Books 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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ShawnRocheleau added The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant - 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 ...

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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 The Lord of the Rings film trilogy J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece, long thought to be unfilmable. Director Peter Jackson proved 'em all wrong.

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Books
ShawnRocheleau added Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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ShawnRocheleau added The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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Misery 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.

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DaveLozano added To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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ShawnRocheleau added Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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The NeverEnding Story 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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The Shining 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 ...

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ShawnRocheleau added One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Books
ShawnRocheleau added Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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Finding Neverland 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 ...

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The Notebook 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 ...

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ShawnRocheleau added The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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DaveLozano added The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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ShawnRocheleau added A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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The Evil Dead 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, ...

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munnimi added Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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ShelbyLegros added The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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Julie & Julia 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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Stranger than Fiction 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 ...

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Notting Hill 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 ...

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Finding Forrester 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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ShawnRocheleau added The Howling Dee Wallace, John Sayles, Slim Pickens

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ShawnRocheleau added Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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The Pagemaster 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 ...

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Books
munnimi added American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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Fahrenheit 451 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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Heather Gajewski added Atonement Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

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DaveLozano added In Her Shoes Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, Toni Collette

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

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Capote 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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Educating Rita 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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Becoming Jane 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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Adaptation 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 ...

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Inger Lund Carter added The Ghost Writer 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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Wonder Boys 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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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 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 ...

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DaveLozano added The House of the Spirits Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Glenn Close

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AndrewWilkerson added Alex & Emma Kate Hudson, Sophie Marceau, Cloris Leachman

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Naked Lunch 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 ...

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Deconstructing Harry 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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The Words 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 ...

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84 Charing Cross Road 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 Ask the Dust Salma Hayek, Colin Farrell, Idina Menzel