From stories that jump off the page to slow burners that make you contemplate the great beyond, this list includes information about the best movie franchises based on books. Some film franchises based on novels stay true to the source material while other film franchises adapted from books create new storylines. Some of the best movie series based on books have even won Academy Awards.
What sagas will you find on this best movie franchises based on books list? Jurassic Park has to be near the top. Michael Crichton's 1990 book Jurassic Park provided the source material for Steven Spielberg's 1993 film of the same name. Four additional movies have already been produced in the franchise with more slated to be released. The Godfather Trilogy is another good film franchise based on a book.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was one of the most successful franchise adaptations both critically and at the box office. Other good film franchises adapted from books include the Die Hard, Harry Potter, and the Bourne series.
How will we ever determine which franchise adaptation is the best? Help us decide by voting up your favorites and please add any good movie series based on books we may have missed.
- 1Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J.... more
- 2The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films... more
- 3Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg.... more
- 4The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based... more
The Hunger Games Franchise
34Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace
Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter... more
- 6The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of fantasy films from Walden Media, based on The... more
- 7The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character... more
- 8The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!,... more
29John Cazale, Al Pacino
Directed by: Francis Ford CoppolaThe Godfather Saga is a TV miniseries that combines The Godfather and The Godfather Part II... more
- 10The Bourne films are a series of action/thriller spy films based on the character Jason... more
- 11The Divergent Series is a feature film series based on the Divergent novels by the American... more
- 12The Maze Runner film series consists of science-fiction dystopian action adventure films based... more
- 13Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring... more
26Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen
Directed by: Ron HowardThe Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian... more
- 15The Hannibal Lecter franchise is an American media franchise that features the titular... more
- 16The Die Hard series is an American action film series that began in 1988 with Die Hard, based... more
23Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah
Directed by: Ridley ScottBlade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley... more
- 18Rambo is a film series based on the David Morrell novel First Blood and starring Sylvester... more
- 19The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on... more
- 20Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of films based on the series of books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid,... more
- 21Bridget Jones is a British-American romantic comedy film series based on Helen Fielding novels... more
39Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson
Directed by: Sam Taylor-JohnsonFifty Shades of Grey is a 2015 American erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam... more