Film The Best Movies About Books  

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There's nothing better than reading a couple of your favorite books, unless of course you're watching movies about books! The best book movies will inspire us, make us laugh and cry, and leave us wanting to know even more about our favorite characters. If you’ve ever asked the question, “What are the best movies about books?" then you’ve definitely come to the right page! 

Many movies about books have plot lines that incorporate actual books, such as Becoming Jane, the story of Jane Austen and the path that eventually led her to write Pride and Prejudice. Others are based on characters that are writing or reading books that don't exist in real life, such as The Shining. Jack Nicholson's character slowly loses his mind while writing a book, but, obviously, his character is a fictitious author, as opposed to a real, historic author like Jane Austen. Movies about books also range in genres, like comedy, fantasy, drama, and romance. 

Our picks for the best movies about books include: The Hours, Finding Forrester, The Words, Capote, The Name of the Rose, Stranger Than Fiction, The Princess Bride and Finding Neverland. Vote for your favorite one today, and feel free to add any of your favorites that we might have left off! 
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One night, when a little boy can't fall asleep, his grandfather reads him a bed time story. It is the story of Princess Buttercup, and how she falls in love with a farm boy named Westley. When Westley leaves the farm to build a fortune so that the two can marry, he is kidnapped by the Dread Pirate Roberts and presumed dead. Buttercup is forced to be engaged to Prince Humperdinck, heir to the throne. Before they wed, she is kidnapped by three outlaws who were hired by the Prince to kill her. They are now being pursued by Prince Humperdinck and the Man in Black. The Man in Black catches up to them, and defeats the outlaws. Princess Buttercup realizes that it is Westley after accidentally pushing him down a hill. They manage to escape, briefly, before they are captured again by Humperdinck and Count Rugen. They torture Westley until he is "mostly dead," but Miracle Max saves him with a magic pill that brings him back to life, but leaves him partially paralyzed. Meanwhile, Buttercup is being forced to marry Humperdinck, who abridges the ceremony and locks Buttercup in a dungeon. Westley rescues her, and, assuring her that the wedding did not count because she never said, "I do," the two share a passionate kiss. The little boy asks his grandfather to read him the story again.  

Also, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die. 

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The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Books
ShawnRocheleau added J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece, long thought to be unfilmable. Director Peter Jackson proved 'em all wrong.

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ShawnRocheleau added Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Books
ShawnRocheleau added Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan - Paul Sheldon is a romance author who writes novels about a character called Misery Chastain. On a cross-country drive back to his home in New York, a blizzard hits, and Paul is knocked unconscious when he crashes his vehicle. When he comes to, he is in the home of a woman named Annie who claims to be his biggest fan. Annie becomes more and more violent and controlling about his writing, forcing him to re-write parts of his stories that she does not like, and preventing him from escaping by severely injuring him. When the authorities come looking for Paul, she shoots the police officer who finds him hidden in her basement. He eventually is able to overpower her by lighting the latest manuscript she forced him to write on fire. 

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ShawnRocheleau added Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn - Bastian is a nerdy, bookish kid who discovers a story of fantastical proportions in his local library. 

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Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers - Jack Torrence, a writer and recovering alcoholic, takes time off to write his novel at the Overlook Hotel with his family. His son, Danny, possesses psychic abilities, and is able to see the ghosts that haunt the hotel. Due to the overwhelming amount of supernatural forces in the hotel, Jack slowly loses his mind, and eventually attempts to murder his wife and son. The book that he's working on ends up being nothing more than the words, "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy," over and over, in a creepy repitition that perfectly encapsulates Jack's downhill slide into madness. 

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Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman - This story focuses on J.M Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and his platonic relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Barrie forms a relationship with Davies' children, John, George, Michael, and Peter, and bases the characters in Peter Pan on them. 

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Books
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Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner - This classic love story is centered around Noah and Allie, two kids from very different worlds that can't get enough of each other. They are forced apart by Allie's family, who thinks that Noah is not good enough for her because he isn't wealthy. Both of them move on with their lives, always thinking of one another. Noah writes Allie a letter every day for a year, professing his love and how much he misses her. One day, Allie sees Noah in the paper. She rushes to his side, and the two rekindle, even though Allie is now engaged to another man. She decides to stay with Noah. When they get older, Allie is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Noah writes down their love story in a beautiful book and reads it to her every single day in hopes that she remembers him. 

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ShawnRocheleau added Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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DaveLozano added Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi - Five Michigan State University students are camping over spring break, when they discover that the cabin that they rented has a copy of Naturon Demonto, aka, the Book of the Dead. One by one, each student gets possessed, and they ultimately kill one another. The book is burned by the last surviving member of the group, but the film ends with a ghost coming after him. 

