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The Best Movies Based On Books

Updated May 7, 2021 131.6k votes 11.7k voters 424.6k views376 items

List RulesOnly movies that were adapted from novels or short stories—no comic books.

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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Want to vote on more lists about book adaptations? Check out this list of film franchises based on books, and our roundup of movie adaptations that the book authors loved.

  • 1

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field
    Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom

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  • 2

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck
    To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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  • 3


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh
    Psycho (1959) by Robert Bloch

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  • 4

    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
    Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally

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  • 5

    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando
    The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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  • 6

    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright
    The Princess Bride (1973) by William Goldman

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  • 7

    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton
    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum

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  • 8

    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Crichton

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  • 9

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey

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  • 10

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) by Roald Dahl

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  • 11

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan
    The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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  • 12

    The Shawshank Redemption

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

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  • 13

    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins
    The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris

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  • 14

    Stand by Me

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

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  • 15

    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh
    Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

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  • 16

    Harry Potter Franchise

    Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

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  • 17


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

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  • 18

    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Catch Me if You Can (1980) by Frank Abagnale

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  • 19

    The Chronicles of Narnia Franchise

    Will Poulter, Tilda Swinton
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis

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  • 20

    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
    The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

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  • 21

    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise
    The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King

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  • 22

    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall
    The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

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  • 23


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson
    Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986) by Nicholas Pileggi

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  • 24

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

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  • 25


    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates
    Misery (1987) by Stephen King

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