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The Best Film Franchises Based on Books  

Ranker Film
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List Rules Vote up your favorite film franchises that are based on or inspired by literature, even if it is just the first film.

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.

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The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The ...more
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Harry Potter Franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films. A spin-off ...more
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The Hobbit trilogy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom
The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of ...more
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Shrek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third ...more
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The Hunger Games Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Hunger Games Franchise
The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based on The Hunger Games trilogy of novels, by the American author Suzanne Collins. Distributed by ...more
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Planet of the Apes Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, and Estella ...more
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The Godfather Saga is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
John Cazale, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
The Godfather Saga is a TV miniseries that combines The Godfather and The Godfather Part II into one film. It originally aired on NBC over four consecutive nights in November 1977. The Godfather ...more
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James Bond Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character of MI6 agent James Bond, "007", who originally appeared in a series of books by Ian ...more
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Jurassic Park Franchise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, it is based on the 1990 novel of the same name ...more
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Bourne Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Bourne films are a series of action/thriller spy films based on the character Jason Bourne, a CIA assassin suffering from extreme memory loss who must figure out who he is, created by author ...more
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The Chronicles of Narnia Franc... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of fantasy films from Walden Media, based on The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of novels by C. S. Lewis. From the seven novels, there have been three film ...more
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Die Hard Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Die Hard series is an American action film series that began in 1988 with Die Hard, based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. The series follows the adventures of John ...more
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The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou
The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The screenplay was written by Akiva Goldsman and adapted from Dan ...more
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Rambo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Rambo is a film series based on the David Morrell novel First Blood and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who ...more
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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young
Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more
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Divergent Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Divergent Series is a feature film series based on the Divergent novels by the American author Veronica Roth. Distributed by Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate Films, the series consists of ...more
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Hannibal Lecter Franchise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Hannibal Lecter franchise is an American media franchise that features the titular character and main antagonist, Hannibal Lecter, who originally appeared in a series of novels (starting ...more
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Maze Runner Franchise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Maze Runner film series consists of science-fiction dystopian action adventure films based on The Maze Runner novels by the American author James Dashner. Produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein ...more
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Franchise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of films based on the series of books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney. The series consists of four films: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), Diary of a Wimpy ...more
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Bridget Jones Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Bridget Jones is a British-American romantic comedy film series based on Helen Fielding novels of the same name. The series consists of Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Bridget Jones: The Edge of ...more
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Twilight Saga Franchise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on the four novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. The films star Kristen Stewart, Robert ...more
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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Franchises Based on Books
Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden
Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2015 American erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, based on the E.L. James's 2011 novel of the same name. 21-year-old Anastasia "Ana" ...more