The Best Movies About Books

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  • The Shawshank Redemption
    192 votes
    Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
    Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn't ...more
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    186 votes
    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortensen
    J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece, long thought to be unfilmable. Director Peter Jackson proved 'em all wrong.
  • The Princess Bride
    199 votes
    Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin

    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. 
  • The Godfather
    143 votes
    Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
    Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone ...more
  • Jurassic Park
    174 votes
    Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
    In Steven Spielberg's massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour ...more
  • Misery
    150 votes
    James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen
    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.