The Best Movies Based On Books

Over 14.8K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Movies Based On Books
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Only movies that were adapted from novels or short stories—no comic books.
Latest additions: The Peasants, The Child in Time, Landscape With Invisible Hand
Most divisive: There Will Be Blood

Here is a 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 sometimes they do it better than even your imagination thought possible  (then again, sometimes they simply can't do the original book justice or were later also adapted into TV shows to continue the story or do it better). It's no surprise that popular movies are often inspired by classic literatures and works of art, but which one is the best?

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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  • The Shawshank Redemption
    5,239 votes
    Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
    Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King
  • The Green Mile
    3,418 votes
    Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan
    The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    5,640 votes
    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortensen
    The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Silence of the Lambs
    3,501 votes
    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn
    The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris
  • Schindler's List
    2,988 votes
    Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes
    Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally
  • Stand by Me
    2,650 votes
    Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman
    The Body (1982) by Stephen King