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Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch - Julie Powell decides to write a blog, and ultimately a book, documenting the year she spent trying to cook every single recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. 

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Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton - Will Thacker is the owner of an independent travel bookshop. Anna Scott is a Hollywood superstar, looking to disappear for awhile in the town of Notting Hill. The two fall in love and break up several times, as Anna's fame has the tendency to get in the way of their relationship. Finally, they both realize that they are meant to be together, and Anna moves to the UK permanently to be with Will. 

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Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Sean Connery - An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace, befriends reclusive writer, William Forrester, who helps him hone his writing skills. 

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Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah - Harold Crick wakes up one morning and realizes that his life is being narrated by a disembodied female voice. He finds out that an author named Karen Eiffel is writing the story of his life, and soon discovers that it will end tragically. Harold attempts to live out the remainder of his life in the best way possible. He is saved when his wristwatch prevents his ulnar artery from being slashed in a bus accident, and Karen is unable to kill him off in her novel. 

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Macaulay Culkin, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart - In the middle of a lightening storm, over-cautious Richard Tyler seeks shelter in a library. Mr. Dewey, the eccentric librarian, gives him a library card. On his way out, Richard slips and is knocked unconscious. When he comes to, three animated books agree to help him find the library's exit if he agrees to check them out. He conquers his fears through the help of these books, and awakens to find out that it was all a dream...or was it?

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Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Oskar Werner - In a dystopian future society, Guy Montag is a fireman who's job is to burn outlawed books. Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. 

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Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore - Three women of different generations are connected by Virginia Woolf's novel, Mrs. Dalloway.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Keener - Truman Capote learns about a family murder and decides to write a book about the case, titled In Cold Blood. He ends up forming a relationship with one of the killers, who is on death row. 

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Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Maureen Lipman - Blue-collar worker, Rita, wants to better herself by taking literary courses at a university. She is impassioned by an alcoholic professor named Frank Bryant, who gives her the motivation to learn more. 

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Anne Hathaway, Maggie Smith, James McAvoy - This film depicts the early life of Jane Austen, up until the publication of her timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice. 

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Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal - Charlie Kaufman (played by Nicholas Cage), creator of Being John Malkovich, is writing a screenplay adaptation for Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief. He develops a case of writer's block when he realizes that the story cannot be turned into a screenplay because the plot is too unreliable. He convinces his brother Donald to interview Susan, acting as if he were Charlie. Donald feels that Susan is lying about the orchids, and the two decide to investigate. They discover that a Floridian florist has been developing Ghost Orchids, a recreational drug used by the Seminole Indians. Susan tries to kill Charlie when he finds out, but accidentally shoots Donald instead. After he flees, Charlie gets over his case of writer's block and is able to finish the script. 

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Inger Lund Carter added Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall - A British ghostwriter is hired to finish the memoirs of former Prime Minister, Adam Lang. Mysterious events unfold as he goes deeper into Lang's life and secrets. 

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Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas - Grady Tripp is a professor with writer's block. He is trying to finish his novel, but distractions in his life keep preventing him from doing so.

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Lenny Kravitz, Max von Sydow, Emmanuelle Seigner - Based on the memoir of journalist Jean Dominique Bauby, this story documents Bauby's life after suffering a major stroke that leaves him completely paralyzed, with locked-in syndrome. Bauby wrote the entire book by blinking the French alphabet to convey what words he wanted written down. The book itself took 200,000 blinks to write. 

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Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper - Clayton Hammond writes a book about a character named Rory Jansen, an aspiring writer who lives in New York City with his girlfriend. Rory is unsuccessfully trying to shop his manuscript to different publishers when he finds a manuscript in a briefcase that he purchases at an antique store. He publishes the manuscript himself, and is soon met by the true author of the book, an old man who's wife left him after the birth of their first child died unexpectedly. Rory tries to repay him, but the old man refuses. It is later reveiled that Hammond wrote this account autobiographically. 

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Demi Moore, Jennifer Garner, Robin Williams - Harry Block is a successful writer who draws inspiration from his friends and family, which causes him to alienate most of the people in his life. .

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Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands - Based on the novel by William S. Burroughs. William Lee is an exterminator who discovers that his wife is using the pesticides as a recreational drug. He begins hallucinating as a result of exposure to the poison, and believes he is on a mission to kill his wife. Once he accomplishes this "mission," he flees, and begins writing documentation of his case that eventually become Naked Lunch. 

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Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Anne Bancroft - This story is based on Helene Haniff's 1970 book about the correspondence between Frank Doel of Marks & Co.,  various antique booksellers in London, and her. 

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DaveLozano added Salma Hayek, Colin Farrell, Idina Menzel