to contemporary works like Q &A and The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, the books and the respective films cover a variety of genres. This list includes some of the best books turned into movies that won Oscars in the Best Picture category. Vote up for your favorites! 
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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
The Godfather Mario Puzo - The Godfather, 1973 and The Godfather II, 1975

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2004

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
The Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris - The Silence of the Lambs, 1992

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1976

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell - Gone with the Wind, 1940

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Forrest Gump Winston Groom - Forrest Gump, 1995

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy - No Country for Old Men, 2008

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The Bridge over the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
The Bridge over the River Kwai Pierre Boulle - The Bridge over the River Kwai, 1958

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Schindler's Ark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Schindler's Ark Thomas Keneally - Schindler's List, 1994

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All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque - All Quiet on the Western Front, 1930

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Dances with wolves is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Dances with Wolves Michael Blake - Dances with Wolves, 1991

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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies

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Twelve Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Noethup - 12 Years a Slave, 2014

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Lew Wallace - Ben-Hur, 1960

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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
The French Connection Robin Moore - The French Connection, 1972

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Mutiny on the Bounty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Mutiny on the Bounty Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall - Mutiny on the Bounty, 1936

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From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
From Here to Eternity James Jones - From Here to Eternity, 1954

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All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren - All the King's Men, 1950

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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca, 1941

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje - The English Patient, 1997

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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Ordinary People Judith Guest - Ordinary People, 1981

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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Out of Africa Karen Blixen - Out of Africa, 1986

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
In the Heat of the Night John Ball - In the Heat of the Night, 1968

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Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Midnight Cowboy James Leo Herlihy - Midnight Cowboy, 1970

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Terms of Endearment Larry McMurtry - Terms of Endearment, 1984

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From Emperor to Citizen: The A... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
From Emperor to Citizen: The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi - The Last Emperor, 1988

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Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne - Around the World in 80 Days, 1957

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Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Kramer vs. Kramer Avery Corman - Kramer vs. Kramer, 1980

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The Lost Weekend is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
The Lost Weekend Charles R. Jackson - The Lost Weekend, 1946

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How Green Was My Valley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
How Green Was My Valley Richard Llewellyn - How Green Was My Valley, 1942

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Gigi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Gigi Colette - Gigi, 1959

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Q & A is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Q & A Vikas Swarup - Slumdog Millionaire, 2009

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Mrs. Miniver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Mrs. Miniver Jan Struther - Mrs. Miniver, 1943

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Cimarron is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Cimarron Edna Ferber - Cimarron, 1931

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Rope Burns: Stories from the C... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner F.X. Toole - Million Dollar Baby, 2005

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The Master of Disguise: My Sec... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies

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The History of Tom Jones, a Fo... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Henry Fielding - Tom Jones, 1964

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The Big Con: The Story of the ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies