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The Best Film Franchises Based on Books

Updated May 13, 2019 1.6k votes 151 voters 2.0k views22 items

List RulesVote 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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    Harry Potter Franchise

    Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

    Released2001 - 2011

    Directed byChris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates

    Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J....  more
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    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan

    Released2001 - 2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films...  more
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  • The Hunger Games Franchise3
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    The Hunger Games Franchise

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2012 - 2015

    Directed byGary Ross, Francis Lawrence

    The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based...  more
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    Jurassic Park Franchise

    Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill

    Released1993 - Present

    Directed bySteven Spielberg, Joe Johnston, Colin Trevorrow, J.A. Bayona

    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg....  more
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    The Hobbit trilogy

    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace

    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter...  more
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    The Chronicles of Narnia Franchise

    Will Poulter, Tilda Swinton

    Released2005 - Present

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Michael Apted

    The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of fantasy films from Walden Media, based on The...  more
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    Divergent Franchise

    Shailene Woodley, Theo James

    Released2014 - Present

    Directed byNeil Burger, Robert Schwentke

    The Divergent Series is a feature film series based on the Divergent novels by the American...  more
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    Maze Runner Franchise

    Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario

    Released2014 - 2018

    Directed byWes Ball

    The Maze Runner film series consists of science-fiction dystopian action adventure films based...  more
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  • Shrek Franchise9
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    Shrek Franchise

    Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

    Released2001 - Present

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

    The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!,...  more
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    The Godfather Saga

    John Cazale, Al Pacino

    Released1977

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Saga is a TV miniseries that combines The Godfather and The Godfather Part II...  more
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    James Bond Franchise

    Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1962 - Present

    Directed byTerence Young, Guy Hamilton, Lewis Gilbert, Sam Mendes, Peter R. Hunt

    The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character...  more
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    The Die Hard series is an American action film series that began in 1988 with Die Hard, based...  more
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    Bourne Franchise

    Matt Damon, Brian Cox

    Released2002 - Present

    Directed byDoug Liman, Paul Greengrass

    The Bourne films are a series of action/thriller spy films based on the character Jason...  more
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    The Da Vinci Code

    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen

    Released2006

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian...  more
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  • Hannibal Lecter Franchise15
    The Hannibal Lecter franchise is an American media franchise that features the titular...  more
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  • Twilight Saga Franchise16
    The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on...  more
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  • Blade Runner17
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley...  more
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    Planet of the Apes Franchise

    Andy Serkis, James Franco

    Released2001 - Present

    Directed byRupert Wyatt, Matt Reeves, Tim Burton

    Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring...  more
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  • Rambo Franchise19
    Rambo is a film series based on the David Morrell novel First Blood and starring Sylvester...  more
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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Franchise20
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of films based on the series of books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid,...  more
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  • Bridget Jones Franchise21
    Bridget Jones is a British-American romantic comedy film series based on Helen Fielding novels...  more
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    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson

    Released2015

    Directed bySam Taylor-Johnson

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