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The Best Action Movies Based on Books

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List RulesOnly action movies based on or inspired by literature.

Reading may seem like a peaceful activity, but many of the best action films have been adapted from books. The best action movies based on novels feature suspenseful stories and exciting sequences. Many action films based on fiction have spawned several sequels. Some of the best action films based off books have even won Academy Awards.

What action movies that are also books will you find on this list? Jurassic Park has to be near the top. Based on Michael Crichton's 1990 novel of the same name, Jurassic Park found its action in the form of Chaos Theory, T-Rex chases, and Dino DNA. John Carpenter's masterpiece The Thing was adapted from the 1938 novella What Goes There?.

Joseph Leland was the protagonist in the book Nothing Lasts Forever and his name was changed to John McClane in the film Die Hard. Other good action movies based on books include Casino Royale, The Bourne Identity, and The Running Man.

Did you know so many action movies were based off books? Vote up the best films to move them up the list and please add any good action adaptations we may have missed. Then check back to see what new movies have been included on this list.